Behind the Scenes: Choosing Festival Artists

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This Friday, February 10, is the deadline to apply for the 2012-13 NC Dance Festival roster of touring artists!

Here’s how artists are chosen:

The call to artists goes out in mid-December, and applications are accepted until early February.  Last season, we received 22 applications!  Once all the submissions are in, a panel of judges is selected by the Dance Project Board of Directors.  This year, there are four reviewers, including one college student and three dancers or people interested in dance from the Greensboro community.

The panel considers all the submissions in a blind review—they do not know which choreographer submitted which work. Each reviewer makes recommendations and scores each work; the dances that score the highest overall are generally the ones invited to join the touring roster for that year.  One or two additional invitations may be issued to round out the roster at eight artists.

We are committed to presenting the works of North Carolina dance artists in many forms, and strive to represent the various styles and interests within the NC dance community.  Each year we look at several different elements in choosing artists, and aim for a group that is diverse in terms of racial and ethnic identity, gender, aesthetic point of view, geographic location, and career stage in order to promote both excellence and variety.

The adjudication process is complete by mid-March, and the eight artists are contracted for the upcoming season.

If there are artists working in the state whose choreography you would like to see on the program, encourage them to apply! Application guidelines can be found on our website:

Up next on the blog: Meet the local Wilmington artists who will be performing alongside the NC Dance Festival touring artists February 24-26 at the Community Arts Center in Wilmington.


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