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Festival Dance & Performing Arts 

Bringing the Arts to the People and the People to the Arts since 1972

Because we believe in the power of the arts to enrich lives, enliven communities and inspire our youth, Festival Dance & Performing Arts bring the arts to the people and the people to the arts with dynamic performances, exciting dance education, and powerful outreach programs for all ages in communities of all sizes.

Our Core Values: Diversity, Accessibility, Nurturing of local talent, Community service, and artistic Excellence  

Great Performances 2021-2022

Ballet Fantastique, Beauty & the Beast, 7 PM, Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14, 2022. The Hartung Theatre, Moscow ID

Ballet Fantastique travelled for the first time to the Palouse with a full stage production, impeccable costuming, and a performance to entice new audience members as well as seasoned dance lovers. Mother & daughter, artistic team, Donna and Hannah Bontrager chose to portray the “tale as old as time” through its Russian folk roots. Based on Sergey Aksakov’s 1858 version, “The Scarlet Flower”, the ballet challenges traditional representations of women in fairy tales as saved by fairies and magic. In this story, a brave young woman must journey a long way and endure terrible danger. In the end, it is the heroine’s own bravery, moral judgment, and fortitude that saves both Beauty and the Beast. Characters in the ballet include Natasha, the Beauty; her father; Prissy Sisters 1 and 2; Russian soldier, Ivan; the Beast; the teapot, Madame Samovara; a Flirty Butler; the Count; and the Feather Duster. The music ranges from Russian folk tunes to Tchaikovsky, to Shostakovich, to intricate Baroque Vivaldi.

We are grateful for these generous agencies and community sponsors who combined made this residency possible:

Collision of Rhythm, 7PM,   November 12, 2021, Gladish Community and Cultural Center, Pullman, WA. 

Photos courtesy of C. Rod Bacon

Our first in-person performance in nearly 20 months was with the amazing duo, Collision of Rhythm. Comprised of tap-dancing classical virtuoso, Aaron Williams, and beatbox-juggling keynote speaker, Bronkar Lee, they filled the stage as a 12-person ensemble would, moving from instrument to instrument with a high level of skill and diversity. What was created is a richly explosive experience like nothing else out there — rhythm-centered, but also full of melodic movement and dynamic depth. With drumming, tap dancing, rhythmic juggling, marimba, piano, saxophone, flute and so much more . Our audience loved the energy and inspiration of this talented team!

Both have achieved internet fame with “rhythmic” viral videos, Aaron, through his virtuosic rendition of Mario on Marimba (over 30 million views), and Bronkar, as the Beatbox Dad, through a video of him beatboxing with his son (over 144 million views). Together, they have worked with companies like GoPro, Coca-Cola, and Google, and have been featured on The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent, and Super Bowl commercials.

If by chance you missed these performers you can view more about them at:

The Collision of Rhythm Great Performance and free Youthreach program provided to area elementary students

was made possible by support from:

Past Great Performance Seasons

Friday evening, April 23, 2021, at 7 PM was the first-ever for 

Festival Dance with a live-stream presentation 

by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

We had planned to bring this extraordinary group for an in-person performance of their new work The Four Journeys, but due to COVID precautions, the tour was put on hold. However, we were able to offer our audiences a virtual performance of MOVE/ment with a preliminary discussion with Cleo herself providing a message of hope during a radical time in our history. As always, CPRDE delivered athleticism, the beauty of dance, and the communication of equity in a timeless performance.

We look forward to bringing CPRDE in person in September 2022

to view more about these exceptional artists, visit:

Shortened by the Covid-19 Pandemic our season was two performances only. 

This past series began with the talented artists of Ballet Victoria from British Columbia, Canada, bringing "Ballet Rocks" to life at the Jones Theatre on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The performance brought a new definition to Ballet. Our audience loved the innovative choreography mixed with modern moves. Following such positive feedback, we are already working behind the season to bring these talented professionals back to the Palouse.

On February 22, 2020, in a Saturday matinee performance, we packed the house with audience members of all ages! Rainbow Dance Theatre brought the magical performance"ILumiDance" which proved to be a huge crowd pleaser! The artists even took the time for a post-show reveal of their secrets!

Scheduled for April 24, 2020, we had to cancel Tango Del Cielo.  But we look forward to the opportunity to reschedule Tango Del Cielo in an upcoming season 

Images from Rainbow Dance Theatre, February 22, 2022.