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Our Art Festival Performances on Long Island

Festival Overview

The Usdan Festival has hosted professional artists from around the world, including dancers from the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey dance companies, musicians from the New York Philharmonic and International Contemporary Ensemble, mimes, puppeteers, spoken word and Broadway performers, and, in the very first season, an 11-year-old cello prodigy named Yo-Yo Ma. Repertoire for the daily Festival Performance includes traditional and contemporary art from a culturally diverse group of performers. These performances bring art to life for campers in thrilling new ways to further delight, surprise, and inspire our students. All of our professional performers hold a workshop or master class on the day of their performance with students from a related class or department. 

In a typical summer, the series alternates days between professional artists, faculty performers, and student performers, showcasing the talent and commitment of Usdan’s incredible campers and offering a glimpse of the artistry created in the studios throughout the summer. Complementing the in-studio performances, the Festival showcase exemplifies the value of performing for different-sized audiences and with different levels of formality. By participating in the series, performing-arts students learn what it means to come together as a group to produce an artwork, to take risks, and be supported by faculty and their peers on the big stage.


Festival Calendar & Recordings

Click the button below for our Summer 2021 Calendar and download a PDF version of the calendar here.

To watch Festival performances from past summers, visit our YouTube page.


Livestream from the McKinley Amphitheater

12:10 PM Art Parade


Summer 2021 Protocols

This summer, students in 2nd through 12th grade will see a Festival performance one to three times per week and Discovery campers will see a select number of developmentally appropriate performances. 

We are excited to announce that we are able to allow a limited number of family members to attend student performances this summer. Please review our guidelines for visitors below.

Via email and on our website at usdan.org/calendar, you will be reminded of which days you are allowed on campus as an audience member to see your child perform.

Student Performances

Students in Dance and Music Majors will perform during Festival throughout the summer. You will be notified of which date your child will perform in advance via email and at usdan.org/calendar.

  • We can allow no more than 3 family members per student who is performing to attend as an audience member.
  • We will also livestream student performances, which you can watch on Usdan's YouTube and Facebook pages and here on our website.  
  • Family audience members will be required to stay masked until they are seated in the McKinley Amphitheater. 
  • If you'd like to see your child after the show, you can meet them at the Welcome Tent. If you'd like to sign them out, please be sure to have your ID or Access Pass with you.

Guest Artist Performances

We will not allow family visitors for our guest artist performances this summer. 

We will livestream select guest artist performances, which you can watch on Usdan's YouTube and Facebook pages and here on our website.  

Outdoor Performance and Rehearsal Venue Rentals

Usdan's campus consists of 140 acres of natural beauty, peppered with winding paths, gardens, and outdoor artworks. The grounds feature more than 70 studios and theater spaces including the year-round Maurice B. Hexter Center and the 900 seat Andrew and Lily McKinley Amphitheater, an award-winning state-of-the-art performance space. Additionally, the campus features four modern tennis courts, three large outdoor swimming pools, two yoga platforms, and a recreational area.

For more information on outdoor venue rentals on our wooded campus, please visit our Venue Rental page