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Welcome! We invite you to move through our site and see all the opportunities NCCAkron creates for artists to engage with one another, their communities, the city of Akron, and the national dance ecosystem.

The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) supports working dance artists as they experiment, engage in the creative process, and advocate for their work and for the field. 


Open Application Period for Creative Administration Research Program

NCCAkron announces its next Creative Administration Research (CAR) open application period. Funded by a multi-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, the CAR program supports U.S. dance artists and challenges the field to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models and “best practices.” 


The application period for the Creative Administration Research program opens September 5, 2023, and closes October 5, 2023 at 5pm ET.


Through this open application, NCCAkron will welcome a new CAR cohort of up to three Artist Teams. Teams include the Artist, a curated Thought Partner, and NCCAkron team members.

CAR is made possible through lead support from the Mellon Foundation

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NCCAkron Releases Season Four of Inside the Dancer's Studio

NCCAkron launched the fourth season of Inside the Dancer’s Studio, a podcast that brings listeners into the process of creating dance. 


Artists featured in Season Four include Errin Weaver (Cleveland, OH), André M. Zachery (Brooklyn, NY), BRKFST Dance Company (Saint Paul, MN), Raphael Xavier (Philadelphia, PA), and anna thompson + taylor knight of slowdanger (Pittsburgh, PA).

The new season also features two bonus episodes from recent Dancing Conversations. The first from a Creative Residency with Big Dance Theater, including New York-based choreographic collaborators Annie-B Parson, Tendayi Kuumba, and Donna Uchizono. The second from a panel discussion at NCCAkron’s 2023 CAR Summit Convening — with artist Brendan Fernandes (Chicago, IL) and Akron Art Museum Curator Dr. Jeffrey Katzin (Cleveland, OH).


Are We Collaborators Or Competitors?

In July, Grantmakers in the Arts published a piece written by NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke in the GIA Reader – Artists and Organizations: Are we collaborators or competitors? 


The article shares insights from a five-year partnership with the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship Program and a call to action applicable to anyone involved in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Learn more about the McKnight Choreography Fellows that NCCAkron hosted.


Provide space for artists to exchange knowledge and/or try something new.

Support opportunities for dance makers, writers, and artist-administrators to deepen their practice and realize their visions, at any stage of their creative process.

Elevate the voices of artists through documentation, publishing, archiving, and writing.


NCCAkron aims to foster geographic equity and to fulfill our potential as a national center. We commit to supporting a stronger, more visibly connected network focused on research and development across the dance ecosystem.


“I would consider NCCAkron as a place where ideas can become reality. Experiments build curiosity.” 



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Photo credits: Above video contains images courtesy Dale Dong Photography; Mike Crupi; Jonny Riese 

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