WHITE WAVE presents 2023 DUMBO Dance Festival 

WHITE WAVE presents 2023 DUMBO Dance Festival 

On Thursday, June 22nd, WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates their 22nd Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) with a GALA Opening that heralds the most anticipated four-day festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to developing dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today’s dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend. For four nights and three days, dance lovers will experience a veritable cornucopia of the best of contemporary dance. DDF is committed to advancing the best of dance by providing on-stage and behind-the-scene opportunities for 55 dance troupes from across America and around the globe, allowing audiences to experience, first-hand, the incomparable vitality of the New York dance scene.

“This is a festival about opportunities,” says Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of White Wave Dance. “The DUMBO Dance Festival provides an opportunity for over 300 performing artists to showcase their work. Further, it offers New York audiences the chance to participate in one of the most diverse displays of leading-edge choreography and excellence at an affordable price.”

The 2023 DUMBO Dance Festival will kick off with WHITE WAVE’s Opening Night GALA Celebration on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm. The evening will be hosted by Jessica Davidson & Carmine Marinaro, Co-Chairs, Gala Host Committee.

WHITE WAVE Dance will be honoring Jennifer Muller, she was a seminal creative influence for over 50 years, performing for José Limón and Louis Falco, launching her own company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and building JMTW to such renowned success that it was dubbed the “American ambassador of dance” by The NY Times after countless international tours, and Danni Gee, Former Principal Dancer with Philadanco and Alvin Ailey, and current Director of Programming for The Joyce Theater who has championed and supported WHITE WAVE’s artistic vision for many years.

Their opening remarks will be followed by six stunning contemporary dance troupes: Battery Dance, Limon Dance Company(tba), Yoshiko Chuma & The School Of Hard Knocks, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Jennifer Muller / The Works, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

After the performances the audience will enjoy a reception with a buffet dinner of fine Korean cuisine and a fabulous raffle including gourmet wine baskets, “Dinner for Two” at local DUMBO eateries, and much more!

Tickets are $100 and $250 (VIP seating) per person; all proceeds raised will directly offset WHITE WAVE’s production costs for our 2023/24 Season. GALA & Festival Tickets can be purchased here

2023 DDF features 55 contemporary dance troupes combining over 300 artists who will present solo, chamber, and full-scale works. Dancers from across the United States, and internationally from Italy, Germany, Japan and South Korea will join the New York’s active dance community to offer the full range of new directions in dance in the 21st century.

In this anniversary year, the roster of companies includes: Julia Ramirez + dancers, Ballet Hartford, Columbia Repertory Dance Company, Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, TalubaDance, Zehnder Dance, , Animus Movement, Company | E, University of Arizona School of Dance, Earth&Rainbow, American Swiss Ballet Company, ella mccauley dance, University of Kentucky Dance, Koin & Co, Tec Dance Company, The Kingdom Dance Company, KT COLLECTIVE Dance Company, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, RyderDance, Six Degrees Dance, Smutek Dance, The DynamitExperience, and many others. Special invited companies for Gala Opening night Yoshiko Chuma & The School Of Hard Knocks and Buglisi Dance Theatre, our hosting company WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

For the Festival Grand Finale, nine companies will present works, including: Julia Ramirez + dancers, American Swiss Ballet Company, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company, RyderDance, Alfonse Napolitano, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, The DynamitExperience, Tec Dance Company.

Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. Our mission is to be a potent stimulus for change and expansion of the dance/arts world through the production of dance concerts, classes, residencies, and education.

For more information about the opening night GALA and the entire line-up of performances, please visit www.whitewavedance.org