Annual Dance Showcases

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Uplift: Inspirational Dance Festival

Presented each year in March

Application Deadline: January 21
Performance Date: February 27


Apply to Uplift: Inspirational Dance Festival Here!

Add your artistic voice to our Inspirational Dance Festival community of healing, comfort, and gratitude in this uplifting dance program. Remember to have fun and be creative! Up to eight (8) entries will be featured in a live program at the Publick Playhouse on Sunday, February, 27, 2022.

20th Annual World Dance Showcase


Concert Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8 pm
Submission Deadline: February 11
Our popular annual showcase gives you the opportunity to travel the globe from the comfort of your Publick Playhouse seat, when professional troupes perform dances from a panoply of cultural traditions. Breathtaking costumes, authentic music, and the enchanting grace of the dancers will make you feel like a world traveler.

Auditions for the 20th Annual World Dance Showcase

Bring your dance heritage to life with pride on the Publick Playhouse stage! Earn cash awards as you display the beauty and excitement of World Dance. Auditions for World Dance Showcase are by video submission ONLY. Performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles (ages 16 years and older) may apply. Individuals and groups are eligible to audition. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Friday, February 11, 2022. Selected performers will be awarded $1000.


Video submissions may include more than one dance item, but videos should be no longer than 12 minutes total. Videos shall have been recorded during the last 1 year. However, due to social distancing guidelines, the dances performed at the Playhouse may have only six dancers on stage at one time. Audition videos should show the dance in full costume. Dances will need to be performed on pre-recorded music. Due to social distancing guidelines, dancers will not be able to share the stage with musicians this year. For additional information, contact Performing Arts Specialist Christel Stevens

2022 World Dance Showcase Adjudicators:


Miriam Phillips is currently Guest Lecturer in the MA Ethnochoreology and BA Contemporary Dance programs at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Ireland where she is also completing a PhD in Arts Practice. In addition to serving on the dance faculties of the University of Maryland, Wesleyan, Cal Arts, Sonoma State, and Mills College, she also ran the flamenco dance school and company, Azafrán Flamenco in Northern California for 14 years. She has lived, researched, and performed in India, Spain, Israel, Guinea-West Africa, and Ireland, and has published these experiences in various journals.

A native of the Republic of Georgia, Irina Tsikurishvili is a 58-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee and has won the award 14 times for her outstanding choreography and acting. Ms.Tsikurishvili has taught at Georgetown University, where she choreographed Lysistrata. She continues to run intensive movement workshops and train Synetic cast members. With her husband Paata, she is the co-founder of Synetic Theater and co-founder of Stanislavsky Theater Studio. Paata & Irina were named Washingtonians of the Year in 2013. Irina Graduated from Chabukiani National Ballet Academy in Tbilisi Georgia and holds BFA in Performing Arts.

39th Annual Choreographers Showcase


The 2022 Choreographer's Showcase has been postponed and will be presented virtually, date TBA.


The Choreographers Showcase will have to wait one more year to perform to a live audience at the Publick Playhouse, its first home! So that we can all watch the winning performances while staying staff safe during the recent pandemic surge, we will record each performance separately, on stage at the Playhouse. We're currently working to confirm the production schedule, and will announce the video release date soon.