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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. 


Call for Performers –
The Encounter: Akron

AUDITION: On Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 PM Kimberly Bartosik/daela (Brooklyn, NY) invites community members to participate in her upcoming project, The Encounter: Akron, a live physical theater performance work developed in partnership with NCCAkron and Rubber City Theatre.


Working with communities worldwide and merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers, she has been creating unique Encounter projects, exploring intergenerational cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication. The work is an encounter with oneself, pulling from what people currently carry in their bodies—grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power—pulsing through and between generations. 

Register to audition by Wednesday, May 24 at 11:59 PM.


NCCAkron Hosts Second CAR Summit Convening

NCCAkron will host the second National Summit Convening for its Creative Administration Research (CAR) program Artists and Thought Partners – Thursday, June 1 through Saturday, June 3, 2023. Select events are free and open to the public, including a talk at Akron Art Museum and a movement class. All other core summit activities are invitation-only.

Funded by a multi-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, the CAR program challenges the national dance ecosystem to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models and “best practices.” For three days, teams will compare notes from their investigative retreats earlier in the year, physicalize their administrative thinking and dreaming, and create new shared reference experiences to inform future work.

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NCCAkron Secures Funding From The Knight Foundation

NCCAkron has received a $125,000 grant from the Knight Arts Akron Community Fund at The Miami Foundation, to be invested in local collaborations expanding presentation opportunities for dance with theater organizations in Akron.


Anchor events resulting from this investment include Dominic Moore-Dunson’s inCOPnegro: Aftermath at Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture and Kimberly Bartosik’s The Encounter: Akron at Rubber City Theatre.


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 

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