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I’m not a choreographer. Is this program still for me?

Yes it is! The festival is for students ages 8-23, intermediate to advanced, who are wanting to take their performance quality to another level and/or aspire to be future choreographers.


Is this program different than an intensive, and what will be the focus?

The festival is unique from other dance intensive programs. We offer a deep-diving focus on teaching students the details and skills needed to be a great performer and/or a great choreographer.  You’ll get a combination of hands-on experiential workshops and performance opportunities and receive mentoring not offered at other programs.


If I am a choreographer and want to submit work to be considered for the festival, how do I know if I am eligible? If so, when can I do this?

If you are a professional, emerging, or student choreographer you might be eligible. Go to https://newcenturydanceproject.org/choreography-submissions/ to view all of the requirements and guidelines.  The deadline for 2019 has passed and choreographers have already been selected.  Submissions for the 2020 festival will open on November 1, 2019.


What are the requirements to participate as a student in the festival?

The program is not for beginners but IS for any student ages 8-22 who has been training seriously for several years and would self-report themselves as intermediate or advanced based on being classified in these ‘levels’ by their teacher. Student participants come from all different types of training environments – ballet or contemporary conservatories, arts high schools, schools run by professional dance companies, and a wide-variety of studios.


Do I need transportation during the festival?

All of the festival activities will take place at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Downtown Salt Lake City. If you stay at the official festival hotel listed under the ‘Travel’ section of the website, or choose another hotel close by, you will not need transportation except to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport.  The hotel and performing arts center are 15 minutes from the airport. Plenty of food options are within walking distance of the festival location.


What does a typical day look like?

We will begin with our opening and orientation on Tuesday evening.  For the remainder of the week, mornings will be technique classes; afternoons will be hands-on performance and choreography workshops and mentoring sessions; evenings will be learning new choreography.


Do I get to perform choreography at the festival?

Yes, every student participant gets to perform original choreography at the Festival Gala Concert on Saturday night.  Students learn the original choreography during the week and share this special moment on stage with all of their friends they made during the event.


If I am enrolled as a student for the week’s educational program, do I need to buy tickets to the concerts?

Students enrolled in the festival do not need to buy a ticket. They will be provided a ticket to both the Gala concert and the Student Showcase concert on Friday evening.  Parents and guests will be able to purchase their ticket in advance on the link provided on the NCDP website.


How should I prepare for meals during the festival?

Students should plan on bringing a healthy lunch, dinner and snacks with them during the day, or have food delivered by parents or accompanying teachers.  There are also many options to get meals within walking distance of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.


What is the recommended attire?

Bring the clothes and shoes you are accustomed to wearing for dance classes in your home studio or school including for ballet, modern and contemporary, and jazz. For students on pointe, bring your shoes. Bring socks and ballet slippers too. There is no requirement for the color of leos, tights, and shirts.  In short, bring anything you think you might need for a variety of classes and keep everything in a bag each day that you carry with you to the festival. And don’t forget that water bottle.


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