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CALIFORNIA: Dance film choreographers are invited consider Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West, which announced a call for submissions. The 15th Annual Dance Media Film Festival takes place in June 9-12, 2016, at Music Center, MOCA, Grand Park. The festival is open to film media in any dance style or genre. Categories include: short films, feature length, documentary, animation, and interactive dance media. Deadline: February 1, 2016.   Visit:  
CALIFORNIA: Contemporary ballet choreographers are encouraged to apply for 2016 National Choreographic Initiative. Over the past 11 years NCI has worked with 44 choreographers and 25 pieces, which began with NCI before moving on for premieres or performances with other organizations throughout the United States. NCI had 89 dancers participate representing 35 different companies, including Ballet Austin, Nashville Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Ballet Met and many others. Deadline for submission: January 8, 2016. Visit:
MARYLAND: Interdisciplinary and multimedia choreographers at the Baltimore’s Pearl Diving Movement Residency. The program supports professional artists by providing rehearsal space, technical support, mentorship, and a stipend during a month-long residency in March 2016. The dual-track program serves both local and visiting artists and offers time in an environment where research, play, and risk-taking are encouraged in order to create and present new work. Each residency culminates with a shared public work-in-progress showing. Deadline: January 8, 2016. Notification: Jan. 22, 2016. When responding, please use DIVING in the subject line: 
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Interdisciplinary choreographers have opportunities at the 2016 Summer Interdisciplinary Residency Season, The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H. The colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. There are no residency fees. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Deadline: January 15, 2016.  Visit:


AUSTRIA: Young modern dance choreographers: the Mapping Future Talents program at ImpulseTanz Festival allows young dancemakers to indulge themselves in a full month of dance and performance through researching, rehearsing, and creating; attending workshops; receiving professional coaching and facilitation; and watching some of the most challenging performances by artists and companies on the international dance and performance scene. Artists are invited to create their own solos or group works at a dance studio exclusively for participants, presenting their own works at the end of the festival July 14 – Aug. 16, 2016, in Vienna, Austria. Visit:
CANADA:  For emerging modern dance choreographers, the celebrated Circuit-Est Choreographic Centre in Montréal, Québec, offers residencies for generative and/or disciplinary works. Travel expenses and per diems are not included. To be considered for a residency you must: be involved in a career in contemporary dance; utilize a research perspective and questioning process in your work; demonstrate artistic quality and show a distinctive and promising choreographic signature; already have presented your work to the public (minimum of two productions in a professional context); and use the residency time to work on a creation intended to be broadcast. Deadline: March 1, 2016. Visit:
CANADA: Dance company choreographers and directors, the call for applications to present a showcase in the official program of the CINARS 2016 - International Exchange for the Performing Arts Biennale in Montreal, Canada, from November 14 - 19, 2016, is open. The official programming will feature selected full-length showcases and showcased excerpts of works in dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary arts, and circus. The call is open to artists from all countries. Deadline: February 14, 2016. A non-refundable CA$125 processing fee will be charged for every submission. Visit:
CHINA: Ballroom dance choreographers and groups - now about presenting your Latin dance at China International Salsa Festival? The “Step up" Program gives performance teams the opportunity to show their talent to a wide international audience and make the first step up on the way to the stars. Deadline is March 1st 2016, at:
FINLAND/DENMARK/SWEDEN/NORWAY: Dance film choreographers are invited to apply for 60secondsdance, an international dance film competition co-produced by Loikka Dance Film Festival (Finland), Dansehallerne/ScreenMoves (Denmark), ScreenDance Festival (Sweden) and DansiT/Multiplié Dance Festival (Norway). Each submitted film has the opportunity to win in all four countries, with prizes of €1500 (about $1,600 USD) for the winner, and €500 (about $600 USD) for the runner up. Deadline: January 10, 2016. 
FRANCE: Dance film choreographers are invited to apply for The Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne. This annual platform promotes dance films, works of video art, and other forms of experimental cinema that explore movement through bodies, animation, objects and a wide range of compositional methods. The festival seeks submissions that resonate with the theme Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image, exploring concepts surrounding death that have occupied a central role in film, dance, and other art forms across diverse historic periods and styles. Deadline: February 15, 2016. Visit:
GERMANY: Interdisciplinary choreographers, who consciously use technology to push and transform the body’s performative and choreographic realms, have an opportunity to participate in a Special Dance & Tech Residency. The residency is in July 2016 at the Lake Studios, Berlin. Application deadline: February 25, 2016.  Contact: 
GERMANY: Emerging ballet choreographers can consider this opportunity by the Stuttgart Noverre Society to present their works at the annual Noverre evening, this year held on May 11 and 12, 2016, at the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart. To send your applications, please contact Rainer Woihsyk, head of the Noverre Society:
GERMANY: Emerging ballet choreographers interested in creating their first piece in a professional environment can apply to the Baden State Ballet Karlsruhe. Artistic Director Birgit Keil aims to nurture talent from within her company’s own ranks, but applications from abroad are welcome, too. The new pieces will be presented on July 9, 2016, at the State Theater Karlsruhe. If interested contact:
GERMANY: Young modern dance choreographers are invited to experience their first international presentation at the K3- Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Germany. Probebühne Eins is a workshop format created to show contemporary dance and performance pieces in an early stage of development. At regular intervals, the center offers the opportunity to present works-in-progress and share different approaches on stage. Each presentation should not be longer than 10 minutes. Deadline: January 10, 2016.  Visit:
INDIA: Choreographers interested in Contact Improvisation can consider dancing, vacationing, and creative training in paradise! Goa Contact Improvisation Festival is an all-season project, offering plenty of time and space for collaborations, learning, teaching, performing, experimenting and connecting in the paradise of Arambol Beach, India. Regular programs of classes, jams, and intensives are presented from mid -December through the end of February. The Goa Contact Festival is organized by Global Cultural Exchange Organization of India. 
ITALY: Young choreographers can consider summer workshops at Dance Italia, a vibrant community of international students, performers, educators, who gather in Italy each summer. The rigorous dance experience in a supportive atmosphere fosters a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration, and providing the opportunity to experience a diverse spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. The program is designed for intermediate and advanced level students with an international faculty featuring teachers from Italy, Israel, Germany, Albania, U.S., Portugal, and Switzerland. July 10-Aug. 5, 2016. Visit: 
NETHERLANDS: Student modern dance choreographers, how about a creative vacation? The goal of Choreolab Europe, a collaborative artistic research platform for dance and choreography, is to enhance personal and artistic growth. It provides an artistic playground where new ideas and questions can be born, shared and reflected on in a peer-to-peer setting where advanced and professional dancers, dancing choreographers, and dance students can participate. Application and enrollment are ongoing. Dates in Amsterdam, Netherlands: January 8-10, 2016, and in Berlin, Germany: May 28-30, 2016. Cost in Euros: € 135; € 95 for students at a professional dance academy or university. Visit:
NORWAY:  Emerging modern dance choreographers, a regional center in Northern Norway, Dansearena nord, is interested in dance with both a national and international orientation. The artist-in-residency form can be found online. Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Visit:


BALLET: From choreographing new ballets for the stage to, to putting the dance in the front of wall murals and to tossing dancers on the floor during a New York fashion show, the 28-years old Justin Peck continues to be a top ballet choreographer. Humble and honest, Peck describes himself simply as a “young person” whose work is viewed as “fresh.” Here is a glimpse of his latest pieces during a fast paced interview in courtesy of “CBS News”: 
MODERN DANCE: French choreographer Pierre Rigal trained as an athlete, specializing in 400m race and 400m hurdles before studying mathematics and economics and graduating with a Masters in Cinema. In 2002, he joined a dance company with the choreographer Gilles Jobin. In November 2003, Pierre Rigal founded his own compagnie dernière minute. He is gradually gaining great popularity as one of the leading choreographers in Europe. For a sample of his work, take a look at:
BROADWAY: Founded in 2012 by the visionary Broadway choreographer Josh Prince, Broadway Dance Lab (BDL) is a choreographic incubator that gives musical theater dancemakers the resources they need to bring their visions to life. BDL is a place to learn and experiment with the craft, get a career boost, or try something new in a professional Broadway setting. Here Prince speaks about his vision for BDL and his mission to inspire Broadway choreographic talent:
MOVEMENT SPECIALISTS: The 41-year-old French athlete, gymnast, dancer, stuntman, and choreographer David Belle is also the inventor of Parkour. Take a look at his death-defying works in this dynamic video compilation of his live action stunts:
DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA & DANCE: The young Dutch choreographer David Middendorp mixes dance and multimedia animations creating synergy between the two. Together with Marcus Graf, he developed an iPad app called Kandinsky. The app makes multimedia a part of the creative process, and gives direction to the improvisation of dancers. Shapes, lines, dynamics, placement in space and rhythm can all be translated through the app, thereby making it possible to involve the dancer in the creative process as well. Take a look at short trailer of his work Blue Journey: 



CONTEMPORARY BALLET: The Ballet BC’s Artistic Director, Emily Molnar has choreographed a dynamic world for 16 dancers set to a driving musical landscape by German composer Dirk Haubrich. Inspired by the writings of Jeannette Winterson and Emily Dickinson, this compelling work displays Molnar’s unique choreographic language through a complex study of time, transition, and stillness, where the space between is as important as the space occupied; where one is left with the feeling of both liberty and disappearance. Take a look:
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Meet and enjoy the work of Parris Goebel, the 23-year-old New Zealand-based choreographer, who has created mesmerizing moves and dances and has directed and produced videos for Justin Bieber. She is also on the go-to list of major pop artists like Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Lopez. Goebel’s choreography (and acting) can be seen in Step Up 5. Her dance style is now known as “polyswagg” and she says it is all about empowering women. She is holding a record with 450 million viewers in 3 months.


Great 20th-century ballet choreographer George Balanchine, founder of the iconic New York City Ballet, is getting his own Hollywood biopic. Gulfstream Pictures is adapting Elizabeth Kendall’s acclaimed book Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer and Zippora Karz, one of Balanchine’s last handpicked dancers, a former soloist for New York City Ballet, will be executive producer.  (The movie is still in development and a link with a trailer is not yet available.)





FRANCE: The Ballet du Rhin performs All We Love About Shakespeare, a new translation of love at the Opera Strasbourg January 7 – 10, and in Colmar on January 16 – 17, 2016. The evening includes an excerpt of Romeo and Juliet by Bertrand d’At, “Ophelia, Madness and Death,” new choreography by Douglas Lee, and “Fatal,” a new piece by the Portuguese choreographer Rui Lopes Graҫa. 
French language video trailer:
GERMANY: The Hamburg Ballet premieres John Neumeier’s “Duse,” a new original production based on the famous actress Italian-born Eleonora Duse, who worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The work premiered in December 2015. In upcoming performances, the leading role will be danced by guest artist Alessandra Ferri on January 9, 15 and 16, and by Silvia Azzoni on January 28 and 31, 2016.  
Video trailer with English language commentary:
Video with an interview with the star, prima-ballerina Alessandra Ferri:
For more information: 
GERMANY: Semperoper Ballet Dresden revives David Dawson’s Tristan + Isolde with performances on January 17, 18 and 20, 2016, featuring a score is by Polish composer Szymon Bróska. The production is an original contemporary ballet based on the epic romantic drama.
Video trailer with English language commentary: 
ITALY: Mauro Bigonzetti’s ballet Cinderella received its world premiere at La Scala/Milan on December 19, 2015. The production runs until January 15, 2016. Polina Semionova and Roberto Bolle dance the leading characters on January 12, 14 and 15, 2016.
Video trailer with interview and rehearsal in Italian, with English subtitles:


NEW YORK: New York’s The Bureau for the Future of Choreography is a collective authorship apparatus producing a Score for a Lecture, making its world premiere on Friday, January 15 -17, 2016, at the Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY. Score for a Lecture is a sequence of speech acts choreographed theater as a medium and institution that literally speaks. Instant collaboration reinvigorates institutional critique as a choreographed blooper. Score for a Lecture creates space to redefine the value of failure while we are inside the theater, the institution, the group, the pair and the self. In this new work, as with all projects by The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, everyone becomes an agent of The Bureau. Samples of their past work can be seen at:
MASSACHUSETTS: Jacob’s Pillow Announces 2016 Summer Season
The premier venue for summer dance in the United States, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, announces a season of exciting programming featuring international artists of the world. Festival highlights include a world premiere engagement by tap dance powerhouses Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith; former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Brian Brooks in an evening of new duets and solos, accompanied by eminent string quartet Brooklyn Rider; rare U.S. appearances by France-based Compagnie Hervé KOUBI and Korea-based contemporary ensemble Bereishit Dance Company; the explosive Che Malambo of Argentina; and the return of the Seattle-based company Pacific Northwest Ballet.   More info at: 


NEW YORK: Since 1985 with the support of the Jerome Foundation, the Franklin Furnace Fund has annually awarded grants to emerging artists and choreographers mentored by peer panel review to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Grant range: $2,000- $10,000. The fund will begin accepting applications in January 2016. Deadline: April 1, 2016. Visit: 
NEW YORK: NYFA Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships offers Choreography Fellowship of $7,000 for individual artist living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State. NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2015, NYFA awarded 91 grants to 95 awardees with 4 collaborations. The fellowships are not project grants; they are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. Deadline: January 28, 2016.
NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina Dance Alliance grants the annual North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship to North Carolina choreographers to support the creation and performance of new work. Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of up to $1,000 to cover the cost of a new work, from inception to premiere performance at the NCDA Annual Event Showcase. One fellowship is awarded per year. Deadline: March 25, 2016. The online application will be available in 2016. Visit:



Dancers As Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange
By Clare Croft, Oxford University Press 
Interviews with dancers who served as ambassadors for the U.S. while touring internationally during the Cold War and after.
Rhythm Field: The Dance of Molissa Fenley 
Edited by Ann Murphy and Molissa Fenley, Seagull Book London, Ltd.
Rhythm Field takes a close look at Fenley’s 40-year career as a post-modern dancer, who burst on the scene in the 1980s with her high powered vocabulary that roused audiences. This book of essays on Fenley by her colleagues features a foreword by Philip Glass; essays by Rande Brown, Molissa Fenley, Bill T. Jones, David Moodey, Richard Move, Ann Murphy, Elizabeth Streb, Paz Tanjuaquio; interview with Peter Boal; conversation with Tere O’Connor; poetry by Bob Holman; epilogue by Stephen Greco.


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