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Armando Brydson + Ingrid Ferdinand. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert


JUL 2 to 12 / 2024

A creative experience for professional dancers 21+


NW Dance Project is offering a unique, creative, and enriching two-week residency designed for professional-level dancers (21+) seeking to immerse themselves in creative processes with leading international contemporary choreographers and other dance artists, teachers, and mentors.

Under the mentorship of Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, MOVE is conceived as a way to help dancers move, create, and connect with choreographers and other dancers, be inspired, and activate their artistic and physical practices in a spacious and stimulating environment. Dancers can develop and discover their unique creative voice.

MOVE brings artists together into an immersive company environment to MAKE creative work while being mentored to push and develop their curiosity, creativity, versatility, and capabilities with maximum concentration and focus.

Each day begins with a professional-level technique class before transitioning into research workshops and choreographic development sessions. The residency will close with two public showings on the final day.

We are looking for dancers who have an extensive background in ballet and contemporary dance training, are curious, open, and seeking an artistic endeavor.

Participation in MOVE will be limited in capacity so dancers and choreographers can connect and collaborate as a unified company.

Announcing 2024 MOVE Choreographers

ETHAN COLANGELO - Guest Choreographer

NICOLE VON ARX - Guest Choreographer


Project Schedule
TUE JUL 2 to FRI JUL 12 / 2024
Dancers 21+
9:15AM to 6:00PM (includes SAT JUL 6)

Project Fee - $1185 USD


Due to high interest and limited capacity of this project, acceptance into MOVE is through a live audition only.

Prior to our auditions, dancers are encouraged to participate in our Company Repertoire Workshop JAN 3 to 5 / 2024.

JAN 6 / 2024
10:00AM to 12:00PM
NW Dance Project Creative Center
211 NE 10th Ave
Portland OR 97232

JAN 21 / 2024
10:00AM to 12:00PM
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N Dearborn St
Chicago IL 60610

FEB 3 / 2024
2:30 to 4:30PM
Stomping Ground LA
5453 Alhambra Ave
Los Angeles CA 90032

FEB 11 / 2024
10:00AM to 12:00PM
NY City Center
130 W 56th St
New York NY 10019

To Audition

Pre-registration is required for all auditions.

Please be prepared to upload audition materials at the time of registration:

– résumé
– headshot photo
– full body dance photo

There is limited capacity for auditions. We recommend early application.

Acceptance into MOVE is highly competitive, due to the nature of the project. Dancers not accepted into MOVE will automatically be considered for acceptance into Summer Dance Platform.

Audition results will be sent by email within one to two weeks following the audition. Accepted dancers are required to confirm their spot and submit their deposit by the deadline in their acceptance notification.

We will have a waitlist for dancers not immediately accepted into MOVE. Accepted applicants who have not submitted their deposit will have their place offered to dancers on the waiting list.

All dancers must be at least age 21 by JUL 1 / 2024. No exceptions will be made.

Audition fees are non-refundable.

Register Here


JUL 12 / 2024

MOVE culminates in public showings featuring the original work choreographed during the residency. This is a ticketed event held at NW Dance Project's Creative Center.

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


MOVE participants can arrange their own accommodations, or opt for NW Dance Project-sponsored accommodations.

Housing rate: $985 USD (double occupancy)

NW Dance Project in partnership with Portland State University (PSU) offers housing at the centrally located Ondine Hall in downtown Portland.

Amenities include complete kitchen with built-in appliances, bathroom, internet access, towel and linen service, and laundry facilities.

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.