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Creative Administration Research

NCCAkron’s Creative Administration Research (CAR) aims to challenge the dance ecosystem to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models.


Artist Teams comprise choreographers and select administrative leaders (if the artist has a company or ensemble); a curated Thought Partner; and NCCAkron staff members. Each Artist Team engages in an artist-dedicated Investigative Retreat to reflect on their body of work, examine critical pain points across operations, and imagine multiple ways forward. The paired Thought Partner provides additional accountability in between Investigative Retreats.

In 2022 and 2023, all active Artist Teams will gather in Akron, OH, for a Summit Convening to exchange experiences and working knowledge accumulated to date. 

Learn more about the 2022 CAR Summit Convening here.

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.



Abby Zbikowski (Columbus, OH/New York, NY) | Francine Sheffield (Richmond, VA)

Banning Bouldin (Nashville, TN) | John Michael Schert (Boise, ID)

Bebe Miller (Columbus, OH) | Antuan Byers (New York, NY)

Brandon "Chief Manny" Calhoun and Jamal "Litebulb" Oliver (Chicago, IL) | Sarah Curran (Chicago, IL)

Brian Brooks (New York, NY) | Huong Hoang (New York, NY)

Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH) | Antuan Byers (New York, NY)

Edgar L. Page (Denver, CO) | Antuan Byers (New York, NY)

Iquail Shaheed (Philadelphia, PA) | Conrhonda Baker (Elberton, GA)

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (New York, NY) | Ellen Chenoweth (Philadelphia, PA)

jumatatu m. poe (Philadelphia, PA) | Reuben Roqueñi (Portland, OR)

Kate Wallich (Seattle, WA) | Indira Goodwine (Boston, MA)

Marjani Forté-Saunders (Pasadena, CA and New York, NY) | Michele Byrd-McPhee (Jersey City, NJ)

Pioneer Winter (Miami, FL) | Dixon|Dahlia Li (New York, NY)

Raja Feather Kelly (Brooklyn, NY) | Byron Au Yong (Palm Springs, CA)

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (New York, NY) | Tonya Lockyer (Suquamish, WA)

Ronald K. Brown (Brooklyn, NY) | Sandra Burton (Williamstown, MA)

Rosie Herrera (Miami, FL) | Aaron Mattocks (Acra, NY)

Takahiro Yamamoto (Portland, OR) | Byron Au Yong (Palm Springs, CA)

Umi IMAN Siferllah-Griffin (Atlanta, GA) | Conrhonda Baker (Elberton, GA)

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