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 This year we are celebrating WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company’s 35th Anniversary at Gala Opening Night of 2023 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL!

Dates: June 22-25 (Gala on June 22nd)
Venue: Mark Morris Dance Center
James and Martha Duffy Performance Space
3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

On Thursday, June 22nd, WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates both our 35th Company Anniversary and also our 22nd Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival with a GALA Opening that heralds the most anticipated four-day festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region!


The highlight of the DUMBO Dance Festival is the Gala Opening, where our Friends and Supporters gather together with international artists and the extraordinary members of our own WHITE WAVE team to celebrate the occasion with gourmet food, great wines, music, and dance.


Committed to developing dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today's dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend. For four nights and three days, dance lovers will experience a veritable cornucopia of the best of contemporary dance. DDF is committed to advancing the best of dance by providing on-stage and behind-the-scenes opportunities for 55 dance troupes from across America and around the globe, allowing audiences to experience, first-hand, the incomparable vitality of the New York dance scene.

Gala Opening Night 


This year WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company celebrates 35th Anniversary!

THE 2023 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL will kick off with WHITE WAVE’s Opening Night GALA Celebration on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm. The evening will be hosted by Jessica and Carmine Marinaro, Co-Chairs, Gala Host Committee.

Welcoming speeches will be by WHITE WAVE Dance's Benefactors John Ryan and Ludo Scheffer!

Offering an open bar, party food, and music to feed your soul, experience what it means to belong at the WHITE WAVE Gala 2023 Party!




We mourn Jennifer as a seminal creative influence for over 50 years, first performing for José Limón and Louis Falco, and then, launching her own company, Jennifer Muller/The Works. Ms. Muller built JMTW to such renowned success that it was dubbed the “American ambassador of dance” by the NY Times after countless international tours.

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Former Principal Dancer with Philadanco and Alvin Ailey, and current Director of Programming for The Joyce Theater.

 Gala Performance


Their opening remarks will be followed by five stunning contemporary dance troupes: Battery Dance, Yoshiko Chuma & The School Of Hard Knocks, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Jennifer Muller / The Works, and our own WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.


Gala Tickets are $100 at the Friend level (Performance, Dinner & Gift Basket), and $250 at the Benefactor level ($125 Tax Deductible, Performance, Dinner, VIP Raffle Gift including Dinner for 2 at Superfine Restaurant in DUMBO). All proceeds raised will directly offset WHITE WAVE’s production costs for our 2023/24 Season.


All Festival Tickets, besides the GALA, are now on Sale: $30 in advance / $25 students & seniors

Gala Music by Alison Clancy

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An accomplished dancer, choreographer and musician, Alison collaborates with many major cultural institutions. Haunting solo music performances weave tapestries of looped electric guitar into expansive, brooding drone-psyche Americana.

^Cover photo: Buglisi Dance Theatre by Christopher Jones

Thanks to our sponsors

WHITE WAVE’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Fund for the City of New York, The New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Dance/NYC's Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, City Artist Corps, JOHN RYAN COMPANY, and Individual Arts Supporters like you.

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