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Dance with us in our 18th year, from June 2-5, 2016! You asked for it, and it's here: the form-fillable PDF option is available this year.

Festival 2016

Submissions for the 2016 Guelph Dance Festival will be accepted until September 15, 2015. Submissions for the Youth Moves series will be accepted until December 1, 2015.

See below for submission details. Note that electronic (paperless) submission is preferred. Be sure to email the completed application, a Youtube or Vimeo link to the video, and membership payment via PayPal to [email protected] by the appropriate deadline. Mailed applications are still accepted.

Also see the call for Co-Production Proposals.

Packages must include:

  1. A completed application form with all information requested. A PDF of the 2016 application form will be available here by July 15.
  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.


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

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 will feature four works, each of approximately 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, a play structure, and other 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.

In the Studio is where dance is performed in an intimate setting, providing an off-the-beaten-path performance opportunity. This venue accommodates 70 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.

Youth Moves is open to all Southern Ontario dance companies with performers under the age of 19. Seven or 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.

Local Initiatives, exclusively for local dance artists, pushes the Festival into exciting new directions as we follow their lead. While the performances are curated by the Festival, it is left to the artist to find the venues and format of presentation that would best suit their artistic vision.

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 provided to provide 10-minute demonstrations that involve audience participation. All Dance Market participants must be Dance Associate Members ($50), which allows participants to take advantage of marketing opportunities throughout the year.

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 March.

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 artists are dreaming about.

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