Dance Gallery Festival at Sam Houston State University 
2023 ACDA South Central Region 


Dates: March 4 - 7th, 2023 

Application Deadline (extended): October 30, 2022

$50 Application fee

The Dance Gallery Festival is partnering with Sam Houston State University to offer a special opening night performance for the 2023 ACDA South-Central regional conference. SHSU will be hosting the 50th annual ACDA South-Central regional conference from March 6-9, 2023. Three choreographers will be selected to present 18-20 minutes of choreography and teach a master class at the conference and for Sam Houston State University students. A stipend of $3,500 will be offered to recipients. Artists will be asked to be in residence from March 4-7, 2023 with the performance scheduled for the evening of March 6, 2023. 

The Details

Where: Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX


  • Opening Night Performance for the 50th annual ACDA

  • Teach a Master class

When: March 4-7, 2023, performance on the evening of March 6th

  • Companies need to arrive no later than Saturday morning, March 4th

  • Tech rehearsal on March 4th

  • Teach a master class on either Saturday afternoon or Sunday 

  • Performance on ACDA opening night, Monday March 6th ​

Stipend: $3,500

How many recipients: 3 choreographers will be selected 

Application details - Show us what you want to present. Completed works only, no works in process.

  • Applications must be of finished works to be performed, for a total of 18-20 minutes stage time. Multiple shorter works or excerpts (no more than 3) are welcome.

  • Please note any changes to cast or works, if the videos included do not represent the work as it will be presented for the performance. 

  • Submissions of group works (3+ dancers) will get more consideration. Applications with exclusively solos or duets will not be considered.

  • Works in process will not be considered. 

  • Professional recordings are not required, but attention to quality, clarity and point of view are essential. A straight shot is preferred. The Festival panel will not view media-enhanced, highly edited or promotional-type submissions. Do not submit footage with jump cuts, dissolves. etc.

  • Complete an electronic application form and provide a video link per work submitted.​ Multiple works per choreographer may be submitted - separate video links are required. Any excerpts should be cued up.

  • Incomplete materials or those exceeding the time limits listed above will not be processed.

  • The video link must contain only the choreography being submitted and remain active until October 31, 2022. No exceptions.


  • Finalists will be contacted via email for an interview with the Artistic Director, to be scheduled either in-person or via Zoom.

  • Selected artists or companies will travel to SHSU to perform the submitted choreography live before a general audience and panel of judges. One choreographer will be chosen to return for a choreographic residency at SHSU the following academic year.

  • Selected artists or companies are responsible for travel arrangements and other related expenses. Finalists traveling from out of the country must provide documentation to work in the United States in order to receive their stipend.

About the American College Dance Association

The American College Dance Association’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. The conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and to gain exposure to the diversity of college dance throughout the United States. Many conferences culminate with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality.


Application fee: 

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