LAUNCH

Work with leading Artistic Directors + Choreographers and the winners of our Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.
June 30 - July 11 / 2020

2020 Directors and Choreographers
Sarah Slipper – NW Dance Project Artistic Director
Ihsan Rustem – NW Dance Project Resident Choreographer
Wen Wei Wang – Ballet Edmonton + Wen Wei Dance Artistic Director

2020 Pretty Creatives Winners – TBA April 2020

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 choreographers and 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, and NW Dance Project’s leading choreographers that have created specifically on the company and with the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives International 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 artists, experiencing their artistic and company’s style and making critical professional connections, LAUNCH provides the opportunity to collaborate in the creative process while working with two unique creative voices — the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.

LAUNCH serves as the primary audition process for NW Dance Project company positions for dancers. All interested dancers must audition in-person for LAUNCH.

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

Dancers must be 21+ by June 30 / 2021. 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 artists and the two winning choreographers of our Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.

Dancers are accepted into LAUNCH by audition only. 2021 audition process to be announced DEC 2020.

Pre-Registration has closed for 2020 auditions. Dancers who wish to register in-person must bring $30 cash only to pay their audition fee and register at least 30 minutes prior to audition.
All dancers must bring a hard copy of their application form, résumé, headshot, and dance shot to the audition.

Dancers “cut” from our LAUNCH audition who want to be considered for our Summer Dance Intensive and Advanced Platform must audition but will not have to pay a second audition fee. See our Summer Dance Intensive and Advanced Platform 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 Maeve Dougal at info@nwdanceproject.org. No phone calls, please.


Portland, OR
Date TBA


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 Project’s Creative Center and studios.

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

Check In: JUN 29 / After 1 p.m. (earlier check-in possible if prearranged)
Check Out: JUL 12 / 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: $715 USD (double occupancy) / $1200 (single occupancy)