Dancer Application (CHI: music/dance)

The 2016 Call for Dancers is currently closed. Please check back again for other opportunities.


Our summer intensive/performance workshop is for advanced and early-career dancers with fluency in modern and contemporary dance.

Successful applicants will be grouped into ensembles of about 10-12 dancers, and will work as part of a creative team including a choreographer, composer, conductor, and live musicians. Each group will develop, rehearse and give the premiere performance of a newly composed/choreographed piece under the guidance, and participation of the faculty. The pieces, with newly composed music written especially for the workshop, will be conceived for a specific, non-traditional performance space (i.e. not a concert hall, and still to be announced!), and will allow for/require the composers/choreographers to use space, and the placement of the musicians and dancers in the space, as an element of their work.

Dancers will play an important part of the collaboration as the pieces are developed, and will work closely with the other dancers, choreographers, the participating musicians, the dance faculty (Terence Marling, Pablo Piantino, and Stephanie Martinez), as well as the music faculty, including two multiple Grammy-award winners, who will perform alongside the participants.

There will be daily sessions devoted to ballet and modern technique by dance faculty, a special session on the relationship between music and choreography, as well as informational and practical sessions on Brazilian Capoeira by percussionist Gregory Beyer. Professor Beyer has just returned from a yearlong sabbatical in Brazil to study this intriguing martial art that meshes together music, movement, sport, self-defense, spirituality, and diverse folk traditions.

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with emerging artists and some of the very best professional artists in music and dance working today. It is the hope of the LAB-Arts faculty that many future collaborations will begin with this workshop!

DEADLINE EXTENDED — we will continue to accept applications until all the spots are filled.

To apply, please send the following information:

info [at] LAB-Arts [daht] org

1. full name (first and last)

2. age/date of birth (The age range for dancers is 18-24. Exceptions may be made individually, but please note that there is no chaperone available for younger participants.)

3. email address

4. mobile phone

5. home phone

6. current address (number, street, apt #, city, state/province, country, zip/postal code)

7. CV (attach as pdf) include training, education/degrees awarded, recent performance history

8. link to streaming video (Please submit an URL link to a 3-minute, high quality, streaming video–youtube, vimeo etc–of your best dancing. The clip can be from a live performance or made in studio, and should consist of a solo, or part of a duo or small group where you are easily identifiable.)

9. artist statement (Please describe your interest in the workshop, contemporary music and dance, and, although not required, any relevant collaborations with live musicians and/or the creation of site-specific work.

<<Participants will be notified of their status by Monday, May 16. If selected, half of the tuition fee ($240) must be paid by Friday, May 20 to reserve the spot. The remaining $240 must be paid in full by June 1. The total Course Tuition Fee is $480. This fee does not include user transaction fees charged by PayPal (2.9% + $0.30), travel costs, or Room and Board. Students must make their own arrangements for travel and Room and Board (but, we can help offer suggestions for places to stay).

N.B.: Due to the interdependent nature of this workshop, it will be impossible to make last-minute changes. As a result, ***absolutely no refunds will be given after June 15!***>>