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Submissions open until July 31, 2021 | Artists announced early August
Performance dates: January 14-15 & 21-22, 2022

Dogtown Presenter’s Series (DPS) is a two-week spotlight performance series that highlights the independent artists and organizations in Richmond, VA. Dogtown is home to many diverse dance and movement organizations that vary in style, from Latin and salsa dancing to Afro-Caribbean dance, Flamenco, modern dance, and hoop dance, to name a few. Each season, one artist will be accepted through a submission based application process to present in a series of professionally produced performances and community workshops in the Dogtown Presenter’s Series. The Series increases community awareness of the artists that call Richmond home.

DPS is an innovative way of producing dance artists in the Richmond community. No other dance organization is providing the necessary resources needed for local artists to produce professional level concerts completely free of cost. Resources include rehearsal space, technical production, marketing, public relations, and a guaranteed financial stipend of $3,000. The Series’ mission is to expose Richmond audiences to choreographers who reflect the cultural diversity alive in dance today, to promote artists from a variety of dance styles and genres, and to support them in creating new works of expression.


One of the cornerstones to the Presenter’s Series is collaboration. Dogtown wants to encourage dance artists to continue to work outside of their comfort zone and collaborate amongst one another as well as artists that work within other genres. As independent dance artists, if we blend our artistic voices, our audiences, and our resources, Richmond dance will become a force to be reckoned with and a destination for dancers for years to come. Submissions that do not include a collaborative nature will not be considered competitive. 


Submission Guidelines:

  • Choreographer’s must be based in the Richmond, VA area.

  • Choreographers may only submit one proposal.

  • Submissions should either be a full evening length work (45 minutes minimum), or a full repertory concert, or two mid-length works (two 30 minute works).

  • All choreographers and dancers must be available for both weekends of performances and technical rehearsals if accepted into the Series (six total shows)

  • Technical rehearsals will be Thursday and Friday of the week before the show.

  • Submissions do not have to be complete works, but if you are submitting a new piece, a narrative of the proposed work is required along with other work samples.

  • If the submission video links have passwords, please be sure to include them in the additional comments section of the form. Submission links must remain available for the duration of the event.

  • A submission fee of $10 must be paid via PayPal at the bottom of the form to be considered. The submission fee covers the administrative costs for the organization.

  • Submissions close July 31, 2021.

  • Choreographers will receive notification of submission status by early August. Rehearsals for the selected artists can begin immediately following the notification.

  • Choreographers will receive a $3,000 stipend, 100 hours of free rehearsal space to create and build the work, and the full technical production of the show. Any props or costumes are the choreographer’s responsibility.

  • Works that clearly demonstrates collaboration amongst other Richmond dance artists or artists of another genre will be considered more competitive. 


Agua Dulce Dance Theater 

Photo by Dave Parrish Photography


Leah Glenn Dance Theater

Photo by Dave Parrish Photography


Ajna Tribal Belly Dance Troupe

Photo by Dave Parrish Photography

Submissions for the 2022 Dogtown Presenter's Series are now closed. Artists will be notified in early August. 

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