The Midwest RAD Fest is a juried event at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, MI, featuring the best in modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance from all over the country. No other festival in the region offers emerging, professional, and experimental artists the opportunity to present their work (without financial commitment), opportunities for professional development (master classes, lectures, discussion panels), and free networking events. The call for choreographic submissions goes out in September, and the 2018 festival is March 9-11.
RAD Fest presents 5 different live performances (4 professional, and one youth performance), a Screendance film series at a professional movie cinema, seven master classes, a mediated discussion group, and several different networking opportunities for artists and patrons. Most visiting artists receive a travel stipend and lodging assistance, and all artists receive free promotional and media coverage. Additionally, RAD Fest offers audience development events (open rehearsals, Q & A sessions, open lectures, interactive performances).
The sponsoring company, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, is committed to providing performance opportunities to developing and professional dancers alike to strengthen the regional dance community and build stronger audiences for contemporary dance.
Presenters of the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, West Michigan’s critically acclaimed professional modern dance company, was founded in 1981 by Cori Terry, Wellspring's Artistic Director. Wellspring presents performances featuring works choreographed by Ms. Terry, members of the company, and guest choreographers.
Highlights of Wellspring's history include critically acclaimed performances and collaborations with Artichoke Dance Company and Naumburg-winning 8th Blackbird chamber ensemble of New York, Zephyr Dance and XSIGHT! of Chicago, Susan Van Pelt from the University of Ohio, Detroit Dance Collective, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Ariel Dance Company, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Fontana Chamber Arts and Cavani String Quartet, and Opus 21. In 1997, Wellspring was the subject of an hour-long documentary, The Birth of a Dance, which aired on PBS. Recently, Wellspring toured to NYC to perform at MMAC in the American Dance Guild Festival (2009) and at the 92nd St. Y in the Hawkins Centennial Celebration (2010).
Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers exists to offer a unique and authentic voice in modern dance which serves to inspire, engage and educate our community.