The DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub FESTIVAL asks festival participants to create a five-minute choreographic gem, specific to the space at Joe’s Pub. The artist that best meets the DANCE NOW Challenge, and creates a concise, clear and complete artistic statement, in five minutes or less, receives a $1,500 development fee and a free week-long residency at the DANCE NOW Silo residency facility at Kirkland Farm in Pennsylvania.
DANCE NOW Raw provides emerging artists with a platform to show new work. One third of the hundreds of artists presented in DANCE NOW mainstage productions got their start through Raw, a testament to the program's success in locating, cultivating, and promoting emerging talent. Some recent artists to graduate from Raw to mainstage programming include Mana Kawamura, Jamal Jackson, Khaleah London, Iain Rowe, Luke Murphy, Loni Landon, Marjani Forte, Yin Yue, SNIC, Benjamin Kimitch, Adam Barruch, MadBOOTS and Sara du Jour, among illustrious others.