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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 

Open Rehearsal: STORMCLUTTER by BRKFST Dance Company

Join NCCAkron for an open rehearsal with 2024 Community Commissioning Residency Artist BRKFST Dance Company (Saint Paul, MN). BRKFST is developing a new work, STORMCLUTTER, set to music by company member Renée Copeland, as well as reworking their piece to composer Daniel Roumain Bernard's Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents.

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024

  • 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Guzzetta Hall Studio 391

  • FREE – limited space, please RSVP 

STORMCLUTTER and the Community Commissioning Residency are a part of NCCAkron's Ideas in Motion Initiative.


NCCAkron Announces the Fifth Year of 21 Century Dance Practices

NCCAkron and The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration (DTAA) are proud to announce the fifth year of 21st Century Dance Practices, a capsule series of classes guest taught by today’s working dance artists.


The six choreographers include Ruby Morales (Phoenix, AZ), Takahiro Yamamoto (Portland, OR / Boston, MA), Christopher "Unpezverde" Núñez (New York, NY), Hélène Simoneau (Montreal, Québec / New York, NY), Angelina Ramirez (Tucson, AZ), and J’Sun Howard (Chicago, IL).

Each of these artists will also be interviewed for season five of Inside the Dancer’s Studio, which will be released later this year.


NCCAkron Announces the Next Creative Administration Research Cohort

NCCAkron announces the fifth cohort of the Creative Administration Research (CAR) program.


The artists of this new cohort are Marina Magalhães (Santa Cruz, CA), Kara Jenelle Wade (Atlanta, GA), and taylor knight & anna thompson of slowdanger (Pittsburgh, PA).

The CAR program supports U.S. dance artists and challenges the field to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models and “best practices.” For the past three years, NCCAkron has built a think tank of Artists and Thought Partners across 16 states to do this work. With the continued support from the Mellon Foundation, NCCAkron welcomes these three new teams to the program this year. 

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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.


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



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