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Professional Artist

Guidelines, FAQs, and Application

Submission Deadline:

March 1, 2022


April 15, 2022

Professional Showcases:

July 15-16, 2022


Rollins Studio Theater at The Long Center

Length of dances:

Approximately 4-12 minutes. 18 min max.


Only bare feet or socks are allowed on the dance floor.


No helium balloons, confetti, glitter, nudity or profanity.


Prior to arriving at the festival, all companies will complete an online questionnaire about lighting and music cues. Dances that rely heavily on specific and/or extensive lighting and sound cues will need to be simplified. To accommodate three different showcases, we will have several rounds of techs starting as early as 10am on Friday morning, July 15, and continuing on Saturday, July 16.


Read the APPLICATION FAQS below. Prepare a vimeo or YouTube link to a video of the work you want to perform at the festival as well as a 50 word or less description of you, your work in general, and/or the specific piece you are submitting. Now you are ready to complete the Google Form application. The link is in the FAQs. To complete the submission process, pay your $35 application fee via PayPal or Venmo to Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, the festival’s producing organization. When paying, put the name of your dance in the comment section.

How do you select the works?

A diverse group of choreographers, educators, and dance writers from across the country will review artist submissions and make recommendations based upon factors such as creativity and innovation, development of ideas, choreographic structure, execution, diversity, and historical, social, and cultural perspectives. The Executive Director will use the recommendations to curate showcases that highlight superior work in the broad field of modern dance, that demonstrate equitable representation, and that showcase a variety of local, regional, and national work. We also consider time/space parameters, number of dancers, and tone when making final programming decisions. Our goal is to curate a festival of dance that is diverse, compelling, entertaining, and of the highest possible artistic quality. Even so, we will end up having to eliminate many wonderful dances. If you are not selected, please consider applying again.

Can I submit more than one piece?

Yes, you may submit two pieces, but because your applications will go to different panelists, you must repeat the entire application process for the additional dance. Two dances? Two applications and two payments.

What type of work are you looking for?

Austin Dance Festival presents modern, post-modern, contemporary, and improvisational dance.

Can I specifically request to perform at a particular show?

No. We do not accommodate special requests for rehearsal or performance times. By applying to the festival, you agree to perform in any show and to attend a spacing rehearsal and a production meeting prior to your performance. Please read the information under TECHS above.

Can my video submission be a rehearsal video? Does it have to be of the dance I will be performing?

Please submit a performance or rehearsal video of the dance you want to perform at the festival. See the PRO TIPS near the bottom of the FAQs for more information on your video submission.

How will I know if I’ve been selected?

All applicants will receive an email notification about the status of your submission(s). Please check your spam folders! If you are selected, you will be asked to promptly accept our invitation and send a professional photo for ADF marketing materials. If you do not meet our acceptance deadline, we will give your spot to another artist. Artists who are not selected this year are strongly encouraged to apply again next year.

Why wasn’t I selected?

Not being selected is not a commentary on the value of your work. It is unfortunate that space and time prevent us from accepting every submission. When making programming decisions, we consider a variety of factors including the tone of the dance, the length of the dance, the number of dancers, and even where the company is based. We also work within a very precise and limited amount of time and space, so it’s like working a puzzle as we try to “fit” dances together for a concert. We do not provide feedback to applicants who are not selected. If you are not selected this year, please consider applying again and give us another opportunity to show your work.

Do participants receive a stipend?

Local dance companies receive a $100 stipend. Companies traveling more than 60 miles receive a $200 stipend. Companies from out-of-state receive a $300 stipend. Companies should be prepared to cover costs to attend the festival, including, but not limited to, food, parking, lodging, and transportation.

What are your Covid-Safe Protocols?

The safety of our attendees is paramount, and our protocols will adapt to the changing circumstances. The current protocols for audiences attending events at The Long Center include masking and proof of vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the event. All festival performers must show proof of vaccination. Daily testing might also be required.

I’ve read through the guidelines and FAQs, and I still have a question!

No problem. Contact Lisa Kobdish:

Where is the application?

Applications for 2022 are closed.

In addition to submitting your application

Pay your $35 application fee to Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (the producer of Austin Dance Festival) via PayPal or Venmo.


Venmo @kdhdance

*** Please include the name of your dance so we can match your payment to your application. ***


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