LEAP & Annual Alberta Dance Festival Submissions

Lab Emerging Arts Program (LEAP)

Each season, Dancers’ Studio West seeks two Alberta-based pre-professional contemporary dancers to participate in our Lab Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) as part of our Dance Action Lab. This program is made possible through the support of RBC Emerging Artist Project funding.

The Dance Action Lab runs for 8 weeks, from the end of May to the end of July. The focus of the program is on choreographic development, accelerated productivity and mentorship, and artistic fluency in all aspects of the form. The Lab establishes a sustained immersive professional experience consisting of professional training and creation that culminates in production. Each workday runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It begins with technique class, taught by the Artistic Director, which is followed by choreographic creation rehearsals directed by selected Dance Action Group members.

The Dance Action Group is Dancers’ Studio West’s company and is under the dirction of the Aritstic Director. During the Lab, Dance Action Group members share the roles of choreographing, performing, assisting with rehearsals and providing critical feedback. The opportunity to choreograph cycles annually among the members. Not all members participate in the Lab every year. Current Dance Action Group members are Catherine Hayward, Helen Husak, Mark Ikeda, Shayne Johnson, Linnea Swan and Deanne Walsh.  For the 2017 Lab, the choreographers are Catherine Hayward, Shayne Johnson and Davida Monk with Linnea Swan participating as a dancer.

LEAP Candidates Selected
for 2017 Dance Action Lab

The LEAP program is a juried program, with two successful candidates chosen by a committee of Dance Action Group members.

  • Daily professional technique training with the Artistic Director
  • Daily creative rehearsal
  • Development of professional practices and rigour
  • Direct and immediate feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Development of artistic expression, nuance and versatility
  • Building of relationshiops with potential for future projects
  • Access to meetings with the Artistic Director and Choreographers
  • Collegial exchange, support and rapport
  • Roles in two works choreographed by Dance Action Group members
  • One informal studio presentation and three public performances
  • Production video and photos
  • Access to members of the Dance Action Group for future letters of reference and support
  • $2,500 honorarium

Application Process

  • The deadline is announced in early Fall but is targeted for November
  • Applicants are required to submit the following:
    • Statement of Interest
    • Current CV
    • Vimeo or YouTube link OR DVD of recent dance performance
    • Non-refundable application fee
  • Applications will be assessed by a committee made up of the Artistic Director and Dance Action Group members using the following criteria: artistry, physical technique, perceived openness to learning and challenge, adaptability and willingness to take risk. The demands on the LEAP candidates are rigorous and require, at minimum, a pre-professional level of artistry.
  • Candidates are notified in January

LEAP is made possible with the generous support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Annual Alberta Dance Festival Submissions

Each season, emerging choreographers practicing in any dance discipline are invited to apply to present a new work in the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. As part of the Festival, all participating choreographers and casts commit to a 6-day Creative Intensive which includes daily technique classes, rehearsals, showings, choreographic experiments and Outside Eye practice.  Led by Artistic Director Monk and the Dance Action Group, this environment works to develop Festival choreographies to their highest potential prior to production.

AADF 2017 launches DSW’s 17/18 artistic season with two weeks of performances, September 7th – 9th & September 14th– 16th at the Victor Mitchell Pumphouse Theatre. The Festival will include works of 10 – 20 minutes in length and is open to emerging choreographers practicing in any dance discipline.

The Festival runs for two weekends each September at the Pumphouse Theatres with up to 6 choreographies presented in one of the two weekends for three performances each. The Choreographer is provided with the performance venue, production support, lighting design, production week warm-up classes and publicity. Each Choreographer receives an honorarium of $500.

Application Process

  • The deadline is announced in Fall but is targeted for December
  • Applicants are required to submit the following:
    • Statement of interest with responses to specific questions posed by the Selection Committee
    • Current CV
    • Vimeo or YouTube link OR DVD of recent choreographic work
    • Non-refundable application fee
  • Applications are assessed by a committee made up of the Artistic Director and Dance Action Group members.
  • Candidates are notified in January