A First Look at NCCAkron's First Book


Next year, The University of Akron Press and NCCAkron will publish Shifting Cultural Power: Case Studies & Questions in Performance by choreographer Hope Mohr (San Francisco, CA).


This book, Mohr's first, reflects on her ten years at the helm of the Bridge Project and the organization's shift into distributed leadership.


This book will be the first in a new series partnership between NCCAkron and The University of Akron Press that seeks to decentralize narratives in dance in a way that is geographically equitable and culturally holistic.

Click here to read an adapted excerpt of this forthcoming book.

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New Multi-Year Program

 NCCAkron is excited to announce our $750,000 multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build out a new program, Creative Administration Research (CAR). Over the next three years, NCCAkron will foster a national think tank of up to 20 dance Artist Teams to investigate alternative administrative practices in support of their discrete artistic visions.


From 2018-20, NCCAkron prototyped Creative Administration Research with choreographers Jaamil Olawale KosokoBrian Brooks/Moving Company, and Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory. The three prototype artists will continue their investigations and be joined by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener and Ronald K. Brown, EVIDENCE as the first cohort.


The second cohort, beginning in early 2021, will include Abby Zbikowski/Abby Z and the New Utility (Champaign-Urbana, IL); Bebe Miller/Bebe Miller Company (Columbus, OH); 7NMS| Marjani Forté-Saunders & Everett Saunders (Pasadena, CA); Kate Wallich/The YC (Seattle, WA); and Banning Bouldin/New Dialect (Nashville, TN). 


For more information, read our press release here.

Cara Hagan Announced as 2020-21 Community Commissioning Residency Artist

NCCAkron and The University of Akron's School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration are proud to announce is proud to announce Cara Hagan (Boone, NC) as our first Community Commissioning Residency artist! This annual residency is the second phase of the Ideas in Motion joint initiative.


Cara was selected for her extensive knowledge of dance on film, long-distance artistic collaboration, and social justice activism. She’ll guest-teach UAkron students and create intentional community through the production of new screendance works.

Photo by Victor Blanco.


NCCAkron is proud to announce Dancing Lab: BLKmenMOVES, a residency program centering the creative development of and networking among Black male choreographers. 


Dancemakers Jean Appolon (Boston, MA); Kevin Lee-Y Green (Wilmington, NC); and Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH) will meet over the course of the coming year to establish a network of collegial support and offer critical feedback on each other's work, under the facilitation and mentorship of Charles O. Anderson (Austin, TX).


The development of this Dancing Lab began in 2019 through a series of conversations between NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke and the late choreographer Marcus White, the Lab's intended facilitator. We mourn Marcus' tragic passing in May 2020 and celebrate his life. We share questions from Marcus in his final correspondence with Christy: 


Does all of “the work” - the research, the dance, the writing, the conversations around it - always have to be bound by race? And on the flipside, how can we make something not bound by race?

Pictured clockwise from top left: Charles O. Anderson, Jean Appolon, Dominic Moore-Dunson, and Kevin Lee-Y Green.



The next generation of great American choreographers needs space and time to develop the craft and explore the full potential of the creative process. The new National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron will fill that need, building on the resources of northeast Ohio to create works that inspire tomorrow's audiences.


— Alberto Ibargüen,

President of the Knight Foundation


If dance is to thrive, it's essential to have residency spaces coupled with a full range of support for choreographers. We first envisioned northeast Ohio with its enormous cultural, research, and physical space resources, and the University of Akron with its state-of-the-art dance studios, as having the potential to fill this gap. It's thrilling to see this vision take shape and help answer a critical need in the dance ecosystem. 

— Pam Young

Executive Director of DANCECleveland and Founding Board President at NCCAkron


The University of Akron is the region's most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. 

UA provides students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, education abroad, and service projects for diverse groups of learners. 

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