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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 

NCCAkron Receives $90,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

NCCAkron is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) approved two Grants for Arts Projects awards.


These grants will support Dancing Lab: Immersive Spaces & Alternate Places ($30,000) as well as upcoming programming including Dancing Lab: Cypher; Dancing Lab: Intergenerational Partners; and a Creative Administration Research Learning Journey in Nashville, TN ($60,000).

Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke shares, “This collection of program activity is particularly anchored in the Center’s role as a national convener – to both reflect on the work thus far and to imagine where the dance field goes from here. Less product-focused, these opportunities aim at knowledge sharing and collective research including 25+ artists as well as those of us at NCCAkron as creative investigators. ”


Pictured Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Banning Bouldin (photo Andrea Behrends-Fecht), Amy O’Neal (photo Gabriel Bienczycki), Donald Byrd (photo courtesy of Spectrum Dance Theater), Dianne McIntyre (photo McKinley Wiley), Donna Uchizono (photo Matthew Murphy), Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman (courtesy of Bridgman|Packer Dance), and Raphael Xavier (photo Monica Chang).

Artists on Creative Administration is Coming September 24

Artists On Creative Administration: A Workbook from the National Center for Choreography, edited by artist/cultural strategist Tonya Lockyer (Suquamish, WA), will be published by The University of Akron Press as part of the NCCAkron Series in Dance. The book features essays from and interviews with 30 artists and advocates from the performing arts world, sharing stories of creative administration in action through case studies, interviews, life tools, and experiments.

Artists on Creative Administration emerged from NCCAkron’s acclaimed CAR program, made possible by lead support from the Mellon Foundation.

Preorders start July 2!   


Our followers can use the code AOCA30 to take 30% off the list price. ​


Photo credit: Quinlan Corbett

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

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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