Dance-making prompts, creative communities, and choreography opportunities

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.”

6 choreographers, 6 phrases, 1 re-creation – learn the moves, make your own choreography and share your creation with the world. In short clips found on HDF’s YouTube channel, the choreographers explain movements or phrases of an existing piece to you. It is then up to you to create your own choreography with these tools. Choose your own order, combine movements or give your own twist to a phrase. Anything is possible!

Upload your video on YouTube with the title “HDF | Re-create + the title of your creation”. And fill in the form on the HDF website ( with the title of your creation, the name(s) of the dancer(s) and the url to your video. HDF will then add your choreography to their special Re-creation playlist on YouTube.

From March through mid-August, London’s Saatchi Gallery is posted a new theme every week on its social media platforms and anyone could respond by sending their art, which, if chosen, was presented online. Participating art used the tag #SaatchiTakeover on Instagram. While this project has now concluded, you can revisit their past prompts for inspiration!

A weekly task curated by Jacob Jonas The Company, #ADigitalDance is a movement project encouraging creativity through digital platforms in response to the limitations of social distancing. The assignments are created by and directed by a group of cultural leaders that Jonas has partnered with a new weekly task every Monday.

This series concluded in July after 20 weeks of tasks, but you can find them archived on Instagram at @adigitaldance.

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
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.

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.

The Iteration Project’s website also includes 50+ past prompts for art-making.