Launch

2018 Audition Tour Announced
SEE AND BE SEEN
July 3 - 14, 2018

2018 Guest Directors
TBA

2018 Pretty Creatives Winners
TBA

LAUNCH is a unique project designed for professional dancers (age 21+) seeking opportunities to see and be seen. Selected dancers will work for two intensive weeks alongside leading Artistic Directors and with the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition on movement exploration, improvisation, techniques, creation and choreographic mastery.

LAUNCH is a unique project designed for professional dancers seeking opportunities to see and be seen. Selected dancers will work for two intensive weeks alongside Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, other leading directors and with the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives Choreographic Competition on movement exploration, improvisation, techniques, creation and choreographic mastery.

In addition to morning master ballet classes and working closely with our esteemed guest directors, experiencing their artistic and company’s style and making critical professional connections, LAUNCH provides the opportunity to collaborate in the creative process. Working with two unique creative voices, the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives Choreographic Competition, dancers will have an opportunity to present newly created works at Lincoln Performance Hall before a public audience on the final day. This is a ticketed event.

LAUNCH serves as the audition process for NW Dance Project company positions for dancers.

All interested dancers must apply and audition in-person for LAUNCH. Audition registration forms will be available NOV 1 / 2017.

NW DANCE PROJECT
Employee Position | Competitive Contract |National + International Touring | Health + Dental + Vision Benefits

We love to really see dancers. LAUNCH serves as the audition process for NW Dance Project Company Positions.

LAUNCH    July 3 – 14 / 2018
Dancers must be 21+ by July 3 / 2018. No exceptions will be made. Dancers must be experienced, demonstrate advanced ballet technique, be versatile and movement oriented, be open to artistic direction and suggestion, and be explorative and highly professional.

Participation in LAUNCH is highly selective and limited in order to provide each dancer the opportunity to work directly and intimately with NW Dance Project and our guest directors and the two winning choreographers of our Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.

Dancers are accepted into LAUNCH by audition only. Dancers must submit all materials – a completed application + résumé, head shot, dance shot and audition fee ($30 USD cash only). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Early registration is recommended, as it gives us an opportunity to review your materials but is not required. Early registration applications must be received two weeks prior to the intended audition date and sent to NW Dance Project, PO Box 42488, Portland OR 97242. Dancers can also register the day of the audition during the allotted registration times.

Dancers “cut” from our LAUNCH audition who want to be considered for our Summer Dance Intensive (and Advanced Platform – see info on Summer Dance Intensive page)  must audition but will not have to pay a second audition fee. Auditions for our Summer Dance Intensive follow immediately after our LAUNCH auditions. See Summer Dance Intensive audition times here.

We only accept auditions by DVD or online link in very special circumstances. Permission must be requested prior and with good reason. We wish to remind dancers that because of LAUNCH’s distinctiveness and limited project positions, we want to see dancers audition in-person.

LAUNCH Project Fee / $985

Questions? Please email Caitlin Warren at info@nwdanceproject.org. No phone calls, please.


Portland, OR
Sunday, January 7, 2018

NW Dance Project Creative Center
211 NE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

Registration / 12:00 – 12:30pm
Audition / 12:30 – 3:00pm

Dancers 18+ may be interested in our 5 Dance Days workshop held prior to this audition date.


Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ballet West – Studio A
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Registration / 3:30 – 4:00pm
Audition / 4:00 – 6:30pm


San Franciso, CA
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center – Studio 5
26 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Registration / 12:30 – 1:00pm
Audition / 1:00 – 3:30pm


Chicago, IL
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Lou Conte Dance Center – Studio A
1147 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

Registration / 12:00 – 12:30pm
Audition / 12:30am – 3:00pm


New York, NY
Sunday, Janurary 28, 2018

Alvin Ailey Studios – Studio 6A/6B
405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

Registration / 10:00 – 10:30am
Audition / 10:30am – 1:00pm


LAUNCH participants can arrange their own accommodations, or opt for NW Dance Project-sponsored accommodations.
Please select your choice on your application. Accepted dancers will be provided with the Accommodations Form as needed.

For those requesting NW Dance Project-sponsored accommodations, we have arranged a special, discounted rate at Broadway Hall, Portland State University’s on-campus housing facility conveniently located in downtown Portland.

Each of Broadway Building’s modern rooms feature comfortable amenities and spectacular cityscape and mountain views. Amenities include complete kitchen with built-in appliances, private bathroom, internet access, towel and linen service, telephone and laundry facilities. Participants have free access to the University’s athletic center which includes a junior-sized Olympic pool and parking is available at a discounted rate. There are many restaurants, delis, coffee shops, food stores and even a farmer’s market located in the area to accommodate students’ budgets, and the center of the city’s award-winning public transportation system is just blocks away and recommended for travel to and from NW Dance Projects Creative Center and studios.

Broadway Building
Portland State University
625 SW Jackson Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Check In: July 2 / After 1 p.m. (earlier check-in possible if prearranged)
Check Out: July 15 / By Noon

NW Dance Project-sponsored accommodations should be requested on your application. Accommodations Request Form will be sent upon acceptance. Due to limited availability, we highly suggest dancers submit their payment as soon as possible. Apartments will be allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Rate: $675 USD (double occupancy) / $1200 (single occupancy)

Refunds on all amounts paid, minus $200.00 cancellation fee, will be given for cancellations prior to May 1 / 2018. No refund will be given for any reason on cancellations after May 1 / 2018.