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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. 


December 8: inCOPnegro work-in-progress showing

Join us for a work-in-progress showing of inCOPnegro, a new work by choreographer  Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH). inCOPnegro is a performance and podcast project exploring the concept of “safety” through the lens of storytelling, parenthood, and police relations in Black communities throughout America.


The creation of inCOPnegro has been shaped by one-on-one interviews between Moore-Dunson and Akron community stakeholders, police officers, and criminal justice workers. At the Work-in-Progress Showing, attendees will be invited to listen to excerpts of select interviews to offer context for the choreography, music, and spoken word.  

Wednesday, December 8

7:00pm ET

Studio 194, Guzzetta Hall (228 E. Buchtel Ave, Akron)



Third Cohort of Creative Administration Research Artists Announced

We're excited to welcome five new artists into the Creative Administration Research program (CAR)! With lead support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this multi-year program brings artists and thought partners together to develop experiments that challenge the notion of "best practices" in arts administration. 

CAR adds new cohorts of five or six artist teams every six months. This fall, we're welcoming face artists based in Knight Foundation resident communities: Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH), Iquail Shaheed (Philadelphia, PA), jumatatu m. poe (Philadelphia, PA), Pioneer Winter (Miami, FL), and Rosie Herrera (Miami, FL).

In January 2022, an open application will be announced for the fourth and final CAR cohort — sign up for our mailing list to know when applications become available!

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Season 2 of our podcast is out now!

Inside the Dancer's Studio invites listeners into the process of making dance, through interviews with choreographers working today. New episodes will be released weekly on Fridays from September 10 to November 12 and are available for free wherever you listen to podcasts!


Guests for Season 2 include Raja Feather Kelly (New York, NY), Amy Miller (New York, NY), Abby Zbikowski (Champaign-Urbana, IL), Brian Brooks (New York, NY), Nicole Klaymoon (San Francisco, CA), James Graham (San Francisco, CA), Kayla Farrish (New York, NY); Guillaume Gabriel (France), and Paula Mann (Minneapolis, MN). 

Click the button below to listen, access transcripts, and subscribe!

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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.

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“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; Cara Hagan performs at the 2018 Performática Festival in Cholula, Mexico. Photo by Victor Blanco.