The Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival 

Against a yellow and turquoise background, the words The 2023 MAD Festival, June 7 & 2024. The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival at the Emory Performing Arts Center, 1804 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30322

Applications for the 2024 festival will open in November 2023.

There is no application fee required. If selected for the MAD Festival, each successful applicant will receive an honorarium plus their work will be presented in a professional theatre with professional technical support. 

Applications are reviewed by panel of three dance professsionals, all of whom reside outside of Georgia. This panel selects the artists/companies that will be presented in the 2024 Festival.

The 2023 MAD Festival Promotional Video

Spotlights on a starry backgroud. The text reads "The 2023 Modern Atlanta Dance Festival featuring Atlanta Chinese Dance Company, Audrey Crabtree, Julio Medina/Scott Wheet, Kit Modus, Lashonda Jackson, and Full Radius Dance. June 15 & 16, 2023.

31 Years and Counting! 

Created by Douglas Scott in 1993 to showcase the diversity and excellence of Atlanta's dance scene, the festival is one of the only professionally juried dance festival in the southeast.  Full Radius Dance has presented more than 90 companies and independent choreographers on the MAD stage. We've welcomed more than 1200 dancers and have paid more than $60,000 in honoraria to MAD participants. The festival builds community for local artists and companies, with joint classes and community events, and cultivates new audiences through the festival format,

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"MAD is clear evidence that there is more happening in the Atlanta dance scene than many people realize."

-Gillian Renault, ArtsATL (2013)