Florida’s Leading Dance Companies

October 21 & 22 at Miami’s New World School of the Arts  &

October 23 at Artis–Naples

From the Atlantic to the Gulf, for its 12th edition, the annual Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler is expanding, with performances in both Miami and Naples. With some of the best of the State’s companies and choreographers, the programs feature a curated group of eight works. Named for the Founding Dean of the Dance Department of New World School of the Arts (NWSA), the program of short pieces and excerpts launches the season of dance in all of Southeast and Southwest Florida. This year, the Sampler will be presented on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at Miami’s New World Dance School of the Arts Dance Theater and Sunday, October 23, at Artis–Naples Hayes Hall. 

“These performances promises to be our best ever,” says Diego Salterini, Co-Artistic Director of Dance NOW!, one of the producers and performing companies. “We are really excited to expose new audiences to the program by partnering  with Artis–Naples.” The Florida Dance Sampler is produced by Miami Dance Futures, an organization founded by Lewis, which facilitates and supports dance artists and organizations, in collaboration with Dance NOW! Miami, New World School of the Arts, Artis–Naples and the Florida Dance Education Organization.

The Sampler will feature a curated group of eight companies, from ballet to modern, contemporary to flamenco, including Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Ballet Vero Beach, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Dance NOW! Miami, Miami Movement Collective, New World Dance Ensemble and the Zest Collective. Both venues will be following federal, state and local public health regulations and guidance about COVID-19. Please check websites for current information.

There will also be a Sampler Video Dance Showcase that will focus on the best of Florida’s “dance for the screen.” These unique video works will be available to view at starting October 14 as a “curtain raiser” for the live Showcase. Participating artists include Ballet Vero Beach Dance, NOW! Miami, Miami Movement Collective and Sandra Portal Andreu, and others.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for Friday and Saturday at 8 pm at Miami’s New World at, or in-person at the performances. Tickets for Sunday at 7 pm at Artis–Naples, can be purchased in advance online at, in-person during box office hours or by phone at (239)-597-1900. Both venues are fully accessible, the New World School of the Arts Dance Theater located in downtown Miami at 25 NE 2nd Street, on the 8th floor, with nearby on street and garage parking; and Artis–Naples located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, FL, with free onsite parking. For more information, and to request materials in accessible format, or any disability accommodation, visit or contact Dance NOW! at (305) 975-8489 and

Support for the Sampler is provided in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes); the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners; Miami Dance Futures; Dance NOW! Miami; New World School of the Arts; the Florida Dance Education Organization; and Artis–Naples.

Photographs from top: Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, “Shostakovich Suite ,” L-R  Johnny Almeida and Ayami Sato, photographer Patricia Laine; Dance NOW! Miami and the Limón Dance Company, “The Waldstein Sonata,’ photographer Carlos Ochoa; Miami Movement Collective, “Rinne Tensei,” L-R Rafael Luis Ruiz-Del-Vizo & Stephanie Perez, photographer Richard Calmes; courtesy of Dance Canvas, Inc.

WHAT: “12th Annual Florida Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler” featuring eight Florida companies

WHEN: Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 pm at New World; Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at Artis–Naples

WHERE: New World School of the Arts, 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami, FL, 33132 Artis–Naples Hayes Hall, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, FL 34108

ADMISSION: At New World, $25 general admission, $15 students. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at At Artis–Naples, $29-$59.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, in-person during box office hours or by phone at (239)-597-1900

FOR MORE INFO:  (305) 975-8489 or

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