Performance Proposal

During the Conference and Festival, WDA-Americas will be holding a series of afternoon and evening concerts designed to facilitate the sharing of works. Performance opportunities are open to dance artists working in a variety of genres including culturally specific styles. Works are selected and concerts are organized in hopes of sparking cross-disciplinary and cultural conversations. The concerts will be open to registered participants of the WDA-Americas Conference & Festival and the general public (if space is available). We will invite a reviewer to view concerts. If one is available, any reviews will be made available to performance participants.

Choreographic works may be solos (12 minutes maximum) or group works (20 minutes maximum). Works selected may be presented once in the 600-seat Kennedy Theatre, twice in a less formal studio-theatre setting, or twice in a site-specific location. WDA-A will make the final decision on the venue for all performances accepted.

Consideration of proposals will first be given to WDA members who submit a proposal and video of a completed work. Consideration will be given to non-WDA members and those whose work is still in development who submit a strong proposal with a representative sample of their work.

The online application for Performance Proposals will require the following information:

  1. primary contacts name, title, phone number, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, contact phone number, names of performers/collaborators, preferred venue, title of work, and expected length of performance;
  2. a six-minute maximum video excerpt or sample of the work, shared via a online link. The online video work does not have to be of a completed work or professionally produced, but must represent the work that is being considered for inclusion in the concert series.  The video in tandem with the artist’s statement, must provide the reviewers with a comprehensive sense for the flow and breadth of the work. Please do not include identifying information such as choreographer, company, performer names, etc. in the video excerpt or webpage to ensure reviewers are able to appropriately blind review the submission;
  3. an artist’s statement describing the proposed performance (no more than 250 words in length); and
  4. a brief choreographer or performance group bio (no more than 150 words in length).

If the proposal is accepted, the bio and artist’s statement will be included in the Conference & Festival 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 artist’s statement 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.

Performance Proposal applications will be reviewed by the WDA-Americas Creation & Presentation Network and the Conference Committee for consideration of inclusion in the concert 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.)