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Have choreography?

Have choreography?

Opportunities to show your work in New York.

By Katherine Moore.

Living and working as a dancer in New York City can be quite a challenge, especially if you’re new to the city. Young dancers arrive in the Big Apple full of dreams, but often with very little concrete information about how to begin their dance careers.

This task can be even more daunting for aspiring choreographers looking for venues to show their work. In many cases, young choreographers have just graduated from college dance programs, where they had unlimited space, resources, mentorship, and guaranteed venues and performances to demonstrate their burgeoning creative talent. Making the big leap to showing work in New York can be extremely challenging for a multitude of reasons, but for emerging artists and for those who hope to gain an MFA in dance and enter higher education, choreographic experience outside of undergraduate work is an essential component of a career in dance. 

Luckily, the dance scene in New York is vast and varied in its opportunities for young artists. With a little pre-planning and organization of application materials, choreographers can find themselves performing and showing work all over the city in venues specifically designed for emerging artists and new work. These venues allow choreographers to gain exposure, feedback, and networking opportunities with their peers. For some dancers who have been unlucky in their search for dance employment, these venues give young artists the ability to take their performance career under their own control by creating opportunities to be seen doing what they love most: dancing.

These opportunities take creativity, organization, and initiative to bring to fruition, and in an effort to make the task more manageable for our inspired readers, we have compiled a listing of some choreographic opportunities suited for emerging dance artists and works-in-progress in New York. Each has its own set of requirements and dynamic character, some requiring fees and extensive documentation, but with a little pre-planning and, of course, some talent, young dance artists could be performing all over the city before they know it.

The Steps Performance Lab

http://www.stepsnyc.com/steps-beyond/performances/the-performance-lab/

 Green Space

-Fertile Ground Performance Series

-Take Root Performance Series

http://www.greenspacestudio.org/performance.html

Dance New Amsterdam

-RAW material

http://www.dnadance.org/site/artist-opportunities/gene-pool/

-Works in Progress

http://www.dnadance.org/site/artist-opportunities/works-in-progress/

Movement Research

-Open Performance

http://www.movementresearch.org/performancesevents/openperformance/

-Movement Research at Judson Church

http://www.movementresearch.org/performancesevents/judsonchurch/

Danspace Project

-Draft Work

 http://danspaceproject.org/forartists/about_our_programs.php

Amalgamate Dance Company

-Amalgamate Artist Series

 http://amalgamatedance.com/schedule/amalgamate-artist-series/

Williamsburg Art neXus

-WAXworks

http://www.triskelionarts.org/?page_id=1166

Chen Dance Center

-newsteps

http://www.chendancecenter.org/index.php/the_theater/series/

Jennifer Muller/The Works

-HATCH Presenting series 
http://jmtw.org/educational-programs-hatch-presenting-series.html

Dance Theater Workshop

 -Fresh Tracks 

 http://www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/freshtracks10 

Harkness Dance Center, 92nd Street Y

-Fridays at Noon 

http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Dance-Performances-and-Events/Fridays-at-Noon.aspx

-Sundays at Three

http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Dance-Performances-and-Events/Sundays-at-Three.aspx

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