11th Annual

Brighton Dance Festival

Brighton, Michigan USA
August 3-8, 2020

Be Inspired at BDF

Six Days of Dance & Community
August 3-8, 2020


Thank you for visiting the Brighton Dance Festival website! I am proud to announce that after the 2019 BDF we were able to donate $2,100 to the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. This brings our total donations to local arts, educational and charitable organizations to more than $36,000 since 2010! Very cool!

As we head in to our 11th season at BDF, we have been thrown the COVID-19 curve ball. My heart breaks to announce that we have canceled all in-person programming this summer. Your health, and our community's health, comes first. We will dance together in person again in the future, and we'll savor every moment of it! For now, I hope you will stay connected virtually with us!


My team and I are excited to continue planning our virtual programming for the 11th annual BDF, happening August 3-8! Whether you are a returning student to the festival, or this is your first time checking things out, I invite you to take a look around our website to see what is in store for 2020. You've probably already noticed our fresh, new look as we dance our way into this new decade!


It has been my pleasure cultivating an atmosphere where students can feel at home and capable of anything they dream. Things will feel a little different this summer as we navigate the virtual world of dance, but together we can continue the BDF traditions of community, kindness, and lots of inspiration! Happy dancing to you all!

Kathy King,


COVID-19 STATEMENT - (5/21/2020) All in-person events at the 2020 Brighton Dance Festival have been canceled, including training programs, Dance Teacher Development Day, performances and community events. Virtual offerings will be available. Read our full statement here.


About BDF

Brighton Dance Festival is a contemporary dance festival located in Brighton, MI USA. The annual summer event includes a wide range of intensive training classes taught by professional dance educators, company directors and choreographers. Classes are held in spacious, professionally equipped studios. In addition to technical training, students will be able to experience daily performances, professional networking opportunities, and career building talks with faculty. Each summer, in our efforts to put community first, BDF donates a portion of all festival proceeds to a local arts or charitable organization, totaling over $36,000 in the past decade.


#BeInspired with us this summer at BDF!


It's all about celebrating THE ARTS, and dance is an expression of the soul. Kathy King motivates students to give their best. World-class dancers come to Brighton every year to share their talent. We can be very proud of our little town!

- J Michael Lenninger, patron & Brighton, MI resident


Faculty &

Guest Artists

Proud to host inspirational artists from across the globe


Become a 2020 BDF Sponsor - Downloadable sponsor info packet coming soon or contact info@brightondancefestival.com

Festival News




All in-person programs have been canceled for 2020.

Stay tuned for info about our virtual classes!


Our community programming at BDF is free and open to the public (unless otherwise specified).

All in-person community events have been canceled for 2020. Stay tuned for info about our virtual lectures and discussions!

Attend BDF

Class Schedule

Stay tuned for our updated schedule of virtual classes and events!

Sign up

Save your place in our training programs by completing a registration form and making a deposit or tuition payment by July 20, 2020.

Make a payment

Use our Square Store payment center to make a secure online tuition deposit or payment. You may also mail a check to avoid online transaction fees.


We're happy to help!

Send us an email and we'll be in touch very soon to help answer your BDF questions.

BDF cultivates a creative environment where everyone can feel safe to explore their artistry and push the limits of their physicality.

- Joey Mattar, 2017 BDF Intern

101 Appian Way, Suite 104

Brighton, MI 48116

United States

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