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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. 


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

2023-2024 Community Commissioning Residencies Announced

NCCAkron and The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration announce Dance Heginbotham (New York, NY) and BRKFST Dance Company (Saint Paul, MN) as the 2023-24 Community Commissioning Residency Artists for Ideas in Motion.

Dance Heginbotham will stage an excerpt of Dance Sonata and BRKFST Dance Company will create an evening-length production consisting of two parts: a remounting of Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents and a new work titled From the Bridge. 

Ideas in Motion is a joint initiative supported by NCCAkron, The University of Akron, The University of Akron Foundation, and the Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series in the Arts. With additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and Peg's 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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