FAQ

Can I apply to be both a dancer and a choreographer?

You can apply for both, but you may only be selected for one.

What if I have a schedule conflict?

RIWCP is very understanding of the fact that you have other commitments. As long as you communicate your needs to us, we are willing to work with you. The only non-negotiable dates that you must be fully available are May 20 through May 22 for tech rehearsal and performances.

As a choreographer, what if I change my mind about my piece?

Things change all the time! Just give us a general idea of where your piece is currently headed. You do not need to follow through with your original vision if inspiration leads you elsewhere.

Can I rework a piece that I've already choreographed?

At this time, we are only accepting proposals for new work. A previously choreographed work may be considered if you are planning a major overhaul, which you must detail in your proposal.

How does the mentorship program work?

Upon acceptance into RIWCP, each choreographer will have the option to opt into a private mentorship with an established female-identifying choreographer. Past mentors have included Shura Baryshnikov, Mariana Olivera, and more (see here for last year's mentor bios). You will have an initial consultation with your mentor, feedback sessions, and access to ask any questions you may have about their experience in the industry of choreography.

Can artists from any area apply?

Applications are open to any and all artists, with the understanding that the performances are in Providence, RI. We do not cover housing at this time.

Can I pick which dancers I choreograph on?

Following the initial application process, local choreographers can let us know if there are specific dancers that they would like in their cast. Please note that all casting decisions must go through RIWCP and final casting for local choreographers is at the sole discretion of the RIWCP directors.

Can I bring my own dancers?

You are welcome to invite your own dancers to be in your piece, but they will not be paid a stipend through RIWCP. In your application, you will be able to denote how many additional dancers you are requesting from us.

If you will be using our studio space, your dancers will be asked to fill out schedule conflict forms for rehearsal scheduling purposes.

Is the project going to be in person this year?

RIWCP is closely monitoring the state of the COVID pandemic, and at this time, we plan to host our rehearsals and performances live at the Festival Ballet Providence blackbox theater. Mentorships will mostly be conducted virtually due to the geographic spread of our mentors. All participants must be fully vaccinated to perform at Festival Ballet Providence.

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