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The Dance Chicago
Choreographic Advancement Program

"Dance without good choreography is like trying to produce a movie without a Director."  - Ann Barzel

The Dance Chicago Choreographic Advancement Program (DCCAP) works like this:

Year 1. Young talent is identified through viewing videotape submissions from December through July. The choreographers are given opportunities to present their work in one /or both Dance Chicago programs: Dance Slam or New Moves.

Year 2. The next stage is the mentoring stage, where the young talent is coached and partnered with professionals in the field to refine their choreographic potential. The choreographers are given opportunities to present their work in one of the main Dance Chicago programs, such as Jazz Cabaret, Dance for Kids, Grand Finale, Dance Romance, etc.

Year 3. The next stage is the professional commissioning stage, called the Dance Chicago Choreography Project, where the young choreographer is given the resources to create a dance for the repertory of distinguished ensembles.

Year 4. The next stage is the international professional commissioning stage, called the International Choreography Exchange Program, where the young choreographer is given the resources to create a dance for the repertory of a company from another country. Past partners included the Dutch National Ballet, the Albanian Academy of Dance, and Cemal Resit Rey Dance Theatre from Turkey. China comes to the horizon from 2014-16.

Keep in mind this is the "fast track" some may have to spend more than one year in each of the first two stages. In the last two stages, some chorographers are creating works simultaneously for Chicago companies and international companies.

We would love to have you get involved with us. To identify and support a young artist through the four years, cost us about $20,000, with most of the money coming in year 3, where the burden is on us to fully produce the work, which comes to $10,000 per choreographer. All contributions will help us keep this essential program alive.

  Your contributions support artistic development, artist fees, low ticket prices and production enhancements.  Contributions furnish over 30% of the support for Dance Chicago.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Dance Chicago 2013
Emergence Dance Theatre
5851 N. Kenmore, 3S
Chicago, IL 60660-3722

Make Check Payable to: Emergence Dance Theatre/Dance Chicago
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