Situated geographically between the two largest centers of dance in the United States (New York City and Los Angeles) and in a state with a long-standing reputation for excellence in both commercial and concert dance, the New Century Dance Project (NCDP) is preparing to become the foremost global event of its kind. By breaking down the barriers between diverse styles and genres of dance, as well as generational differences, this festival that highlights the talents of young artists but celebrates the artistry of dancers in all stages of their careers, is bringing together some of the very best dancers to learn and perform together. There is no other dance event like NCDP. This highly participatory, educational and nurturing event brings together the best parts of every kind of dance experience that student performing artists are accustomed to; master classes, performances, workshops, career exploration, mentoring from professionals and opportunities to make new friends.
All activities are geared toward the art of performance and the craft of choreography. Student participants will spend their five days learning new choreography to perform at the closing gala concert. But there’s more. Participants will be given the time and tools to explore creating their own work. The diverse master classes and workshops offered during the festival will be a safe space to encourage risk-taking and self-exploration – essential elements to performing and choreographing. Whether you have been invited to perform at the Saturday night gala concert as part of a group or an individual young artist who wants to take their performance skills to another level, there is a place especially for you at NCDP.
Francisco Gella’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, spans more than twenty years since he took his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year. As an educator, Francisco believes that the key to excellence in dance arts moving forward is inspiring young dancers to see what is possible through honoring historical foundations of technique and artistry, appreciating the diversity of style and genre in contemporary dance, realizing the body-mind-spirit connection in creating powerful movement, and experiencing transformative opportunities to be mentored by professional dancers who model what it takes to be successful in finding their own voice and to acquire the essential tools for success.
Loni Landon, an award-winning choreographer, dancer, movement consultant, and graduate of Juilliard, has been appointed Resident Artist for the 2019 New Century Dance Project. In her work with student participants and choreographers attending the festival, Loni will share her extensive expertise through classes, workshops, mentoring and coaching. Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2005. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA Young Arts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. In addition to creating dances for her own collective Loni Landon Dance Project, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Director’s across the country. To learn more about Loni, visit her website.
The culminating event of the festival weekend brings together some of the most outstanding youth dance companies from across the United States that represent the diversity of styles making dance such a rich and beautiful art form. These young dancers share the stage with professional, pre-professional and collegiate companies for a one-of-a-kind evening of excellence. In addition to guest performers, the 2018 festival featured original choreography by Francisco Gella, Kayla Kalbfleisch, and Yusha-Marie Sorzano. All registered student participants were cast in a work that was performed in the closing concert on Saturday night. The 2019 Festival Performers will be announced once the choreography submission deadline on February 28th. If you would like to be considered for the lineup, please submit your work.
Royal Swedish Ballet, Pina Bausch, and Batsheva
The Festival Class Pass offers admission into all master classes, workshops, choreography, and special events for the weekend (including the concert). You can either start by learning about the schedule, workshops, and more or if you are ready for NCDP 2019, you can go ahead register today!