Worcester County Dance Festival

Worcester County Dance Festival 2018

The Worcester County Dance Festival is an evening of diverse dance celebrating New England’s talented schools and companies on one stage! Now in its fourth year, the festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance and movement disciplines.
Participants get the unique experience and opportunity to perform at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, dance in their newly constructed conservatory studios and attend master dance classes and lectures to empower dancers in dance education and training.


Any dance school or organization in New England can register for up to two 6-minute time slots to perform any style of dance choreography. Registered time can consist of multiple ensemble pieces, duets, pas de deux, etc. The overall time must not exceed 6 minutes. One time slot is recommend for each organization. However, each group may register for a total of TWO 6-minute time slots (maximum amount of choreography presented may not exceed 12 minutes). Please Note: the entire 6 minutes does not have to be used.
Once performance reservations are full, registration may be closed early so it is strongly advised to register as soon as possible.

Each 6-minute time slot is $80. Please send payment, music and cue sheets no later than April 13, 2018 to:

The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory
c/o Jennifer Agbay, Director of Dance
2 Southbridge Street
Worcester, MA 01608


A dress rehearsal will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 11am-3pm. Registered groups will receive a 10 minute time slot for blocking/dress rehearsal on stage. Specific times for each studio/organization will be assigned one week before the festival. Dressing rooms will be assigned upon arrival; please be aware due to limited space that dressing rooms may have to be shared.
All participants must fill out and return the Lighting Cue and Tech Form, along with music and payment to The Hanover Theatre no later than April 13, 2018. 

Lecture and Master Class schedule:

We are excited to offer a lecture and two master class opportunities to WCDF participants on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Fee: $10 per class/lecture or $25 Package Discount for all three
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM:
Dancer’s Toolkit Lecture with Elizabeth Sullivan and Elizabeth Morray
Ms. Sullivan, a former professional ballet dancer turned success coach and wellness mentor for pre-professional dancers, coaches dancers and their parents on how to navigate common pitfalls in the traditional training model, including body image issues, nutrition myths and the importance of building strong psychological skills. Dr. Morray, clinical psychologist, will join Ms. Sullivan, and together they will share information on ways for dancers to protect and improve their physical and emotional wellness. They will also invite dancers and their parents to explore the unique opportunities and challenges involved in dance training, and will provide suggestions for building on the strengths that involvement in dance can facilitate.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM:
Modern Master Class with Brian McGinnis 
Brian McGinnis is a former company member of Parsons Dance and is currently a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts. 
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM:
Ballet Master Class with Carlos Molina 
Carlos Molina is a former Boston Ballet principal dancer and is currently the co-founder and director of Integrarte, a dance school focusing on classical ballet training located in Boston. 


Tickets are also available at the door.

The performance will be Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 PM.
A week before the performance all studios/schools will receive a detailed performance order.

Program advertising:

Program ads are available for $75 per half page and $125 per full page.

For additional information and questions:

Jennifer Agbay, Festival Director
jennifer@thehanovertheatre.org or 508-471-1794