The Dance Fest will be located throughout The Big Muddy’s home in the Grand Center Arts District of Downtown St. Louis.
Free parking is available on the street in front of The Marcelle at 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, as well as in The Marcelle’s gated lot. Metered street parking is available on Washington Blvd, Leonard Ave, and other surrounding streets. If you park diagonally on the street, make sure that your right rear wheel faces the curb to avoid a ticket.
There are several hotels near the Dance Fest in the Grand Center Arts District, including Hotel Ignacio, Angad Arts Hotel, and more. If you will have a car for transportation between your hotel and the Dance Fest, you may consider looking at hotels in the Central West End or Downtown St. Louis. Airbnb's are available throughout many St. Louis neighborhoods.
Right next door to our Washington Studio is High Low, a newly opened literary arts cafe. Other walkable restaurants include Bulrush, Urban Chestnut Midtown, Turn, Fountain on Locust, Fieldhouse, Triumph Grill, Vitto’s, and The Dark Room. New this year, we will have food trucks available during the lunch break for your convenience.
The vendor fair is an opportunity to meet and interact with dance-specific businesses and services from across the St. Louis region and nationally. New this year, in-person attendees will experience a self-guided vendor fair, and all attendees will have the opportunity to view and interact with our Virtual Vendor Fair in an online format. Both platforms will allow dance students, professionals, teachers, and parents to learn about available resources specific to dancers and dance lovers and at all ages and stages. Examples of vendors include physical therapists, sports medicine and nutrition specialists, dance stores, etc.
Stay tuned! When we release the complete Dance Fest schedule, we’ll also share example attendee tracks to help guide you in creating your personal plan based on your specific interests and dance experience. Our goal is to help you get the most out of the Dance Fest weekend!
Yes! We will have several beginner-level classes on our schedule, as well as fitness classes for all levels and skills, including Pilates, yoga, and more. You could also take part in the Vendor Fair, attend any of the Panel Discussions, or sit back and enjoy one of the many dance performances throughout the weekend, whether it’s The Big Muddy’s “Moves and Grooves,” National Dance Week, or the Dance Fest Showcase.
We recommend the Dance Fest classes for ages 13 & up. We classify our classes according to experience level rather than age group, so there will likely be a wide range of ages in any single class.
When choosing an appropriate technique level, please consider that “advanced” is targeted at the Dance Fest for pre-professional and professional dancers. Therefore, dancers with under 0-4 years experience would benefit most from beginning level classes, and dancers with 5-10 years experience would benefit most from intermediate level classes.