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YOUTH DANCE GUIDELINES

FAQS, AND APPLICATION



Submission Deadline:

April 1, 2022


Notification:

May 1, 2022


Youth Showcases:

Sunday, July 17, 2022


Location:

Rollins Studio Theater at The Long Center




PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING
Length of dances:

5 minutes maximum.


Footwear:

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


Other:

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


Techs:

Companies will be asked to send music prior to the festival. On the day of the concert, all directors and dancers will gather onstage and meet with our production staff for details on entering, exiting, and bows. (Please have a simple bow prepared upon arrival.) Our production team will provide a professional lighting design that will be used by all companies. Companies will be given only a few minutes to space dances.


Apply:

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.


APPLICATION FAQS
How do you select the works?

The festival directors strive to represent a wide range of modern dances from local, regional, and national youth dance companies. We look for submissions that are fully-realized pieces of choreography, that are well-rehearsed, and that are executed in a highly-proficient manner. The dances must also meet the guidelines above, including but not limited to, age range and length of dance.


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’s Youth Edition presents modern, post-modern, and contemporary dances.


Can I submit a solo?

Only solos submitted by pre-professional company directors will be reviewed by our panel of curators.


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 your dance. We understand that making choreographic or other modifications are sometimes necessary when attending a summer festival. As long as your video submission is similar in style to the one you will perform at the festival, it is okay if the video is not the exact dance with the same dancers.


How will I know if I’ve been selected?

All applicants will receive an email notification regarding submissions. 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 assume you are not interested in participating and 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.


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

No problem. Contact Roxy Gage: roxy@austindancefestival.com


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.


Paypal

Venmo @kdhdance


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


Checklist:
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