St. Louis is a beautiful city, but if you have lived here all your life, you’ve probably grown tired of the same entertainment possibilities. If you want to replace dining and clubs with something less conventional and more rewarding, then grab your dancing shoes and check out these dance festivals. Here, you can see some of the most skilled artists perform dancing arts and, why not, participate together with your partner and understand why dancing is one of the most popular activities in the world. To make the most out of this experience, it’s advisable that you become a member of dance clubs in St. Louis at least a few months before these festivals, at least to learn the basics of classic or contemporary dances. Whether you just like to watch experts at work or participate yourself, these festivals deserve to be on your list of events.
The Annual Spring to Dance® Festival
The Annual Spring to Dance® Festival is already at its 8th edition and will take place in May, during the Memorial Day Weekend. 30 dance companies from all over the world will entertain you with their performances for three nights in a row and if you can’t dance yet, you’ll definitely want to take dance lessons in St. Louis afterwards. This festival doesn’t focus on just one type of dance. You will be able to see everything from salsa and swing to modern dances. The locations for this festival are the Lee Theater and the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall.
The Annual St. Louis International Dance Festival
The Annual St. Louis International Dance Festival will start in June and will welcome some of the best dancers in the world. The location is the River City Casino and Hotel on River City Casino Blvd. and no matter what dancing style you like, you’ll definitely love the performances. This festival was first named Noches Latina Jam Festival, so most of the dances are Latin (Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango), but you can also watch dancers performing more modern dances, such as hip-hop.
St. Louis Tap Festival
This year, the St. Louis Tap Festival celebrates its 23rd edition and we can definitely expect more editions to come. Just like the name suggests, this event is all about tap dance. It lasts for a whole week, but, unlike the other two festivals mentioned here, it also includes workshops, classes and discussions. You can watch professional tap dancers at work and also interact with them, so if you want to learn more about the history and philosophy of this American dance, book a seat in July at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel.
FeTNA Festival of Folk dances & Culture
Last, but not least, there is the FeTNA Festival of Folk dances & Culture, which takes place in July at the Chaifetz Arena. This festival is not your traditional choice, because it features performances from international dance groups, such as the ones in South India. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely the event to attend if you’re interested in exotic culture.