It looks like a good time to open a shoe store in the borough.

Queensboro Dance Festival 2019 (QDF) started in Long Island City last weekend. It continues in Jamaica and Bayside this weekend, and then it spreads to 14 neighborhoods over the next six months. In total, 33 companies – representing diverse cultures and styles, including flamenco, hip-hop and tango – will offer 26 shows in libraries, parks, plazas, schools and theaters via this sixth annual production.

First, this Friday, May 17. A group of local troupes – Amy Marshall Dance Co., Barbara Mahler’s Dances, Dugal Dance Projects, Funsch Dance, Mala’s Odissi, Rastro Dance Co., Spaces of Fontana, SUNPROJECT, Yamini Kalluri and Dwayne Beach – will take the stage at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., at 7 p.m. Plus, the choreographers will participate in a Q&A session afterward.

The next stop is an open-air presentation and workshop during the Bell Blvd. Sunday Stroll on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m.

QDF Executive Director Karesia Batan organizes this May-to-October tour to strengthen and unite the borough’s dance community and increase appreciation for the art form. (Many of the events include engagement activities and talkbalks.) She’s also happy that QDF gives troupes the chance to perform outside their milieus while also creating opportunities for cross-exposure and cross-cultural exchange.

Plus, Batan absolutely loves dance.

“It is so inspiring to see more and more dance groups emerge to join the festival,” she said. “Often they are not new companies, but they are new to our program, and it’s like discovering another gem in the Queens dance world, and learning about another corner of our borough.”

Here’s a list of the entire QDF 2019 schedule. Unless otherwise indicated, the events are free, but donations are always suggested.

May

June

  • Saturday, June 1, MacDonald Park, 1 p.m., Forest Hills
  • Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride Parade Mainstage, 3 p.m. slot, 74th Street and Broadway, Jackson Heights
  • Saturday, June 8, Far Rockaway, 6 p.m., Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Avenue
  • Friday, June 21, Lou Lodati Park Summer Solstice Celebration, 5 p.m., Skillman Avenue and 41st Street, Sunnyside

July

  • Thursday, July 11, Bliss Plaza, 5 p.m., under the 7 train at 40th Street, Sunnyside
  • Thursday, July 18, Windmuller Park Wellness Day, 5 p.m., 39th Drive and 52nd Street, Woodside
  • Saturday, July 20, Lost Battalion Hall Courtyard, 2 p.m., 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
  • Saturday, July 27, Juniper Valley Park, 2 p.m., 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village

August

  • Thursday, Aug. 1, Athens Square Latin Night, 7 p.m., 30th Street and 30th Avenue, Astoria
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, Forest Park George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell, 2 p.m., Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven. (Rain date: Sunday, Aug. 11)
  • Thursday, Aug. 15, Bliss Plaza, 5 p.m., under the 7 train at 40th Street, Sunnyside
  • Saturday, Aug. 17, Queens Public Library Flushing, 2 p.m., 41-17 Main St.
  • Monday, Aug. 19, Queens Public Library Central, 6 p.m., 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica

September

  • Thursday, Sept. 5, Hunters Point Park 6 p.m., LIC. (Rain date: Sept. 12)
  • Friday, Sept. 6, Hunters Point Park, 6 p.m., LIC. (Rain date: Sept. 13)
  • Saturday, Sept. 14, Unisphere Fountain, 2 p.m., Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • Friday, Sept 20, Studio M Ballroom Studio Dinner + Dancing Around the World, 7 p.m., 36-51 Main St., Flushing (ticketed show, tickets go on sale in August)
  • Saturday, Sept. 21, Diversity Plaza Diversity Day, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 37th Road between 74th Street and Broadway, Jackson Heights (Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 22)
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, Athens Square Latin Night, 7 p.m., 30th Street and 30th Avenue, Astoria
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, Corona Plaza, 2 p.m., Roosevelt Avenue and National Street under 7 train at 103rd Street and Corona Plaza, Corona

October

  • Saturday, Oct. 5, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., 8 p.m., ticketed show, tickets go on sale in September
  • Sunday, Oct 6, Queens Theatre, 4 p.m., ticketed show, tickets go on sale in September

QDF will also facilitate free outdoor dance classes for all. The Kingdom Dance Company will offer the first one at Hunters Point Park, LIC, on Sunday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m. Urvashie Kissoon will do the honors at the same spot the following Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. Click here for more free classes.

Here’s a list of the QDF 2019 participants with their home neighborhoods.

  • Astoria: Cole Collective; Funsch Dance; Greek American Folklore Society; NK&D/a movement company; Noora Dance Theater; Sector Dance; Spaces of Fontana; SUNPROJECT
  • Briarwood: The Rogue Dancers
  • East Elmhurst: Amy Marshall Dance Co.
  • Elmhurst: A&Y Duo
  • Forest Hills: Mala’s Odissi; Masala Bhangra; Urvashie Kissoon
  • Flushing: MAE MAE Dance Studio; RU Dance NY Ballroom Dance School
  • Howard Beach: #Taplife Co.
  • Jackson Heights: Barbara Mahler’s Dances; Flamenco Latino; Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundation; Yamini Kalluri & Dwayne Beach
  • Jamaica: Vissi Dance Theater
  • LIC: Ayazamana Dance Group; Marie Lloyd Paspe; Rastro Dance Co.; Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre; The Physical Plant
  • Middle Village: Karla Florez
  • Rosedale: The Kingdom Dance Co.
  • Springfield Gardens: Fanike! African Dance Troupe
  • Sunnyside: Gotham Dance Theater
  • Woodside: Dugal Dance Projects; and Shauna Sorensen & Dancers

Images: Josef Pinlac

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