Guides & Resources

Choreography Showcases and Festivals

Artist Roya Carreras for "The Big Balloon," presented by the CURRENT SESSIONS, 2017. Photo: David King, courtesy of A Ballet Education.


2019 Women in Dance Leadership Conference is accepting choreography submissions by female choreographers to present their work at Mandell Theater in Philadelphia, PA with local, regional, national, and international presenters in the audience.
Submission Deadline – January 31, 2019
Selection Confirmation Date – April 1, 2019
Conference Date – October 17 to October 19, 2019
Choreography must be created by female choreographer


NEXT@Graham is a presentation of the popular Martha Graham Studio Series.

Works by a range of choreographers, selected through an application process, will be performed in the intimate Graham Studio Theater on May 7 and 8.

For its third iteration of Next@Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company will select works that respond to the Company's season theme: The EVE Project, which broadly explores the many facets of "woman" including historic and contemporary gender issues as seen in art, social interaction, politics, and commerce.

6-8 choreographers will be selected as a part of a competitive application process overseen by Martha Graham Artistic Director Janet Eilber and a panel including choreographers and arts professionals. After the performance, Eilber and the panel will select one choreographer to participate in the 2019-20 Graham Resident Artist Program, which provides 30 hours of free rehearsal space, a technical rehearsal and an additional performance opportunity.

Contact Next@Graham Producer Amanda Hameline at ahameline@marthagraham.org


EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 8, 2018
EARLY APPLICATION FEE: $25

FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 22, 2018
FINAL APPLICATION FEE: $35

PRODUCTION FEE (for selected participants only): $125


Since 2008, Dance Canvas has presented 78 emerging professional choreographers in an annual performance series of World Premier works. Our choreographers spend 4-6 months creating new works to be presented to Atlanta audiences. Dance Canvas choreographers receive essential resources, such as studio rehearsal space, access to professional dancers, link to Artistic Directors, video reel of work, marketing, promotion, and potential for future commissions through Dance Canvas and beyond. Choreographers that have premiered with Dance Canvas have gone on to create works for Ailey II, Atlanta Ballet, Jacob's Pillow, Georgia Ballet, Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Lubbock, Savannah Arts Academy, Atlanta Hawks and at many colleges, universities, and schools across the country.


Teen Choreography Festival is a dance concert showcasing the work of southern California teens, with a feedback session immediately after with working choreographers, Andrew Pearson and Pia Vinson. TCF is a opportunity for young choreographers to show their work, see their peers work, and make connections in a non-competitive setting. More information and application link is at WatsonDance.org/TCF/


Teen Choreography Festival May 12, 2018Huntington Beach HS Historic Auditorium 1905 Main St. Huntington Beach, CASubmissions/Applications accepted 3/1/2018 - 4/1/2018

  • April 6 Festival participants notified

Festival requirements:

  • Choreographer must be 18 years old or younger
  • Choreographed by more than one person is ok (all choreographers must be 18 years or younger)
  • Dance should be no longer than 7 minutes
  • All participants must be available May 12th for a scheduled technical rehearsal (9am -1pm)
  • All participants must be available for the entirety of the show on May 12th (2pm-5pm)

Accepted dances will have access to theatrical lighting (no follow spots, or gobos) and a private 15 minute full dress technical rehearsal on stage.

Performance fees:

  • Solo: $120
  • Duet: $60 (each dancer)
  • Small group (4-8): $30 (each dancer)
  • Large group (9+): $15 (each dancer)


MachineHDance director, Stephanie Deere, is accepting applications for the MachineHDance Winter Festival, scheduled to take place in 2 performances on Friday February 9th and Saturday February 10th at 7:00pm, 2018. Performances are taking place in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint Brooklyn.


The goal of the festival is to create a supportive and encouraging outlet for choreographers and dance artists. Consideration will be given to dance works of any genre between 5 - 20 minutes in length. Original work is strongly encouraged, however previously performed work will be reviewed. We aim to limit parameters and projected movement ideals as much as possible in order to enrich the process for participating choreographers and dancers.

The festival fee is $200, including 2 performances in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts, professional photos, professional video, a 45 minute technical rehearsal, and promotional materials. (MachineHDance has gone green so promotional materials will be distributed online for your use on social media, email newsletters, newssites, etc. )

There is a $10 Application Fee, which if accepted, will go towards your $200 festival fee.

In order to apply, please complete the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/f51mzfAaaLacuU2n2

Please send your $10 payment via PayPal to info@machinehdance.com. Applications will only be reviewed once the payment is recieved.

Deadline to apply is Friday December 1st, before midnight. Acceptance emails will be sent out by Friday December 8th. If accepted, your $190 festival payment will be due by Friday December 22nd, 2017.
If you have any questions, please email info@machinehdance.com


To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier

April 12-15, 2017

Santa Monica, CA

Jacob Jonas The Company and Dance Camera West will be presenting individual choreographers and dance companies ranging in all dance forms and genres to present live performance work at To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier as part of the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Festival.

Submission information at www.dancecamerawest.org/to-the-sea

Early Bird Deadline – December 1, 2017

Regular Deadline – January 13, 2017

Notification Date – February 15, 2018


Call for Artists - CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, A Contemporary Dance Festival


WHO: For individual artists and dance companies working in contemporary dance
WHAT: CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival
WHEN: February 17 & 18, 2018
WHERE: The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 11:59 PM (PDT), Tuesday, July 11, 2017


CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work is seeking individual artists and dance companies with contemporary dance work to be presented at the 2018 Festival (February 17 & 18, 2018), alongside master classes and a free community outreach program. Approximately eight individual artists and/or dance companies will be selected and their work will be presented in both Festival performances (Saturday evening and Sunday matinee). In addition to the Festival performances, selected artists have the opportunity to offer a master class and participate in lecture/demonstration(s) on the art of choreography.


ELIGIBILITY & FEE
This call is open to all individual artists and dance companies residing in the U.S. and Canada. Works presented at CHOP SHOP will not exceed 10 minutes total in length. "Works in progress" are accepted and considered, but your video work sample should show at least 75% of the completed piece. Works still in conceptual form will not be considered.


A modest performance fee is paid to participating individual artists and dance companies. Artists offering master classes and/or community outreach classes receive an additional teaching stipend. While we encourage applications from beyond the Pacific Northwest, please be advised that the Festival is unable to assist with travel, transportation, and/or accommodation costs.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/chopcall3.


PUSHfest 2017

Open Call for Choreographers

PUSH Dance Company seeks original, finished pieces of 5-8 minutes in length by emerging and mid-career choreographers to present at its 4th annual PUSHfest dance festival. This year's Festival will take place at ODC Theater (3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110), a premiere arts venue in San Francisco on September 22- 24, 2017.

PUSHfest is a mixed-genre dance festival that features works spanning a variety of performance genres and is open to choreographers working locally, nationally and internationally. From your submissions, our curatorial team selects fourteen compelling works to showcase on the big stage in one of two Festival programs.

PUSHfest's growing popularity yielded sold-out and near sold-out audiences for all four performances of the Festival in 2016. In addition to the opportunity to connect with large new audiences, the Festival provides a platform for choreographers to develop lasting relationships with Bay Area artists and art sector professionals. PUSHfest choreographers also benefit from increased visibility by way of PUSH Dance Company's widespread promotional campaign. For more information visit: www.pushdance.org/PUSHfest.

How to submit your choreography to PUSHfest 2017

Fill out our online application at www.pushdance.org/PUSHfest. Note that the application requires a link to a youtube or Vimeo video of your completed 5-8 minute work. Please direct all application inquiries to: info@pushdance.org, with the Subject Line: PUSHfest Application Inquiry.

Deadlines & Fees

February 28, 2017: Open application deadline

March 28, 2017: Festival participants are notified

April 11, 2017: Festival participants are publicly announced

Application Fee: $35

If accepted, balance due April 11, 2017:

5 minutes max- $35 (for a total of $70)

8 minutes max- $105 (for a total of $140)

Eligibility

Choreographers working in all styles and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Only completed works are eligible for submission to the Festival. No works-in-progress will be considered.

Performances - Dates & Venue

Selected works will be performed twice over the course of the Festival as part of one of two programs. All performances will take place September 22-24, 2017 at ODC Theater (3153 17th Street, SF) located in the heart of SF's Mission District.

Emerge

Emerge is a choreographer's showcase designed to provide emerging choreographers with the space and opportunity to present new and existing work. Choreographers will be invited to a feedback session at the close of the show where professional dancers and choreographers will provide constructive thoughts to help the choreographer grow in his/her process.

Show is Feb 11, 2017 at Michelle's Academy of Dance in Brighton, MI

Application Submission $25

Notification of acceptance or regret by Dec 1, 2016

4th annual Richmond Dance Festival. Submissions are welcome through Jan. 31, 2017.
Company Name Dogtown Dance Theatre
Audition Date Submissions accepted Oct. 3, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017
Audition Time N/A
Audition Location Online Submission
Location Street Address 109 W. 15th Street
Location City, State Zip Richmond, VA 23224
Website www.dogtowndancetheatre.com

EXCHANGE 2016

The Bell House will present the 4th EXCHANGE Choreography Festival, to be held August 25-27th. EXCHANGE provides a meeting point for professional dancers to showcase their choreographic work and engage in dialogue about process. Performances, workshops, and networking events are also included in the festival weekend. Only 15 choreographers are selected by The Bell House to present original dance works up to 10 minutes in length.

Internationally renowned dance-maker and teacher of choreography, Susan Rethorst, is The Bell House's honored guest artist for 2016. She will be spending much time with festival participants at performances and roundtable discussions as well as an exclusive workshop on Rethorst's signature method of choreographic Wrecking (c).

The festival will be held at Tulsa Ballet Studio K, 1212 E. 45th Place, in Tulsa.

For more information on the festival in general or about our featured artist, Susan Rethorst, contact (918) 549-1231 or email:bellhouseart@gmail.com.

American Dance Festival

Durham, NC

ADF's programs are developed based on its mission to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers.

americandancefestival.org

American Swiss Ballet Company's Choreographers Showcase

New York, NY

646-580-7311

asballetny.com

Bailando Dance Festival

Corpus Christi, Texas

Bailando Dance Festival offers a platform for aspiring choreographers to showcase their works and also take master classes from experts in the dance world. This three day festival features master classes on Friday and Saturday, two evenings of adjudicated concerts followed by the Saturday evening Gala performance.

361-854-7969

www.ccbailando.com

Brighton Dance Festival

Brighton, MI

A week long summer dance celebration including performances, classes and networking for youth, teens, college students, professionals and dance educators.

Built on Stilts

Martha's Vineyard, MA

The Built on Stilts Dance Festival is comprised of work by members of the Vineyard Community and professional performing artists from the island and beyond.

builtonstilts.org

Charlotte Dance Festival

Charlotte, NC

In addition to inviting companies to submit work for our established repertory performance, Dance Charlotte, we are open to submissions for dance films and independent shows as well.

charlottedancefestival.org

the CURRENT SESSIONS
About the performance series:

The CURRENT SESSIONS has built a reputation as an organization that offers unique and memorable experiences for dancemakers, their collaborators, and spectators alike. Biannually, the CURRENT SESSIONS brings together passionate artists from NYC, the US and abroad to develop new relationships; a 3-day festival of curated performances, movement workshops and an open forum/discussion allow accepted artists to exchange in both conversation and craft.

Applications for the performance series can be found in April for the August series and November for the March series. The CURRENT SESSIONS is interested in working with emerging and midcareer choreographers, collaborative groups and film makers.

Full guidelines + application can be found at: www.thecurrentsessions.com/apply/

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

Meydenbauer Theatre, Belleuve, WA

stonedancecollective@hotmail.com

chopshopdance.org

Dance Now NYC

New York, NY

Our DANCE NOW Joe's Pub programming, including our signature FESTIVAL series and Dance-mopolitan Commissioned Artist Series challenges artists to investigate new directions through the unique limitations of the pub's intimate cabaret setting. Our partnership with the Gibney Dance Center contributes to DANCE NOW's ability to identify and mentor new and young artists through our DANCE NOW Raw Studio Show.

dancenownyc.org

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival

The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival brings a diverse array of contemporary dance artists together from across the United States, inviting the greater Boston community to experience this art form at its finest. Participants and audience members are invited to meet and mingle with critics, producers, photographers, and leaders in the national dance community, all while exploring contemporary dance as a site of social change and progress.

Dance Up!—The Next Generation

92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

New York, NY

212.415.5552

92Y.org/dance

JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

INSIDE/OUT PERFORMANCE SERIES

Beckett, MA

The Inside/Out series is free and open to the public, featuring a variety of styles and genres, from contemporary dance theatre to ballet to hip-hop and culturally specific forms. It is a venue geared especially toward educating audiences about dance in a relatively informal way, and giving the opportunity to all people, regardless of their financial means, to experience dance. The Inside/Out performance series includes both emerging and established dance companies in a variety of genres from across the United States.

To apply and to find out more please visit: http://www.jacobspillow.org/about/insideout-participants-artist-submissions.php

Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival

Kalamazoo, MI

269.342.4354

midwestradfest.org

New American Talent/Dance

Ballet Austin

Austin, TX

512.476.9051

balletaustin.org

AMERICAN CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

The only dance competition dedicated to providing a platform for up and coming choreographers of all genres

  • Get your creative talents seen by leading industry professionals
  • Receive helpful feedback, tips, & advice
  • Make connections with dancers, choreographers, & industry professionals
  • Enter for your chance to have your choreography performed live at the American Choreographic Festival
  • Launch Your Choreographic Career!

http://www.americanchoreographicfestival.com/

ScreenDance Diaries @ Cultural Weekly is launching the first ever Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival.

Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival gives trained professional dancers, self trained and/or instinctive dancers, and people of all kinds an opportunity to go out and find or make dance films in public spaces. Raw or polished, professional or pedestrian, choreographed or improvised, shot on an HD cam or an iPhone, we dare you to get out of your houses, and out of your studios, offices, and cars, and go out into public spaces to find or create the dance in your city.

This is a new online film festival and open to people internationally. You can follow us on Instagram at @ScreenDanceDiaries or on FB at http://on.fb.me/1kDQ3Xw

http://www.culturalweekly.com/dare-to-dance-public-film-festival-launches-today/

Follow us on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/daretodanceinpublicfilmfestival/ and on Instagram at @ScreenDanceDiaries.

The Red Rock Dance Festival

The Red Rock Dance Festival, a three day dance festival held just outside St. George Utah at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts. Classes, workshops, choreography showcase and adjudication. Cash prizes are $500 judges choice and $500 audience choice.435-773-1221

http://redrockdancefestival.com/

New York Jazz Choreography Project

Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.

New York, NY

212.369.9036

jazzchoreographyenterprises.org

newsteps

Chen Dance Center

New York, NY

212.349.0126

chendancecenter.org

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus, OH

columbusartsfestival.org/festival/

The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation annual Choreography Showcase is a curated performance that provides emerging and/or established artists with the opportunity to show choreographic work, in a fully equipped theater, with the aim of enriching the greater Westchester community through dance. Selected choreographers are provided with a DVD, high resolution photos and a small stipend. The performance date is Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00pm at The Dance Theatre Lab at Purchase College (technical rehearsals will be earlier that same day). Group works must not exceed 6 minutes; solos are limited to 4 minutes. Artists must be available from 10:00am-5:00pm the day of the performance. Applications are due SEPTEMBER 15, 2015. For more information and application visit: http://www.steffinossen.org/2015-choreography-showcase/

Northeast Choreographers Festival Call to Artists

Fusionworks Dance Company invites choreographers from the Northeastern region of United States to submit their work to the 2016 Northeast Choreographers Festival to be presented in November of 2016 in Providence, RI. This year's festival will showcase the works of four emerging and established choreographers from the Northeastern U.S. Three finalists will be paid a $1,000 stipend to do a week-long residency in either May, June, or August, during which they will set their work on Fusionworks Dance Company. One runner-up choreographer, who must specifically be from Rhode Island or South Eastern Massachusetts, will be paid a $500 stipend to set his/her work on the youth company, Fusionworks II.

Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

http://www.fusionworksdance.org/ne-choreographers-festival.html.

For questions, please e-mail artistic director Deb Meunier at fusionwk@cox.net or call her at (401)334-3091.

International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms Productions

Louisville, KY

502.222.2273

danceformproductions.com

Detroit Dance City Festival

Detroit, MI

Detroit Dance City Festival is three-day community building event celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines with workshops, performances and networking opportunities. The Detroit Dance City Festival will showcase the work of over 30 local, national and international performing artists and companies.

detroitdancecityfestival.com

Dixon Place

New York, NY

We are looking for brand new work at all stages of development. All work at Dixon Place is curated. We have performances 6 nights a week. We do not accept submissions for full-scale productions, nor do we present work that has already been produced.

dixonplace.org/submit-work/

FAB! Festival

New York, NY

fabnyc.org

Choreographic Showcase

The Hong Kong Ballet

Hong Kong, China

2573 7398

hkballet.com

Hatch Presenting Series

Jennifer Muller/The Works

New York, NY

This is an informal, cost-free space in which to present the work of emerging and established choreographers. The intimate studio environment supports showcasing work in a "bare bones" state. Showings will also be followed by an audience/artist discussion.

jmtw.org

Dance Project, Youth Dance Project, Percussive Dance Project

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Washington, DC

202.399.6763

production@joyofmotion.org

joyofmotion.org

Jump on the DanceWagon

New York, NY

Jump on the DanceWagon provides four choreographers/dance companies with 20 minutes to show work in any arrangement of their choice. All participants invest a percentage in the production costs and, in turn, are returned that same percentage back from the box office sales.

ellen-inc.com/jump-on-the-dancewagon

Come Together Dance Festival

Koresh Dance Company

Philadelphia, PA

33 companies unite for 5 nights to display the diversity, creativity, and technical excellence of Philadelphia's dance community. Koresh Dance Company and the Knight Foundation present Come Together, an annual festival celebrating styles from hip hop and modern to contemporary ballet, tap and acrobatic physical theater.

koreshdance.org/cometogether.php

Mudson Works-in-Progress Series

loveDANCEmore

Salt Lake City, Utah

admin@lovedancemore.org

lovedancemore.org

National Choreographers Initiative

Corona del Mar, CA

949.675.4579

nchoreographers.org

Richmond Choreographers' Showcase

Richmond, VA

sfdproject.org/performances.htm

Emerging Choreographers Showcase

Pasadena Dance Festival

Pasadena, CA

626.844.7008

lineagedance.org

The Moving Beauty Series

Contact: Erienne Elisabeth Poitier info@beautymoving.com

beautymoving.com

New Prague Dance Festival

Prague, Czech Republic

praguedancefestival.cz

NYC10

New York, NY

NYC10 is a unique dance show. Each show provides opportunities to 10 emerging dance companies to showcase their work (up to 10 minutes each) and receive feedback and reviews. It is a free dance platform for development and expansion of unique repertoires.

nyc10dance.wordpress.com

REVERB Choreographic Project

Reverb Dance

Purchase, NY

reverbdance.org

ChoreoProject Award

sjDANCEco

San Jose, CA

408.924.5041

sjdanceco.org

Performances Lab Series

Steps on Broadway

New York, NY

212.874.2410

stepsnyc.com

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

Stone Dance Productions

Seattle, WA

stonedancecollective@hotmail.com

chopshopdance.org

GO! Emerging Artist Commissioning Program

STREB

Brooklyn, NY

718.384.6491

streb.org/go

WAXworks

Triskelion Arts

Brooklyn, NY

718.599.7997

wax205.com

Dumbo Dance Festival

White Wave

Brooklyn, NY

Designed to showcase the work of emerging and established choreographers and dance companies, the Dumbo Dance Festival seeks cutting-edge dance works that seek to expand the boundaries of the art form.

whitewavedance.com

Modern Atlanta Dance Festival

Full Radius Dance

Atlanta, GA

fullradiusdance.org/experience/mad/apply

NYC Festival of Dance Schools

Kat Wildish Presents

New York, NY

kat@katwildish.com

nycfestivalofdanceschools.com

Performing in NY Showcase

Kat Wildish Presents

New York, NY

kat@katwildish.com

katwildishshowcase.com

PUSHfest

PUSH Dance Company

ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

info@pushdance.org

pushdance.org/pushfest

National Choreography Intensive

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

The RDA National Choreography Intensive (NCI) is a multi-faceted program, providing dancers, emerging choreographers and seasoned choreographers the unparalleled opportunity to work, study and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance.

nationalchoreographyintensive.com

Springboard Dance Montreal Emerging Choreographers Project

Montreal, Canada

The Emerging Choreographers Project provides selected artists with elite dancers, 26 hours of studio space, and the opportunity to present work alongside our Principal Companies. Candidates are selected based on experience and the quality of their previous work. In addition to this unique professional development, Springboard provides each Emerging Choreographer with the opportunity to engage with talented dancers who may become future collaborators as well as mentors who facilitate the creative process.

springboarddansemontreal.com/emerging-choreographers

The Young Choreographer's Festival

New York, NY

917.675.7311

youngchoreographersfestival.com

Philadelphia Screendance Festival

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet

Philadelphia, PA

We are thrilled to present, in its first year, the Philadelphia Screendance Festival! This festival will take place over six days in the newly renovated Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater, a 110-seat black box theater in the Olde City section of Philadelphia. What we're looking for: Videos 3 - 12 minutes in length that feature movement in any genre that was created/captured specifically for the medium of film/video. (No documentaries or documentation of performances.) We want videos that are cinematically engaging, where the camera is used as a choreographic tool.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-philadelphia-screendance-festival-tickets-17712069276?ref=estw

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Rant & Rave
Not an outsider? No worries. Train yourself to see and think like one. Let go of preconceived notions and old habits of mind. Let dance take you by surprise! Photo by Getty Images

When I first came to dance criticism in the 1970s, the professional critics were predominantly much older than me. I didn't know them personally and, as the wide-eyed new kid on the block, I assumed most had little or no physical training in the art.

As slightly intimidated as I felt at the time—you try sitting around a conference room table with Dance Magazine heavy hitters like Tobi Tobias and David Vaughan—I smugly gave myself props for at least having had recent brushes with ballet, Graham, Duncan and Ailey and more substantial engagement with jazz and belly dance. Watching dancers onstage, I enjoyed memories of steps and moves I knew in my own bones. If the music was right, my shoulders would wriggle. I wasn't just coolly judging things from my neck up.

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