Created in 2005 by Founder & Artistic Director, Jodie Gates, Laguna Dance Festival is a nonprofit organization deeply dedicated to the arts and community. The award-winning Laguna Dance Festival is committed to collaboration, dance presentation, and education through an artistic lens that strategizes innovative ways to commission artists, educate young dancers, and unite people of all ages and cultures. Laguna Dance Festival has presented world-class dance performances on stage, film, and public spaces to expose new audiences to professional concert dance. Laguna Dance Festival continues to offer and provide opportunities for aspiring artists through master classes, workshops, intensive programs, performance opportunities, and scholarships.

Previous Festival lineups have featured national and international companies including: Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M), Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet BC, Ballet West, New Zealand’s Black Grace, Ballet X, BODYTRAFFIC, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and RUBBERBAND. Laguna Dance Festival has also featured artists from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Full list of artists and companies can be found here.