International Dance Fest (IDF)
As we transition back to more normal operations we are exploring ways to hold the International Dance Festival in February, 2022. Check back for more information soon!
The International Dance Festival (IDF) is a student-led initiative, which started in 2005. Today, it is one of the biggest and most anticipated events on campus by the whole UMaine community and the broader Bangor area. IDF showcases an array of traditional music, dance and costumes of our diverse student body at UMaine. It is held annually on the third Saturday of February at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Two free performances featuring dances from around the world are scheduled. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one hour before show time. The IDF is free and organized by the Office of International Programs and the International Student Association. Information about the dance festival is available by calling the Office of International Programs at 207- 581-3437.
International Dance Festival Quick View
Time: 2 PM and 7 PM Doors are open one hour before the show.
Seating: General Admission- doors open 1 hour before the show.
Place: Collins Center for the Arts (CCA) at University of Maine
Address: 2 Flagstaff Rd., Orono, ME 04469
From the South on I-95, take exit 191 to Kelly Road and turn right. Continue on Kelly Road for 1 mile until you reach the traffic light, then turn left onto Route 2 and go through downtown Orono. Cross the river, then bear right onto Park Street. Continue 0.5 miles until you see a “University of Maine” sign on your left and a branch of Bangor Savings Bank. Turn left onto campus (Rangeley Road). At the fork, bear left and you will see two huge parking lots. The brick and glass building is the Collins Center for the Arts (CCA).
From the North on I-95, take exit 193 to Stillwater Avenue and turn left. Drive straight for one mile and turn right onto College Avenue. Drive one mile and turn left onto the UMaine campus (Long Road). Follow the winding road 0.5 miles then turn right onto Flagstaff Road. The Collins Center for the Arts (CCA) will be directly ahead on the right after 0.2 miles. Parking is in front of the building on the left.
There is never a charge for parking. Please use the Belgrade and CCA lots, located on the front side of the building.
We strive to accommodate all of our guests. Below are just some of the accessibility services that we offer to ensure that your visit to the Collins Center is enjoyable.
Assistive Listening Devices
Amplification headsets are available for all Collins Center events. If you would like a hearing device during your visit, just ask our friendly staff upon your arrival.
Curb to Seat Service
Wheelchair pick-up directly in front of our main entrance is available for most performances. To request curb-to-seat service, please call our box office at 207.581.1755 in advance of the event date.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on all floors of the CCA. Additionally, companion care restrooms are located on the ground floor.
Wheelchair platform seating, wheelchair companion seating, chairs with or without arms, and seating areas without stairs are available upon request at time of ticket purchase. Designated wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra level of the Hutchins Concert Hall and back row of Minsky Recital Hall.
Elevators are located on all levels; however, to get to your actual theater seats, most seats/rows will require the use of stairs unless otherwise requested.
Available with proper vehicle placards or license plates in both the CCA and Belgrade parking lots located on the front side of the building.
Patrons can be dropped off at the front of the building on Flagstaff Road, which can be accessed from both the College Ave. and Park Street entrance to campus. The drop-off point is located approximately 30-feet from the building entrance.
If there’s anything else we can do to improve your experience, please let us know!
Seating Chart Visit: https://www.collinscenterforthearts.com/seating-chart/
Where should I park for events?
Please use the Belgrade and CCA lots, located on the front side of the building.
Is food served at the Collins Center and can I take it to my seat?
Yes! Food and beverages are served at most events at the Collins Center and you are welcome to enjoy them at your seat. The Miller’s Café is located in our lobby and serves a variety of treats before the show and through intermission. Beer and wine are available at many events. Please note that a proper form of identification is required.
May I take pictures at the show?
Yes, but no flash. Mobile phones and other electronic devices must be silenced or turned off. For the enjoyment of all of our guests, text messaging is not permitted during performances.
Do you have hearing devices for those with hearing difficulties?
Yes! Hearing devices are available for all Collins Center events. If you would like a hearing device during your visit, just ask our friendly staff upon your arrival.
Is smoking allowed at the CCA?
The University of Maine is a smoke-free campus. No tobacco use of any kind is permitted inside or outside of the Collins Center for the Arts. Electronic smoking devices are also prohibited.
Is there a place to check my coat?
Coat check is provided at most CCA events by student organizations at the University of Maine. All donations from coat check services are intended to support these organizations and their respective missions.
Can I bring children?
Can I meet my favorite artist?
Meet and greets are done in the lobby at the discretion of the artists. No one is permitted access backstage to meet with any artist without prior approval of the artist’s management.
If the weather is bad, do you cancel performance?
It is uncommon for Collins Center events to be canceled due to weather, though it may occur in extreme instances. Show cancellations will be announced on our website and social media pages. For the most up-to-date show cancellation notices, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Can I sit with my friends?
Of course! To ensure that you can sit with your friends, arrive early. IDF offers general seating so those who arrive early will have plenty of choices for seats.
What kinds of accessibility services are offered at the Collins Center?
We strive to accommodate all of our guests. If you require wheelchair-accessible seating or have other special needs, please contact the box office at 207.581.1755. Additionally, amplification headsets are available upon request at all performances. Accessible parking is available for those with handicapped permits.