NEW Dances 2019 Choreographer Application
Thank you for your interest in NEW Dances 2019!

Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago are excited to build on last season's pilot collaboration and continue a shared tradition of developing choreographic talent while serving and supporting Chicago's dance community. Part of Chicago's dance history for over 30 years, NEW Dances offers Chicago-based choreographers the opportunity to develop work with a community of professional dancers and share their creations with an engaged audience. NEW Dances 2019 venue partners include Athenaeum Theatre, Ballet Chicago, and Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

Selected Chicago-area choreographers will be given 25 hours of creative time + tech/production time, access to the NEW Dances Company artists (including DanceWorks Chicago dancers) for casting for the purposes of creating a NEW Dance, feedback and mentoring from a honored panel of seasoned and established members of Chicago's dance community, and an honorarium of $550 to cover the creation of the work and teaching of one company class during the creative period.

Please complete this Choreographer Application Form in order to be considered. The application period will close at noon (Central time) on Wednesday, March 20. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Melissa Thodos, Artistic Director Thodos Dance Chicago, and Julie Nakagawa, Artistic Director DanceWorks Chicago, will assess applications, and invitations will be extended to a select group of choreographers. Each applicant will hear back regarding the status of their application by Saturday, March 30.

We look forward to getting to know you and your work!

BEFORE you begin, please note:

Residency Requirement:
Choreographer must be living in Chicago or a suburb of Chicago as of March 20, 2019.

Email address *
Required Commitment includes:
Choreographer must be available for each of the following events:

Sunday, April 7, 11am-3pm: Dancer Audition and Choreographer Meeting at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Monday-Friday, June 3-7 and Monday-Friday, June 10-14, 9:30am-4:30pm: Creative Period at Ballet Chicago
Saturday, June 8, 10am-2pm: Panelist Showing at Ballet Chicago
Monday-Sunday, June 17-23, times TBA, Production Week at the Athenaeum Theatre, Black Box Studio 2
Wednesday-Sunday, June 19-23, times TBA, Performances at the Athenaeum Theatre, Black Box Studio 2

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Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago

Dancer Audition: Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

Rehearsals: Ballet Chicago, located at 17 N State St 19th floor, Chicago, IL 60602.

Tech Week and Performances: Studio 2 Theater at the Athenaeum Theatre, located at 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.

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