Mark Dendy Projects. Photo by Stephen Donovan, Courtesy ADF.

Ever Dreamed of Showing Work at ADF? Here's How You Can.

If you studied at the American Dance Festival in the last 84 years, you may be in for a major treat—and an incredible career opportunity. As part of its 85th-anniversary season, ADF is seeking choreography submissions from alumni of its Six Week School and Three Week School (formerly the Four Week School for Young Dancers).


Chosen applicants will have their work performed during a special alumni weekend, June 22–24. A $3,500 stipend will be awarded to each choreographer to help cover travel costs and associated fees.

Larry Keigwin. Photo by Whitney Browne, Courtesy Keigwin + Company.

Submissions are currently being accepted until December 1. Full details are available here, though materials include the choreographer's biography, promotional images and a video link of the work you wish to have performed. Newbies have a great chance—choreographers whose work has previously been presented at ADF are not eligible.

Need an extra reason to apply? It's a surefire way to get your work seen by the likes of Larry Keigwin. He's on the review panel, along with artists like Mark Dendy, Nicholas Leichter and Li Chiao-Ping—all of whom are ADF alumni themselves. Talk about good company.

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What It Was Like When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was in the Audience—or Backstage

The 27 years that Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent on the U.S. Supreme Court were 27 years that she spent as one of Washington, D.C.'s most ardent, elegant and erudite supporters of the performing arts. The justice, who died on September 18 of metastatic cancer, was also an avid cultural tourist, traveling to the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass operas nearly every summer, as well as occasionally returning to catch shows in her native New York City.

Ginsburg's opera fandom was well known, but her tastes were wide-ranging. Particularly in the last 10 years of her life, after Ginsburg lost her beloved husband, Marty, it was not unusual for the petite justice and her security detail to be spotted at theaters several nights a week. She saw everything, from classic musicals to serious new plays, plus performances that defied classification, like Martha Clarke's dance drama Chéri, with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, which toured to the Kennedy Center in 2014.

To honor Ginsburg, Dance Magazine asked three dance artists whose performances the justice attended to recall what Ginsburg meant to them.

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