OAKLAND DANCE FESTIVAL

Oakland County's Premier Dance Event - Farmington Hills, MI

announcing the 14th annual oakland dance festival!

Join us on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019!

New Location! Farmington High School, 32000 Shiawassee St., Farmington, MI 48336

The Oakland Dance Festival offers a full day of exciting and enriching dance experiences for serious dancers between the ages of 13 and 19. Representatives from colleges/universities and professional companies will join forces to bring you innovative master classes, an on-site recruitment and scholarship audition, several performance opportunities, and a Showcase Concert featuring dance companies from colleges and universities located throughout Michigan.

This is a wonderful opportunity for dance students in grades 8-12!

All are welcome to attend! Come as a group or come solo, but don't miss this annual event!


COLLEGE RECRUITMENT & SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS will be held on-site for current high school juniors and seniors who aspire to major in dance. This unique experience will allow multiple colleges and universities to observe potential candidates for priority entrance, awards, and scholarships. Previous colleges to participate in ODF's on-site scholarship audition include Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, Marygrove College, Hope College, University of Michigan, Cleary University, and Ball State University. Some of the most popular summer intensives in Michigan have also awarded partial and full scholarships to study with top-notch professionals all summer long.


PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS & FEEDBACK help dance groups to get a jump start on the competition season! This intimate performance venue provide dancers an opportunity to showcase choreography before a panel of distinguished artists from College/University & Professional Companies. Our goal is to inspire and challenge dancers to take their rehearsals and performances to the next level. Our panel of judges will provide constructive feedback for each performance and will extend a special invitation for select groups/soloists to perform in the COLLEGE SHOWCASE CONCERT.


MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS will be offered in a variety of styles, including MODERN, CONTEMPORARY, BALLET, IMPROVISATION, PARTNERING, STREET/HIP HOP, AFRICAN DANCE, PILATES, YOGA AND MORE! All classes are taught by representatives from colleges/universities & professional companies.


OUR COLLEGE FAIR will provide students and parents with an opportunity to speak with college recruiters and company directors throughout the day. It's never too early to do your research on an institution that will best fit your educational needs!


THE COLLEGE & PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE CONCERTS will feature special performances by the college dance departments, professional companies, and high school students selected during the Performance Evaluation & Feedback process. Scholarship recipients will also receive their certificates during the College Showcase Concert. We look forward to celebrating the closing of the 13th Annual Oakland Dance Festival with the College Showcase Concert. Don't miss it!


Past Participants

Colleges & Universities

Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Marygrove College, Hope College, Ball State University, Henry Ford Community College, Northern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Cleary University, Albion College, Alma College

Professional Companies

DDC Dances, Artlab J Dance, Pure Existence Dance Company, ConteXture Dance Detroit, Harge Dance Stories, Take Root, Kristi Faulkner Dance Company, Big Red Wall, MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, People Dancing, Patterson Rhythm Pace, Ballet Edge Detroit