WHITE WAVE Dance will present the 21st annual Dumbo Virtual Dance Festival

WHITE WAVE Dance will present the 21st annual Dumbo Virtual Dance Festival, June 23-26, 2022. This spectacular four-day show features sixty companies with more than 350 artists from New York and around the world, showcasing works in color, chamber and on a large scale. . Tickets are $15 (except Gala) and can be purchased online at www.whitewavedance.org.

The festival begins with a virtual opening night celebration gala on June 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. The evening will be hosted by distinguished guest speakers including philanthropist and patron of WHITE WAVE Gerald Appelstein, SummerStage NYC dance curator Danni Gee, Jennifer Muller/Artistic Director of The Works Jennifer Muller, former board member of WHITE WAVE and WHITE WAVE alumnus Angel Ludo Scheffer Board Chair Thera Marshall, longtime WHITE WAVE supporter and selection committee member Pascal Rekoert, and board members of the company and the artistic director of WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim.

Speaker remarks will punctuate the evening from six sensational contemporary dance troupes: Hyonok Kim Dance Arts, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Barkin/Selissen Project, and three of South Korea’s most eclectic companies: chagmu center|KIM / MEA JA, UBIN dancing| Na-Hyun Lee & Mucheon Theater | Ara Kim, and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

The festival continues on June 24 with performances at 7 and 9 p.m.; June 25 with performances at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and June 26 at 4 and 6 p.m. – with a grand finale at 8 p.m. There is also a family program on June 26, celebrating the next generation of dancers and their parents. WHITE WAVE’s Kids Can Dance educational program will offer a free Zoom hip-hop and modern dance class from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., led by a member of the company. The class is followed by a fun and educational dance program for the whole family from seven companies, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please visit www.whitewavedance.org for the full program of performances.

WHITE WAVE travels the world in search of today’s most innovative dancers, both emerging and established, and brings them together virtually for an extended weekend, while paying special attention to new, emerging and experimental. Dance lovers will discover a veritable cornucopia of the best in contemporary dance. 2022 VDDF attracts the very best by providing artists with access to our global audience to experience, first-hand, the unparalleled vitality of the dance scene in New York and around the world.

“It’s a festival of opportunity,” said Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director and Founder of White Wave Dance. “The DUMBO Dance Festival – now VIRTUAL – offers over 350 performers the opportunity to showcase their work. Additionally, it offers New York and global audiences the chance to experience one of the most diverse presentations of choreography cutting edge and excellence at an affordable price.”

Ballaro Dance New York (NY), Alison Cook Beatty Dance (NY), Meg Kirchhoff (Buffalo, NY),

Taylor Graham (NY), Flamencodanza Aylin Bayaz (Madrid, Spain), Kelly Guerrero (CT),

Metanoia Dance (NY), Ramona Sekulovic (Berlin, Germany), Alisa Guiffrida (Syracuse, NY),

Choreography by Kathleen Hickey (IN), Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (NY), Lisa D. Long (CA),

Lauren Blair Smith Dance Company (CA), Theater Mucheon (Seoul, Korea), Dmitri Peskov (UT)

EloyDanza (IA), ALAH (Texas), Hyonok Kim Dance Arts (NY), UBIN Dance (Seoul, Korea),

chagmu center/ KIM MEA JA (Seoul, Korea), Limón2 (NY), Cristina Ruberto( Salerano Canavese, Italy), Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater (NY), Amos Pinhasi (NY), JKing Dance Company (JKDC) (NY), East by North Dance (NY), Buglisi Dance Theater (NY), Elise Knudson (NY), Barkin/Selissen Project (NY), Jody Oberfelder Projects (NY), Devin Richey (NY), CrossMove Lab (Plainview, NY), Laurie DeVito and Dancers (NY), Flexicurve (NY), Jenna Hanlon (Fairport, NY), David Appel (NY), Yaa Samar! Dance Theater (NY) and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

This year, WHITE WAVE Dance will select two outstanding companies for the opportunity to perform at the New Dance Festival 2023 in Korea and the Detroit City Dance Festival 2022. These two highly regarded festivals will provide companies with another fantastic opportunity for exposure, promotion and additional performance. All participating VDDF companies will be carefully screened and informed after the grand finale.


Founded in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting both modern and timeless themes and philosophies. Our mission is to be a powerful stimulus for change and expansion in the world of dance and the arts through the production of dance concerts, courses, residencies and education. Artistic Director Young Soon Kim’s vision is broad, challenging the threshold of dance, music, theater and visual arts, rushing forward to create new possibilities. Ms. Kim creates works of vision and body language with respect and awe of the new that challenge and expand the boundaries of dance. We provide emerging and established choreographers/companies with a place in New York where they can gather, create, rehearse and present new dance work through our festivals.


Mission and brief history of WHITE WAVE

Founded by Korean-born Young Soon Kim in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company is dedicated to inspiring audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting both modern and timeless themes and philosophies. We constantly strive to be a powerful stimulus for progress and evolution in the world of dance and the arts. By producing dance concerts, festivals and educational activities, WHITE WAVE Dance offers both new and seasoned choreographers/companies an encouraging environment where they can create, collaborate and present new work in the undisputed dance capital of the world, New York. . WHITE WAVE established DDF in 2001 in response to the dance community‘s need for performance opportunities that would not only showcase, but also produce the work of emerging choreographers at minimal cost to the artist. The festival is now recognized as New York’s most prestigious gathering of pioneering choreography, encouraging experimentation, creativity and originality. To date, WHITE WAVE Dance has proudly presented over 3,000 choreographers/dance companies and over 22,500 performers to a total of over 90,500 spectators.


Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of WHITE WAVE Dance, is a nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographer, whose work has been hailed for its uplifting, visually stunning and emotionally rich phrases and textures. In addition to her role as a performer and artistic director, Ms. Kim created a series of dance festivals soon after the inauguration of the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in 2001. She has since become one of the most recognized producers/curators. At New York. Ms. Kim was also a jury member for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006 and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2014. After the world premiere at the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, The Canadian premiere of “iyouuswe” (read as I-You-Us-We-two) by WHITE WAVE Dance at the 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival was a resounding success! WHITE WAVE performed “Eternal NOW” on our hugely successful 2019 tour of Korea and China. In Gwanju, Korea, we performed at a special event at the Asian Cultural Center, one of the most prestigious arts complexes in all of Asia. There we participated in the opening celebration of the 2019 FINA World Championship Masters Games, a sporting event that rivals the Olympics. Then we flew to China to perform at the Ningbo Cultural Plaza, as part of a Sino-American cultural exchange program. A dazzled sold-out audience greeted us at each performance! During the summer/fall of 2021, Young Soon Kim continuously premiered “iyouuswe II, A Dance Film” and a stage version of the production. In October 2021, WHITE WAVE Dance presented three free performances of their new production, iyouuswe II (I-You-Us-We-Two), on October 9 and 30, 2021 at DUMBO Archway, and two shows at the Home of WHITE WAVE Dance at 5 p.m. as part of the City Artist Corps Grant Initiative. “iyouuswe II, A Dance Film” was selected as a finalist of the 2022 Cannes International Film Festival, the Paris International Short Film Festival, the Vancouver Independent Film Festival and an OFFICIAL SELECTION at the International Short Film Festival London 2021, Espoo International Film Festival Digi-Dance (Finland) and Experimental, Dance, Music Film Festival (Canada).

WHITE WAVE programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City Fund, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact New York Community Trust Fund, Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, JOHN RYAN COMPANY and individual arts supporters like you.

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