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Guelph Dance

2018 Submissions

Dance with us in our 20th season! On the Stage, In the Park, In the Studio, Youth Moves, Local Initiatives, CSA Nooner, Dance Market...possibilities abound!

Festival 2018

Guelph Dance welcomes applications from Canadian and international professional dance artists for our 20th Annual Guelph Dance Festival, May 31-June 3, 2018. 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 2018 Guelph Dance Festival will be accepted until September 15, 2017.  Proposals for the Youth Moves series will be accepted until December 1, 2017.

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.

Also see the call for Co-Production Proposals.

Packages must include:

  1. A completed application form with all information requested. Download the the application form (PDF) or the the application form (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.



or by mail to

Guelph Dance
10C Shared Space

42 Carden St, Suite 2I
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 3A2

Breaking Ground Mentorship Program

New this year, Guelph Dance will offer a Choreographic Mentorship Program to four local artists who are breaking new ground.  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 explore new ways of working.

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

During this four-day 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 20th Guelph Dance Festival, taking place May 31 to June 3, 2018, for which they will receive a small honorarium.

How to Apply to the Choreographic Mentorship Program:

Send to 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 presents dance 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 performing works by professional choreographers. Seven or eight works, each under 10 minutes in length, will be chosen. Performances occur on the Sunday of the Festival weekend 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.

The Dance Market is a celebration of all aspects of health, well-being and community. Teachers, performers, healers, individuals, and studios display and demonstrate their talents, while also networking and promoting their businesses to newcomers and veterans of the local dance community.  All Dance Market participants must be Dance Associate Members ($50), which provides additional marketing opportunities throughout the year.

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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