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New Century Dance Project

New Century Dance Project

Presented by Francisco Gella and Repertory Dance Theatre

August 13-17, 2019
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West 300 South // Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Situated geographically between the two largest centers of dance in the United States (New York City and Los Angeles) and in a state with a long-standing reputation for excellence in both commercial and concert dance, the New Century Dance Project (NCDP) is preparing to become the foremost global event of its kind. By breaking down the barriers between diverse styles and genres of dance, as well as generational differences, this festival that highlights the talents of young artists but celebrates the artistry of dancers in all stages of their careers, is bringing together some of the very best dancers to learn and perform together. There is no other dance event like NCDP. This highly participatory, educational and nurturing event brings together the best parts of every kind of dance experience that student performing artists are accustomed to; master classes, performances, workshops, career exploration, mentoring from professionals and opportunities to make new friends.

All activities are geared toward the art of performance and the craft of choreography. Student participants will spend their five days learning new choreography to perform at the closing gala concert. But there’s more. Participants will be given the time and tools to explore creating their own work. The diverse master classes and workshops offered during the festival will be a safe space to encourage risk-taking and self-exploration - essential elements to performing and choreographing. Whether you have been invited to perform at the Saturday night gala concert as part of a group or an individual young artist who wants to take their performance skills to another level, there is a place especially for you at NCDP.

Student Choreography Showcase

Friday, August 16 | 7:30 pm
Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre
$10 students/ $15 general public
20% discount if you purchase tickets to both shows

An evening of diverse choreographic works by thirteen talented student choreographers from dance conservatories, schools and college/university dance programs spanning North America. These promising, exceptional young artists represent some of the very best of our collective dance future. Someday, you'll be able to say you saw the work of these dance makers before they broke out.



Festival Gala Concert

Saturday, August 17 | 7:30 pm
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
$15 students / $20 general public
20% discount if you purchase tickets to both shows

As the culminating event of the annual New Century Dance Project, the concert features the selected works of thirteen professional and emerging choreographers from across the United States (including representation from Utah) and Latin America. Guest artists, student performers will take the stage in work created for them during the week's festival, and a special performance by Repertory Dance Theatre, a sponsoring partner of NCDP.




Two culminating events of the festival weekend bring together a diverse group of professional, emerging, and student choreographers from across North America who have been selected from a talented pool who submitted their work for consideration. The work of all choreographers – with the exception of those noted below – will be adjudicated and selected artists will be awarded choreographic commissions. As a primary objective of New Century Dance Project is to nurture artistic talent, all choreographers will receive critique from an expert panel of experienced dance makers. All festival student participants will attend these shows as part of the educational program, and in the case of Saturday’s Gala Concert, will perform the new choreography they learn during the week.

*Non-adjudicated work - ineligible for awards

Festival Gala Concert Choreographers
Name Location Affiliation
Rebecca Aneloski Salt Lake City, UT And Artists: A Salt Lake City Based Dance Project
Alexandra Bender Chino, CA Independent
Sarah Franco Salt Lake City, UT Utah Dance Artists (Draper, UT)
Francisco Gella * Santa Fe, NM The Pointe Academy (Highland, UT)
Daniel Higgins* Salt Lake City, UT Independent / RDT Company Member
Haley Johnson Draper, UT Independent / Salt Contemporary Dance Company Member
Kelli Leighton Folsom, CA

Leighton Dance Project

Hannah Millar Fresno, CA


Daniel Ojeda Boise, ID Independent / Ballet Idaho Company Member
Sam Picart* Seattle, WA Independent / Ashani Dancs Company Member
Eileen Ramirez Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica Danz Performing Arts Center and Danz Project Company
Jessica Zamarripa Laredo, TX Laredo School of Contemporary Dance


Student Choreographers Showcase
Name Location Affiliation
Aimee Brotten Tulalip. WA Northwest Dance and Acros
Bianca Calderon Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica Danceworks Costa Rica and Point Park University
Grace Coleman Centennial, CO Denver School of the Arts and Mpact Dance Academy
Quaba Ernest Brooklyn, NY Purchase College, State university of New York
Brian Golden Orange, CA Chapman University
Rosie Granito Aurora, CO Denver School of the Arts and Mpact Dance Academy
Eliana Hayward Knoxville, TN

Knox Dance Worx

Arianna Shahin Ambler, PA

Elon University

Ezra Sosa Provo, UT Center Stage Performing Arts
Emma Wall Orange, CA Chapman University
Rebecca Webb Salt Lake City, UT University of Utah
Leila Williams Los Angeles, CA The Windward School
Louis Williams Austin, TX The Dance Institute and The Griffin School