Perform with the NC Dance Festival

Submissions for the 2017 NC Dance Festival are now closed! Check back soon for the list of selected artists.

We are making some changes to the NC Dance Festival structure for 2017, in order to feature more artists, working in a variety of “kinds” of contemporary dance, including experimental work, multi-media, and dance theater, etc. We aim for our Festival to be more representative of the variety of ways NC artists are expressing themselves, while pushing for high-quality, innovative choreography by diverse artists.

Here are the anticipated changes for the 2017 season:

1. We will present work in both formal and non-traditional performance spaces throughout the tour.

2. Works may be selected for one or more performances in the season; the “tour” will not be the same collection of works at each site.

3. We anticipate compressing the timeframe of the Festival into a 3-4 week period of time, most likely mid-October to mid-November.

4. Our touring sites will include Boone, Greensboro, and a new site in Durham.

The NC Dance Festival considers strong choreography in any genre, and encourages innovative and contemporary approaches to choreography, including fused forms (contemporary ballet, contemporary African, contemporary hip-hop, etc.), dance theater, and experimental work.

Please read individual application guidelines for each opportunity below.

NCDF Tour:

Goal: To showcase the range of choreographic perspectives and the quality of dance work being created by NC dance artists, and to share that work widely throughout the state. We are looking for quality work that demonstrates a willingness to take artistic risks, provides unique perspectives on current art and culture, and demonstrates surpassing execution. Submissions must be complete (no works-in-progress). The NCDF Festival will visit multiple NC cities throughout the season.

Submission Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Application form

NCDA/NCDF New Works Award

The NC Dance Festival is collaborating with the NC Dance Alliance to support the creation and presentation of new and innovative choreography by NC choreographers, including development of choreographic work through peer feedback processes.

NC Choreographers may submit a work in progress or a proposal for a new dance work. This work will be developed through presentation (as a work-in-progress) in the NC Dance Alliance’s Spring 2017 Dance Swap, and an informal artist talk sponsored by Dance Project, and presented in at least one of the 2017 NCDF concerts (Fall 2017).

Submission Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Application


 General guidelines:

Choreographers must be based in NC. If you have special circumstances, please contact us.

Choreographers may apply to more than one category, but will not be selected to participate in more than one category.

All applicants must submit a $30 application fee; if applying for both the tour and the NCDA/NCDF New Works Award, add $15 for the second application. (You may pay online, below, or mail a check. If paying online, a $1 convenience fee has been added.)

All choreographers selected to participate are expected to obtain all necessary copyright permissions for music and text.

Choreographers are not eligible to tour with the Festival for 2 years in a row, but may apply in other submission categories.


All applications are due January 9, 2017.

This year, online application is an option (see specific guidelines), but you may also send your application packet and application fee by mail, to:

NC Dance Festival

200 N. Davie St #7

Greensboro, NC 27401