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CALL TO CHOREOGRAPHERS/DANCERS

DEADLINE to apply is Monday, April 3, 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time.

The City of Beaverton Arts Program is seeking proposals from choreographers to create and perform a dance as part of Ten Tiny Dances on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Ten Tiny Dances has become an annual event in Beaverton since 2009. Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances is an opportunity to present both contemporary and traditional dance, to highlight and make public the rich mix of cultures in Beaverton, and to expose audience members to culturally diverse performances in Beaverton. The event presents both contemporary dancers and traditional/ethnic dancers on one 4’ x 4’ stage. The format offers choreographers the opportunity to explore the concept of creative limitation, and the small stage also puts dancers in very close contact with the audience. The city’s Arts Program actively promotes the event and the audience has been large and receptive.


Artistic Challenges and Opportunities

  • Use of 4’ x 4’ stage
  • Dance being between three to eight minutes in length
  • Audience will be close to performers and may be on three or four sides
  • Concept of creative limitation (see above)
  • Non-traditional stage sites may not be appropriate for certain dance forms:
    • Please make sure your proposal does not violate a traditional form, but perhaps expands that form to make it appropriate to our structure – creativity is encouraged
  • Choreographers must make sure that the dance is well suited to outdoor stages in unexpected places
  • Dance will be presented one time through the course of the event
  • Music level is difficult to control because of being outside
  • Dances are encouraged to surprise, delight, or challenge the audience, but they must be appropriate for outdoor, public audiences
  • Dances can use more than one performer as well as recorded music or live musicians


Artist Selection Process and Criteria

A selection panel will review submissions from choreographers and make recommendations to the event coordinator and artistic director. We are specifically looking for:

  • Artists interested in the concept of creative limitation/constraint, and who are eager to work with the artistic challenges listed above;
  • Artists representing a range of artistic styles;
  • Artists who demonstrate clear vision, artistic innovation, and artistic rigor
  • Dancers representing the ethnic cultures of Beaverton (including artists of European-American descent);
  • Choreographers/dancers representing either contemporary or traditional/ethnic forms

Ten choreographers will be selected, with 80% representing traditional/ethnic and 20% representing contemporary styles. It is anticipated that the majority of these choreographers/dancers or their work will represent the ethnic populations of Beaverton which include Spanish-speaking, Russian-speaking, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native American, African-American, African, Middle Eastern, Slavic and others. We encourage proposals from choreographers that draw from contemporary or traditional/ethnic backgrounds and dance forms, and collaborations between choreographers and choreographers and musicians.


Compensation and Artist Requirements 

Each choreographer will receive $1,000. No additional funds are available for travel, musicians, etc. Choreographers decide how to use the $1,000.

Choreographers must:

  • Attend one (1) informational meeting of all artists
  • Participate in a facilitated talk-back (dialogue) session with audience members following the event. Choreographers must participate in the event, and dancers are invited to participate if they choose.

Choreographers and dancers must:

  • Attend run-through and bring music to perform the piece the evening of Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Be on site at least 1.5 hours prior to the event on Saturday, July 8, 2017
  • Perform their dance 1 time during the event

Choreographers will receive the full $1,000 fee only if they participate in these five activities.


To Apply

Artists must submit their applications through Submittable.

  • Written description of your 3-8 minute dance piece. Description can be no longer than 250 words.
  • How you could categorize/classify your dance style.
  • Resume/vita, no longer than 2 pages, in pdf format attached to your online application
  • Link to webpage showing video of your previous choreography and performance.  
    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify exactly which 3-5 minute segment(s) of the weblink the selection panel should watch. The review panel will not be able to watch more than the 3-5 minute section(s).
    • The selection committee finds it very helpful if the weblink contains work that was done in a confined space, on a small stage, or if a 4’ x 4’ square is taped on to the floor representing the stage size.

DEADLINE to apply is Friday, MARCH 31, 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time.


PLEASE NOTE: We are looking forward to receiving materials from a variety of qualified contemporary and traditional/ethnic choreographers/dancers. Please do not hesitate to email (kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov) or call (503-526-2376) if you have questions or need assistance. We do not want this application process to dissuade qualified choreographers from applying (for example, those with limited English skills). If you are interested and need assistance, please contact us.



This program is intended to support rare or unexpected opportunities, especially for emerging artists, students, or organizations new to the grant-making process. Projects could include workshops, art classes, or art activities that serve Beaverton residents.

Who: Students, individual artists, and arts and culture organizations who serve the Beaverton community. Beaverton schools and libraries are also eligible to apply.

What: This grant program is intended to provide support outside of the annual Beaverton community grant cycle for unanticipated events or opportunities.

Amount: Up to $500 per applicant. Only one request per individual or organization will be funded each calendar year. Applicants who receive a Beaverton community grant in this cycle will not be eligible for the diverse art offerings grant.

Applications Due: Accepted now through December 31, or until all grant funds are expended.

Applicants Notified: Depends on application date

Activity Dates: All funded activities must take place by December 31, 2017.