Dance-making prompts, creative communities, and choreography opportunities

Virtual Pathways Dance Festival 2020 will be a four day-long virtual dance festival produced by Alyssandra Katherine Dance, Co-Presented by ODC Theater online. The performances will be live-streamed in real time August 6th-9th, 2020. The roster will feature works spanning genres, highlighting the breadth and diversity of dance styles in a new digital format.

Each evening will host a prolific company or choreographer headlining the performance. (Headliners are not a part of this open call for submissions). Each night will be bound together by a different theme:
– Identity
– Healing
– Home/ Sanctuary
– Time/ Scope

We are looking for pieces that have been completed, performed, filmed and archived. (Note: we are not looking for work created and shot during quarantine). Each work must be no more than 10 minutes.These dance works can span genres and styles of dance. Works will be selected by a diverse panel representing the dance aforementioned dance communities. Application due July 6.

Quar.Intensive is hosting a dance film competition with an $100 cash award. The theme is open and they encourage pre-professional dancers to apply. Applications are due June 26.
London’s Saatchi Gallery is posting a new theme every week on its social media platforms and anyone can respond by sending their art, which, if chosen, is presented online. Use the tag #SaatchiTakeover to join on Instagram!
Martha Graham Dance Company wants to see all the creative and unexpected ways you can come up with to use one (or more!) of the 19 Poses to perform an everyday task. Post your creation to social media with hashtags: #19poses and #marthagraham and tag a woman who inspires you. They’ll repost the top submissions on the @marthagrahamdance Instagram account and send their 5 favorites a gift bag full of Graham merch. The contest runs until August 18, 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote!
Portland Dance Film Fest is launching a whole new category of screen dance for the 2020 festival that encourages us to continue best stay at home practices during the Covid-19 outbreak, but also inspires art and creation!

The brand new category, Stay Home Screendance, invites artists to create a 1 – 5 minute screendance that takes place within your property as you practice physical distancing. The content and themes of your screendance mini can be anything you’d like and don’t have to include any reference to the current situation. Due to the unknown nature of life right now, how films submitted in this category are integrated into the programming of PDFF’s 2020 festival is also unknown. The highest rated film will receive $200.

Shared on Instagram each Monday (@klockonian):

“Let’s make art together! I’m starting a little creativity project here on Instagram. I will share a prompt every Monday and invite everyone, first time artist to professional, to create something from the prompt in whichever medium is theirs. Could be a poem, a drawing, a dance, a song, etc. Use the space and materials available to you in your homes and send your pieces to my DM by end of day Friday. I will post your work with your Instagram handle on my feed or story on the weekend. Let’s keep each other inspired and creating during this time.”

Trisha Brown Dance Company took to Zoom to rework a version of Brown’s 1972 “Roof Piece”. The New York Times provides instructions for inviting your friends to create your own at-home version (no roof required).
Learn and make your own version of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas danst Rosas with the 2013 Re:Rosas tutorial. All you need is yourself and a chair. The full tutorial is available on and the @rosasdance Instagram account. Upload your version to your @instagram stories or to

A weekly task curated by Jacob Jonas The Company on Instagram (@jacobjonasthecompany):

#ADigitalDance is a movement project encouraging creativity through digital platforms. As we respond to the limitations of our current time, we look to these restrictions as the bedrock of our creativity. Let’s make something together while we are apart and unite our community. The assignments will be created by and directed by a group of cultural leaders that I have partnered with a new weekly task every Monday.”

Instagram creation prompts from @jerronherman & @wheelchairdancr:

“As the daily normal has changed for so many people, we acknowledge that many of our disabled friends and colleagues already have deep knowledge of isolation, social distance, and lack of access to public space or resources. Many of our artists — including yours truly at Kinetic Light — are newly impacted with the cancellations of rehearsals, performances, and exhibitions. What do artists do in times of trouble? We CREATE ART. We invite you to create with us.”

Long before COVID-19, Jess Grippo wrote a book about reviving creativity through dance, alone in your room, based on her personal experience of getting back into dance after a 7 year hiatus. She’s now offering this free creative challenge that’s designed to help move emotions, stress, anxiety, and more through us during this uncertain time.

Detour Dance has launched “Jukebox”, a locker of creative prompts and responses that invites all sorts of creative minds to be a part of a digital play space.

“You can interact with Jukebox in whatever way or frequency that feels appropriate to you. You can revisit prompts several times or skip over any ones that don’t appeal to you. No timeline. No check-in. There’s just letting it exist. You define your relationship with it!”

Want to talk with other choreographers about creative ways to keep moving forward during COVID closures? Check out “Choreographers & Coffee”: a weekly meeting group that has been running in San Francisco since 2016. Currently, the meetings are hosted by choreographer Kristen Damrow every Thursday, 1:30-2:30pm PDT on Zoom. Choreographers interested in participating can join the Choreographers & Coffee Facebook group. The link to the meetup is posted 30 minutes prior.
Social Distancing Collective is composed of a group of international artists (composers, musicians, videographers, photographers, dancers, and graphic designers) deeply impacted by the world wide shut-down caused by COVID-19. Join them in creating a dance film based around social distancing/lock-down/quarantine by submitting a short 1-3 minute clip of yourself to their website.
Sans Souci Festival has put the call out for dancers to create a dance film of 2 minutes or less using recycled or new footage. Submit your entries to their website for $5.
The Iteration Project invites you to partake in a massive group project in the spirit of the ‘wrecking’ process developed by New York choreographer, Susan Rethorst. The idea is that you help create a large pool of source material from submissions to the prompt, 13 Ways to Say Hello, which is then made available for people to use however they like. Everything is welcome–drawings, videos, poetry readings, sound scores, etc. The more people that submit things and the more things you submit, the more stuff you have to work with. Spread the word, invite your friends.