Barnstorm Dance Fest

Barnstorm Dance Fest

The 6th annual Barnstorm Dance Fest, presented by Dance Source Houston, will take place June 9-14, 2020 at MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston. Applications for works 5-15 minutes in length are being accepted from all genres of dance. Selected applicants will perform their work twice during the festival and will receive a $250 stipend.


Read the FAQs before you submit!

Joel Aguilera’s Rasa. Photo by Lynn Lane

  • Individuals, collective and organizations working in any dance genre.
  • Applicants do not have to be Houston area residents. A select number of out of town artists are featured each year.
  • Applicants who have participated in Barnstorm for the past two consecutive years are not eligible for the 2020 festival.
  • Choreographers must be 18 and older.

Time Limit: Proposed works should be between 5 – 15 minutes in length. Excerpts of longer works may be submitted.

Genre: Dance Source Houston encourages submissions from all genres of dance.

Ayan Felix’s Secure the Bag. Photo by Lynn Lan

Application Deadline: Application, work samples and application fees must be received by 11:59pm CST on Friday, December 27, 2019. (Extended deadline!)

Fee: An application fee of $25 must be paid for each submitted piece. Dance Source Houston members in good standing receive a $10 discount on the application fee. Pay the application fee here.

Notification: Artists will be notified of acceptance in February 2020

Read the FAQs before you submit!

Barnstorm Dance Fest Event Schedule
Tuesday, June 9 – Opening night reception and artist talks – 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 10 – Program A performance – 8pm
Thursday, June 11 – Program B performance – 8pm
Friday, June 12 – Master classes – 10am-1pm // Program C performance – 8pm
Saturday, June 13 – Master classes 10am-1pm // Program B performance – 5pm // Program A performance – 8pm
Sunday, June 14 – Program C performance – 5pm


By |2019-12-22T00:32:19+00:00October 15th, 2019|Barnstorm Dance Fest, Dance Source Programs|5 Comments


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