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. 


Our podcast, featuring interviews with choreographers from across the country

The first book in our series with The University of Akron Press

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Dancing Conversations exploring broad themes & topics

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Embarqued: Stories of Soil
July 15 - September 3, 2022

In July 2022, Stefanie Batten Bland (New York, NY) visited Akron and reimagined her work “Embarqued: Stories of Soil” as a gallery installation at abolitionist John Brown’s former home, in partnership with the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, OH. 


Visit the installation from July 15-September 3, 2022! Reservations are not required to see the installation from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and by appointment on Saturdays. A fee is charged and tours begin at the Society’s Office & Gift Shop behind the Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road, Akron, OH.

​Photo of Stefanie by J.C. Dhien.

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Welcoming a new cohort to Creative Administration Research

NCCAkron is excited to welcome the fourth cohort of the Creative Administration Research (CAR) program. Four new CAR Artist Teams include lead artists Edgar L. Page (Denver, CO), Jamal Oliver and Brandon Calhoun (Chicago, IL), Takahiro Yamamoto (Portland, OR), and Umi IMAN Siferllah-Griffin (Atlanta, GA).

Thought Partners for this cohort are Antuan Byers (New York, NY; working with Page); Byron Au Yong (Palm Springs, CA; working with Yamamoto); Conrhonda E. Baker (Elberton, GA; working with Siferllah-Griffin); and Sarah Curran (Chicago, IL; working with Calhoun and Oliver).

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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.” 



NCCAkron’s social media and its monthly digital newsletters share inspiration, opportunities and insight on what’s happening at the Center and in the field.

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Photo credits: Above video contains images courtesy Dale Dong Photography; Mike Crupi; Jonny Riese