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NCDF 2024-25 Call #1

NC Dance Festival Season performances


The NC Dance Festival welcomes choreographers to submit complete dance works (5-20min) for adjudication for the 2024-25 season. 

We aim for our Festival to be representative of the variety of ways NC artists are expressing themselves, while pushing for high-quality, innovative choreography by diverse artists. The unique variables of each Festival site will dictate the kinds of performances, from formal to non-traditional spaces, collaborative work, site-specific, entertaining to serious, avant-garde to more traditional. For the 2024-25 season, we anticipate presenting both a mainstage evening show and a daytime show for school groups in the Van Dyke Performance Space in Greensboro. This space is a large black box theater that seats 200-300. See the venue here. We will be selecting works that can be presented well in this theatrical setting.

The NC Dance Festival considers strong contemporary and innovative approaches to choreography, including fused and collaborative forms (contemporary ballet, contemporary African, contemporary hip-hop, etc.), dance theater, and experimental work. Dances involving technological elements or set pieces will be considered, but note that not all NCDF venues can offer the same support/capabilities. If you have questions about whether specific elements of your dance can be supported, please contact us at festival@danceproject.org

Dance Project/NC Dance Festival is working towards creating a space where people, no matter who they are, can see themselves reflected in our programming. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people in the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities or who are members of other systemically marginalized communities.

The NC Dance Festival follows the W.A.G.E. artist fee scale as a guide. Artist compensation will not be below $500, and typically ranges from $500-$700 for a single performance. In general, artists will receive:

  • At least one performance during the NC Dance Festival 2024-25 season, with performance compensation.
  • Covered costs of production including theater rental, lighting design, marketing, public relations, technical direction, and program administration.
  • Promotion as an NCDF Artist through print, social media, and reviews where available.
  • Video recording of finished work.
  • Consideration for paid teaching opportunities through NCDF.

Our curatorial process is as follows:

A team of 3-4 adjudicators will review the submissions in a blind review process, considering each work for innovation, clarity of artistic perspective, clear communication of ideas, thought-provoking material, performance quality, and suitability for the available NCDF venues. We make sure that the adjudicators are diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, age, aesthetic perspective, and relationship to dance. These adjudicators will select a pool of “finalists,” and Dance Project staff will make final programming decisions from those finalists, taking into consideration the available performance venues, mix of choreographers and dance works, and flow of the performance.

Choreographers must be based in NC.

Dances may not exceed 20 minutes long, and must be complete (no works-in-progress). Please submit the FULL video of the work you wish to present.

 Please let us know if you have presented this work in North Carolina within the last year, or plan to present it in North Carolina within the next year. Our preference is to present work that has not been recently presented in the same location.

Choreographers selected for NCDF performances are expected to obtain all necessary copyright permissions for music and text.

Works are selected in a blind review process. Please be sure that the video you submit does not have your name on it (e.g. in the credits of the dance). 

Choreographers enrolled in degree granting programs are not eligible to apply.

 Artists who participated in the 2023 NC Dance Festival performance are not eligible to apply for this opportunity, but may apply for the 2024-25 Artist in Residence Program.

For the 2024-25 season, we anticipate presenting both a mainstage evening show and a daytime show for school groups in the Van Dyke Performance Space (VDPS) in Greensboro. The VDPS in Greensboro is a large black box dance theater (seats 200-250) with standard repertory lighting capability, sprung dance floor (stage dimensions: 35’ wide x 32’ deep). See the venue here. 

We are looking at October 2024 performance dates.

As we’ve seen, situations can change quickly when it comes to COVID-19. We will adapt as necessary, and our priorities are to keep our artists, audiences, and communities safe. Precautions for performances and classes may include (but are not limited to): proof of negative rapid COVID test, masks for audience and/or performers, limited audience for performances, etc. The specifics of the venue, as well as the current community situation at the time, will inform our decisions, which will be announced closer to the performance(s).

Click here to preview the application questions.

Complete application consists of:

  • Online application (via Google Form), including a link to the video submission
  • CV/Resume (submitted as a link in the Google Form or emailed)
  • Application fee (paid via Square), if submitting after Feb 5.

Submission Fees:

Did you apply to just one call? Select “Single Submission” ($10)

Did you apply to 2 or more of these calls? Select “Multiple Submissions” ($20)

1. Check out our FAQs

2. Join Festival Director Anne Morris for a Q&A session via Zoom

(recommended for new applicants, but not required)

February 1, 6:30pm-7:30pm

February 11, 4pm-5pm

Register here for the Zoom link.

Applicants (particularly new applicants) are encouraged, but not required, to attend one of the Q&A sessions, held over Zoom. Interested applicants may stop by at any point during this window to ask questions 1:1 and discuss their application with Festival Director Anne Morris. (Artists are not expected or required to stay for the full window of time.) Artists interested in applying for ANY of the NCDF Season Opportunities may attend either session. Sessions will not be recorded, because the conversation will be tailored to whatever questions come up.

Can’t make one of the Q&A sessions and still have questions? Email Anne at anne@danceproject.org (please allow 24-48 hours for a reply).