T2 ChoreoFest 2023

Applications are now open for ChoreoFest 2023. Deadline is March 31, 2023.

Studio performance: Sunday, August 6, 4pm.

This event is a studio showing to highlight what the SBCF artists have worked on throughout the week. You’ll hear from each of the seven Choreographers about their process and see a snippet of their work performed by T2 Dancers. SBCF Mentors will also provide comments and audience feedback will be encouraged.

About T2 ChoreoFest

The heart of the program is to provide professional development, resources, and support for emerging choreographers. This year we have mentors from professional dance companies who will be providing daily challenges for the choreographers and feedback throughout the week.

Selected Choreographers will have two hours each day (3 days) to work with a T2 Company Dancer. The final day of the program will include a private 30 minutes in the performing space before an informal performance open to the public.


August 3–5, 2023: daily virtual rehearsals.
August 6, 2023: informal performance at 4pm MT.

  • Choreographers will have a two hour virtual rehearsal each day (Thursday through Saturday). During these rehearsals they will work with a different T2 Dance Company dancer to complete a challenge set by the mentors.
  • Each daily challenge should culminate in ~1 minute of choreography that is filmed at the end of each rehearsal.
  • Mentors review all daily videos and provide feedback to the choreographers virtually each evening.
  • Choreographers have the option to work in-person, virtually or a hybrid. Dancers will be in a studio.
  • The festival concludes with an informal performance on Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 4pm MT. This will feature a brief discussion with each Choreographer, comments from the mentors, performance of one of the Choreographer’s completed challenges, and the Guest Choreographer will be announced.
  • GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER: One choreographer will be selected and have the opportunity to set a work on the company for a performance in October. The GC will receive a $500 honorarium. Rehearsals with the company may be via zoom if travel is not possible. Rehearsals will take place in August (Monday and/or Wednesday mornings 9am–noon).

2022 Choreographers

  • Jenna Beardsley (NY)
  • Devon Custalow (NY)
  • KC Lyphout (OH)
  • Jessica Michal (NJ)
  • Anne Marie Smock (NY)
  • Ashley Tomaszewski (WI)
  • Sophie Visscher (NY)

2022 Mentors

Artistic Director of CoreDance Contemporary (NY)

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Rebecca McCormac completed her Masters in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006.  In 2008, McCormac moved to New York City to join Barry Blumenfeld’s Tap Fusion, Ellen Stokes-Shadle’s Dance Works and the faculty at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio.  In 2011, Rebecca founded CoreDance Contemporary, an Australian Modern Dance Company, which holds residence in New York City.  Her work has been shown at APAP New York City Center, The ODC Theatre San Francisco, The Dairy Arts Center Boulder, The ArtsHub Colorado, Wake Forest Dance Festival North Carolina, The Dance Complex Boston, CHI Movement Arts Center Philadelphia, Your Move NJ, Alvin Ailey, New York City Center, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Green Space.
Head Shot Credit:  Scott Allen
Dance Image Credit:  Eric Bandiero

Artistic Directors of Stewart/Owen Dance (NC)

Owen Dance. Their choreography has been presented by festivals and companies across the U.S., and their careers have most notably taken them across the globe on fifteen U.S. State Department tours to teach, perform and choreograph contemporary dance with Washington D.C. based Company E. They have choreographed music videos for artists such as Moses Sumney, Sylvan Esso and Ben Phantom. Gavin and Vanessa won the Audience Choice Award at the NYC Dance Gallery Festival 2018, were commissioned as Dance Gallery 2019 Level UP Artists, are recipients of a McDowell Regional Artist Project Grant, a North Carolina Artist Support Grant and were voted “Artists Who Most Pushed the Boundaries with the Human Body” by Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. In 2017 they made North Carolina their home base where they work towards building a sustainable environment for professional dance artists to set roots.