By JOHN FLEMING
Jennifer Archibald and her hip-hop Arch Dance Company open the Florida Dance Festival on Tuesday. It will mark the return of the festival to Tampa, its original home until decamping for Miami in 1998. Presented by the Florida Dance Association, the annual gathering of dance students and teachers was held in Tampa from 1979 until the move, but now it's returning to the University of South Florida, because Tampa is a more centralized location. USF's dormitory accommodations are also useful for the festival, which had to put up many participants in hotels in Miami.
New York-based Arch Dance will premiere The Uncomfortable Truth, described as "an adventure of seven women reclaiming their personal power. The performers looked into their own relationships with their mothers and coming-of-age experience. (It) aims to inspire women with the courage to break free from the chains of limiting belief patterns and societal or religious conditioning that have traditionally kept women suppressed and unable to see their own true beauty and power.''
The Uncomfortable Truth is performed at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Theatre I on the USF Tampa campus. $15 and $22.
More dance festival performances: Along with Arch Dance, the 10-day festival features other professional dancers and choreographers. A highlight is Disavowal, a dance by David Dorfman inspired by the life and legend of abolitionist John Brown. David Dorfman Dance from New York will perform the work at 8 p.m. June 24 at Theatre I. $15 and $22. In the one festival event held away from USF, Sarasota-based Fuzion Dance Artists will repeat their performance from last year of Hello Dali at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg at 8 p.m. June 23. The dance is to a score by A. Paul Johnson inspired by 11 Dali paintings. $8 and $12.
One of the festival's most popular programs has always been "Florida Dances,'' which showcases work by members of the dance association. This year it includes Amanda Szeglowski with her company, cakeface; tap dance from the Bay Area Dance Company; Moving Current Dance Collective; and the disability dance company Revolution Dance. The program is at 8 p.m. June 17 at USF's Theatre II. $6 and $10.
There are six festival performances open to the public. An all-access pass is $49 (students and seniors) and $79 (general). (305) 310-8080; floridadanceassociation.org.