Entry / Application Forms ~ Forms for artists wishing to submit their work to Dance Chicago

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Make sure these items are addressed:           
1. Confirm your work(s) and your performance date(s);
2. Schedule a tech time for each work;
3. Learn about your marketing responsibilities;
4. Learn about videotaping your work;
5. Furnish program copy for your work;
6. Sell tickets - request your discount code

To schedule a tech time for Dance Chicago:
Dance Chicago Tech Scheduling

Use the links below to find the information you need.

Rehearsal Space ~ Classroom Space for Dance, Theater, Performance, Comedy Improv, Music, Musical Theatre, etc.

Production: contacts for setting your work in Dance Chicago 2017:

Dance Chicago Founder/Artistic Director

John Schmitz

Email Music File, schedule tech time, discuss artistic repertory, running order, send playbill copy

Dance Chicago Senior Production/Stage Manager
Email Production/Stage Manager

Dance Chicago Marketing Director
email - how to help market your show

Dance Chicago Social Media Director
email - help with social media support for your performance

Please Know:
1. when you can/want to tech
2. the length of your piece
3. the first performance date(s)
4. if the piece will be performed again in another show

Please Note:
1. the earlier you tech your piece, the better.
2. Slam techs will ONLY be on show day
3. All Extended View techs day of show in 3-4 hour blocks
4. After these meetings, rosters will be posted at - REFRESH THE PAGE

Your playbill information must be emailed to me 10 days prior to the performance:

Email to: dancechicagoplaybill

In the following format:

For all shows ( Not Dance Slam – see below)

1. Name of Company
2. Name of Artistic Director
3. Title of Work
4. Premiere Date, or state: World Premiere
5. Choreographer
6. Music
7. Lighting
8. Costumes
9. Dancers (If entire company, say "company")
10. Website: Note: No bios this year – get the bios from your website.

For Dance Slam:
1. Title of Work
2. Name of School / Name of Company
3. Director / Choreographer (s)
4. MUST ADD THIS: Number of minutes / number of artists

Slam Example

Make 'em Laugh
Riverside Brookfield High School / Orchesis Dance Company
Mindy Hart, Director / Michelle Broecker, Choreographer
3 minutes / 25 artists

The Dance Chicago Center

Athenaeum Theatre
Third Floor Studios
2936 North Southport
Chicago 60657
Enter Off the Athenaeum Parking Lot on Oakdale.  The entrance is in the building NW of the theatre. Call 773/404-4423 if you get lost.

Dance Chicago video documentation for participating artists:
(We receive no income from the sale of dvds - we provide this as a service to the participating artists.)

Dance Chicago 2011-15 - Contact Split Film Productions

Prior Year Dance Chicago Orders:

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Dance Chicago 2006 - 2009 please email

Stone Face Productions for specifics.




Dear Artists of Dance Chicago:

Greetings from Dance Chicago. First, congratulations to all participants of Dance Chicago 2016 for your spectacular performances. Over 5,000 audience members and press were inspired by your creativity: more premieres, higher quality performances, greater talent than ever before. Second, this notice is a request to contact me immediately if you wish to propose a work for Dance Chicago 2017. The development of new choreography of the highest artistic quality remains a major focus of the festival. The deadline for the submission of a videotape of your work is October 22, 2017. This application will apply to everyone, including Dance Slam. The new form must be emailed to me: Click Here - John In addition, we require a $25 application fee to review up to 5 works.

I will be curating each work on each program, via links (or dvds). I must see your proposed work: either a performance link or dvd or a rehearsal link. Festival positions are secured by the quality of the work submitted. Works should come from two different categories: 1) submission of a work that is finished and has been performed and can be submitted on link now, and 2) new work in process - choreographers must make commitments to music, number of dancers, cast/sets/costumes/lights and furnish a rehearsal link or dvd or arrange a live rehearsal viewing prior to October 22, 2017.

We are interested in seeing quality work from anyone, but the dances must fit into our programming structure and stages. We are designing programs for the Athenaeum mainstage (985 seats), and Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.

If you wish to create dances for more than one program remember that the perfection of one dance is more important than the creation of two or more average ones. In addition, shorter dances are more versatile and can often be used on multiple programs. Dances longer than 6 minutes have to be exceptional to hold up to audiences and critics. The optimum time for a dance is 3 to 6 minutes. The most successful works (i.e. good reviews, audience appeal, etc.) are generally in this time range.

Because of severe funding cuts to the festival, most programs do not permit artistic fees, but we do offer a split of ticket revenue you help generate.

To encourage creativity and innovation we will be continuing the Dance Chicago Choreography Award. This cash award of $1,000 will be given to the Chicago choreographer who produces, in our opinion, the best Dance Chicago premiere in 2017. Nick Pupillo was the 2013 recipient. Kate Jablonski was the 2012 recipient.

Extended Views - FULL COMPANY SHOWS. Choreographers will be given an opportunity to produce longer works, up to evening-length works, or create an exhibition of multiple works on the same program. Many artists, particularly choreographers in the Dance Chicago Choreography Project have requested opportunities to expand their work on one program. In this program the emphasis will be on the choreographer and not the company or ensemble. Choreographers, as independent artists, often do not have the resources necessary to exhibit extended views of their work as companies do, Dance Chicago hopes that these programs will help to address that need and will help to take the choreographers to a new level. Please use the regular application process for this new show, but send a special email to:
John Schmitz: (Click Here) of your interest in this program.

To ensure that audiences throughout Chicagoland can enjoy the tremendous variety of dance styles that make Dance Chicago so unique and to be the best venue for showcasing your talent to interested and curious fans of dance throughout the Chicagoland area, we require your help in promoting Dance Chicago 2017 through the following efforts:

  • Please ask everyone in your group, especially dancers, to reach out to their networks with an e-mail or e-blast.  This can be done internally or by providing your database to Dance Chciago for a one-time use.
  • Add a hyper link or web banner to Dance Chicago’s website ( from your organization’s website. Likewise, we will link your website to the Dance Chicago website.
  • Support the Dance Chicago event by networking to your studio dancers social media networks 
  • Provide us with any hi-res photographs of the works you are performing and logos we can distribute to media to help promote the Dance Chicago 2017 festival.


High Schools & First time Dance Chicago / Dance Slam Artists, please take note of the following:

The Dance Slam date for 2016 is 11.4.17

Athenaeum Theatre

Best acts will be offered spots on Future Stars and other showcases.

Dance Slam is the oldest dance competition in Chicago. Unlike other competitions, the entire audience votes in three categories: Choreography, Production, Technique which are then totaled.  This is valuable audience input from over 900 viewers. In addition, cash awards are given to the winner in total points.  Works cannot exceed 5 minutes under any circumstances. There will be as many as 24 companies/acts, so it is critical to keep your time less than 5 minutes so that all will have an opportunity to perform.

The development of new choreography of the highest artistic quality is a major priority of the festival. We want you to start working soon to perfect your dance for Dance Chicago 2017.

Your application deadline is October 22, 2017, and a fee of $25 must accompany applications after this date.


Again, you must contact me immediately if you are interested in participating in Dance Chicago 2017. Email is the only efficient means of communicating what you are proposing: email. If we do not hear from you by October 22, 2017, we will assume you are not interested in participating. Applications are available on the website at

We have rehearsal space available in the Dance Chicago Center, at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport, third floor. We have 3 large dance studios for inexpensive rentals if you need space to rehearse. Rehearsing at the Center allows time to view the work’s progress on a regular basis. If you are having trouble getting your ideas performance ready, inform me as early as possible with any problems. We can often be helpful in getting you aligned with the support you need. If you do not keep us informed about the status of your dance, we may have to cut you from the program if it falls short of our artistic expectations. Exact time calculation is also very important. All did an excellent job last year.

Send Link to view or DVDs and a printed copy of your emailed application with your $25 application fee to:

John Schmitz
Dance Chicago
5851 North Kenmore, 3S
Chicago, IL 60660

Note: Please send all packages by regular United States Postal Service, do not send Express Mail, UPS or Fed Ex..