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Professional Artist

Guidelines, FAQs, and Application

Submission Deadline:




Professional Showcases:




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.


In order to present as many dance companies as possible, we forego traditional techs or dress rehearsals. Instead, artists answer an online questionnaire about lighting and music cues prior to arriving in Austin. Because we have so little time to rehearse in the theatre, lighting and music cues should be kept to a minimum. Choreographers with dances that rely heavily on specific and/or extensive lighting and sound cues will be required to simplify their production cues. At the theater, on the day of the concert, companies attend a brief production meeting with our staff and then have 10-20 minutes (time is assigned by our staff) to space dances. Companies also have 15-20 minutes of shared stage space immediately before the concert begins. All performers should be prepared for a spacing rehearsal as early as 10am and a performance time as late as 9:50pm.


Read the following APPLICATION FAQS, then fill out a Google Form and pay your $35 application fee via PayPal. The link to the google form is at the end of the FAQs.

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?

We do pay small artist stipends to our performing artists. However, we are currently experiencing fiscal insecurity due to Covid and cannot yet announce the amount of these stipends. Companies should be prepared to cover costs to attend the festival, including, but not limited to, food, parking, lodging, and transportation.

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

No problem. Contact Lisa Kobdish:

Where is the application?

We are not yet accepting submissions. Follow Austin Dance Festival on Facebook and Instagram so you’ll know when applications go live. When we do go live, the application will be right here. In the meantime, read this entire page carefully, especially the Pro Tips below!

*** In addition to submitting your application, remember to pay your $35 application fee to Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (the producer of Austin Dance Festival) via PayPal. The PayPal Donate Button is on the SPONSORS page of the Austin Dance Festival website. Please include the name of your dance so we can verify your payment. ***


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