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CDCFest Mission

The CDCFest is a professional Contemporary Dance Choreography Festival bringing together emerging and established choreographers to present their work in Orlando, FL. The city of Orlando has a dynamic art scene and state of the art theaters in which dance continues to impact. This festival's mission is to provide dancemakers a space to present their work and continue to build a strong network among the dance community in Orlando. Our goal is to showcase the power that contemporary dance can have in a community with work from global artists who are commenting on current issues or concepts in the world.

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Dante Puleio

Limon Dance Company/ Artistic Director

A widely respected former member of the Limón Dance Company for more than a decade, Puleio was appointed only the sixth Artistic Director in the Company’s 74-year history, a position that originated with Doris Humphrey. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company, touring national and international musical theatre productions, television and film, he received his MFA from University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on contextualizing mid 20th century dance for the contemporary artist and audience. He is committed to implementing that research by celebrating José Limón's historical legacy and reimagining his intention and vision to reflect the rapidly shifting 21st century landscape.

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McClaine Timmerman 

CDCFest Founder/Artistic Director

McClaine is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Dance Choreography Festival (CDCFest). She is an awarded choreographer, Nationally Certified Pilates instructor, business owner, and dance educator.


McClaine received her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and her BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to receiving her degrees, she trained with Orlando Ballet School/Company and North Carolina School of the Arts. Post graduate school she held the position of Assistant Director of Dance and Adjunct Faculty at Sacred Heart University for 3 years. 


Her choreography has been awarded “Best Choreography” in regional and national competitions, presented in the "New Grounds" Choreography Festival at University South Florida, the "EAST meets WEST" International Dance Festival at University California Irvine, the ‘Dance-Forms’ 72nd International Choreographer’s Showcase in Scotland, and the WHITE WAVE Solo/Duo International Choreography Festival in NYC, adjudicated in the ACDA Baja Regional Conference in Torrence CA, and competed in the 19th Annual McCullum Theater Education Choreography Festival as a finalist in Palm Desert CA. She was also a guest choreographer for the US International Ballet Company.

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Anna Lee Normann  

Social Researcher

Anna Lee is a social researcher and dance maker. She is a founding member of Kate Corby and Dancers and has performed regularly in Chicago, New York City and Madison, Wisconsin. She holds her BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and has had the privilege to create, collaborate and perform with The Humans, Mordine and Company, Draves/Kalpana Dance, The Fly Honeys, Paige Cunningham and Christopher Knowlton, to name a few. She was chosen as a SummerSpace residency recipient in 2016 to choreograph work reflecting on her two years living in West Java as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Anna currently resides in Western Australia where she has completed her Masters and works with Perth Festival, the oldest international arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Jess Franco
International Performer/ Choreographer

Jessica Franco received her training in New York City while earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College. She has traveled around the world performing and choreographing for World Tours for Ariana Grande. She has performed and assisted with choreography for awards shows, music videos, television, and live stages around the world. She loves dance, connection, and storytelling, and she is so excited to continue working, creating, and performing all over the world! 


Are you an arts advocate? Please make a donation or become a sponsor to help support this annual festival. Any donation can be used to help the choreographers and dancers coming from out of state to participate in this diverse and eclectic festival! 

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