August 13-17, 2019

New Century Dance Project

The Youth Festival for Choreography and Performance

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About New Century Dance Project

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.



excellence in dance training and performance by nurturing pre-professional dancers and their companies.
a stronger community of pre-professional dancers through opportunities to learn and perform together, and to be mentored by and inspired by professional dancers.
Break down barriers...
existing between Jazz/Contemporary studios and concert-dance schools/conservatories.
Embrace and celebrate...
an exciting new era in dance.
a deep respect for the history and legends of dance.
Advance new relationships...
within and beyond the dance community.
the beauty of human movement.
consciousness of the human spirit.
Increase commitment...
to excellence in the arts.
young artists into the dance community.

Supporting Team


Francisco Gella

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

Jeanne Wagner Theatre


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 process ends in Spring 2019. If you would like to be considered for the lineup, please submit your work.

Olivina Ancona

Royal Swedish Ballet, Pina Bausch, and Batsheva

Garrett Andersen

Hubbard Street, San Francisco Ballet and Royal Ballet of Flanders

Repertory Dance Theatre

Salt Lake  City, UT

The Dance Studio of Fresno

Fresno, CA

Danz Studio

Escazu, Costa Rica

Centerstage Performing Arts

Orem, UT

Creative Arts Academy

Bountiful, UT

Utah Dance Artists

Draper, UT

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 2019, you can go ahead register today!

Please CONTACT US if you have any questions about New Century Dance Project.