Charlotte Dance Festival Youth Gala

April 23 - 25

Workshops options are in-person and virtual.

Sunday, April 25
4pm - 5pm

Youth Gala Performance
In-Person Audience

Virtual Stream opportunity April 26 - 30

In-Person and video performances

Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center

9315-E Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28270

Youth Gala brings together area dance studios, academic school dance programs and universities to share their artistry with each other in a performance.   

2021 Participants

Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts / KARIZMA II | Burlington, NC

Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center| Charlotte, NC 

Fusia Dance Company | Bartonsville, PA

MufukaWorks Square Root Youth Dance Tribe| Charlotte, NC 

Warped Dance Company | Sheboygan, WI

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Performers are youth and college students. Choreographers can be professional or students.


Application Deadline: March 20, 2021
Notification: March 22, 2021
Student Fee Due: March 31, 2021

Dancer Fee: $85 per dancer

Student Participation Fee includes

3 classes over 3 days

1 T-shirt

1 virtual ticket to the live stream performance and Talk Back with Camille A. Brown & Dancers

1 virtual ticket to the live stream performance for the CDF Gala

The $85 fee does not include tickets for parents to the CDF Gala or the Youth Gala.


Only 1 work from each group will be selected, but you can submit up to 2 works for adjudication.

Additional students from your school/program can attend the festival by paying the $85 fee if there is space.  


  • Performers must be 12 years or older and enrolled in a youth or college program.   

  • Maximum number of pieces 1 group can submit: 2

  • A maximum of 1 work will be selected from each group

  • Minimum Length: 3 minutes 

  • Maximum Length: 6 minutes 

  • Performing students must participate in all classes

  • Choreographers can be professional or students.

  • The number of dancers that you submit in your application is the number we expect to attend. 

  • Replacements for dancers who become injured are allowed.

  • New: Dance works must have a minimum of 4 dancers.