August 13-17 2019

New Century Dance Project

The Youth Festival of Performance and Choreography

Salt Lake City, UT Festival Countdown

2019 Program Information Coming Soon!

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 is preparing to become the foremost global event of its kind.  By breaking down the barriers between diverse styles and genres of dance, the inaugural festival is bringing together some of the very best young dancers to perform with and be mentored by professional dancers. Make a fully tax-deductible donation to the festival and ensure the future and growth of our mission.




To advance...
excellence in dance training and performance by nurturing pre-professional dancers and their companies.
To build...
a stronger community of pre-professional dancers through opportunities to learn and perform together, and to be mentored by and inspired by professional dancers.
To 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 the dance community

Supporting Team


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

Francisco Gella, Artistic Director

Festival Concert Performers

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 will share the stage with Utah’s professional, pre-professional and collegiate companies for a one-of-a-kind evening of excellence. 

In addition to guest performers, the festival will feature original choreography by Francisco Gella, Kayla Kalbfleisch, and Yusha Sorzano. All registered student participants will be cast in a work thus all will perform in the closing concert on Saturday night.

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

Creative Arts Academy

Bountiful, UT

Centerstage Performing Arts

Orem, UT

The Pointe Academy

Highland, UT

More to be announced soon……