The borough is teeming with talent, and now it’s about to explode.

The Queensboro Dance Festival will run from Thursday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 8, at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City.

Twenty-seven cultural and contemporary troupes are set to offer a wide variety of genres, including ballet, Bollywood Bhangra, Chinese Lion Dancing, Colombian folk, house, Indian Kathak, Japanese, modern, and tap. Every single group is from Queens — representing 12 neighborhoods spanning from Astoria (i.e. NSquared) to Howard Beach (i.e. #Taplife) to Jamaica (i.e. Vissi) — and more than 70 percent of the pieces will be borough premieres.

A different line-up will perform each show. Here’s the program with times.

  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Marcela Duarte; Barbara Mahler; Q&A Productions; Project 44; Jackie Nowicki; Micca; Sheep Meadow Dance Theater; SUNPROJECT; Masala Bhangra; and Vissi Dance.
  • Friday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.: LVCID; The Rogue Dancers; Marcela Duarte; SUNPROJECT; Noora Dance Theater; Micca; Dugal Dance Projects; Project 44; and NSquared Dance. This show includes a 10-minute talkbalk.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.: IchiFuji-Kai Dance; Cole Collective; Gotham Dance Theater; NY Hung Sing Kwoon; #Taplife; Brandon Welch; Vissi Dance; LVCID; Dugal Dance Projects; and Barbara Mahler. This show includes a 10-minute talkbalk, too.
  • Sunday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m.: CLaF Dance; Vissi Dance; The Rogue Dancers; Karla Florez; Cole Collective; Gotham Dance Theater; Brandon Welch; #Taplife; and IchiFuji-Kai Dance.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

QDF, which is produced by LIC-based company The Physical Plant, is an annual festival which began in 2014. However, this four-day run is actually the second half of a two-site festival this year. The first one took place outdoors at the Hunters Point Park waterfront over two nights in July. Afterward, QDF offered participating dance companies rehearsal space, free dance classes, and opportunities to showcase their talent around the borough.

Located at 44-02 23rd St., The Secret Theatre can hold about 100 attendees. Its flexible performance space allows it to host everything from operas to film festivals to art openings.

Images: Reiko Yanagi

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