2019 Midwest RAD Fest | Regional Alternative Dance Festival


MARCH 6-8, 2020

Call for Submissions will go out in late August, 2019




The Midwest RAD Fest is hosted and supported by Southwest Michigan's oldest professional dance company, Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. The festival 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 late August, and the 10th Anniversary festival is March 6-10, 2019. 

RAD Fest presents live performances, a Screendance film series at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, master classes, workshops, a mediated discussion group, and several different networking opportunities for artists and patrons. The 10th Anniversary is an expanded festival which will include special site-specific performances, a kick-off celebration, and a special "Long Works" performance series. 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).





This year’s special 10th Anniversary RAD Fest features the work of over 50 dance makers from all over the world. RAD Fest will present eight different live performances including site specific works, a long works program, four different short works programs, a youth performance, and “Becoming Mary,” a family friendly performance.


Come to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (K.I.A.) and see the eleven award-winning screendances the jury panel have selected for the 2019 RAD Festival.

About the K.I.A.: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The institute believes the arts are for everyone, that they inspire, transform, and fulfill. Their mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan. https://www.kiarts.org/

RAD Fest puts western Michigan on the cultural map
— Lauren Warnecke - artintercepts.org


Master Classes will be open for registration beginning Feb. 1st. RAD Fest features eight different master classes Friday, March 8-Sunday March 10.


Elizabeth Zimmer, well-known dance critic and former dance editor of the Village Voice, will teach a two-day dance writing workshop. The workshop price will include tickets to the Friday evening performances.


Opening Night 10th Anniversary Celebration: Kalamazoo Institute of Art

Coffee Hour: Epic Center Basement Classroom

After-Glow Reception: Epic Center 2nd Floor Atrium


For Artists

The Call for Choreographic Submissions will go out in late August of 2019. If you wish to be added to the email list, please email rachel@wellspringdance.org

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