2017 Call for Choreographers

2017 DUMBO Dance Festival

Submission deadline: April 21st, 2017
(Early bird special: March 27th, 2017)

WHITE WAVE is pleased to invite you to submit applications to our 17th Annual DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) from October 5th through October 8th, 2017. We are proud to announce that this year’s DDF will be presented, our third year at the Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter’s state-of-the art, 300-seat theater, at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO.

With a long-time history of nurturing the work of emerging artists, WHITE WAVE is dedicated to showcase the freshest and the most individual voices in the dance field today. With a strong partner, the esteemed Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter, our 2017 DDF allows us to expand the impact of our festival, and is only one of many exciting developments to come.

This year’s DDF will showcase the work of about 75 emerging and established choreographers/dance companies from across the USA and abroad. Like always, all performances will be free of charge to the public. The 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival is expected to attract audiences of more than 3,500+ people.

Comments from our 2016 DUMBO Dance Festival Artists

Susan Koper (SKDancers)
New theatre is beautiful and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. I love this festival and appreciate all that goes into organizing this so artists like me have a venue to show work.

RH+ (Hyun Kim & Renata Skobo) from Poland & Korea
It was really great experience to be a part of New York City dance scene by participating Dumbo Dance Festival. At the same time it was amazing to see so many various companies and artist from all over the world, performing at the same stage.

Danielle Staropoli
Overall it was an amazing experience. This is the most professional show I have ever participated in and I am extremely grateful to have been a part of it. I loved the theatre space and the technical support. I could tell they really cared about making my piece look good.

Special Performance Opportunities

  • An invitation to perform at the 2018 New Dance Festival in KOREA: After the 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival, one highly selected company will have the opportunity to perform in this festival.
  • An invitation to perform at the 2018 Detroit City Dance Festival: After the 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival, one highly selected company will have the opportunity to perform in this festival.
  • The Opening Night Gala on October 5th will be an elaborate Gala night featuring stellar performances by six companies from the DDF roster and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.
  • The Family-Friendly Sunday matinee performance lets children and their families discover the joy of dance.
  • The spectacular Grand Finale Performance concludes the festival with 8 outstanding companies.

Application Deadlines

– Early Bird Special Application fee: $70 per work (by March 27th, 11:30pm)
– Early Bird Special + Grand Finale Application fee: $85 per work (by March 27th, 11:30pm)
– Regular Application fee: $80 per work (by April 21st, 11:30pm)
– Regular + Grand Finale Application fee: $100 per work (by April 21st, 11:30pm)

Group performances of up to 9min, and solos of up to 6min in length, including set-up and strike. The Application fee is non-refundable.

Application Form

Click HERE for the on-line 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival Application Form.

Payment Information

Please click HERE for payment options.

All inquiries, contact: Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director/Producer at (718) 855-8822 or email at wwyskdc@gmail.com.

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In 2017, through our three renowned festivals: SoloDuo Festival (June) and Wave Rising Series (July), and DUMBO Dance Festival (October), WHITE WAVE will be presenting over 200 companies with 500+ performing artists.

Reaffirmation from our individual followers that what we do is unique and well appreciated:
“White Wave’s successful mission to provide meaningful–and in some cases life changing– opportunities to hundreds of dance companies and thousands of dancers over the past 29 years is nothing short of a miraculous, ongoing achievement.”
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WANTED: Interns & Volunteers

Do you love dance?
Are you interested in learning about arts management?

Interning for WHITE WAVE is a great opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of a vibrant NY dance company in the non-profit sector.

WHITE WAVE is looking for individuals who
* are interested in the NYC dance community
* have a courteous demeanor
* are proficient in Microsoft Office and online-media

If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to whitewavevolunteers@gmail.com.

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