New Dances 2023 Dancer Audition

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DanceWorks Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago are excited to collaborate on New Dances 2023 and continue a shared tradition of serving Chicago’s dance community. Originating with Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, New Dances has been part of Chicago’s dance history for 40 years, offering a platform for early career choreographers to create new work with artistic, logistic, and financial support.

CALLING ALL DANCERS: Chicago and Chicagoland-based dancers skilled in a variety of dance genres are invited to apply to join the New Dances Company. Please complete the Dancer Registration Form (available on March 15) in order to attend the audition on Sunday, April 16 at 11am at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.  New Dances Choreographers; Melissa Thodos, Artistic Director Thodos Dance Chicago; and Julie Nakagawa, Artistic Director DanceWorks Chicago, will conduct the audition.  New Dances choreographers will assess applicants and invitations will be extended to a select group of dancers. Each applicant will hear back regarding their application by Friday, April 28.

New Dances 2023 choreographers are Anna Caffarelli, Rahila Coats, Tina Diaz, Imani English, Isabella Limosnero, and Eduardo Zambrana!

Application DO DATE:  noon (Central time) on Wednesday, April 5.  No exceptions.

  • New Dances 2023 is dedicated to creating a safe space for artists, and in that spirit, fully vaccinated individuals, as defined by the most up-to-date CDC guidelines, are invited to apply. Providing proof of vaccination will be part of the application process.
  • As New Dances is focused on supporting artists who have made a commitment to the Chicago community, please respect the residency requirement: Dancer must reside in Chicago or a suburb of Chicago as of April 5, 2023.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • New Dances 2023 venue partners are the Dance Center of Columbia College and the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

We look forward to getting to know you and your work!  Check out the Dancer Audition FAQ Guide for some tips!

This program is partially supported by grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Running Time
3 hours
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


The Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago`, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543