Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW) was born of a large community of artists needing space in which to develop and investigate their art and performance in 1981. NDW, with many independent performance artists, worked tirelessly to become a catalyst for experimentation, collaboration and performance, and a producer of contemporary dance in Newfoundland & Labrador.

As interest in contemporary dance increased, Ann Anderson founded the Festival of New Dance in 1990. Six artists were programmed in the inaugural year: Campagnie Carole Bergeron (Montreal), Dulcinea Langfelder (Montreal), Jennifer Mascall (Vancouver), and Lois Brown, Lisa Porter and Stephanie Squires of St. John’s. We are thrilled that two of the original six performers are participating in the 25th anniversary festival: Lois Brown and Lisa Porter.

Interested in performance, storytelling, film, issues of accessibility, or pure entertainment? This festival promises a feast for your senses and your imagination. In 25 years, we have presented more than 100 artists and cultivated a vibrant and loyal audience and this year’s festival will not disappoint. The 2015 program features performances by artists with us from festival inception, world-renowned performers, established locals and Newfoundland expats who have made their mark abroad in a celebration of Canadian dance. It is a microcosm of what is important on the Canadian scene, new, returning and local. Performances explore the boundaries between literature, multimedia, theatre, performance art, film and dance. This festival promises to be a wonderful celebration of dance with main stage performances, outdoor events, community collaborations, professional development opportunities with Master Class instruction, artist talkbacks and networking.