Master Class or Workshop Proposal

The WDA-Americas Conference and Festival Assembly offers participants the opportunity to teach and participate in various master classes and workshops throughout the week.  These programs cater to professional dance practitioners working in performance as well as education, community, youth and special interest areas. Master classes and workshops will be offered to both professional artists with a high level of technical training and those with less dance experience.

Proposals may cover any topic (i.e. technique, pedagogy, choreography methods, etc.). Master Classes will be generally categorized as instructor-led focused instruction in a specific technique or discipline. Workshops will be generally categorized as environments of independent or collaborative exploration around ideas or objectives guided by an instructor. We encourage instructors to consider the theme of the festival when conceptualizing their class. Please note that the facilities cannot guarantee specialized equipment (mats, physio balls, etc.) for use in classes.  All master classes and workshops are 1 hr 20 mins in length.

The online application for Classes will require the following information:

  1. instructor’s name, phone number, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and class title;
  2. a six-minute maximum video excerpt or sample of the instructor teaching, shared via an online link. The online video work does not have to be professionally produced, but must clearly show the teaching style that is being considered for inclusion in the Master Class and Workshop series.  The video in tandem with the artist’s abstract, must provide the reviewers a comprehensive sense for the flow and breadth of the proposed master class or workshop. Please do not include identifying information such as choreographer, company, performer names, etc. in the video excerpt or webpage to ensure reviews are able to appropriately bind review the submission;
  3. an abstract that provides a summary of your practice and teaching approaches, including how these reflect on the Assembly theme. Explain what the participants can expect to experience and the level of experience needed to participate in the master class or workshop (no more than 250 words in length);
  4. a brief instructor’s bio (no more than 150 words in length).

Accepted proposal’s abstract and bio will be included in the Conference & Festival Assembly Event Guide. All participants receive this guide to assist them in determining which of the myriad events occurring throughout the week they wish to attend. Please take time to craft the abstract and bio carefully. Descriptions and bios which exceed the stated length will not be considered.  All identifying information will be redacted prior to the blind review process.

Master Classes and Workshop Proposal applications will be reviewed by the WDA-A Education & Training Network and the Conference Committee for consideration of inclusion in the Master Class and Workshop series.

Click on the appropriate link below designating your WDA membership status and submit your application:

WDA-Americas Member
(Make sure you are logged in before selecting the above link).


Other WDA Regional Member
(All memberships will be verified with the corresponding region’s administration.)


Non-WDA Member
($30 application fee required or you may join WDA here.)