AUGUST 10-15, 2020

New Century Dance Project

The Youth Festival for Performance and Choreography

The Call for Choreography Deadline is March 15, 2020

open to students; emerging and professional choreographers; companies, studios and schools

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    The Mission of New Century Dance Project

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

    “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

    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 2020 Festival


    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 artists page. 

    Jim Vincent, Dance and Creative Consultant


    Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Oscar Winning Actress


    Pablo Piantino, Associate Professor of Dance

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    The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center


    The 2020 selected artists will be announced after March 31, following completion of the choreographer application and selection process. Applicants for the 2020 Festival must be submitted prior to March 15, 2020 to be considered.

    Two culminating events of the 2020 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 14 in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre and on Saturday, August 13 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

    2019 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

    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


    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 2020, you can go ahead and enroll today!

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