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. 


Creative Administration Research Program: Application Open Now

NCCAkron’s Creative Administration Research (CAR) aims to challenge the dance ecosystem to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models and "best practices" through the creation of a national think tank of Artist Teams. 

The CAR Program is now open by application.Through this open application, NCCAkron will welcome a cohort of two Artist Teams. Selected artists will work across 2022 and 2023 with their teams on short- and long-term administrative experiments to support their own discrete artistic practices; and will be paid a stipend of $7,000.

The application is open from January 10-February 14, 2022.

CAR is made possible through a three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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Choreographer Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH) with CAR Thought Partner Antuan Byers (New York, NY) and NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke. Photo by Dale Dong.

Catch up on Inside the Dancer's Studio!

In Spring 2022, NCCAkron will host Inside the Dancer's Studio: Live — in-person conversations at The University of Akron's Guzzetta Hall, featuring today's working choreographers. 

A full line-up will be announced soon. In the meantime, revisit our first two seasons of the Inside the Dancer's Studio podcast, wherever you are this holiday season. Subscribe to be the first to listen when Season 3 goes live.

Episodes available now include Raja Feather Kelly (New York, NY) on pop culture; Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC) on structuring process; Taja Will (Minneapolis, MN) on uncovering a concept; and many more.

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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.