Calling all emerging choreographers — applications open for the new University of Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute (for Summer 2022)

10 January 2022 Published in News and Announcements

The University of Utah School of Dance is airborne with excitement to announce the formation of the University of Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute, which will be headed by School of Dance Assistant Professor Melissa Bobick.

The Ballet Choreographic Institute will bring four aspiring professional ballet choreographers, or Choreographic Fellows, to the University of Utah campus in the summer of 2022 where they will have a chance to choreograph works on professional dancers, as well as the opportunity to interface with Utah Ballet Summer Intensive students and faculty, including guest directors and international faculty.

“One of the primary goals of the Institute is to provide a nationally-recognized public forum in which emerging choreographers can explore their process, define their voice, and debut their newest works for the ever-expanding ballet audience in the Salt Lake City area and beyond,” said Bobick

The four Choreographic Fellows will each be awarded a 2-week residency, which includes travel, room, board, rehearsal space, time, and 8 to 10 previously-auditioned, advanced-level dancers to experiment and create a new work. It also includes a stipend of $2,000. Each 2-week residency will culminate in an informal showing which includes a professional recording of their work.

“We are also hoping to identify emerging choreographers who work with ballet as their foundation and provide an environment for groundbreaking experimentation in contemporary ballet choreography, while encouraging the innovative use of pointe shoes in new ballet choreography, and create a space for workshopping new narrative works,” added Bobick

If you or someone you know is interested in applying to be a Choreographic Fellow for 2022, please see details and application links below.
All application materials must be submitted no later than January 31, 2022 by 11:59pm.
Late applications will not be considered, and applicants will be notified by February 21, 2022.
A minimum of 3 years of professional experience is required.

If you are interested in auditioning to be one of the dancers for the Ballet Choreographic Institute, please see details and application links below or visit the UBSI page.

Contact Melissa Bobick at with any questions.

CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS (THE DETAILS)

APPLY TO BE A CHOREOGRAPHIC FELLOW

CALL FOR BALLET DANCERS (THE DETAILS)

APPLY TO BE A DANCER FOR THE CHOREOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE