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Winter Contemporary Intensive

2021 WINTER CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE application is available - see below.

The current plan is to host the intensive IN-PERSON in NYC. No virtual component is planned at this time.

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

Questions? Email intensive@nycdance.com

Apply HERE for the Winter Intensive →
(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, 2021


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


In-Person: $800*
*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

Proof of vaccination will be required. Dancers will also be required to provide proof of negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and may be required to provide an additional test while in NYC.

Masks will be required at all times inside the building - including during classes.

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 is 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
  6. Non-refundable Application Fee of $40.00 paid by credit card.

All applications must be submitted via online link by November 22, 2021.

Dancers who have complete applications/videos prior to November 22 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 29, 2021. A wait list will be utilized.

Accepted dancers must confirm their spot with a $250 non-refundable deposit – due upon acceptance.

Full payment is due by December 6, 2021.

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. Due to ongoing changes in NYC COVID protocols, 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 Intensive →

Questions? Email intensive@nycdance.com