Choreography Online has announced a brand new competition for the virtual era – the International Online Dance Competition (IODC). “You’ve prepared tirelessly for your dance seasons. Now take all of the work that you’ve already done and push it up a notch to compete on a virtual world stage,” says the team behind the event. This is about keeping the momentum going, giving the dancers who have worked so hard an opportunity to shine, even while lockdown measures continue.
Entry fees are minimal, starting at just $5 per person per category, but all finalists have a shot at winning the Grand Prix – $1000. There are also medals and certificates up for grabs and further monetary prizes allocated for the Choreography Division. Perhaps the best part is the organizers’ commitment of 10 percent of all proceeds to Artist Relief, which distributes grants to those artists worst affected by COVID-19 across the United States.
Choreographers who submit their work through the competition may also be invited to sell their work through Choreography Online and be promoted globally as part of the Choreography Online catalogue. If you’ve not come across it before, Choreography Online is an online platform that sells performance rights for dance choreography on behalf of choreographers all over the world. If you’ve got a talent for creating great work, this could be another way to capitalize on it.
If you’re keen to enter the IODC, simply fill out the online registration form and upload your video. Acceptable Dancer Category entries are any dance video of you or your group that has been filmed within the last year, while acceptable Choreographer Category entries are any video of choreography that has been created within the last 10 years. All entrants who pass the First Round will have their video published in the Gallery of Finalists on the IODC competition website, where the general public will be encouraged to vote for their favorites. The Finalist who receives the highest number of public votes will be taken into consideration by the judges – including Rick Tjia, Misha Tchoupakov, Régis Truchy, Shampa Gopikrishna and Robin Passmore – when determining the contest winners.
The IODC is yet another example of the arts industry pulling together to support its own. We encourage all dancers to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the current crisis – the more chances to dance, the better. The team at IODC said it best: “Thank you to dance artists of all ages for their resilience and dedication to their craft, despite the immense barriers that have been thrown in their way.”
For more information or to enter the IODC, visit the website at www.iodc.online.
Article by Emily Newton-Smith of Dance Informa