The NDEO Conference, New Wave Festival at BAM and Other Dance Events to Check Out This Month

Dorrance Dance at the Next Wave Festival. Photo courtesy Dorrance Dance

Don't miss these festivals, conferences and performances throughout the country.

October 3–8
3rd Annual Lion's Jaw Performance + Dance Festival (Boston, MA)

Lion's Jaw is a contemporary dance festival with classes, workshops, intensives and performances at Green Street Studios in Cambridge. There is even a movie night/slumber party. Teaching artists from around the country convene for Lion's Jaw, including Thomas F. DeFrantz, Heidi Henderson, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Kathleen Hermesdorf.

October 4–7
20th Annual NDEO Conference (National Dance Education Organization)

"Connections, Knowledge, and Leadership: A New Era in Dance Education"

In San Diego this year, the NDEO conference includes an impressive schedule of more than 250 workshops, classes, presentations and panels over the course of three days. It is a multifaceted workshop for new teachers as well as seasoned educators.

October 11–14
9th Annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival

The festival returns for another year, presenting work at the Brava Theater and three other locations. The Co-Laboratory project—in partnership with the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (Ohio)—culminates with new films presented during the Bay Area festival. And if you don't live in the Bay Area, check out the SFDFF On The Road opportunity to bring films right to your hometown.

October 3–December 23
Next Wave Festival @ BAM

Since 1981, the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has launched ideas of innovation and risk for eager audiences. This year's roster has nine different dance projects of various dance forms, including Sasha Waltz & Guests, Dorrance Dance and Jesper Just.

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