AUGUST 2-7, 2022
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

NEW CENTURY DANCE PROJECT

NEW MEXICO'S FESTIVAL OF Performance & Choreography

''Collage” performed by The Dance Studio of Fresno, choreographed by Francisco Gella, captured by Dave Brewer.

Join us in Santa Fe, NM, August 2-7, 2022

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Our mission is to advance excellence in dance training and performance by nurturing pre-professional dancers and their companies.

The Mission of New Century Dance Project

Nurturing Performance Artists And Choreographers Who Are Fearless And Unapologetically Authentic

Credit: Leila Williams dancing her own award-winning choreography at the 2019 New Century Dance Project. 
Leila won first place in the high school student division. She is now studying for her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School.

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 2022 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

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

About the Choreography Competition

Three culminating concerts of the 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 all choreographers is adjudicated and winning work  awarded cash prizes. As a primary objective of New Century Dance Project is to nurture artistic talent, all choreographers receive critique from an expert panel of experienced dance makers.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

MAY 23, 2022

FESTIVAL CONCERT DATES:

August 4, 5, and 6, 2022

FESTIVAL CONCERT AWARDS:

  • $2,500 to 1st Place Awardee in the Professional/Emerging 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.

Navigating Performance

Credit: 'Navigating' choreographed by Matt Luck, performed by Utah Dance Artists, captured by Dave Brewer.

Due to the COVID pandemic, NCDP has not held the choreography competition and live performances since August 2019. Below is a list of the last group of choreographers selected to perform their work at the festival. After this summer's choreographers have been selected in May for the festival, we will share their information here.

2019 PROFESSIONAL & EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS

Rebecca Aneloski

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

And Artists: A Salt Lake
City Based Dance Project

Alexandra Bender

CHINO, CA

Independent

Jenn Freeman

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Utah Dance Artists
(Draper, UT)

Francisco Gella

SANTA FE, NM

The Pointe Academy
(Highland, UT)

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

Independent

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

Due to the COVID pandemic, NCDP has not held the choreography competition and live performances since August 2019. Below is a list of the last group of choreographers selected to perform their work at the festival. After this summer's choreographers have been selected in May for the festival, we will share their information here.

2019 PROFESSIONAL & EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS

Rebecca Aneloski

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

And Artists: A Salt Lake
City Based Dance Project

Alexandra Bender

CHINO, CA

Independent

Jenn Freeman

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Utah Dance Artists
(Draper, UT)

Francisco Gella

SANTA FE, NM

The Pointe Academy
(Highland, UT)

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)

Jessica Zamarripa

LAREDO, TX

Laredo School of Contemporary Dance

Hannah Millar

FRESNO, CA

Independent

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

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

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

A Reputation for Educational Excellence

NCDP INTENSIVE REGISTRATION

NCDP Intensive Registration

The Festival Intensive is for preprofessional dancers ages 13-24 and features master classes, workshops, choreography,  and concerts for the six-day event. You can either start by learning about the schedule, workshops, and more or, if you are ready to register for NCDP 2022, 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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