Choreography Lab

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An opportunity to showcase your work.
Emerging & established dance, theater, and performance artists are encouraged to apply


The Choreography Lab offers a platform to present your work in Steps Studio Theater to a live audience. The lab is offered twice a year and welcomes completed dance pieces and dance in collaboration with theater, music, and performance art. Each lab showcases 9-12 choreographers. A post performance Q&A and an informal gathering with the audience follows each performance.

Next Lab: November 12, 2023
Applications Due: October 1, 2021

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Project Support offered by the Lab…

The Foundation manages all production, marketing, and ticket sales so that artists may concentrate on their artistry. Through this administrative support, the lab becomes a nurturing environment for choreographers, where their work may be seen by important decision-makers in the field as well as colleagues and prospective supporters.

If selected, creative project support includes:

  • A choreographic stipend
  • Discounted rehearsal space
  • Social media marketing assets
  • A post-Q&A gathering with choreographers and audience
  • New! One choreographer, selected by the Director of Professional Training Programs, will receive a paid commission to choreograph for the Steps Conservatory
  • Pieces selected are considered for future Steps Beyond and Steps on Broadway performances

Cultivating Your Artistry and the Community…

The foundation remains committed to developing relationships with select artists during and after the lab performance. In addition to the project support noted above, the foundation is expanding its programming to include new areas with the goal of furthering our artists in their professional development, and in building a wider community presence.

Live & Streamed PerformancesDue to the success of the foundation’s Talking Dance & Artists Talk Series, the lab is presented live and is streamed simultaneously. Our goal is to increase the exposure of lab artists to our national and international audience through our YouTube channel.

Virtual Workshops – Coming Soon!Designed to support artists’ creative work, these free workshops with industry professionals will focus on such topics as lighting and costume design, music selection & interpretation, creating a company and fundraising.

2023 Dates

  • May 29 – Lab Application period opens for Fall 2023 Lab
  • October 1 – Application Deadline for Fall 2023
  • October 9 – Choreographers notified
  • November 12 – Fall 2023 Lab

Dates subject to change

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The Performance Lab is made possible by a generous grant from First Republic Bank and a partnership with Steps on Broadway.