Joffrey Academy of Dance 14th Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is seeking ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy’s Fourteenth Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. The goal of the award is to recognize talented and emerging ALAANA choreographers whose unique perspectives will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance. The deadline for application is July 31, 2023.

The winning choreographers will be awarded a $5,000 stipend and given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours. Choreographers will also be provided with travel and accommodation for the duration of their residency. The choreographic work must be original and developed by the applicant. The finished piece must be at least 10 minutes long (maximum of 12 minutes) and include a cast of at least 10 dancers. They will set their piece on the members of the Joffrey Studio Company, the Joffrey Academy Ballet Trainees, and the Joffrey Academy Contemporary Ballet Trainees, with the opportunity to seek guidance from Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, and Abbott Academy Director Suzanne Lopez. The Joffrey Academy of Dance’s Winning Works program will be presented in eight performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joffrey’s hosting partner, at MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E. Chicago Avenue in March 2024.

New in 2024, the Joffrey Academy of Dance will be offering a new opportunity that showcases an emerging Chicago-based ALAANA choreographer. This piece will be presented alongside works by the rest of the visiting Winning Works choreographers and will be set on the students of the Joffrey Conservatory Program.

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