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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 - 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 

Rosie Herrera is the Inaugural Knight Choreography Prize Recipient

NCCAkron is thrilled to announce Rosie Herrera (Miami, FL) as the inaugural recipient of the $50,000 Knight Choreography Prize. Herrera will receive an unrestricted cash award of $30,000, plus $20,000 in programmatic support over two years, to be co-designed with NCCAkron.


Made possible by Knight Foundation, this award is designed to support choreographers' artistic experimentation and career longevity in the United States. Each year the award will honor a living choreographer whose body of work is distinguished by their artistry and originality of thought and impact. The award celebrates choreographers who contribute significantly to the dance field, expand audiences for dance, and ensure the art form has a prominent place in U.S. culture.

Choreographer Rosie Herrera wearing an elaborate pink feathered showgirl style costume with matching headdress

Photo credit: Adam Reign

NCCAkron Announces the Fifth Season of Inside the Dancer's Studio

NCCAkron has launched the fifth season of Inside the Dancer’s Studio, a podcast that brings listeners into the process of creating dance.


Artists featured in Season 5 include Ruby Morales (Phoenix, AZ), Brandon “Chief Manny” Calhoun and Sterling “Steelo” Lofton of The Era Footwork Crew (Chicago, IL), Angelina Ramirez (Tucson, AZ), Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez (New York, NY), Hélène Simoneau (Montreal, Québec / New York, NY) with Jie-Hung Connie Shiau (New York, NY), John Heginbotham (Brooklyn, NY), J’Sun Howard (Chicago, IL), Takahiro Yamamoto (Portland, OR / Boston, MA), and Pioneer Winter (Miami, FL).

Plus, a bonus episode from the upcoming Dancing Conversation: Allies in Action!, a panel discussion on queerness and disability in choreography. Hear from Dancing Wheels Company President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher (Sagamore Hils, OH) with Alexis Diggs (Dayton, OH), Tiffany Mills (Brooklyn, NY), and Mark Tomasic (Los Angeles, CA).


Dancing Conversation: Allies in Action!

Join NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke as she hosts a conversation on queerness and disability in choreography. 

Hear from President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher (Sagamore Hills, OH) of Dancing Wheels Company, and the three guest choreographers invited to make new works for their 43rd Anniversary event “Allies in Action!” – Alexis Diggs (Dayton, OH), Tiffany Mills (Brooklyn, NY), and Mark Tomasic (Los Angeles, CA).

Dancing Conversation: Allies in Action!     

  • Monday, May 20, 2024

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET

  • NCCAkron's YouTube Channel

  • FREE

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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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