Lake Tahoe Dance Festival goes virtual

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective enters its eighth year of presenting the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, which will take place online this summer from July 22 to 24. The festival has presented more than 35 works with more than 25 guest artists and 44 local dancers since 2013.

“This year’s festival offers us a format where we can not only continue, but enhance, our mission with the breadth of works and artists we are fortunate to have as collaborators.”-Christin Hanna

Each evening’s presentation will go live at 6 p.m. PDT on and will remain available for 24 hours. A suggested donation of $25 will help Lake Tahoe Dance Collective continue its mission to bring the finest in dance to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Donors who contribute more than $75 will receive a Lake Tahoe Dance Festival T-shirt and a 2020 Lake Tahoe Dance Festival wine glass, a Gala tradition.

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
July 22-24 | Virtual

A variety of works around a common theme will be presented during each of three unique evenings, with artist interviews and introductions around the works performed. Festival founders Christin Hanna and Constantine Baecher welcome an array of collaborators in conversation around the works shown. The festival will feature a collection of works seen previously at the festival in addition to works performed by artists who were originally slated to perform in Tahoe this summer.

“This year’s festival offers us a format where we can not only continue, but enhance, our mission with the breadth of works and artists we are fortunate to have as collaborators,” said Hanna, the Festival’s artistic director in a press release. “This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about the works from the artists themselves, framed in an evening programmed to weave the works together. When faced with the inability to have a festival, we knew we had a unique opportunity. As piece by piece came together, Constantine and I grew more excited at the ability to weave a bit of dance history and education into the three evenings. For those who have never been to our festival, this year will reach around the world to showcase North Lake Tahoe as a stunning beautiful backdrop for dance.”

Participants in the Young Dancers Workshop will be creating their own dance film shorts to be presented online during the festival. |

July 22 | American Classical Ballet
Featuring works by Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor and Lauren Lovette. Hosted by Hanna and Baecher, with special guests Daniel Baudendistel (formerly American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet), Stephen Hanna (formerly New York City Ballet, Billy Elliott on Broadway), Adrian Danchig-Waring (New York City Ballet) and Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet).

July 23 | Mid-Century Modern Dance
Works from Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Erick Hawkins and Lester Horton. Hosted by Hanna and Kristina Berger (Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Lester Horton Dance Theater; professor at Dean College Joan Palladino School of Dance ), with special guests Lloyd Knight (Martha Graham Dance Company), Wendy Whelan (New York City Ballet) and Kristin Draucker (Paul Taylor Dance Company).

July 24 | Contemporary Works
Featuring works from Marco Pelle, Jacopo Godani and Bryan Arias. Hosted by Baecher (founder of the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition) and Marco Pelle (choreographer), with special guests Daphne Fernberger (formerly Jacopo Godani Dresden/Frankfurt Dance) and Arias (choreographer; former dancer with Nederlands Dance Theater, Kidd Pivot).