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Guelph Dance

2020 Call for Submissions

Dance with us in 2020!

Festival 2020

Guelph Dance welcomes applications from Canadian and international professional dance artists for our 22nd Annual Guelph Dance Festival, May 28-31, 2020. We annually present companies and choreographers from at least three Canadian provinces/territories and invite international artists who offer something unique to Canadian audiences.

Proposals for the 2020 Guelph Dance Festival will be accepted until September 15, 2019.

Please read below for more information about each of our initiatives to which you can submit proposals. Electronic submissions are preferred, although we will accept mailed applications.

Complete submissions must include all requested information as outlined on the application form including membership payment.

Packages must include: 

  1. A completed application form with all information requested. Download the application form  Word: 2020-Call-for-Submissions-Word here before filling it out.
  2. All appropriate C.V.’s
  3. A video of the proposed work: either a link to an online source (e.g. Vimeo or YouTube) or a DVD (Macintosh compatible). Video must be a full version of the piece, not a promotional cut.
  4. Your membership fee ($25 for Regular Membership or $50 for Dance Associate Membership). Click each for more details. Can be paid by cheque, cash, or online through Paypal.

Only complete submission packages will be considered.

QUESTIONS: [email protected]

SUBMISSIONS: [email protected]

or by mail to

Guelph Dance
42 Carden St.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 3A2

Breaking Ground Mentorship Program 

Guelph Dance will offer a Choreographic Mentorship  to four artists who are breaking new ground and working with local artists.  Whether it’s by choreographing for the first time, for the first time after many years of absence, or experienced dance practitioners working with dancers new to the dance field or exploring new ideas; this program provides an opportunity essential to the dance field by enabling participants  to take risks and focus on exploration.

Artists will have the opportunity to work under the mentorship of highly experienced choreographer. Each artist will receive a minimum of eight hours of one on one mentorship and eight hours of free studio time to develop their ideas.

During this intensive program dance artists will have the opportunity to discover new tools in developing their craft as well as the time and space to explore, all with the support of their peers along the way.   Additionally, if desired, mentees will have the opportunity to perform during the 22nd Guelph Dance Festival, for which they will receive a small honorarium.

How to Apply to the Choreographic Mentorship Program:

Send to [email protected] a brief description of:

-The piece you would like to develop

-Why this mentorship is important to you at this stage of your career

-Choreographer resume and resume of participating artists

-Video of your work (current project or past projects with artists involved is ideal)

Performance Series Details 

Artists may apply to more than one series (no additional membership fee required).

On the Stage plays host to some of the most accomplished and innovative dance artists from across Canada. Three to six works, approximately 25 minutes-50 minutes in length, will be chosen to be part of two distinct programs. Artists will perform once in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall at the River Run Centre. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.

In the Park features four works, each approximately 10 minutes long, from professional dance artists. Artists must demonstrate an ability to create works that integrate the chosen site, Exhibition Park, a beautiful and large downtown, community-friendly park with trees, open spaces, a play structure, and other potential locations for site-specific work. Artists perform three times for this family-oriented event, which attracts approximately 700-1000 people. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.

In the Studio & Late Night present dance in an intimate setting, providing an off-the-beaten-path performance opportunity. This venue accommodates 70 patrons. Artists will perform once or twice. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.

Other. This is the place for you to propose your ideas to enhance the festival experience. For example, are you a circus performer or puppeteer wishing to lead the audience from site to site as part of our In the Park Series? Are you a Hip Hop troupe wishing to hold a late night dance party? We want to hear your ideas and learn what you are working on, as we are open to formatting the Festival to best suit the creative and contemporary work you might be dreaming about.

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