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Northeast Ohio Student Showcase

July 30, 2022, 3:00pm

Playhouse Square - Allen Theatre

We are thrilled to announce the opportunity for student dancers ages 8-18 and their group leaders to apply to be part of our Northeast Ohio Student Showcase!


About The DANCECleveland Northeast Ohio Student Showcase

DANCECleveland, in collaboration with Playhouse Square, is proud present the 2022 Northeast Ohio Student Showcase as part of Community Dance Day. Don’t miss this special opportunity for your student dancers to be featured on the stages of Playhouse Square, the second largest theatre complex in the United States!

This showcase aims to provide students with a professional performance experience in an iconic Playhouse Square theatre. The showcase will display a wide range of dance styles and will feature the highest caliber of student performers and choreographers from across Northeast Ohio, highlighting their arts mastery. This year’s showcase will take place on Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 pm.

DANCECleveland is now accepting applications for the showcase participants. Ten to twelve schools will be selected to take part in the performance.

Who Should Apply:

Local dance studios, student companies, dance teams, dance groups, school dance programs, and student-run companies are encouraged to apply. All performers must be currently enrolled in school, ranging in age from the entering 4th grader to college. Only the performers must be students, choreographers need not be. All performers must be at least 8 years old and no performer may be more than 20 years of age; each group’s average age should be 18 or younger. One “Group Leader” or “Company Director” should submit for each group, however multiple submissions are ok and encouraged.

Submission and adjudication process:

Click here to complete the Northeast Ohio Student Dance Showcase Application.

• The application provides space to submit a video link. If you prefer to submit your video sample by email, please send it in .mp4 format to sarah@dancecleveland.org no later than June 1. Please use Student Showcase Submission in your subject line and include your dance school name in the body of your email and indicate if you have completed the online application. Only complete applications will be considered.

• All styles of dance are welcomed and encouraged.

You may submit up to 2 videos (must have a separate submission form for each). Videos may be works in progress, but the video should contain the actual dancers that will be performing. Pieces may be no longer than 10 minutes, must have at least two or more dancers who are currently enrolled in school (entering 4th grade to college).

• All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of professional adjudicators comprised of representatives from DANCECleveland, Playhouse Square and guests from the dance community. Once the panel has met and made their decisions, notification of acceptance will be sent the performing groups no later than June 8th.

• Submitting your videos for consideration is free. Tickets to attend the showcase are also free.

• Groups must be available for the full day of July 30thfrom 8 am – 5 pm. Exact Times for tech rehearsal and classes TBD.

If your school or student dance group is selected, your $250 group participation fee and any participation forms and releases will be due no later than Friday, July 15.

Selected schools who have completed their paperwork and submitted their participation fee will receive:

  • Access to more than 12 free dance and movement classes and professional development sessions throughout Community Dance Day
  • The opportunity to perform on the stages of Playhouse Square
  • 10 tickets to the showcase, with the option to reserve more free showcase tickets after June 27th
  • 8 tickets to see Rennie Harris PureMovement at Cain Park on August 6th at 8:00 pm. (opportunity to purchase additional tickets at the discounted showcase participant rate)
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