Elite local dancers from around the region are dazzling crowds as part of the 9th annual Velocity D.C. Dance Festival at Sidney Harman Hall.

The goal of the festival is to highlight the talents of D.C. area dancers in all different genres including ballet, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, African and D.C. hand dance.

D.C. Hand Dance originated in Washington, D.C. area in the early 1950. It's a type of swing dance made popular by the African American community and has continued to evolve in the area.

The featured performers include:

  • Capitol Movement
  • CityDance
  • Company Danzante Contemporary Dance
  • El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea
  • Farafina Kan
  • Gin Dance Company
  • Heart Stück Bernie
  • LucidBeings Dance
  • National Hand Dance Association
  • Orange Grove Dance
  • Prakriti Dance
  • PrioreDance
  • Rachel Shaver
  • S.J. Ewing & Dancers
  • SOLE Defined
  • Therese Gahl
  • Urban Artistry
  • The Washington Ballet Trainee Program
  • Xuejuan Dance Ensemble

You can catch the very last show at 8 p.m. Saturday night.