AUGUST 10-15, 2020

New Century Dance Project

The Youth Festival for Performance and Choreography

The Call for Choreography Deadline is March 15, 2020

open to students; emerging and professional choreographers; companies, studios and schools
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The Mission of New Century Dance Project

Nurturing Emerging Performance Artists And Choreographers To Be Fearless And Unapologetically Authentic

“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

Supporting Team


Francisco Gella

Founding Artistic Director

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.

Festival Managing Director: Jeffrey Hoffman
Supporting Sponsor: Repertory Dance Theatre
Artistic Advisor: Linda Smith, Executive and Artistic Director, Repertory Dance Theatre

The 2020 Festival


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 artists page. 

Jim Vincent, Dance and Creative Consultant


Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Oscar Winning Actress


Pablo Piantino, Associate Professor of Dance

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The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center


The 2020 selected artists will be announced after March 31, following completion of the choreographer application and selection process. Applicants for the 2020 Festival must be submitted prior to March 15, 2020 to be considered.

Two culminating events of the 2020 festival weekend bring together a diverse group of professional, emerging, and student choreographers from across North America who have been selected from a talented pool who submitted their work* for consideration.  These artists represent some of the best of our collective dance future. The work of the student choreographers takes the stage on Friday, August 14 in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre and on Saturday, August 13 professional and emerging choreographers will present their work at the Festival Gala Concert in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre. The work of all choreographers – with the exception of those noted below – will be adjudicated and selected artists will be awarded choreographic commissions. As a primary objective of New Century Dance Project is to nurture artistic talent, all choreographers will receive critique from an expert panel of experienced dance makers. All festival student participants will attend these shows as part of the educational program, and in the case of Saturday’s Gala Concert, will perform the new choreography they learn during the week. *Non-adjudicated work – ineligible for awards

2019 Emerging and Professional Choreographers

Rebecca Aneloski
Salt Lake City, UT
And Artists: A Salt Lake City Based Dance Project
Alexandra Bender
Chino, CA
Jenn Freeman
New York City, NY
Utah Dance Artists (Draper, UT)
Francisco Gella*
Santa Fe, NM
The Pointe Academy (Highland, UT)
Daniel Higgins*
Salt Lake City, UT
Independent/Repertory Dance Theatre Company Member
Haley Johnson
Draper, UT
Independent/Salt Contemporary Dance Company Member
Kelli Leighton
Folsom, CA
Leighton Dance Project
Matt Luck
Los Angeles, CA
Utah Dance Artists (Draper, UT)
Hannah Millar
Fresno, CA
Daniel Ojeda
Boise, ID
Independent/Ballet Idaho Company Member
Sam Picart*
Seattle, WA
Independent/Ashani Dances Company Member
Eileen Ramirez
Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica
Danz Performing Arts Center and Danz Project Company
Jessica Zamarripa
Laredo, TX
Laredo School of Contemporary Dance

2019 Student Choreographers

Aimee Brotten
Tulalip, WA
Northwest Dance and Acro
Bianca Calderon
Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica
Danceworks Costa Rica and Point Park University
Grace Coleman
Centennial, CO
Denver School of the Arts and Mpact Dance Academy
Quaba Ernest
Brooklyn, NY
Purchase College, State University of New York
Brian Golden
Orange, CA
Chapman University
Rosie Granito
Aurora, CO
Denver School of the Arts and Mpact Dance Academy
Eliana Hayward
Knoxville, TN
Knox Dance Worx
Arianna Shahin
Ambler, PA
Elon University
Ezra Sosa
Provo, UT
Center Stage Performing Arts
Emma Wall
Orange, CA
Chapman University
Rebecca Webb
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah
Leila Williams
Los Angeles, CA
The Windward School
Louis Williams
Austin, TX
The Dance Institute and The Griffin School

Reputation for Excellence


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 2020, you can go ahead and enroll today!

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