Dancing Labs are residency environments that bring together two or more artists who normally do not have the time or privilege to be in dialogue. A Dancing Lab is a space for rigorous play and positive failure around an issue, idea, or field-wide trend.

The Dancing Lab model helps NCCAkron subvert the prevailing lottery system approach to supporting artists. Connecting across geographical distances and subsidizing creative time without an expectation of a final product, artists share their working knowledge with each other and develop new ideas through body-based studio practice, personal introspection, and group reflection. 


Dancing Lab: Art Speaks 2.0

From May-July of 2021, NCCAkron, S3 Technologies (Akron, OH), and Kinetech Arts (San Francisco, CA) led an experimental, virtual Dancing Lab exploring the use of technology in dance and its potential to expand audience engagement practices.


The artist cohort comprised Tara Lee Burns (Columbus, OH); Megan Lowe (San Francisco, CA) Kelsey Paschich (Kalamazoo, MI), and Rosy Simas (Minneapolis, MN). 


From July 13-August 17, NCCAkron will be highlighting the intersection of dance and technology each week on Instagram. Post your own research on any or all Tuesdays using the hashtag #TechTuesdays, tag @nccakron, and we'll share!

Photo of Kinetech Arts in AI Sensorium by Weidong Yang. 


Dancing Lab: BLKmenMOVES

This year-long Dancing Lab centered the creative development of and networking among Black male choreographers. Through the thought partnership of Charles O. Anderson (Austin, TX), cohort members Jean Appolon (Boston, MA), Kevin Lee-Y Green (Wilmington, NC), and Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH) investigated the interconnectedness of their work, processes, and identities.

BLKMENMOVES Charles O. Anderson, Jean Ap

On June 17, 2021, these artists gathered with NCCAkron Satellite Residency Artist Iquail Shaheed (Philadelphia, PA) and NCCAkron Graduate Assistant DeMarcus Akeem Suggs (Akron, OH/Memphis, TN) for a Dancing Conversation addressing the plurality of Black male identities, decolonized metrics of success, and embodied resistance to monolithic ideas of "Black Dance." Watch the entire event on our YouTube channel. 


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Photo credits: Cunningham: Mike Crupi; Screendance: Dale Dong Photography.