Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Call for Choreography: CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival

A single dancer stands facing the camera with her right leg lifted high to the side and her left arm pressing outward. natalya shoaf performs her solo first study, by Bret Doss.

CHOP SHOP:  Bodies of Work is seeking U.S. or Canada-based dance companies and individual choreographers with contemporary dance work to be presented at the 13th annual festival, February 15 & 16, 2020, at Meydenbauer Center Theatre in Bellevue, WA. Approximately eight individual artists and/or dance companies will be selected to share their work in both festival performances. In addition to performance opportunities, artists may offer a master class for intermediate/advanced level dancers, lead free and open to all community dance classes and lectures, participate in a pre-show lecture/demonstration on the art of choreography, engage directly with audiences through post-show Q&A sessions, and network with fellow artists.


This call is open to all dance companies and individual choreographers working in contemporary dance and based in the U.S. or Canada. Works presented at CHOP SHOP must be 10 minutes or less in length. Works in progress are accepted and considered, but your video work sample should show at least 75% of the completed work. Works still in conceptual form will not be considered.


Each CHOP SHOP 2020 dance company or individual choreographer will receive a performance honorarium:  $800 for works with one performer and $1,000 for works with two or more performers. An additional modest travel stipend of $200 will be provided for dance companies or individual choreographers based outside a 50-mile radius of Bellevue, WA.

Dance companies or individual choreographers offering master classes and/or community engagement classes receive an additional teaching stipend of $70 per hour taught.


The deadline to apply for CHOP SHOP 2020 is Tuesday, July 9 at 11.59pm (PDT). For full details and a link to the online application, please visit We look forward to hearing from you!

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