Dance immersion weekend is coming

Milford. LjungQvist-Brinson’s DanceFest Milford returns this year by popular demand. Many professional dance companies will perform, and workshops for children, teens, and adults are offered.

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“The purpose of DanceFest is to support the art of dance, engage the community and educate the public about all aspects of dance."
Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson, Hanna Q Dance Company

By Marilyn Rosenthal

The DanceFest Milford buzz is on.

Back by popular demand, DanceFest is returning on May 17, 18, 19, an immersion experience that promises to be exciting, daring, and fun.

Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson, the founder and director of the Hanna Q Dance Company based in New York, is excited to bring her dancers and other dance companies back to Milford for the second year.

“The purpose of DanceFest is to support the art of dance, engage the community and educate the public about all aspects of dance," said LjungQvist- Brinson.

This is why she always includes a free workshop for children (Fairy tale dance workshop on Saturday, May 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at The Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Milford) and a modern dance workshop for teens and young adults (Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Jen Murphy’s Fitness Studio in Milford).

The other dance performances will be by New York professional dance companies in addition to Johanna’s own Hanna Q Dance Company.


On Friday evening, May 17, there will be a gala reception in the garden at Hotel Fauchere with appetizers and wine and a duet performance by the Hanna Q dancers: Jose Miguel Rebolme and Sofia Bisci accompanied by Jane Mac Alla Livingston on the harp. Tamara Saltzman Chant will be the mistress of ceremonies.

There is a $50 charge for this reception.


On Saturday, May 18, all performances will be in St. Patrick’s Hall (across from the church). There will be a variety of professional dances, including Indian dance and contemporary dance, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

It culminates in a big fundraising show with all eight of the Hanna Q dancers and also with Jonathan Matthews and Holly Sass.

There will be appetizers and wine at this show.

The all-day ticket for Saturday is $40. There is a special for $80 for both the Saturday pass and the Friday evening gala reception.


Performances on Sunday, May 19, will take place at the Jen Murphy Fitness Studio in Milford at 2:30 and 3:30. These professional contemporary dance performances are free and open to the public.

This summer

If afterward you are craving more DanceFest Milford, don't miss a special performance from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $40. There will be a variety of high-energy, cutting-edge professional dance companies from New York, including the Hanna Q Dance Company. Some of these dancers appeared last year, so you can expect edge-of-your seat entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the May and or July performances, visit

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