"[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 2022 will take place June 5 – 25, 2022.

Applying as an Emerging Choreographer

Thank you for your interest in Springboard’s Emerging Choreographer project. Applications for Springboard 2022 are now open, and must be received by January 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST. The notification of acceptance is January 24, 2022.

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

Please note that partial applications will be discarded.

  • A link to recent work
    • Footage should feature 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 that speak to your practices as a as a choreographer
  • A proposal for a work, either written (up to 500 words) or oral (up to 3 minutes spoken)
    • This proposal should indicate 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), either written (up to 250 words) or oral (up to 2 minutes spoken) 
  • The application fee of $40* USD, payable via PayPal upon registration

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


In compliance with the regulations set in place by our participating studio partners, Springboard will require proof of full vaccination for all participating artists and dancers. Furthermore, masks / face coverings will be mandatory at all times during in-person auditions and at the project in Montréal.

It is our priority for you, your colleagues and participating artists to feel comfortable and safe. Please contact us at danse@springboarddansemontreal.com with any questions or concerns.


Each year our selection panel is comprised of 5 highly-respected artists from diverse experiences, who identify widely across gender, race, and sexual orientation. Each panellist looks at every application. After reviewing the submissions individually, the panel convenes to methodically discuss and assess the work of each choreographer one-by-one. The evaluation process focuses on the quality and presentation of the artists’ work and their choreographic history, with a disassociation to their age, image and orientation in an effort to keep the selection process nonpartisan.


The panel looks carefully at the artist’s resume, artistic statement, artistic proposal, and the supporting video materials. The panel takes into consideration the artist’s experience working with large groups, the suitability of the proposed work for Springboard’s performance venue, and the compatibility of the work with our dancers’ interests and the overall the curation of the project.


  • 15+ dancers in your cast
  • 24 hours of rehearsal time with your cast
  • Access to studio space in the morning during the project (upon request)
  • Opportunity to create either:
    • 6-minute Proscenium work, or
    • 20-minute Installation work
  • Present your work at the final showing alongside 9 Principal companies from Canada, Germany, Israël, Norway, United States and the UK.
  • Platform to present previously created work for a public audience
  • 15 hours of workshops with the Principal Companies during Week One
  • Opportunity to observe Principal Companies during Week Two & Three rehearsals
  • 450+ invited guests at the final showing, including Presenters, Agents, Managers & Artistic Directors representing companies from Canada, the United States & countries from overseas
  • Free downloadable link to the video of the final showing
  • EMERGE Choreographic Award


For technical support, please contact us at support@springboarddansemontreal.com

For general question about the Emerging Choreographer Project, please contact us at emerging@springboarddansemontreal.com.