“…choreography is writing on your feet…”
– Bob Fosse
Digital Dance Project’s platform provides choreographers the ability to continue creating, to work with new dancers, and to gain exposure for their work. We know firsthand, however, that artists can’t live on exposure alone. We prioritize compensating our artists, with proceeds from ticket sales going to dancers and choreographers first.
Participating choreographers will receive payment based on ticket sales after the screening for which they present new works.
Who We’re Looking For:
Forward-thinking, creative problem-solvers with a minimum of two years experience choreographing on professional or advanced dancers. At DDP, we are interested in exploring a digital format as the next step in dance’s evolution. At this time, we are only able to accept choreographers who already live and work within the U.S.
How to Apply:
- Click here to fill out the Choreographer Application. Current professionals who are interested in participating both as a dancer and a choreographer may check the appropriate box on the Dancer Application, or fill out both applications to provide more extensive experience.
- Our team will review your application, and if you are accepted we will send a New Work Submission for you to fill out. In this form, you will provide:
- The number of dancers needed
- A description of your piece
- Your target audience, as well as how you plan to reach that audience through your work
- Your music selection
Because of the high visibility of works posted to the internet, we require that all choreographers have the rights to the music they plan to use. You can find out more about that on our Music Use Policy and Resource Guide.
What Happens After You’re Accepted
Once you’re accepted, we’ll sweep in to work out the logistics–your dancers, your preferred virtual process (we recommend Zoom), and your rehearsal period. We’ll log on with you for the first day of rehearsal to welcome everyone to the project, but after that choreographers are responsible for coordinating rehearsals with dancers. Our team at DDP seeks to facilitate the rehearsal process without dictating your vision, empowering you to take ownership of your process in this new, digital medium.
Once the rehearsal process is completed, tech(nology) week will be the collaborative process between the choreographer and dancers to film and edit the work. At this time, choreographers are responsible for working with dancers on costuming, locations, and filming.
Choreographers are responsible for collecting and editing their film for the scheduled screening. This can happen a couple of ways. If you are tech savvy, you are welcome to edit the clips yourself or work with a videographer.
While you are busy prepping your masterpiece, we’ll be busy behind the scenes preparing for the screening and marketing to your target audience and the greater dance community. We’ll review the work with you before the show, but we’re sure that we’ll love it. We’ll continue to partner with you for social media promotions during the week leading up to the screening premiere, but at this point your work is mostly done. During our “opening night” screening extravaganza, we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.