Annual Dance Auditions & Showcases

16th Annual World Dance Showcase

We are inviting performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles, ages 16 years and older to audition for the 16th Annual World Dance Showcase. Modeled on the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the World Dance Showcase is a unique opportunity for performers of cultural dance styles to enhance their presentations and reach a wider audience in a professional theater setting.

We will select six groups to perform in concert on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 8 pm, with each group receiving an honorarium of $600. Those selected will have a custom lighting design created for them using state-of-the-art computerized lighting displays available at the Publick Playhouse. A professional high-definition video recording of each dance is made available to the selected dance companies after the March performance.

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Application Deadline

Sunday, January 12, 2018
5 p.m.

Audition Date

Sunday, January 14, 2018
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(Snow Date: Sunday, January 21)

Audition Location

Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, MD 20782

Meet the Adjudicators


Irina Tsikurishvili

Graduated from Chabukiani National Ballet Academy in Tbilisi Georgia and holds BFA in Performing Arts. With her husband Paata, she is the co-founder of Synetic Theater and co-founder of Stanislavsky Theater Studio. Irina has choreographed all Synetic Theater’s productions, is a 58-time Helen Hayes Award nominee and has won the award 14 times for her outstanding choreography and acting. She continues to run intensive movement workshops and train Synetic cast members.


Miriam Phillips

Retired assistant professor in the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a dance ethnologist, Laban movement analyst, and dancer whose primary research focuses on the kinesthetic and aesthetic comparisons between North Indian kathak and Spanish flamenco dance. Miriam teaches and performs flamenco dance as “La Miri” in San Francisco and Washington, DC.