Choreographic Essentials Workshop

Choreographic Essentials Workshop

The Choreographic Essentials Workshop, created by Helen Pickett, is a unique and immersive dance think-tank initiated in 2011. The workshop is designed to develop, cultivate and expand the compositional / choreographic and performance skill-sets of the participants.

Choreographic Essentials Workshop June 14 - 20, 2020

Participants will not only learn how to delegate power and manage time within a group as a choreographer and as a dancer, but also learn how to absorb and retain more information using the ideas of First Choice/Best Choice and Coordination Negotiation. Choreographer and dancer are two very different positions, giving the dancer insight to both sides of the studio. A particular emphasis will be placed upon the generation of new ideas, and the subsequent actualization of the material generated by the participants. The final day of the workshop will feature a showing of the work created by participants. This program is geared toward professional and professional aspirant dancers, age 18-27.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2020 program has been extended until April 10, 2020. Email application materials to In the body of the email include your name, address, email and phone number—and if you will need housing. Please note that housing is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Include the following attachments to your application email:

  • Your choreographic C.V. in PDF format
  • Include a link to a video of your choreographic works. This video can consist of a self-choreographed solo, group performance and/or rehearsal footage. We want to get a sense of your movement and choreography.

We will respond within two weeks of receiving your application.

Once Accepted

  • Each choreographer will be responsible for creating 3 minutes of choreography. In addition, each participant will dance in 2-3 pieces of choreography. This will allow students to experience being both a choreographer and dancer.
  • Students will have 6 pieces of music to choose from. Each student is required to have a first, second, and third choice of music. All students are required to write a paper, minimum two pages, on their concept, choice of music and what they want to accomplish during the workshop. Final decision on music is made by Helen Pickett and is based on the paper. Papers are due via email, at least 3 days before the start of the workshop.