Supporting the production, presentation, and preservation of dance films; connecting filmmakers, choreographers, presenters, and audiences worldwide.
Dance on Camera

Dance on Camera

Inaugurated in 1971 and co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 1996, this ongoing presentation includes a broad range of films from documentaries, shorts, features, experimental works, and music videos that celebrate the immediacy of dance combined with the intimacy of film.



Our programs bring artists, curators, and all fans of film and dance to together. Each offering includes opportunities for screening films at different stages of process, education and professional development. Everyone is invited to participate- from the slightly curious, to the seasoned filmmaker.



We are committed to fostering the creative process and career development of all dance film artists. The tools we offer are designed to help artists raise funds, and support films at each stage of their life from conception to distribution. Not all, but some of these are only available to members.










We are dedicated to furthering the art of dance film by connecting artists and organizations and fostering new works for new audiences.

The Dance on Camera Journal was first edited and published in 1998, by Deirdre Towers and Louise Spain. Printed issues continued until the closing night of the 40th Anniversary Dance on Camera Festival in January 2012. Follow our blog for these archives and for news from the community at large.

From large scale events to small intimate screenings, Dance Films Presents showcases ambitious programming focused on films specifically geared for a special venue or around a specific theme. Attend these events and discover your favorite dance films and meet the artists making them.

Dance On Camera Festival films are readily available for film festival presenters, art venues, and interested educators to bring films from our collection relevant to your audiences and mission. The Dance on Camera Tour is a unique opportunity to customize screenings or access online curated collections.



We are dedicated to furthering the art of dance film by being the catalyst for the production of new projects and sharing essential resources.

Funding is crucial at all stages of film production. Whether you need to write a script, pay for a location, or secure an editing suite, our Production Grant can help you get started and get closer to finishing your film. Application opens in the fall.

Finance your film with Fiscal Sponsorship. Apply for grants that require non-profit status, collect donations that are tax-deductible, and receive a consultation and project page on our website to raise awareness and raise funds. Applications are rolling.

Make use of our Distribution and Festival Guides to find organizations, companies, and institutions interested in anything from dance for the camera to documentaries. Visit the Dance and Media Timeline to further your investigation in the history of dance film.



Seeking a Communications Assistant

Seeking a Communications Assistant   About Dance Films Association Dance Films Association (Dance Films), a nonprofit membership organization, builds upon founder Susan Braun’s vision by encouraging choreographers to enter the world of filmmaking, for filmmakers to discover the rich history of dance, and for audiences......

Lineup Announced For Longs Legs Short Films

DFA and DCTV co-present Long Legs Short Films an Evening of Moving Moving Images Friday, June 9, 2015 at 7PM   New York, NY After the first wildly successful collaboration between Dance Films Association (DFA) and DCTV to co-present Long Legs Short Films in November 2014, DCTV......

Call for Submissions

Long Legs Short Films co-presented by Dance Films Association and DCTV Submission Deadline: Wednesday 5/20/15 at 11:59pm EST Submission Fee: $10 Click Here for Details and to Submit After our first wildly successful Dance Films Presents Long Legs Short Films with DCTV back in November, DCTV and DFA......

Announcing Free Dance Film Screening on May 14, 2015, DFA @ BAAD!

For Immediate Release May 5, 2015 Dance Films Association (DFA) and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) Co-present DFA @ BAAD! an Evening of Short Dance Films for the Boogie Down Dance Festival Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7PM, Free   New York, NY Dance Films Association (DFA)......

Featured Films

Shout out to the films featured on our homepage!

November 25, 2014Renewal

Renewal_Elad Debi_Left to Right- Micah Amos, Yael Cibulski

Renewal is a reflection on art and environmental action. 

The film profiles a group of dancers – the Vertigo Dance Company – in their pioneering Eco-Arts village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. 

The film explores Vertigo’s unique, accessible methods of green living. Renewal features captivating...

January 7, 2015Angsters


“Angsters” was originally choreographed as an upbeat display of movement inspired by the anxieties of modern life, where the performers embody concerns of the dancer, including time (or lack thereof), technique, criticism, and voice/perspective. The filmmakers decided to explore these concepts further by setting the...

January 7, 2015Tagged

Tagged_Dennis Cardineau_L to R-Ellie Bensinger, Danielle Kipnis

TAGGED features graffiti painted dancers who create a moving image on city streets and transform spaces viewed as sacred, private, or useless into a useful urban theater. It addresses how artists claim public and private space as a creative canvas and encourages communities to see...


Founded in 1956, Dance Films Association is the catalyst for the production, presentation, and preservation of dance on camera.


Dance Films Association is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Send us a message through our contact form or call the office at (347) 505-8649 to say hello.


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