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Jane Franklin Dance celebrates movement

and makes dance accessible to a wide range of audiences through public performance, dance education, community engagement and collaborations with artists from other disciplines. Jane Franklin Dance blends movement, sound and art; incorporates active participation by people of all ages; and performs on stage, outdoors, and at specific sites.


Share learning, engage in creative collaboration

Audiences, students, and professionals of diverse backgrounds connect with the Arlington and Greater DC community in a safe, inclusive space where they share learning, engage in creative collaboration, and stage accessible yet complex art-making.

Jane Franklin Dance crosses disciplines in partnership
with music, media, visual artists and community participants.

A vibrant part of the Washington DC/Northern Virginia cultural community, Jane Franklin Dance has been presented at multiple venues and festivals and internationally in Mexico. A recipient of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Creative Communities Award, Jane has developed innovative and collaborative projects combining dancers with the round wall skateboarding community, with a life size kinetic sculpture, with the architecture of a specific site, with dogs & owners, and with interactive live video and sound for numerous public art projects. In fall 2023 JFD was awarded Artist in Residency by the Alexandria Commission & Office of the Arts for Site See, an outdoor installation in Waterfront Park.

 Jane Franklin is a recipient of the American Association of University Women Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington, and her video work Four Mile Run Footbridge was selected for PHOTO/VIDEO 13: Juried Mid-Atlantic Exhibition. Jane Franklin Dance has been recognized by Virginia’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The company tours for the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory. Collaborative projects have received funding in multiple years from the Virginia Commission, the Alexandria Commission, and the Arlington Commission for the Arts, American Composers Forum – Washington DC Chapter and from foundations including Arlington Community Foundation and Washington Forrest Foundation.  
Forty+ and workshops for older adults provide free healthy movement workshops at senior centers, classes for active older adults and rare performance opportunities for dancers over age 40.  Performances for children delight young audiences with imaginative storytelling. Camps and after school workshops provide intensive learning and increase physical skills over time.

Jane Franklin Dance is supported in part by Arlington County through Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts, The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts Artist Residency Program and the National Endowment for the Arts,  Anonymous, Douglas Galbi, Virginia Commission for the Arts which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts a federal agency, Penelope Jones, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program and by individual contributors.

Jane Franklin Dance is a charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Your contribution is deductible for federal income tax purposes. EIN# 74-2179431.

Jane Franklin Dance

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