Bates Dance Festival is a unique opportunity to have a complete immersion experience as a core component of the Bates Dance experience. The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival fosters a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances. Every year a select few Bates dancers participate in the Festival as their Short Term credit.