Choreographic Development Residency

Choreographic Development Residency

The Choreographic Development Residency is a five 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 June 21 - July 25, 2020

UNCSA Summer Dance will award four choreographers the opportunity to further their choreographic research and create new dance works by providing studio space, dancers, personal mentoring with Helen Pickett, weekly workshops and access to participate in daily technique classes.

The residency will consist of daily technique class (optional), morning mentoring sessions, workshops and lectures—all led by esteemed Summer Dance faculty and guests. Afternoon rehearsals with a cast of dancers from UNCSA Summer Dance will follow. In the evenings, choreographers will have access to UNCSA’s beautiful studios for further choreographic research. The residency culminates in a performance of the work at UNCSA’s Stevens Center, held on July 25, 2020. 

Participants will receive room, board and a stipend. Choreographers will be chosen from an open call for submissions.


The program is looking 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

Email application materials to

Audition deadline for the 2020 program has been extended to February 10, 2020. Finalist choreographers will notified by February 24, and selected choreographers by March 10. In the body of the email include your name, address, email and phone number. Indicate which category you are applying for: Contemporary or Contemporary Ballet (you may only apply for one).

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.