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Dear dancers and visitors,

after a two-year forced break, we return with your favorite dance festival. We made the most of the cancellation of last year's PODF 2021 to make this year's one worth all the more worthwhile. Thanks to your favor, our festival has grown and we feel that the right time for a change has come.

We have established a unique cooperation with a leading Czech car company, which will provide us with the most modern environment for dancesport. The festival will thus move to the city Mladá Boleslav (approx. 40 km from the capital city of Prague). We agree with the values that the new space and the new name reflect. They are progress, the beauty of movement and sustainability. For the first time, the accompanying Expo program will appear at the festival, which will offer an insight into the world of dancesport.

However, your dance experiences still remain a priority for us. As every year, you can look forward to a gala evening of dance masters, the so-called Night of Nine, and WDSF competitions in Standard and Latin styles. We are looking forward to seeing You!

Yours truly,
E-Motion Dance Festival & Night of NINE team


About the event

E-Motion Dance Festival (E-MDF) which follows the beautiful tradition of Prague Open Dance Festival is the largest international dance competition in the Czech Republic. This year the festival will take place September 16th - 18th, 2022 in the beautiful modern spaces of the ŠKODA Muzem Mladá Boleslav. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary, we have established a new tradition in the form of a unique opening night, which will take place on September 16th and is called NINE.

NINE got its name thanks to the merger of 9 modern art muses. The highlight of the evening will be a show of 9 World and European dance champions in standard and Latin American dances. The program will be enriched with unique drumming show and the special voice of the jazz singer Jan Smigmator. In addition, during the evening you will get the chance to dance yourselves. The whole evening will be hosted by Jaroslav Kuneš and Petra Kostovčíková. The event with the performances of dance couples of such quality is unparalleled throughout Europe.

There is almost no need to introduce the E-MDF (formerly known as PODF) dance competition anymore. Every year, almost 1000 couples travel to the heart of Europe, Czech Republic, to partake in this remarkable event. You can come see who will stand on the winner’s podium, as well as be swept by the dance performances of some of the world’s best couples


Unrepeatble experience. Unrepeatable opportunity. Be swept away by the masters of their craft, be it dancers, or artists in the are of fashion, music, theatre or acrobacy.

Programme E-Motion Dance Festival

NINE - Opening Night

16th September 2022

  • show of 9 World champions
  • time for dance
  • singer Dasha
  • moderator Jaroslav Kuneš
  • moderator Petra Kostovčíková
  • Ruda Burdy glass charity auction
  • aerial acrobatics

E-MDF - Saturday

17th September 2022

  • WDSF International Open Adults Latin

  • WDSF Rising Stars Latin

  • WDSF Youth Standard
  • DSE Junior II Standard

  • DSE Junior I Standard

  • DSE Juvenile Standard

  • WDSF Senior I Latin

  • WDSF Senior II Standard

  • WDSF Senior IV Standard

E-MDF - Sunday

18th September 2022

  • WDSF International Open Adults Standard

  • WDSF Rising Stars Standard

  • WDSF Youth Latin

  • DSE Junior II Latin

  • DSE Junior I Latin

  • DSE Juvenile Latin

  • WDSF Senior I Standard

  • WDSF Senior II Latin

  • WDSF Senior III Standard


Be amazed by the star studded performances and root for your favourite. Get inspired and dance alongside the best. Come support your friends.

YOU create the atmosphere, let's make it unforgettable.

Why come compete at E-MDF?

E-Motion Dance Festival (formerly known as Prague Open DF) is, by now, a traditional dance competition In the heart of Europe, Czech Republic. The city Mladá Boleslav is easy to get to by car, train or bus and unlike Prague there is little possibility you´ll get lost. The competitions are of the highest level – International Open category and other categories in many age groups. 

As a novelty, you can look forward to a new venue. It’s a more spacious, modern dance hall with air condition and great acoustics. The venue, ŠKODA Muzeum, does not miss clean, modern facilities and a wide variety of available snacks. Faultless organizations with no delays is matter of course.

We put emphasis on the expertise of adjudicators and the adherence to all WDSF rules, which results in the highest possible bonification – around 120%. World’s best ranked couples take part in the competitions on a regular basis. Prague Open (now called E-Motion Dance Festival) is one of the most popular dance competitions in the world.