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AUGUST 13-15, 2021 Austin, Texas

New Century Dance Project

The Youth Festival for Performance and Choreography
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    Due to pandemic related disruptions, this year’s NCDP festival held in Austin, TX will feature master classes, and performance and choreographic workshops only. The choreography competition has been postponed until it’s return in 2022. However, this year’s NCDP WILL feature Zeitgeist Dance Theatre company members and Trainees performing a works in progress show on Saturday evening, August 14. The ZDT dancers will also be joining you for the classes and workshops!

    The Mission of New Century Dance Project

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

    Supporting Team

    FESTIVAL LEADERSHIP

    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
    Dance Company Partner: Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

    Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the 2020 and 2021 Choreography Competition portion of the festival were cancelled. This will be back in 2022!

    FESTIVAL CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION

    About the Choreography Competition

    Two culminating events 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 selected artists awarded choreographic commissions. 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.

     

    CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHY

    Reputation for Excellence

    NCDP INTENSIVE REGISTRATION

    The Festival Intensive features master classes, workshops, choreography, and special events for the weekend, including the Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Works In Progress Showing. You can either start by learning about the schedule, workshops, and more or, if you are ready for NCDP 2021, you can go ahead and enroll today!

    2019 Emerging and Professional 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)
    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
    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

     

    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

    NCDP INTENSIVE REGISTRATION 

    The Festival Intensive features master classes, workshops, choreography, and special events for the weekend, including the Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Works In Progress Showing. You can either start by learning about the schedule, workshops, and more or, if you are ready for NCDP 2021, you can go ahead and enroll today!

    Please contact us in the chatbox below or email us if you have any questions about New Century Dance Project.