DanceBARN Festival

July 19-25, 2021

Battle Lake, Minnesota

It's Happening!

     Applications Coming Soon...    


About the Festival

The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lakes.

A Collective Experience

The DanceBARN Festival can't happen without you. Our directors curate a diverse week of classes, screenings, performances, recreational and community events. Choreographers are selected to produce work during the week-long festivities. Apply to be part of the 2020 Festival!

Share Dance with our Community

Battle Lake, Minnesota is a resorting community nestled in "the heart of the lakes" that thrives off of summer tourism. The town is supportive of the arts and always ready to learn from the dancers attending the festival. We would love you to share your passion for dance with our town!


Connect and Relax at the Lake

Not only do you get to spend an entire week dancing and creating with incredible teachers and choreographers, but you also enjoy communal meals, great conversation, and afternoons at the lake.


We are so excited to be partnering with The Hideaway at Xanadu Island for lodging!  


Ways To Attend

Space is limited for both categories, but "Maker" applicants will be given preference.


MAKER Applications Closed

Teachers and choreographers can apply to attend the festival as a "MAKER." Selected artists will teach during the week and/or create work on dancers attending the festival. Makers are also able to attend all classes and other recreational happenings during the week.

Applications Coming Soon


MOVER Applications Closed

Dancers attending the festival as a "MOVER" are able to take all classes during the week, sign up to work with guest choreographers, and participate in other recreational happenings including kayaking, swimming, biking, and hiking.

Applications Coming Soon


How do we keep costs low?

We're a COLLECTIVE! The goal is to have a sense of community during the festival. Everyone attending contributes to the week. Cooking, cleaning, setup, takedown, guerrilla marketing. It takes a village.

All registration costs go toward space rental, organizing fees, lodging, and community events in addition to the grant funding and donations that make the festival possible.  




Subsidized rate for teachers and choreographers.

Includes all classes and events.



Includes all classes and events.



(In addition to registration)

Gets you a shared cabin at the lake and dinner every night!

Check out The Hideaway at Xanadu Island!


We are excited to announce that DanceBARN is able to offer assistance

to a limited number of festival-goers thanks to a generous

donation from the Will J Reid Foundation! Please stay tuned for further information about making a financial assistance request.

Other Funding Support Resources:

2021 Festival Theme

DANCE/MUSIC Collaboration

Battle Lake has an incredible music scene and this year we're taking full advantage of it! Not only will each class have live accompaniment, but we will help nurture 3 collaborations between local musicians and guest choreographers. From our local singer songwriter group to a summertime resident that happens to be an internationally acclaimed classical composer, we plan to ignite collaborations between dancers and musicians during the week-long festival. There will be opportunities to create for stage and site specific performances. Apply today!