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Dance & Film Festival Celebrating Art through Movement: Master Classes. Live Performance. Film Festival...Huntington, WV.


Big River Updates: Mark your calendars...Big River will be getting a bit hotter this year and moving to Summer 2020!


Stay tuned for submission deadlines & festival details for an exciting fifth year festival!!!

In the meantime...check out the 2018 festival:


Live Performance:

Catch three LIVE PERFORMANCE events: 


WEDNESDAY: September 12th @7:30pm:

Big River Kick Off Event: (Free Admission)

Join the in house modern dance company, JDG, at 4th Avenue Arts for a one of a kind, TOTALLY FREE, interactive performance event! Catch us on social media for performance updates!


SATURDAY: September 15th @2:00pm:

Big River Dance Festival Matinee Performance: $7

Check out the talented youth dancing their way to Big River Dance Fest! This informal showing of work will feature a variety of genres and choreographic styles.


SATURDAY: September 15th, @7:00pm:

Big River Dance Festival on the 4th Avenue Arts Main Stage Theatre: $20

Catch the AMAZING artists coming into Huntington for this one night only showing of LIVE work! This performance will feature our top 3 ScreenDance artists as well as the following live performance artists: 

Marquez Dance Project (Cleveland, OH) 

Matriarch Dance Company (Greensboro, NC) 

West Virginia Dance Company (Beckley, WV) 

Matt Saffron (Morgantown, WV) 

Re-Dance Group (Chicago, IL) 

Found Movement Group (Nashville, TN) 

Forrest Hershey (Beckley, WV) 

Danah Bella Dance Works (Baltimore, MD) 

Curtis Johnson (Beckley, WV) 

 (Nashville, TN) 


Catch the dance on Film SCREENDANCE Festival and see Film artists from around the world merge movement and film together:

FRIDAY: September 14th: 7:00pm

ScreenDance @ 4th Avenue Arts: $7 

See the following Artists: 

Diego Funes (NYC) 

Lisa Le Lievre (CA)

Alvaro Congosto (MA) 

Yujie Chen (China) 

Greyzone (NYC)

Tomer Zirkilevich (Germany)

Mark Williams (WV)

Richard Allen & Karen Pearlman/The Physical TV Company (Australia) 

Marta Renzi (NYC) 

DansPXL (Spain) 

Tickets on sale NOW!

Check back daily for updates...see you at the festival!

September 12th - 16th, 2018

Master Classes:

Big River Dance Festival has a HUGE variety of Master Classes! Schedule/sign ups/descriptions coming soon...

Master Class Fees: 

Single Class Pass: $18

3 Class Pass: $50

Five Class Pass: $75

Master Class Schedule 

FRIDAY: September 14th

5:00 - 6:15pm: 

Ballet with Emily Webb (youth)

Abstract Partnering with Jennifer Eccher & Shannon Sefcik

SATURDAY: September 15th

9:30 - 10:45am: 

Improvisation with Toneta Akers-Toler

Modern with Stacie Flood-Popp (youth)

Ballet with Emily Webb (Adv.) 


11:00 - 12:15pm: 

Contemporary African with Nekesha Wall

Contemporary Modern with Lucy Riner 


3:00 - 4:15pm: 
Modern with Donald Laney 
Tap with Matt Saffron (Int.) 


SUNDAY: September 16th

12:00 - 1:15pm: 

Tap with Matt Saffron (Int./Adv.)

Restorative Movement/Releasing Patterns with Jessica Lynn Fox.

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