Nextfest Choreographic Opportunity


We’re in search of an emerging choreographer to create a new work for Dancefest @ Nextfest 2017.

Who can apply?
Dancefest is geared towards emerging choreographers and movement artists under the age of 30 who are pursuing a professional career in dance.

Who will you be working with?
You, the choreographer will be working with a group of 15 to 25 dancers from Victoria School for the Arts to create a new movement piece.

Artistic mentorship and guidance will be available to you from the Good Women Collective Artists – our attendance at all of your rehearsals will be expected.

What’s the creative process involved?
Rehearsals will run every Monday afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm
Beginning March 6, 2017 and continuing up until the Festival, which runs from June 1-11,2017.
*There will be no rehearsals on April 17 or May 23

You’ll need to be available for consultation on light design, tech and dress rehearsal
(exact dates TBA, likely between May 27-May 31, 2017)

Where will you rehearse?
Studio space will be provided at Victoria School for the Arts.

What kind of funding is there?
You, the choreographer will be guaranteed a minimum honorarium of $400 for the creation and presentation of your work in Nextfest.

However, we would encourage and support your application for funds through the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Young Edmonton Grants program. This grant can provide a young Edmonton creator (13-24yrs) with funds up to $3000 for a project such as new choreography.

Good Women Collective Artists will be available to provide guidance in writing this application, should you require it. Applications for this grant are due by February 15, 2017.

How do you apply?
To apply as a choreographer for Dancefest at Nextfest 2017, please send the following information to

  • Statement of interest
    Why you would like to create new work to be mentored and presented at Nextfest
  • Artistic Statement/Description of Work
    We would like to know about your choreographic style and what concepts you intend to explore in your piece
  • Link to online video documentation
    This can include ideas for this new work, or documentation of a previous work.
    Please send a video link—do not send a hard copy.
  • Choreographer’s CV

When is the deadline to apply?
February 1, 2017 at 11:59pm (MT)
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

When will final decisions be made on a successful choreographer?
You will be contacted by February 10, 2017

What if I have questions?
Please contact us at: