AUG 10-15, 2020

New Century Dance Project

The Youth Festival for Performance and Choreography

Join us at NCDP on August 10 - 15, 2020

Dive deeply into the art of performance and the craft of choreography


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

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 2019 Resident Artist


Loni Landon, an award-winning choreographer, dancer, movement consultant, and graduate of Juilliard, has been appointed Resident Artist for the 2019 New Century Dance Project. In her work with student participants and choreographers attending the festival, Loni will share her extensive expertise through classes, workshops, mentoring and coaching. Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2005. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA Young Arts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. In addition to creating dances for her own collective Loni Landon Dance Project, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Director’s across the country. To learn more about Loni, visit her website.

loni landon

Jeanne Wagner Theatre



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 the student choreographers takes the stage on Friday, August 16 in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre and on Saturday, August 17 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

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

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 2019, you can go ahead register today!

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