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The New Dance Lab, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County Community College, is accepting applications for 2018.

The New Dance Lab will allow a select group of established and aspiring dance professionals (age 18+) throughout the state of Kansas the opportunity to participate in an intimate one on one and small group professional development experiences in one of the following areas:

  • Christian Denice, Choreographer based in Chicago One on one conversation The choreographic process and how to create work. The choreographer’s aesthetic, drawing inspiration from around you. Struggles and obstacles in the transition from dancer to choreographer. More Info:
  • Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, International choreographer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands One on one conversation Discussion of making a career as a choreographer. More info:
  • Darrell Grand Moultrie, Choreographer and master teacher, based in New York City One on one conversation – (Topic tailored based on applicant selected) For Choreographers: How to navigate a career, how to present your work, how to work with dancers to get their best work, how to work with dancers at different levels, how to market yourself. For Dancers: How to launch your career after school, doing research and why it’s important, how to stay on track to reach your goals. For Studio Owners, Business: How to stay excited and connected to your artistic side. More Info: 
  • Lauri Stallings, choreographer, artist and organizer based in Atlanta Conversation with up to 10 people Focus on movement and social activism. How choreography can be utilized as a tool box for placekeeping, empathy building, and celebration. More Info: 

Participants will also have the opportunity to observe a rehearsal conducted by the corresponding choreographer and receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the New Dance Partners premiere showcase on Sept. 21 or 22. Click here for more info on the performance

This lab seeks to provide an opportunity for local dance company advancement and artistic development through meaningful contact with national choreographers, to raise the profile of dance in the region, and to highlight local talent. We welcome Kansas applicants from all backgrounds and dance disciplines. A small travel stipend may be available for accepted applicants from outside the Johnson County area.

Applications are due by Aug. 28, with notification by Aug. 31. Workshops will be scheduled individually with participants to take place the week of Sept. 17, 2018 

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New Dance Partners is an initiative launched in 2013 by the Performing Arts Series/Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College to develop a dance awareness strategy for the region. The program was expanded in 2014 through a grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and returns this year as a partnership between KCAIC and Johnson County Community College.

Through New Dance Partners, a select group of local professional dance companies are paired with reputable choreographers from across the county to create new works. The program provides an opportunity for local dance companies to advance and sustain artistic development while building the local dance audience through a community-based festival in Kansas that celebrates the broad spectrum of dance in the area.

This year’s program will feature:

New Dance Partners will culminate with performances of the above pieces Sept. 22-23 at Yardley Hall on the Johnson County Community College campus.

For more information about New Dance Partners:

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Peter Jasso Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Email (785) 296-2178 LinkedIn