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~Opportunities for Emerging Dance Artists ~

Emerge Creation/Performance Project

Dates: April 2-27, 2017

Deadline to Apply January 30, 2017 

Emerge is a professional development program designed to support the emerging dance artists in the Atlantic region and to encourage the expression of their unique identity within the greater context of the region’s established dance community.

Emerge is a three-week, paid work opportunity for four dancers to be involved in a supported creative process, mentored by Mocean’s Co-Artistic Director Sara Coffin, a skilled choreographer, teacher, and interdisciplinary collaborator.

Under the guidance of Coffin, the 2017 Emerge Artists will create a new dance work. The new work and program will serve as a platform for artistic development in choreography and performance and in career management in a supportive environment. Program participants will perform the new creation in a semi-formal presentation context produced by Mocean Dance Thursday, April 27 at the Halifax Central Library and April 21 or April 28 weekends(TBC).

The program includes:
  • 1.5hr morning research & technique class designed as an opportunity to develop improvisational tools, floor work, and partnering skills;
  • 3hr afternoon work session in which the program participants will drive the creative process, approx. 12-3pm. 
  • Guest Teacher: Rob Kistos from Simon Fraser University will be leading morning classes on April 11, 12, 13, 17, 18. More Info: www.robkitsos.com

Interested applicants must have completed a professional training programming, be willing to work collaboratively, and are self-directed.  We encourage both local and ex-Atlantic-based dance artists to apply, as a cross-section of locally based dancers and those working beyond the provincial borders will be selected.

Guideline for Application: Please send a CV, a URL link sampling your dancing and/or choreography, and a letter of intent (max. 500 words) outlining: your experiencing, current areas of interest, skillset that you bring to a group and particular skills that you would like to have the opportunity to develop.

Please indicate if you would like to participate as a dancer, choreographer, or both in a collaborative fashion, or order of preference.

Note: If you are interested in applying but your availability dates or daytime commitments conflict with the program structure. Please email Sara Coffin to discuss and send an application regardless – program flexibility will be a priority to ensure such opportunities remain available.

Eligibility: Program open to emerging dance professionals, who have completed their professional training, and are actively pursing a professional dance career. 

Send your application by e-mail in PDF form to saracoffin@moceandance.com.

Deadline to apply: January 30, 2017
Applicants will be notified by February 17, 2017



Our Emerging Artist Professional Development Programming is supported by
the RBC Emerging Artist Foundation and the Telus Atlantic Community Board.

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