JULY 31 - AUGUST 6, 2023
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

NEW CENTURY DANCE PROJECT

NEW MEXICO'S FESTIVAL OF Performance & Choreography

“Breathless” performed by Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Second Company at the 2022 New Century Dance Project, choreographed by Francisco Gella, captured by Audrey Derrell

Choreography Submissions Are Due March 1, 2023

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Our mission is to advance excellence in artistic expression, choreographic process, and performance by nurturing high school and collegiate preprofessional dancers as well as early-career dancemakers.

\New Century Dance Project is

Nurturing Performance Artists And Choreographers Who Are Fearless And Unapologetically Authentic

Credit: Along with his partner Aika Doone, Zak Ryan Schlegel dances his own award-winning choreography ‘The First Elegy’ at the 2022 New Century Dance Project. Zak was the Grand Prize recipient in the Professional/Emerging division 

Music Credits: “Silentio" by Peter-Anthony Togni, Luminous Voices, Jeff Reilly

Francisco Gella - Festival Leadership

Supporting Team

FESTIVAL LEADERSHIP

Francisco Gella

Founding Artistic Director

Co-Artistic Director, Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

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 dance makers and performing artists 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.

Festival Managing Director: Jeffrey Hoffman

Festival Operations Coordinator: Tara Debevec

Resident Dance Company: Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

New Century Dance Project taught me the importance of sharing my integrity as a mover and emerging choreographer. Working on my craft and holding on to my ideas is much more valuable than presenting works based on what is trending or cool.

Bianca Calderon

2019 NCDP Award Winning Student Choreographer
Point Park University, Class of 2023

THE 2023 FESTIVAL

DISTINGUISHED MASTER ARTISTS

Each year, the New Century Dance Project Artistic Director selects venerable, award-winning artists to share their extensive knowledge, experience and wisdom with festival intensive participants. You can find out more about them and our resident artists by visiting our teaching faculty page.

Jim Vincent
Jim Vincent
Dance & Creative Consultant
Penny Saunders
Penny Saunders 
Choreographer
Pablo Piantino
Pablo Piantino 
Assistant Professor

FESTIVAL CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION & SHOWCASE

NCDP offers outstanding opportunities for Emerging Professional, Undergraduate, and High School Choreographers to showcase their work on a professional stage at the festival.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION AND SHOWCASE

Two culminating events of the festival weekend bring together a diverse group of emerging professional, and student choreographers from across North America who have been selected from a talented pool who submitted their work for consideration. These artists selected as NCDP finalists represent some of the best of our collective dance future. The work of these choreographers is presented on stage and adjudicated. Winning work awarded cash prizes. As the primary objective of New Century Dance Project is to nurture artistic talent, all choreographer finalists receive critique from an expert panel of experienced dance makers, a performance video, and still images.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

MARCH 1, 2023

FESTIVAL CONCERT DATES:

TBD (sometime between August 3 and 6)

FESTIVAL CONCERT AWARDS:

  • $2,000 to 1st Place Awardee in the Emerging Professional Category
  • $1,500 to 1st Place Awardee in the Undergraduate College Student Category
  • $1,000 to 1st Place Awardee in the High School Student Category

All choreographers whose work is selected to be presented at the festival will receive a video of their performance.

BENEFITS TO SELECTED FINALISTS:

All choreographer finalists whose work is selected to be presented at the festival will receive:


  • A video of their performance
  • Still images of their performance
  • Critiques from an expert panel of adjudicators 

'A Collection of Agreements' choreographed by Tulia Marshall, 2022 Grand Prize Finalist in the Undergraduate Student Category, performed by her cast from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, captured by Audrey Derrell

2022 Choreographer Finalists

The following lists represents this past year’s choreographer finalists and festival concerts. The 2023 choreographers will be selected by April 15 and will be listed here at that time.

New Voices Concert

Presented on Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Undergraduate Finalists

Meredith Brown

Asheville, NC 

Fordham University and

The Ailey School

Grace Coleman

Centennial, CO

New York University

Marissa Furfaro

Pittsburgh, PA

Purchase College State University of New York -

Conservatory of Dance

Ekko Greenbaum

West Palm Beach, FL

The Boston Conservatory

Tulia Marshall

New Paltz, NY

Purchase College State University of New York -

Conservatory of Dance


Anastasia Miller

The Woodlands, TX

University of Arizona

The Woodlands, TX

University of Arizona

Alicia Pak

San Jose, CA

California Institute of the Arts

Binyamin Salzano

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University

The High School Finalists

Zoe Baber

Agoura Hills, CA

Elite Dance and Performing Arts Center

Sophie Biderman

Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico School for the Arts and NDI New Mexico

Lorena Daily

Winter Park, FL

Skyra Studios

Bijou Douglas

Torrance, CA

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

*Grand Prize Recipient

Avery Gay

Scottsdale, AZ

Club Dance

Addison Rey Hill

Valencia, CA

Los Angeles High School for the Arts and Shooting Stars Dance Studio

Lucia Rosen

Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico School for the Arts and NDI New Mexico

Avery Trammell

Aurora, CO

Mpact Dance Project

Joey Vice

Westerville, OH

Generations Performing Arts Center

Shana Winer

Miami, FL

Miami Dance Collective


New Voices Concert

Thursday, August 4th

The Presenting Undergraduate Choreographers

Meredith Brown

Asheville, NC 

Fordham University and

The Ailey School

Grace Coleman

Centennial, CO

New York University

Marissa Furfaro

Pittsburgh, PA

Purchase College State University of New York -

Conservatory of Dance

Ekko Greenbaum

West Palm Beach, FL

The Boston Conservatory

Tulia Marshall

New Paltz, NY

Purchase College State University of New York -

Conservatory of Dance

Anastasia Miller

The Woodlands, TX

University of Arizona

The Woodlands, TX

University of Arizona

Alicia Pak

San Jose, CA

California Institute of the Arts

Binyamin Salzano

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University

The Presenting High School Choreographers

Zoe Baber

Agoura Hills, CA

Elite Dance and Performing Arts Center

Sophie Biderman

Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico School for the Arts and

National Dance Institute New Mexico

Lorena Daily

Winter Park, FL

Skyra Studios

Bijou Douglas

Torrance, CA

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Avery Gay

Scottsdale, AZ

Club Dance

Addison Rey Hill

Valencia, CA

Los Angeles High School for the Arts and Shooting Stars Dance Studio

Lucia Rosen

Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico School for the Arts and

National Dance Institute New Mexico

Avery Trammell

Aurora, CO

Mpact Dance Project

Joey Vice

Westerville, OH

Generations Performing Arts Center

Shana Winer

Miami, FL

Miami Dance Collective

The Amplified Concert

Presented on Friday, August 5, 2022

The Emerging / Professional Finalists

Arturo Garcia

El Paso, TX

NGL by J2k Dance Studio

Claude “CJ” Johnson

Brooklyn, NY

AIM by Kyle Abraham

Glen R. Lewis

Portsmouth, VA

Iswel Dance Theater

Sophia Oddi

Los Angeles, CA

Independent

Zak Ryan Schlegel

El Prado, NM

Shen Wei Dance Arts

*Grand Prize Recipient

The Amplified Concert

Friday, August 5

The Presenting Emerging / Professional Choreographers

Arturo Garcia

El Paso, TX

NGL by J2k Dance Studio

Claude “CJ” Johnson

Brooklyn, NY

AIM by Kyle Abraham

Glen R. Lewis

Portsmouth, VA

Iswel Dance Theater

Sophia Oddi

Los Angeles, CA

Independent

Zak Ryan Schlegel

El Prado, NM

Shen Wei Dance Arts

An Evening of World Premieres with Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

Presented on Saturday, August 6, 2022

Presenting Choreographers:

Lauren Edson

Boise, ID

Artistic Director, LED Boise

Francisco Gella

Santa Fe, NM

Co-Artistic Director, Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

Yusha-Marie Sorzano

Los Angeles, CA

Co-Artistic Director, Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

An Evening of World Premieres w/ Zeitgeist Dance Theatre and the NCDP Choreography Awards Ceremony

Saturday, August 6

Presenting Choreographers:

Lauren Edson

Boise, ID

Artistic Director, LED Boise

Francisco Gella

Santa Fe, NM

Co-Artistic Director, Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

Yusha-Marie Sorzano

Los Angeles, CA

Co-Artistic Director, Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

A Reputation for Educational & artistic Excellence

NCDP INTENSIVE REGISTRATION

NCDP Intensive Registration

The Festival Intensive is for preprofessional dancers ages 15-24 and features master classes, workshops, choreography,  and concerts for the seven-day event. You can either start by learning about the schedule, workshops, and more or, if you are ready to register for NCDP 2023, you can go ahead and enroll today. Registration for the Intensive means that you will receive access to all of the festival concerts too!

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