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Note: the deadline for the Dance Market has been extended to April 1. See below for submission requirements. Open to all movement practitioners and wellness specialists in Guelph. Join us as we inspire Guelphites to try something new!

Festival 2014

Submissions for the 2014 Guelph Dance Festival will be accepted until September 15, 2013. See below for submission details. Note that we are now offering a paperless submission option. Just be sure to email the completed application, a Youtube or Vimeo link to the video, and membership payment via PayPal to by the appropriate deadline.

Submissions for the Guelph Dance Festival 2014 Youth Moves series will be accepted until December 1, 2013.

Also see the call for Co-Production Proposals.

Packages must include:

  1. a completed application form with all information available. Right click to download: Submission Application 2014 (PDF)
  2. all appropriate C.V.’s
  3. DVD (Macintosh compatible) of the proposed work or link to an online source (such as youtube or vimeo). 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.


Guelph Dance
147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 4E9

Performance Series Details

The annual Guelph Dance Festival seeks innovative and experimental works to be presented in the On The Stage, In The Park, In The Street, CSA Nooner, In The Studio and Youth Moves performance series. Artists may apply to more than one series (no additional membership fee required).

The Central Students’ Association (CSA) Nooner performance is presented on the University of Guelph campus. Three professional artists performing in other festival series will be chosen to perform in this free public event, which promotes dance to university students and professors. This series occurs in November and the end of March.

In The Studio is where dance is performed in an intimate and aesthetically friendly location, providing an off-the-beaten-path performance opportunity in a studio setting. This series attracts approximately 200 patrons. Artists will perform twice. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.

On The Stage plays host to some of the most accomplished and innovative dance artists from across Canada. Six short works, each under 25 minutes, 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 will feature four to six works, a maximum of 10 minutes in length, from professional dance artists. Artists must demonstrate an ability to create works that integrate the chosen site, Exhibition Park. Exhibition Park is a beautiful and large downtown community-friendly park with trees, open spaces, and a play centre, providing many potentially exciting locations for site-specific works. Artists will 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.

A new featured element of the Guelph Dance Festival, the Dance Market is a marketplace celebration of all aspects of health, wellbeing and community. Teachers, performers, healers, individuals and studios, display and demonstrate their talents, while also taking advantage of the chance to network and promote their businesses to newcomers and veterans of the local dance community. 10-15 spots will be allotted to provide 10-minute demonstrations that involve audience participation. All Dance Market participants must be Dance Associate Members ($50).

Youth Moves is open to all Southern Ontario dance companies with performers under the age of 19. Eight works, each under 10 minutes in length, will be chosen. Performances occur on the Sunday during the festival dates in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre.

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 are always open to your creative ideas and want to know what you are working on, and are definitely open to formatting the festival to best suit the creative and contemporary work artists are dreaming about.

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