The legacy of dance in Jamaica, Queens is rich — including dance educators like Bernice Johnson and Gloria Jackson — but only somewhat storied. The Jamaica Dance Festival celebrates Jamaica’s rich dance legacy — and its dynamic future — and does so in grand fashion!
The inaugural festival took place in the Summer of 2016, with a series of four consecutive Saturday evening performances that took place in Rufus King Park on the front lawn of Rufus King’s storied manor house.
The 2nd Annual Jamaica Dance Festival took place in June of 2018 over the course of four consecutive Saturday evening performances — again in Rufus King Park on a 32’x40′ stage constructed on the front lawn of the King Manor House.
The 3rd Annual Jamaica Dance Festival took place in Rufus King Park June of 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from presenting The Jamaica Dance Festival in 2020.
The Spring of 2021 witnessed the return of The Jamaica Dance Festival to its Rufus King Park home.
June of 2022 witnessed the second The Jamaica Dance Festival 2022 since the end of the pandemic.
June of 2023 will witness The Jamaica Dance Festival 2023.
Specifically designed to appeal to a broad section of Jamaica’s residents, The Jamaica Dance Festival remains free and open to the public!
The Jamaica Dance Festival: A Celebration of Jamaica’s Rich Dance Legacy and Its Future
The Jamaica Dance Festival is a program of A Better Jamaica (http://www.abetterjamaica.org) and The Jamaica Arts Council (http://www.jamaicaartscouncil.org).