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Cleveland Dance Fest 18

The Movement Project's Cleveland Dance Fest is set to return for its 3rd season November 9th & 10th, 2018 at the beautiful Pilgrim Church in Tremont! The 2-day festival will feature master classes by CDF artists and performances featuring Cleveland dance artists.    

Applications go live May 25th, 2018!

CDF 2018 will be taking applications for performance pieces starting May 25th, 2018. CDF is open to professional artists (independent artists & dance companies) and emerging artists (college artists & works in progress).

Applications are due July 13th, 2018.


Submission criteria

professional artists

1. NE Ohio independent dance artists or dance company (artists who reside outside Ohio may apply, see below)

*CDF's mission is to provide support and a platform for artists who work, live or have a strong connection to Cleveland. This year we will be accepting applications for those who reside outside of northeast Ohio or the state, but do note that the majority of artists selected will be from the area.

2. All applicants, including casts, must be professional dancers. (Grad students welcome to apply)

*If you are a college dance student, please submit through the informal showing application for emerging artists below.

3. All applicants must adhere to the time limits below:

  • Large Group Pieces (5 or more dancers)
  • Length of work: Between 10-15 minutes (must not exceed 15 minutes)
  • Small Group Pieces (2-4 dancers)
  • Length of work: Between 8-15 minutes (must not exceed 15 minutes)
  • Solos (1 dancer)
  • Length of work: Between 5-10 minutes (must not exceed 10 minutes)

4. Rehearsal footage of new work is acceptable but only if the piece is complete. All works submitted must by completed at time of submission. Unfinished work will not be accepted.

5. Upon receiving your application, an invoice will be sent to each applicant with payment instructions. Applications will not be adjudicated until the $30.00 Application fee is paid, and all supplemental materials have been submitted. (Application fee is non refundable)

Note: Applicant's can submit up to two applications. A $30 application fee will apply to your first submission and a $15 application fee will apply to your second submission.

6. All selected artists will be required to sell an allotted amount of tickets to their performance (details will be outlined in contract).

7. The choreography or representative of the dance company applying must be available the following dates. (DATES ARE MANDATORY, NO EXCEPTION)

  • Sunday, August 12th (Information & Contract Meeting - Conference Call) - Specific time TBD
  • Thursday, November 8th: Between 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Tech Rehearsal - each artist will be given a 30 - 50 minute time slot) - You will be assigned a specific tech time by August 12th, this way you can plan your schedule around the time you are required to be in the theater. 
  • Friday, November 9th or Saturday, November 10th (Applicants accepted may be asked to perform in both dates or 1, dependent on how many artists selected)

8. If you are interested in offering a master class at the festival, please indicate so and fill out the appropriate boxes in your application.

9. Compensation: Each piece selected will be compensated based on size of cast. Compensation breakdown will be listed when applications go live on May 25th. 

10: TMP will provide the following resources and benefits:

  • performance stipend 
  • professional video footage of your piece (digital copy)
  • marketing & promotional support
  • dressing room & warm-up space
  • marley stage floor, professional lighting, lighting designer & stage manager
  • free parking
  • full tech rehearsal
  • designated place to display your marketing material in the lobby
  • each participating artist will receive a discounted ticket to an upcoming TMP performance

Emerging Artists/Works in progress - Informal Showing

1. College artists & works in progress

2. All works submitted must not exceed 12 minutes

3. All applicants, including casts, must be 18 and older. (It is not required to be enrolled in a undergraduate dance program)

4. All applicants are required to submit a video of the proposed work. Rehearsal footage accepted. If you are submitting a work in progress, your piece should be at least 50% completed at the time of the submission.

5. Upon receiving your application, an invoice will be sent to each applicant with payment instructions. Applications will not be adjudicated until the $10.00 Application fee is paid, and all supplemental materials have been submitted. (Application fee is non refundable)

Note: Applicant's can submit up to two applications. A $10 application fee will apply to your first submission and a $5 application fee will apply to your second submission.

6. All selected artists will be encouraged to sell an allotted amount of tickets to their performance (details will be outlined in contract). This includes artists who reside outside of NE Ohio.

7. All selected artists will be required to participate in a conference call which will be scheduled at a later date.

8. The emerging artists informal showing will take place Saturday, November 10th. Specific time TBD. 

9. TMP will provide the following resources and benefits:

  • professional video footage of your piece (digital copy)
  • marketing & promotional support
  • designated place to display your marketing material in the lobby
  • dressing room & warm-up space
  • marley stage floor, professional lighting (basic stage lights up and down)
  • free parking
  • panel of professional artists to provide feedback & discussion for your work
  • the opportunity to share work with an audience