The 2023 New Century Dance Project Festival


Undergraduate Student Category

Francisco Gella, founding artistic director of the New Century Dance Project (NCDP), invites undergraduate choreographers to submit their work to be considered as part of the 2023 Festival Concerts being held July 31 - August 6. The works selected for the festival will be presented at NDI New Mexico in Santa Fe, NM.

Please be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
Eligibility and submission requirements must be strictly adhered to or applicants risk disqualification.


Submission deadline extended to Monday, March 6, 2023


  • Must be currently enrolled in a college/university BFA or BA Dance program as of Fall 2022. Undergraduate students who are graduating in Spring or Summer Term 2023 are eligible to submit.
  • College students who apply must be pursuing a BFA or BA in Dance.
  • Work submitted for consideration MAY include the choreographer as a performer.
  • The work may be a solo, duet, trio or ensemble.
  • New work is strongly encouraged however it is not a requirement for the work to be a premiere. It may be a work you created for another purpose at an earlier time.
  • Dancers performing in the video submission should preferably be the dancers who will perform at the festival, however this is not a requirement.
  • The choreographer must provide their own dancers for the festival performance at their expense. Travel costs for the choreographer and dancers are the responsibility of the choreographer.
  • Every effort will be made to provide up to an hour of rehearsal time prior to the tech/dress rehearsal. However, this cannot be guaranteed. The piece should come fully rehearsed.
  • All production costs associated with the festival performance in Santa Fe are assumed by NCDP except costuming and props. All expenses related to costuming and props are the responsibility of the choreographer. Production costs are defined as theatre rental, technical staff labor, and marketing.
  • Dancers in the cast ages 18 - 24 ill be strongly encouraged to enroll as participants in the NCDP Intensive Choreographic Workshops on July 31 - August 6. A half scholarship will be offered to each of the students performing in the work within the above age range.
  • Dancers cast in the work must be at least 18 years of age and have already graduated from high school. Any exception must be granted by the NCDP artistic director.


Choreographers who submit work that is selected to be performed will be eligible for the following awards:

  • $1,500 cash award for first place.
  • Every participating choreographer finalist will receive a professional quality video of their work in performance on the festival stage.
  • Each choreographer will receive a set of digital images of their work.


  • Concept, clarity of purpose of the dance.

  • Movement invention, exploration of movement to the purpose of the dance.

  • Development of thematic material.

  • Choreographic texture and individuality of creative voice.


  • Video of the work – must be at least 5 minutes and no more than 7 minutes. May be a rehearsal filmed in the studio or of a performance on a concert stage. In either case, the work should be filmed in costume if possible. No videos from a commercial competition event will be accepted. If the work is still in progress at the time of submission, please send a sample consisting of at least 3 minutes of the work.
  • An artist's statement of intent about the work. This may include concept description, intent of music selection, inspiration behind the work, etc. The statement may not be longer than one single-spaced page.
  • A dance resume that includes the choreographer’s training and education to date, any choreography credits, as well as awards or recognitions (if applicable).
  • A $25 non-refundable fee. Waiver of the fee will be considered with a legitimate case for financial hardship.


  • Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2023.
  • All applicants will receive an email regarding decisions no later than April 15.
  • Signed ’Commitment to Perform’ agreements and a non-refundable deposit of $100 for those selected.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Requirements

  • All submitted work must be wholly original and may not infringe upon the copyright or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any other person or entity.
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining and securing any and all rights, licenses, consent, and permissions, if applicable, from third parties in relation to any copyrighted material that is not your own (e.g., music used in your performance).
  • If you are submitting a work and you are not the choreographer, you must obtain written permission and submit it to the NCDP artistic director.
  • This will be required as part of the confirmation process if the work is selected for the festival.
  • If your work has been submitted to other choreographic competitions, you are responsible for getting permission to submit to NCDP when this is applicable.


Please complete the submission form below. Please have all your materials ready before beginning the submission because you CANNOT save* your application in-process and come back to complete and submit.

*For your reference and planning we have provided a downloadable PDF with the Call for Choreography details listed on this website. Please note, this PDF does not take place of the online submission process and emailed and/or mailed submissions will not be received. 

Please email us if you have any questions about your submission.

Please email us if you have any questions about your submission.