Choreographic Development Residency

Choreographic Development Residency

Returning in 2023, the Choreographic Development Residency is a four-week program to foster the development of new work by emerging choreographers of exceptional promise. Through this initiative, UNCSA School of Dance looks to deepen its mission of developing original works, supporting artists and giving back to the broader community.

Choreographic Development Residency 2023 dates TBD

UNCSA Summer Dance will award four choreographers the opportunity to further their choreographic research and create new dance works by providing studio space, dancers and personal mentoring with Helen Pickett.

The residency will consist of an optional daily technique class, morning mentoring sessions, workshops and lectures led by esteemed Summer Dance faculty and guests. The afternoons are devoted to rehearsals with a cast of dancers from the UNCSA Summer Dance Intensive. Additionally, choreographers will have access to our studios for further choreographic research. The residency culminates in a performance of the work at the Stevens Center performance venue in downtown Winston-Salem.

Choreographers are chosen from an open call, and participants will receive room, board and a stipend.


The program looks for emerging choreographers who exhibit a strong choreographic voice and exceptional promise. Two contemporary choreographers and two contemporary ballet choreographers will be selected. Choreographers must have five years of choreographic experience.

How to Apply

2022 -2023 application submissions will open in January 2023.

Email application materials to

Include the following attachments to your application email:

  • Your choreographic C.V. in PDF format
  • One letter of recommendation in PDF format
  • An artistic statement (one page maximum) in PDF format
  • A link to a 5-minute video example of one of your choreographic works from the past three years. Video should be a 5-minute consecutive section using 4 or more dancers.

There is no fee to apply. Partial applications will not be considered. 

If you have questions about the Choreographic Development Residency or the application process, email Summer Dance Director Ashley Lindsey.