Through this program, established artist mentors will be paired with four youth choreographers/mentees to exchange artistic knowledge, guidance, and support, aiming to improve outcomes for their artistic endeavors within dance. The program also includes open-access seminars on tools for building a successful dance career. The principal goal of this program is to provide the mentees with the necessary tools to thrive and build their creative careers by providing the youth artists with experience, space and guidance to create and present a brief work.
Eligibility and application requirements
This program is geared towards individuals who are in the early stages of their choreographic career and have yet to present a full-length work of their own.
Four (4) mentees will be selected who:
- Identify as Black, African, or of the African Diaspora
- Are aged between 16 and 29
- Present a proposal for the work, or a remount/re-imagined idea of an
The program will run for 8 weeks (including the final showcase). Mentorship will begin during the week of January 22, 2024 with the In-Studio Showcase taking place on March 16, 2024, and wrap-up meetings following that Showcase.
As part of the program, there will be five (5) Connectively Moving professional development seminars. These in-person seminars will run in two time slots to increase accessibility.
The program will end with an In-Studio Showcase and Networking Session where the mentees will present a piece that they have developed with their mentor. Following the presentation, mentees will be able to receive feedback and network with other community partners and potential presenters.
Selection process and deadlines
Application deadline: November 13th 2023
Notifications: December 5th 2023
Artist acceptance due date: December 12th 2023
Four mentees will be chosen for the mentorship program.