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. 

 

Cast Your Spell

Our Akron community is invited to engage with choreographer Liz Lerman (Tempe, AZ). To cast a spell, Akron community members can pick up a postage-paid and pre-addressed postcard, write a message on the card in response to its prompt, and drop the card in the mail to be delivered to Lerman. Click here for a map of locations to get your postcard. 

 

If you are not in the Akron area and would still like to participate, write a response to one of the following prompts:

A spell for healing... a friend, nature, our nation, whatever you would like.

A spell for forgiveness... how does forgiveness work? What ingredients do you need?

Mail your spell to: 

Liz Lerman LLC

6424 E. Greenway Pkwy

Suite 100

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

​To learn more about Liz’s work around women and witchcraft, watch her May 20 Dancing Conversation — available now on our YouTube channel!

Pictured is a detail from What I Know, a block print by Akron visual artist Joan Colbert which appears on the spell postcards.

Dance Writing Workshops with Performance Research Journal 2.0

Performance Response Journal 2.0 (Chicago, IL), in collaboration with NCCAkron, will host a free 3-part dance writing workshop series on August 18, 25, and September 1.

Deconstructing Language: Liberationist Writing for Performance prioritizes Chicago, Midwestern, and Rust Belt BIPOC art and dance writers interested in starting or restarting their dance/performance writing practice.

Writers will be offered practical writing and thinking skills that support seeing and responding to performance through a decolonized, pro-Black Feminist, anti-ableist, and queer framework. 

 

Watch now: Dancing Conversation- BLKmenMOVES

For the past year, the artists of NCCAkron's Dancing Lab: BLKmenMoves have been convening virtually to establish a network of collegial support and give critical feedback on one another's work. Lab participants are dancemakers Jean Appolon (Boston, MA); Kevin Lee-Y Green (Wilmington, NC); and Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH); with Charles O. Anderson (Austin, TX) as the program’s facilitator.

 

On June 17, these artists, along with Satellite Residency artist Iquail Shaheed (Philadelphia, PA) and NCCAkron Graduate Assistant DeMarcus Akeem Suggs, gathered for a conversation on the plurality of Black male identities and decolonized metrics of success. 

 

The entire event is available now on NCCAkron's YouTube channel.

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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.

OUR IMPACT

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 ALUMNI ARTIST

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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.