To all dance lovers and those curious, Esplanade’s da:ns festival invites you to fall in love with dance through a full-hearted celebration of movement this 9 – 21 October. With powerful performances from around the world, exciting new creations and a wide range of opportunities to learn various kinds of dance, this 13-day festival will open your mind, lift your spirit and get your body moving.
Here’s a guide to help you navigate (dance) your way through da:ns festival:
Centrestage: The world’s most inspiring dance productions and renowned artists take Centrestage in Esplanade Theatre
Shift: Thought-provoking works that shift your notions of dance and choreography
Next Generation: Showcasing up-and-coming young artists or works for young audiences
Footwork, Masterclasses and Workshops: Beginners take their first steps at Footwork and other 101 dance lessons, while professional dancers can attend masterclasses by the festival’s visiting artists from around the world
Rasas: Discover the rich culture of Asia’s traditional dances performed by leading artists in the region
What’s Your Move?: Free mass dance sessions under the stars and along the Esplanade Waterfront, led by instructors from Singapore’s dance studios.
Sixteen da:ns Challenge: Be wowed by the sleek choreography and thrilling dance moves of our Sixteen da:ns crews, who passed several rounds of auditions to be selected and mentored by top Asian street dance artists.
Shall We Dance?: Easy 5-minute dance lessons by instructors roving around Esplanade
da:ns lab: A platform dedicated to engaging dance practitioners in Singapore and the Asian region in artistic discourse, research, reflection and exchange; thereby enriching the critical thinking space of dance in Singapore.