Call for applications

Dance Writers-in-Residence Program

Special Project in partnership between Dancemakers Centre for Creation and The Dance Current

Dancemakers and The Dance Current are seeking interest from emerging Dance Writers for the inaugural Dance Writers-in-Residence Program, taking place at Dancemakers throughout the 16/17 season.

The program invites participants to build context for contemporary dance/performance, engage in ideas and share writing experiences and strategies within a small group/seminar context. Participants will have access to Dancemakers' performances, selected rehearsals and movement workshops, and will also attend several talks/presentations, workshops and discussion sessions, developed by Andrews and facilitated by Andrews in collaboration with Dancemakers' Curator Amelia Ehrhardt, to build context for contemporary dance/performance, engage in ideas and share writing experiences and strategies throughout the program.

Additionally, with editorial guidance and mentorship from Megan Andrews, participants will explore and develop writing in a variety of formats that may include but not be limited to: profiles, interviews, previews, reviews, program notes and columns/essays. Writers will work with Andrews through a professional editing process to hone their work toward publication. Selected writings will be published exclusively in a dedicated column at (*Partners The Dance Current and Dancemakers reserve the right to determine which pieces are published based on quality and timeliness, not on the writer's perspective or critical opinion .)

Participants must commit to attending all major productions of the Dancemakers season and maintain at least an 80% attendance rate at all other events associated with the program. Participants must also commit to meeting several deadlines throughout the year for new pieces of writing.

To apply:

Please submit the following to by October 24, 2016 at 12 Midnight:

-A CV including experience with dance writing/other forms of critical writing and dance experience
-A writing sample (500-1000 words)
-A brief motivation statement (500 250 words)


As this program is educational in nature, offering access to workshop and mentorship opportunities as well as complete season access at Dancemakers, no fees are provided for participants.  

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Banner photo: Ann Trépanier in "Leisure Palace", by Amanda Acorn (Dancemakers Emerging Artist in Residence 2016-2018). Photo by Amelia Ehrhardt