Noble Motion Dance's "Catapult." The Houston dance company will perform in the 2018 Austin Dance Festival.

An impressive 20 modern dance companies are on the roster for this year’s Austin Dance Festival, April 6 to 8.

The 4th annual indie fest will welcome Vivo Ballet from Rome, Atlanta-based choreographer Kamali Hill and Chicago troupe VADCO, among others.

See the complete line-up here: austin-dance-festival/line-up

A terrific initiative of the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, the Austin Dance Festival is the type of smart, independent arts programming that feels increasingly rare in a city that’s becoming increasingly hard on its arts community.

Read:  With “Parade” dancemaker Kathy Dunn Hamrick marches into the Austin venue crisis: Up against Austin’s venue crisis, celebrated choreographer stages her new production in a borrowed furniture warehouse

In addition to showcase performances — each company performs about 15 minutes of its work — the Austin Dance Festival has master classes, pop-up community dances and this year will included screenings of short dance films.

The festival takes place at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures Studio Theatre. Tickets will be on sale in February at www.kdhdance.com/tickets

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