Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive goes VIRTUAL for its 59th year

to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for choreographers to explore the craft of choreography and for dancers to study in a variety of dance styles and with diverse choreographers.

 

Due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 in-person National Choreography Intensive has been converted into a cutting edge virtual experience – the RDA NCI’20. All participants will gain critical training in reel development, resume writing, collaboration skills, and leadership. Participants will leave the NCI’20 prepared with the skills to succeed in today’s evolving dance landscape.

 

The RDA National Choreography Intensive is a multifaceted program, providing dancers, emerging choreographers, and seasoned choreographers the unparalleled opportunity to work, study, and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of dance and music. Tracing its roots back to 1961, the NCI has been guided by luminaries from the professional dance world.

 

For dancers, daily master classes enrich training in many genres of dance while afternoon work with a new choreographer each day provides tremendous opportunity for artistic growth. For choreographers, daily exploration of choreography concepts with NCI’s Directors of Choreography and Music followed by choreography rehearsals with dedicated dancers enables choreographers to hone their craft and develop their choreographic voice. New to the NCI’20 is instruction for all participants in the important technology platforms needed for today’s artists to present themselves virtually.

 

Train with NCI’s world class faculty in a focused and inspired virtual environment. Experience Regional Dance America’s NCI’20!

2020 Virtual NCI Dates

NCI’20 classes and choreography rehearsals will take place over three July weekends, with a final virtual showcase day to feature the works created during the Intensive.

 

Weekend 1
Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12


Weekend 2
Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19


Weekend 3
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26


Virtual Showcase Day
Friday, July 31

Are you ready for an amazing experience?

Dancers must be at least 13 years of age and studying dance at an intermediate to advanced level.

 

RDA dancers: Register Today!  Your membership in RDA makes you automatically eligible for the NCI. Select scholarships are available, so we encourage you to apply for a scholarship! Ask your company director for more details.

 

NON-RDA dancers: Though application deadlines have passed, if you are interested in dancing at the NCI’20, please contact us at info@regionaldanceamerica.org.

Dancer Attendee Track
Experience daily master classes and work with a new choreographer each afternoon! Build your dance resume with expert guidance and record your dancing to compile multiple dance reels.
Learn more about being a Dancer at NCI.
  Dancer/Choreographer Attendee Track
Delve into choreography workshops and create new works in addition to participating in NCI as a dancer! Space is limited so register early to get a spot.
Learn more about being a Dancer/Choreographer at NCI.

Dress code for Dancers: Tights and a solid color leotard for ballet classes (females) and tights with solid color t-shirt (males). For other dance genres and afternoon choreography sessions, black tights, leggings, or shorts are also acceptable. Faculty members will recommend safe footwear; and you may adjust accordingly for your dancing surface. Please have options accessible to you: including an assortment of colored leotards, skirts, tights, ballet slippers, jazz shoes, pointe shoes, sneakers, and dance socks. Please have a laptop or other similar device available for your daily technique or technology classes and choreography rehearsals.

Experience daily choreography workshops with NCI’s world-class Directors of Choreography and Music to gain choreographic skills, perspective, and crucial insights. Create and record new works during the NCI’20 and build your choreography reel with expert guidance. Explore, create, and grow in NCI’s innovative and nurturing working environment.

Emerging Choreographer Track
For choreographers at least 16 years of age or older who are looking to experiment with choreography and music choices and develop their unique choreographic voice. Emerging Choreographers are inspired through daily choreographic instruction and assignments to create new pieces of choreography virtually with different dancers each day of the NCI.
Learn more about being an Emerging Choreographer at NCI.
  Project Tier Choreographer Track
For more established choreographers who wish to advance their craft and refine their voice in an innovative, collaborative environment. Project Tier choreographers are challenged through daily exploration in all aspects of the choreographic process to create a single, more fully-developed work with a set of dancers over the course of the NCI.
Learn more about being a Project Tier Choreographer at NCI.

Notes for Choreographers:  Please have notebooks and pens accessible during your daily virtual choreography workshops. Have a laptop or other similar device for storing daily music selections and dancer video recordings.

Stephanie Martinez
Director of Choreography

Over eleven years of award-winning works, Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez moves her audiences along a journey guided by the kinetic momentum of her work.

 

Learn more about this year’s Director of Choreography.

Darryl Hoffman
Director of Music

Darryl J. Hoffman Is a Bronx, NY native composer, currently based in Chicago. With his life long love for music, he developed a curiosity for sound and began creating at the age of 13.

 

Learn more about this year’s Director of Music.

RDA Member Tuition
Dancer $450
Dancer/Choreographer $550
Emerging Choreographer $650
Project Tier Choreographer $650

 

Non-RDA Member Tuition
Dancer $500
Dancer/Choreographer $600
Emerging Choreographer $700
Project Tier Choreographer $700

A $30 registration fee is charged in addition to the prices listed here.

Show your support for NCI’20

2020 NCI T-Shirts can be purchased for $25 ea. at the time of registration. 
T-shirts will be delivered via mail to the participant’s home address. 

The Virtual NCI schedule will be rigorous, demanding, and wondrously innovative. Dancers will challenge themselves in daily technique classes and choreography rehearsals. Choreographers will look at their work from a different perspective, experiment, and reach beyond limits. Working through the challenges each day will bring, everyone will grow, bond, and excel in their own way. Choreographers will leave the NCI with polished choreography reels and dancers will leave the NCI with a plethora of diverse recordings to propel their careers.

 

*Schedules subject to change.

*ALL TIMES ARE SHOWN IN EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME. PLEASE ADJUST ACCORDINGLY FOR YOUR LOCATION.

Dancer Sample Schedule

Fridays (July 10, 17, 24)
10:00-11:15am Technique Class
11:30am-12:45pm Dance Technology Class
12:45-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Technique Class
3:15-4:45pm Choreography Rehearsal 1
5:00-6:30pm Choreography Rehearsal 2
6:30-7:00pm Daily Wrap Up & Submit Videos
Saturdays & Sundays (July 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 25 & 26)
10:00-11:15am Technique Class
11:30am-12:45pm Technique Class
12:45-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Choreography Rehearsal 1
3:15-4:45pm Choreography Rehearsal 2
5:00-6:30pm Choreography Rehearsal 3
6:30-7:00pm Daily Wrap Up & Submit Videos

Dancer/Choreographer Sample Schedule

Fridays (July 10, 17, 24)
9:30am-10:30am Dance Technology Class
10:30am-12:30pm Choreography Workshop
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm Technique Class
3:15pm-4:45pm Choreography Rehearsal 1
5:00pm-6:30pm Choreography Rehearsal 2
6:30pm-7:00pm Daily Wrap Up & Submit Videos
Saturdays & Sundays (July 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 25 & 26)
10:00am-10:30am Warm Up
10:30am-12:30pm Choreography Workshop
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm Choreography Rehearsal 1
3:15pm-4:45pm Choreography Rehearsal 2
5:00pm-6:30pm Choreography Rehearsal 3
6:30pm-7:00pm Daily Wrap Up & Submit Videos

Choreographer Sample Schedule

Fridays (July 10, 17, 24)
10:00am-10:30am Optional Warm Up
10:30am-12:30pm Choreography Workshop
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm Technology Class
3:15pm-4:45pm Choreography Rehearsal 1
5:00pm-6:30pm Choreography Rehearsal 2
6:30pm-7:00pm Daily Wrap Up & Submit Videos
Saturdays & Sundays (July 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 25 & 26)
10:00am-10:30am Optional Warm Up
10:30am-12:30pm Choreography Workshop
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm Choreography Rehearsal 1
3:15pm-4:45pm Choreography Rehearsal 2
5:00pm-6:30pm Choreography Rehearsal 3
6:30pm-7:00pm Daily Wrap Up & Submit Videos

Additional progress check-ins will be scheduled with each participant to review resumes, reels, and overall artistic growth.

Updated 2020 Policies information coming shortly.