Winter Contemporary Intensive

2023 WINTER CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE application available HERE.

Hosted at:
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza at W. 66th Street

(subject to change)

Questions? Email

Apply HERE for the Winter Contemporary Intensive!

Winter Contemporary Intensive 2023
(Dancers age 16-21)

Under the leadership of the Artistic Director of Ballets Jazz Montréal, Alexandra Damiani, the mission of the NYCDA Winter Contemporary Dance Intensive is to offer an insight into international contemporary dance. The program allows aspiring professional dancers the opportunity to experience the work of established and emerging international contemporary choreographers, within a classroom and rehearsal setting. This intensive lays the groundwork for the expectations of any prestigious college dance program or first exposure to the concert dance company experience. This winter session will focus on the repertory work of 3 selected choreographers.

Past choreographic repertory has included the works of:

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter…. and more.

December 27-31, 2023


1:00-2:30Specialty Class
2:30-4:00Specialty Class
4:00-6:00Choreographic Repertory


In-Person: $900*
*Current plans do not include a virtual option.

This program is presented through the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF). All proceeds will benefit the NYCDAF College Scholarship Program. There will be no financial assistance or scholarships available for the Winter Dance Intensive.

Program participants are responsible for their own travel, housing, and food. No chaperoning provided.

The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza at W. 66th Street
(subject to change)

We anticipate all COVID mandates will be dropped, though not yet confirmed. Check back for updates. Masks remain optional.

Protocols may change prior to December 2023. Full COVID protocol will be shared separately, based on NYC Department of Health guidance.

The NYCDA Winter Contemporary Dance Intensive will accept a limited enrollment of aspiring professional dancers ages 16- 21. Admittance is granted by video audition only. Entire Application process and video placement are required of ALL dancers.

All prospective Contemporary Dance Intensive students must provide:

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Photo or headshot
  3. One letter of recommendation from a dance instructor or qualified dance professionals. Dancers that have received an invitation of automatic acceptance to this program may upload their award certificate in lieu of the recommendation letter.
  4. Video (required of ALL dancers in attendance for audition/placement – see guidelines below). Simple in-studio cell phone video is acceptable.
  5. Copy of Birth Certificate

All applications must be submitted via online link by November 1, 2023.

Dancers who have complete applications/videos prior to November 1 may receive early notification regarding acceptance. We encourage early applications – first come, first served – subject to availability.

All dancers with complete applications will be notified of acceptance by November 7, 2023. A wait list will be utilized.

Accepted dancers must confirm their spot with a $400 non-refundable deposit – due upon acceptance.

Full payment is due by December 1, 2023.

All audition videos must include the following:

  1. Video intro of dancer that includes name and age.
  2. Ballet (required) - Present a short adagio and a grande allegro combination demonstrating control, line, extension, jumps and turns.
  3. Contemporary (required) - Present a short 1 minute solo.

Maximum video length is 5 minutes.

Dancers will be divided into groups for morning ballet, modern and contemporary technique classes. Afternoons and evenings will consist of choreographic work sessions/rehearsals, where dancers will learn the repertory of selected international contemporary choreographers. The work is always presented by a company representative sanctioned by the actual choreographer. Improvisation, strength training and professional forums are also included.

Informal Showcase on December 31 hosted at Steps on Broadway - 2121 Broadway. It is still unclear whether a live audience will be permitted for the showcase. A livestream broadcast will be included. More details to follow.

Apply HERE for the Winter Contemporary Intensive - Coming Soon!

Questions? Email