The New Dance Lab, a partnership between The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County Community College, is now accepting applications for 2019. 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 with one of the following national artists: Myles Thatcher, San Francisco Ballet. More info: www.sfballet.org/artists/dancers/myles_thatcher Gregory Dolbashian, Founder and Artistic Director, The Dash Ensemble. More info: www.thedashensemble.org Frank Chaves, Founder/former Artistic Director of River North Dance Company. More info: extensionsdance.com/artist/frank-chaves Catherine Meredith,Independent choreographer, faculty at Dancing Wheels Inc. More info: dancingwheels.org/portfolio-items/catherine-meredith/ This year will also feature a group lighting design workshop for a group of six on Sept. 27 from 9-11am Burke Brown, Lighting Designer http://wingspace.com/burke 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. 27 or 28. 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. 19, with notification by Aug. 29. Workshops will be scheduled individually with participants. To submit an application visit https://kansascaic.submittable.com. 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. New Dance Partners will culminate with performances of the above pieces Sept. 27-28 at Yardley Hall on the Johnson County Community College campus.