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Choreographic Residencies & Opportunities:  Current listings for the U.S. and around the globe
New Works & Events:  English National Ballet’s “She Said,” features three women choreographers
Emerging Technologies: What is Choreographic Lineage and genealogy?
Trending:  Sila Sveta (Power of Light) of Moscow – LA | OK GO is making you say: OMG GO 
Choreography Competitions: Win $250 - $5,000 by choreographing in the U.S. and Denmark
Talks & Conferences: Brian Seibert on Tap Dance/ Prominent Modern Dance Solos
Books:  Jazz Dance: A History of Roots and Branches, by Lindsay Guarino & Wendy Oliver





ARIZONA: Company choreographers are invited to apply for the Wickenburg Residency with the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work or collaborate with other artists, free from everyday pressures. These residencies are intended for chamber dance companies. Previous dance companies have included American Ballet Theatre II and Northwest Dance Theatre. Residencies are up to three weeks and the average number of artists in residence at a time ranges between one and five. Application is open to U.S. artists and is ongoing. 

KANSAS: Choreographic Fellowship at University of Kansas: The Department of Dance at the University of Kansas offers a choreographic fellowship for dance makers to share and further develop a work while also giving dance students the experience of an intensive creative and rehearsal process with a professional choreographer. Selected choreographers teach master classes, set works on members of the University Dance Company. The next choreographic fellowship competition takes place in the fall of 2016. Submissions will be accepted starting April 1, 2016. Upload submissions via acceptd. Visit:


LOUISIANA/NATIONAL: An NPN residency directly fosters engagement between touring artists and the community it is visiting by bringing artists and their creative tools to new constituencies and audiences across a wide array of settings. A residency provides salaries, transportation, housing, per diem, and more. Residencies take place at NPN Partners in 28 states and 42 cities across the U.S. Email: or visit:


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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Exchange is launching its 40th anniversary season with its summer training institute featuring innovative creative practices and boundary-breaking dance making opportunities. Institute participants from the greater Washington, D.C., region and across the globe gather with leaders, innovators, movers and thinkers in a multigenerational collective intent on deeply engaging in and with community. Open to dancers, dancemakers, and those interested in moving and community, participants will experience daily movement classes, sessions in core practices, including Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, and meaningful dance making beyond the studio. Dates are: July 8-17, 2016 at Dance Exchange studios in Takoma Park, MD.  Visit:




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CHINA: The first annual Contemporary Dance Festival, Shanghai, August 6- 7, 2016 (Saturday & Sunday), is seeking submissions for Short Contemporary Dance Pieces (10-45 minutes, no more than 10 dancers); Large Contemporary Dance Pieces (longer than 60 minutes, less than 75 minutes); Outdoor Dance Performances (no formal stage, at least 30 minutes); Symposium and Lectures to engage with contemporary dancers and choreographers in China. Deadline is April 14, 2016. To apply: contact directly Kristopher McDowell, CEO & Founder of KMP ARTISTS at KRISTOPHER@KMPARTISTS.COM.


POLAND: The second edition of IETM Campus, organized in partnership with East European Performing Arts Platform /EEPAP and Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival, features a week of intensive training in all aspects of international and interdisciplinary work. Open to performing arts professionals with at least two years of professional experience in the contemporary arts field, taking their first steps in the world of international exchange. Travel and support grants are available for applicants from Eastern Partnership countries. Deadline: April 13, 2016. Visit:


GERMANY: The Pact Zollverein choreographic residencies in the Ruhr District are offered from January to July 2017. They provide a working space and production support. A public presentation of the work isn't envisioned. Online applications open May 9, 2016 through June 13, 2016. For more information, visit:


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GERMANY: The well-known and respected TANZWERKSTATT  EUROPE based in Munich is offering workshops, performances and symposium in July 27-August 6, 2016. The summer program and festival includes both technique classes and a choreographic lab for contemporary dance artists.  Applications open April, 2016. Visit:


GERMANY/SINGAPORE: “Tanzconnexions” is an initiative from the Goethe-Institute aiming to establish a network between people from the dance scenes of Germany, South Asia and the Pacific region. An inaugural symposium focusing on dramaturgy takes place in Singapore on April 23 and 24, 2016. Visit:

INDIA: Young contemporary dance choreographers looking for a safe environment to define or challenge their working methodologies are invited to apply for the 2016 edition of Gati Summer Dance Residency. The Laboratory for Young Choreographers is held in New Delhi between June 5 and 26, 2016. The intensive program includes classes, workshops, lectures and discussions on choreography, context and criticality with a range of practitioners from the field of performance-making. Visit:  

INDIA: Emerging contemporary choreographers residing in India are invited to apply for Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards conferred by the Prakriti Foundation, Chennai. The application requires video excerpts of 5-10 minutes and a written proposal. The winner will receive a cash prize and will be given the opportunity to be mentored by an international dance company. Entrants must be Indian residents and legally entitled to work in the country for the duration of the entry process and competition. Deadline: April 15, 2016. Visit:  


SPAIN: Contemporary dance choreographers and performing artists are invited to apply for residency at BIDE: Barcelona International Dance Exchange, which will take place in April 27-May 1, 2016, in Barcelona. BIDE aims to offer a structure that supports creative work and allows sharing information in a non-hierarchic way. For info and application, visit:


TAIWAN: The Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village are secluded by a serene garden, but within vibrant Taipei City. The residency provides opportunity for innovative makers of visual art, music, literature, and performance art and fosters artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world. Housing 10 residents for eight to 12 weeks, the program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. artists and includes private housing, use of studio, and media equipment. Email: or visit







MASSACHUSETTS: Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA present New York City-based contemporary dance company ZviDance in a work-in-progress showing of On The Road, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Hunter Center. On the Road, inspired by American beat poet Jack Kerouac's novel of the same title, is an evening-length, multimedia dance piece that contemplates the general upheaval of the 1960s and the Beat generation’s startling notions of social rebellion. Co-presentations by Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA are made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance. Visit:


NEVADA: Los Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater’s April 21-22, 2016, program features two world premieres: “To the Last Grain,” by Nicholas Villeneuve, of New York’s popular Ballet Hispanico, and “An A-Ha Moment,” by LVCDT founder and artistic director Bernard Gaddis, who danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for seven years prior to founding LVCDT.  Villeneuve’s “To the Last Grain” is based on ancient beliefs of India’s Akshantulu, who use rice to bless the young and foster a peaceful, happy life. The piece takes an abstracted point of view into this sacred ancient ritual. Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: “Global Artistry” is Philadanco’s program featuring three new works from international choreographers at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, April 15. “Global Artistry” is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and this performance features three world premieres by Thang Dao from Vietnam, Francisco Gella from Philippines, and Ray Mercer from the United States, plus “Labess,” by Jamaican choreographer David Brown. Visit:




AUSTRIA: “Until Our Hearts Stop” by Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods: “Most of the times in social relations people are just negotiating their limits. How far or close are we next to each other? (…) It’s all about a kind of a game of boarders,” said American-born choreographer Meg Stuart. “Until Our Hearts Stop” is an evening of sounding out borders, of continually stretching until it presumably becomes borderless. Born in New Orleans, Stuart, who was actively involved in the downtown New York dance scene, now lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. Visit:

CANADA: More than 20 performances by many of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, choreographers, and artists are featured in the 2016 Canada Dance Festival performance schedule. This year’s festival in the nation’s capital showcases challenging new ideas through powerful movement and beautiful movers — all telling uniquely Canadian stories in dance. The festival runs June 4-11, 2016, in Ottawa. Video:


GERMANY: A new triple bill features the Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez for Ballet Leipzig, which presents “Flesh” on April 22, 2016. A coproduction between Leipzig’s ballet and theater companies, it deals with existential topics in human relationships like loss and remembrance of the deceased. Pérez chose music by Arvo Pärt and Eric Whiteacre.  Video:


GERMANY: An evening of “Young Choreographers” gives dancers of Hamburg Ballet the opportunity to show their own works at the Opera Stabile of the State Opera Hamburg on April 15, 17 and 20, 2016. Video:


GERMANY: In his new ballet for the Baden State Ballet Karlsruhe, the Brazilian choreographer Reginaldo Oliveira examines the life of Anne Frank. Together with her family she had fled from the Nazis to Amsterdam where she and her family lived for 2 1/2 years in an attic secret annex before being caught and deported to a concentration camp where she and most of her family died. The music is by Dmitri Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke, Lera Auerbach and Max Richter. “Anne Frank” premieres on April 23, 2016. Visit:


FRANCE: The French contemporary dance festival Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis announced its 2016 program running May 11- June 18, 2016, in Bagnolet cedex, an eastern suburb of Paris. The lineup includes 25 companies , 50 performances at 10 theaters, two focus on Korea as part of the Year of France-Korea relations and four performances  are for young audiences. Visit:

ITALY: “The Lovers’ Garden” by Massimiliano Volpini takes the audience of La Scala, Milan, to a party in a Baroque garden. There figures familiar from pieces by Mozart emerge to carry off the party guests (and the audience) into the composer’s world. Naturally, the music is by Mozart.
The new production runs from April 9 - 19, 2016. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: On April 28, 2016, Netherlands Dance Theatre 1 premieres “Separate Ways,” a mixed bill of new works by Hofesh Shechter and NDT’s house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Visit:


SLOVENIA: Jiří Bubeníček choreographs a new ballet for the Opera Ballet Ljubljana based on Boris Pasternak’s novel “Doctor Zhivago.” The intricate story depicts the life of the physician Yuri Zhivago during the Russian Revolution between 1905 and the Civil War from 1918-1920. At its core is a touching love story. Otto Bubeníček, Jiří's brother, is in charge of the set design. “Doctor Zhivago” premieres on April 14, 2016.


UK/LONDON: The English National Ballet will dance a triple bill featuring three world premieres by female choreographers -- the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton, Colombian/Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Chinese dancer and choreographer Yabin Wang. The program, titled “She Said,” performs April 13-16, 2016, at Sadler’s Wells in London. Visit:


UK/SCOTLAND: For the Scottish Ballet, British choreographer David Dawson creates an entirely new “Swan Lake” to Tchaikovsky’s score April 19, 2016, in Glasgow.  Video at:



What Is Choreographic Lineage? 

Choreographic Lineage is an interactive, web-based genealogical network illustrating connections between dance artists, their teachers, their students, their collaborators and people who they were influenced by. The main goal is to establish a knowledge base documenting 20th- and 21st-century dance that is searchable and minable and that will continue to grow as new generations of artists are added. 


Contribute your lineage! Your thoughtful completion of the lineage survey regarding your dance background and major influences will be invaluable to the creation of this resource. The completion of the Choreographic Lineage survey is voluntary and can be accessed here:





Sila Sveta (from Russian: “The Power of Light”) is an interactive media, production and conceptual design company founded in 2007 in Moscow, now based in Los Angeles, Calif., and operating globally. It specializes in leading-edge 3D projection mapping and digital screen projections of computer-animated images, which are ready to be incorporated in any multimedia event. The latest work, “Levitation,” involves dance and a dancer. It is shot from multiple camera angles, including the popular “Dutch angel” – a technique where the camera is rotated upside-down so that the floor becomes the sidewall and vice versa. Here is a sample:


OK GO formed as experimental singing quartet in Chicago in 1998. After relocating to Los Angeles the band now has 18 years of notoriety, fame, pop-rock stardom, musical friendships, and band-of-the-future innovations. Beside the group’s treadmill dance video, which put them on the map, OK GO has collaborated with such dance companies as Pilobolus. The band has developed a style that is visual, kinetic and choreographically innovative. Watch the latest OK GO hit featuring Japanese precision: The latest video is shot inside a S7 Airlines in zero gravity and was done in a single take.





CALIFORNIA: The Choreographer’s Cup studio competition by Monsters Dance has helped launch hundreds of dancers’ careers through performance and training opportunities. The Choreographer’s Cup is designed for aspiring choreographers worldwide who will put their skills to the test at this year’s Choreographer’s Cup in Los Angeles in August 2016. Top prize is $5,000. Visit:


CALIFORNIA/FLORIDA: National Choreography Competition: Project Creation Choreography Competition is for up-and-coming pre-professional and professional choreographers to showcase their works and be seen by leaders in the dance industry. Deadline is April 25, 2016, and the winner receives $5,000 cash; the opportunity to teach at a minimum of one Artists Simply Human city tour stop during the 2016-17 tour season; and representation by one of the top choreography agents in the dance world. Submit a video of your work via YouTube. Visit:


COLORADO: Choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet launches an annual International Contemporary Choreography Competition to discover and promote emerging choreographers. Participants are required to choreograph an original solo, duet or group work up to 5 minutes in length, which may be performed by the choreographer or other dancers. Choreographers compete for awards of $250 - $1,000. Post-performance constructive criticism available upon request. Competition is April 10, 2016, at Dairy Center for the Arts, Performance Space, Boulder, Colo. Visit:


DENMARK/EUROPE: Copenhagen International Choreography Competition is accepting applications from professional choreographers under age 45. Works may be solos, duets or group pieces, between 5 and 15 minutes in length, created after January 1, 2015 (or premiering at the competition). The competition is focused on contemporary works and takes place August 5-6, 2016, as a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. Deadline: May 22, 2016. Visit:!application/oo2ty.





April 15 at noon: New York Times dance critic and author Brian Seibert explores tap dance in American popular culture.  92nd Street YMHA. Visit:


April 22 at noon: See rarely viewed solos by choreographers Katherine Dunham, Jane Dudley (Harmonica Breakdown, 1938), Martha Graham (Imperial Gesture, 1935), Doris Humphrey (The Call/Breath of Fire, 1929-30 and Two Ecstatic Themes, 1931), Louise Kloepper (Statement of Dissent, 1938), Anna Sokolow (As I Remember, 1936-1941 and Lyric Suite, 1954) and Helen Tamiris (Negro Spirituals 1928-1932). Visit:


Live streams of each Fridays At Noon performance are available at:  





Jazz Dance: A History of Roots and Branches 
by editors Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver
From University Press of Florida, 2015. 


The roots of jazz dance are African. Its trunk is vernacular danced, shaped by European influences, and exemplified by the Charleston and the Lindy Hop. From tap to Broadway, funk to hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean to Latin, pop, club jazz, popping, B-boying, party dances, and more, jazz dance draws from vernacular roots and branches  that cross multiple genres. Featuring discussions of such dancers and choreographers as Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham, as well as analyses of how the form’s vocabulary differs from ballet, this complex and compelling history captures the very essence of jazz dance. 


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