Dance on Camera Tour


Since 1999, Dance Films Association has facilitated the Dance on Camera Tour  to offer innovative programming to  various communities interested in screening dance film. These partners range from art institutions to genre specific festivals to university film and dance departments, both nationally and internationally. This touring program serves our family of filmmakers, while simultaneously educating a larger audience about the possibilities of dance on camera. In 2013, in addition to Dance on Camera Tour Custom Built, the tour has been expanded to Dance on Camera Tour Selects to include pre-selected shorts and panel discussions from the most recent Dance on Camera through our online Distrify player. This option allows organizations that are not members of DFA to continue to participate in the tour at a more affordable rate than a customized program.

Members of DFA receive additional benefits for the Dance on Camera Tour. Individual Members of DFA may submit to Dance on Camera at a reduced rate and all submissions are then considered for the Dance on Camera Tour Custom Built,  regardless of their acceptance into the festival. All films accepted into the festival are considered for Dance on Camera Tour Selects. Organizational Members may request a Dance on Camera Tour Custom Built and with the purchase of Dance on Camera Tour- Selects through our Distrify player may also have access to curriculum and support from DFA t0 look into filmmaker attendance.

Dance on Camera Tour Custom Built


Administration Fee $225 for building a custom program
Screening Fees for films range from $60- $150 per film screened
(Administration Fee goes to DFA and Screening Fees go the filmmakers through DFA)

Organizational Members of Dance Films Association may send Dance Films Association a request for a custom dance film program and our staff will work with your to develop your event. DFA's services include compiling a program based on your institution's preferences, compiled of short and feature length films, and determining a budget for the screening event. Once your request is received and budget confirmed, we will work with you to receive screeners of the films. Please be sure to send your request to us at least six weeks prior to your event date and we are happy to facilitate a dance film screening in your neighborhood.Please note, if you decide to program a Custom Built Tour, Organizational Membership is required.
-Sign Up for Organizational Membership.


Dance on Camera Tour Selects

Individual Rental $25.00 for personal use
Lower Education Download $125.00 for screenings and classroom use
Higher Education and Art Institution Download $225.00 for screenings and classroom use
(A percentage goes to DFA and to the participating filmmakers)

With the intention to be the catalyst for the production, presentation, and preservation of dance on camera, DFA is excited to make the first ever selections from Dance on Camera available through Distrify. Various packages will include DVD (coming soon!) and Download purchase options especially for Institutions and Higher and Lower Education for screening and classroom use as well as a Streaming rental option for individual viewing. DFA is proud to develop this opportunity for films from Dance on Camera to screen beyond, but still within the context of the festival; to benefit participating filmmakers and simultaneously reach an audience different from those in attendance at the festival. DFA is committed to make use of toolsets such as Distrify; to model and encourage adaptive distribution approaches that can be useful to the independent filmmakers participating in Dance on Camera and contributing to the dance film genre.

Create your own dance film screening series
Show half of the shorts for one screening and then show the other shorts plus the student film for a second screening.
Use panel discussions to prompt screening talk backs.
Screen the trailer in advance of the series for publicity.
*Work with DFA to inquiry about filmmakers attending your screenings.

Bring dance film into the classroom
*Gain access to dance film curriculum developed by DFA from our own workshops as well as curriculum for other partners we’ve worked with such as Ellen Bar from the film New York Export: Opus Jazz. It will be an introduction to dance film with a but of history, techniques, ideas, and additional resources available in the form of something like a bibliography.

*Membership with DFA as an Organizational Member is required for these benefits. Please Sign Up today.

Dance on Camera 2013 Tour Selects 

Includes six shorts, Capturing Motion NYC winning short film, four panel discussions, and the official festival trailer from Dance on Camera 2013.

Short Films
Arthur and Aileen by Marta Renzi
Brighter Borough by Georgia Parris
Folie à Deux by Nel Shelby
PAINTED by Duncan McDowall
Substance: Moloko by Natasha Merkulova
The Next Step Is by Victoria Sendra
Wild Like Kylie by Bhenjamin Ra
Kuduro NYC (Capturing Motion NYC) by David Woon, Kevin Fermoselle, & Stephanie Oppenheim

Panel Discussions
Capturing Motion NYC
Commercial Art
Sigur Ros Video Music
Ice Theater of New York

Dance on Camera Tour Testimonials

Andrea Woods, Duke University

The screening was off the hook successful and accomplished much of what I wanted it to do. Mostly there was a lot of social bonding. People sat around on blankets and huddled together in a way they would not normally do in dance class or academic classes. Some professors came and many curious passersby were attracted to the unusual screening. I think the dancers also liked seeing dance presented in such a public way. Most people do not know that the main dance studio was just a few yards away behind one of the dorms. Personally, I felt very proud of dance being visually present at a time when most classes have ended and people do not know that we are normally still on campus in the studio rehearsing until very late. 

Johnnie Mercer, Junior, VCU Department of Dance and Choreography

“Two Seconds after Laughter” presented dance in its purest form. The work not only evoked emotional sensation, it also created a cultural bridge that connected the viewer (no matter his/her cultural background) to the artist. Through the artist, a struggling female who fought family issues, and cultural stigma as well as her own psyche, I personally felt obligated to understand her point of view. This feeling of sympathy originated from the performer’s raw quality. For example; the film was connected by a constant use of counting, simple gestures, and sound motifs. The usage of these tools proved to be effective. Instead of hearing the simple vocal language of the performer, I found myself watching, caring, and understanding the artist.  The work proved to me the power that movement has on the human heart. The film’s motif language was somehow universal- awakening a new question within myself as an artist. How can I connect with my audience, how can I produce a work that promotes thought and genuine feeling? How can I bridge movement into culture?

Shawn Bible, Texas Tech University

The screening was wonderful. I received a lot of positive feedback from the community for bringing the festival to such an “arts starved” area of Texas. The audience loved the programs! I will be in touch next year to bring the festival to Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Blake Beckham, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Our event at Emory was a success!The visual arts audience was especially intrigued, many spoke about their delight and surprise at the entire dance for camera genre.Choreographers universally said “we want more!!!”

Patrizia Herminjard, Colorado College Dance Festival

The film screening was a successful and wonderful addition to the Colorado College extraordinary dance festival. Our audience was both moved and amused and generally ‘wowed’ by how diverse the films are.