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92Y Harkness Presents

The Future Dance Festival

April 9-25, 2021

The Future Dance Festival provides a bridge which directly connects the next generation of creators with the current generation of directors.

These directors, of both major modern and contemporary dance companies, are looking to new voices, new visions, and new vocabularies.

The Future Dance Festival will showcase the work of the finalists in virtual performances over three weekends in April, 2021.

Calling All Emerging Choreographers

Submit videos of your work for consideration

  • Choreographic Submissions should be under 6 minutes in length.
  • Applicants must be 18+.
  • Applicants can only have had one professional commission to date.

Submit work


First round decisions

Taryn Kaschock Russell, Director, Harkness Dance Center
- Curator for Hubbard Street’s National Choreographic Competition 2008-2013

Second round decisions

(30 submissions)
Guest panelists of company directors

Three finalists will be chosen by each panelist (with a fourth runner up).

Panel (in formation)

Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Theater

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director, Ballet Hispanico

Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Victor Quijada, Artistic Director, RUBBERBAND

Jennifer Stahl, Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine


  • Submission & Selection Period

    Jan 1, 2021
    Submissions open

    Feb 5, 2021
    Submissions close

    Feb 6-26, 2021
    First Round Notifications

    Mar 19, 2021
    Finalists Announced

  • Festival Virtual Programming

    April 9-11, 2021
    Weekend 1: Featured Finalists & Interviews with the Panelists

    April 16-18, 2021
    Weekend 2: Featured Finalists & Interviews with the Panelists

    April 23-25, 2021
    Weekend 3: Featured Finalists & Interviews with the Panelists

Photos: (c) Todd Rosenberg Photography
Dancers: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

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