Beijing Dance Festival

2018 Beijing Dance Festival - Youth Dance Marathon – Opens for Submission


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The highly anticipated Beijing Dance Festival (BDF) is coming!

The 2018 Beijing Dance Festival is scheduled to take place on July 26 to 30.  It is one of the biggest celebration of dance in Beijing and among cities in China with more than 300 dance artists, over 200 dance students and more than 5000 audience attendance congregate in Beijing every summer.  These participants come from cities throughout China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as North & Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia across the world.

The Beijing Dance Festival is co-presented by BeijingDance/LDTX and Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) and co-organized with Beijing TianQiao Performing Arts Center.  The annual Beijing Dance Festival began in 2008 as a one-week festivity alternating focus between international and Chinese artists.  Since 2012, the Festival had combined both international and Chinese artists and expanded to become of two-weeks duration.

The two-week Beijing Dance Festival is composed of: First part as an educational week followed by second week with performances: The educational week is composed of an intensive six-day of Dance Camp taught by an international faculty. The performance week is composed of three modules of: Focus presenting full evening productions; Springboard showcasing works that are more edgy and daring; and Youth Dance Marathon offering an open platform especially catered for young choreographer to showcase his/her original works.

The Youth Dance Marathon (YDM) is an open platform catered for young choreographer to showcase his/her original works.  It is now accepting submission for selection.

Submission Deadline

Now until May 15, 2018


Professional dance artist/group

Individual dancers

Contemporary dance aficionado/aficionada

Submission Qualifications

1.Original choreography of an individual/group, of which the piece has been been presented at YDM before

2.The Piece is completed

3.No longer than 15 mins duration

4.Subject is open while it does not offend the standing Law of the People’s Republic of China

Result Announcement

Selection will be announced on/before June 15 on Festival’s web site, WeChat and Weibo.

Participation Fees

All participants of selected works are required to pay a participation fees of RMB 1000 per person.

Special Offering:

YDM participant enjoys a 50% discount on Festival Masterclass enrollment.

YDM Performance Period

July 27-31, 2018; 13:00 & 15:00

Submission Process

  1. Visit www.beijingdancefestival.com , click on Youth Dance Marathon online enrolment and fill-out the online form

  2. Festival Organizing Committee will contact applicant via e- mail within three working days after one’s submission

  3. As part of work selection process, applicant must provide all required materials as listed below through designated channels by May 15 

            a.  Video of the complete piece (file size<200Mb) 

            b.  Title & brief introduction of the piece (less than 200 words)

            c.  Two high-resolution pictures of the piece (jpeg format of at least 1Mb each) 

            d.  ID/Passport scan/copy of each and every participant/participants of the group

  4. Applicant are required to complete payment of participation fees within one-week of selection result notification.

Important: All required materials mentioned above must be received by Festival Office via designated channel  by May 15; otherwise application will be voided.

Accommodation Arrangement

Participants are required to handle on own on his/her hotel/housing during one's participation.  Festival Organizing Committee will provide information about theater nearby hotel info for reference and pursue.


1.Artists/Performing groups of selected works will be considered as 2018 Beijing Dance Festival’s Youth Dance Marathon Artists and are required to follow assignment and scheduling provided by the Festival Organizing Committee.

2.All publicity, planning, organization and promotion of the accepted works are organized and handled by Festival Organizing Committee.

3.Performance venue and basic technical support (i.e. Standard rig, lighting and sound system) will be provided by Festival Organizing Committee.

4.Invitation letter (for visa or funding application purpose) can be provided to applicants.


Beijing Dance Festival Office / BeijingDance/LDTX

No. 16 Xiadianchangpochun Road, Xidawang Road, BeijingDance/LDTX   Postal Code: 100022

(near Beijing Advertising Place, enter 7 Days Inn & make an immediate right to go inside of courtyard.  Subway Line 1 or Line 14 DaWang Road Station, Exit B)

Tel+86 (10) 6405-4292 / +86 (10) 6405-4842 x8022



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