New Dances 2020 VIRTUAL Dancer Audition

DanceWorks Chicago Chicago is excited to continue our partnership with Thodos Dance Chicago on New Dances 2020, the 20th anniversary of New Dances under the TDC umbrella!

—> UPDATE: In consideration of the current environment, Team New Dances has been exercising its creative muscle and is excited to announce a move from the in-person audition on Sunday, April 5 to the first ever VIRTUAL audition for Chicagoland-based dancers to join the New Dances 2020 Company.
CALLING ALL DANCERS: Dancers in the Chicago Dance Community are invited to apply to join the New Dances Company. Please complete the Dancer Registration Form by noon on Friday, April 3 to pre-register for the VIRTUAL audition. ONLY dancers who have pre-registered will have their materials shared with the choreographers and receive a link to the audition materials.  New Dances Choreographers Sydney Jones, Drew Lewis, Brian Martinez, Joanna Meccia, Joe Musiel, and Peyton Winker will each introduce themselves via video and share an audition prompt/task. New Dances Choreographers will assess applicants and invitations will be extended to a select group of dancers. Each applicant will hear back regarding the status of their application during the month of April.   Learn more about this season’s creators HERE!
NOTES: This virtual audition is uncharted territory and there may be some bumps.  In an effort to be equitable, please know that the quality of your work is more important than the quality of your video (no multi-angle shots necessary!) and/or the amount of square footage in your audition venue (size does not matter!). This is an adventure, and we believe in our community’s ability to rise to the occasion.  We look forward to your attenDANCE, and thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and sense of humor!
BEFORE you begin, please note:
As New Dances is focused on supporting artists who have made a commitment to the Chicago community, please respect the residency requirement: Dancers must be living in Chicago or a suburb of Chicago as of April 5, 2020.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED and DUE by noon (Central time) on Friday, April 3.
• Additional audition details and tips will be provided upon receipt of pre-registration.
• Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Required Commitments include:
• Saturday, April 4: link to audition materials shared with registrants, dancers will be asked to record themselves with an introduction and material requested by each choreographer
• Monday, April 6 at 10am (Central time): audition submissions must be uploaded. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
• Monday – Friday, June 1 – 5 and Monday – Friday, June 8 – 12, 9:30am-4:30pm: Rehearsals at Ballet Chicago
• Saturday, June 6, 10am – 2pm (to be confirmed): Showing for Mentorship Panel at Ballet Chicago
• Monday – Saturday, June 15 – 20 (exact times to be announced): Tech Week and Performances at Theater Wit
Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago are excited to build on last season’s sold out series and continue a shared tradition of developing choreographic talent while serving and supporting Chicago’s dance community. Part of Chicago’s dance history for over 30 years, New Dances offers Chicago-based choreographers the opportunity to develop work with a community of professional dancers and share their creations with an engaged audience. New Dances 2020 venue partners are Ballet Chicago and Theater Wit. Press release available HERE.
Selected Chicago-based dancers will receive:
• An invitation to be part of the New Dances Company, joining with DanceWorks Chicago dancers, training, rehearsing, performing, building community
• An honorarium of $550 to cover the three-week creative and performance period.


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.