July 4 - 15, 2017
- LAUNCH Theater Showing - Pretty Creatives Showing
- Showing Date - July 15, 2017
2017 GUEST DIRECTORS
Sarah Slipper – NW Dance Project
Lucas Crandall – NDT + Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Wen Wei Wang – Wen Wei Dance
Olivier Wevers – Whim W’him
LAUNCH is a unique project designed for professional dancers (age 20+) 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 leading Artistic 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.
Our 2017 LAUNCH auditions have closed.
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 4 – 15 / 2017
Dancers must be 20+ by July 4 / 2017. 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 NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH project by audition only. Early registration is recommended. Dancers must bring or submit all materials – a completed application + résumé, head shot, dance shot and audition fee ($30 USD cash only). Early registration applications must be received two weeks prior to audition date and sent to NW Dance Project, PO Box 42488, Portland OR 97242.
Dancers can also register for the audition on the day of during the allotted registration times. Please being all of your materials with you.
Dancers “cut” from our LAUNCH audition who want to be considered for our Summer Dance Intensive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
NW Dance Project Creative Center
211 NE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
Registration / 12:00 – 12:30pm
Audition / 12:30pm – 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 14, 2017
University of Utah
Marriott Center for Dance – Studio 240
330 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Registration / 10:30 – 11:00am
Audition / 11:00am – 1:30pm
San Franciso, CA
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Alonzo King LINES Dance Center – Studio 2
26 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Registration / 12:30 – 1:00pm
Audition / 1:00 – 3:30pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Lou Conte Dance Center – Studio A
1147 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
Registration / 9:30 – 10:00am
Audition / 10:00am – 12:30pm
New York, NY
Sunday, February 5, 2017
New York City Center Studios – Studio 4
130 West 56th St
New York, NY 10019
Registration / 10:30 – 11:00am
Audition / 11:00am – 1:30pm
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.
Portland State University
625 SW Jackson Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Check In: July 3 / After 1 p.m. (earlier check-in possible if prearranged)
Check Out: July 16 / Before 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)
Payment Deadline: March 10 / 2017
Refunds on all amounts paid, minus $200.00 cancellation fee, will be given for cancellations prior to May 1 / 2017. No refund will be given for any reason on cancellations after May 1 / 2017.