"[Springboard creates] incredible artistic relationships that have informed and evolved my work as a choreographer and director."
Sidra Bell, previous Emerging Choreographer; Artistic Director, Sidra Bell Dance New York

Emerging ChoreographersHow to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Choreographer Project.

Springboard Danse Montréal 2020 will take place June 7 – 26, 2020. The final showing will be on June 26th at 6:30pm.

Applying as an Emerging Choreographer

Thank you for your interest in Springboard’s Emerging Choreographer project. All applications must be received by December 1, 2019 (11:59 pm EST). The notification of acceptance is February 18, 2020.

To apply as an Emerging Choreographer, you must complete the following:

Please note that partial applications will be discarded.

Complete and submit the online application form. You will be required to submit the following electronically:

  • A link to recent work. Footage should show your most recent work that best represents your current explorations. An example of group work is recommended, as the selected Emerging Choreographers will be working with an average cast size of 15 dancers.
  • A copy of your choreographic resumé.
  • A Letter of recommendation as a choreographer.
  • A one-page proposal for a work, indicating your preference to create for the stage or an installation setting. If you would like to be considered for both please include two proposals with your application.
  • A personal artistic statement, one-page maximum.
  • The application fee*, payable via PayPal: $40 USD.

*A processing fee of $5 USD will be applied upon checkout.


If you are applying as both a DANCER and an EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHER for Springboard 2020, you must complete two separate applications and submit two separate application fees.

  1. The Emerging Choreographer online application:
    • Complete the online registration form;
    • Submit materials electronically;
    • Submit the application fee of $40* USD via PayPal.
  2. The Dancer application, which is comprised of two steps (further details are available here): 
    1. Online: 
      • Complete the online registration form, available here;
      • Submit materials electronically;
      • Submit the registration fee of $30* USD via PayPal.
    2. By mail:
      • Send by mail a copy of your headshot, resumé, and a letter of recommendation.

*A processing fee will be applied per application upon checkout.


  • 15+ elite dancers in your cast
  • 24 hours of rehearsal time with your cast
  • Free access to studio space during the project (upon request)
  • Opportunity to create either:
    • 6-minute Proscenium work, or
    • 20-minute Installation work
  • 9 Principal companies from Canada, the United States and Europe alongside whom you will present your work at the final showing.
  • Platform to present previously created work at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des arts
  • 15 hours of workshops with the Principal Companies during Week One
  • Opportunity to observe Principal companies during Weeks Two & Three rehearsals
  • 15 morning classes with 5 teachers (various forms of contemporary, including Gaga and floorwork, Ballet and Image Tech™ for dancers)
  • 450+ invited guests at the final showing, including Presenters, Agents, Managers & Artistic Directors representing companies from Canada, the United States & Europe
  • Free downloadable link to the video of the final showing


Please direct any questions you may have to emerging@springboarddansemontreal.com.