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Annual Dance Auditions and Showcases

35th Annual Choreographers Showcase Auditions

Annual World Dance Showcase

Audition for the 35th Annual Choreographers Showcase! Choreographers ages 18 & up may apply to audition their original compositions before nationally recognized adjudicators Nejla Yatkin and Nelly van Bommel. Six finalists will be selected to present works in concert, and will be eligible for cash prizes and an additional Audience Choice Award on the day of the performance. Apply online now to reserve an audition slot at arts.pgparks.com, or call Christel Stevens at 301-446-3238.

Auditions will be held in the Dance Theater at The Clarice, on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 from 10 am to 6 pm. Performances will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 3 and 8 pm.

*Apply online now to reserve an audition slot here, or call Christel Stevens at 301-446-3238; TTY 301-699-2544.*

Meet the adjudicators

Nelly van Bommel (color)

Nelly van Bommel, a French native of Dutch descent, was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in January 2010. She is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been featured in France, Taiwan, Canada, and the U.S. in major festivals and venues. Nelly is currently Associate Professor of Dance and Interim Director, Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College. “Nelly van Bommel’s choreography magically teeters between tragedy and comedy, classical and folk, serenity and wildness” — Dance Magazine


Nejla Y. Yatkin

Nejla Y. Yatkin is a recipient of the Works In Process Award from the Princess Grace Foundation, a 2012 Arts Fellow for Choreography National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient as well as was a 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow. In her choreography, she explores the beauty as well as complexity of memory, migration, transformation, identity and multiculturalism through movement. In 2005, she was named as one of Top 25 to watch by Dance Magazine and was given the award for Outstanding Emerging Artist by the D.C. Mayor Arts Award Committee. For her choreography, Nejla was three times selected to be part of the Choreographers Showcase (2001, 2003, 2005).