Due to COVID-19 we’re giving SBCF a face-lift for 2021. The heart of the program has not changed – to provide professional development, resources, and support for emerging choreographers. This year we have four mentors who will be providing daily challenges for the choreographers.
Applications now open. Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021.
All applicants notified by Sunday, March 14, 2021.
March 24–27: daily virtual rehearsals.
March 28: webinar with mentors at 3pm MT.
- Choreographers will have a two hour virtual rehearsal each day (Wednesday 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.
- The festival concludes with an open webinar on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3pm MT. This webinar will feature behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals, comments and discussions from the mentors, 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 the 2021–2022 season. The GC will receive a $500 honorarium. Rehearsals with the company may be via zoom if travel is not possible.
- Choreographers will have a chance to meet others in the program at virtual lunches each day.
GAVIN STEWART & VANESSA OWEN
Artistic Directors of Stewart/Owen Dance (NC)
Gavin and Vanessa are the co-founders of Western North Carolina based Stewart/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.
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
SARAH NACHBAUER & JONATHAN EDEN
Artistic Directors of East by North Dance (NY)
For more than a decade, Jon and Sarah have toured and performed as soloists all around the world. They have performed in over 15 different countries, across 4 continents and in some of the world’s most prestigious theaters. Jon and Sarah have also acted as creative assistants with multiple companies on numerous world premieres as well as artistically contributing to corporate events and projects for MOMIX, Catapult Entertainment, Moving On, Katharine Helen Fisher Dance Company, Kohler, Mercedes-Benz, Wynn Casinos, Pirelli, Cannon, Cialis, Target, Columbus Day Parade NYC, Girl Scouts of America, Mayflower, Marriott, MAC Cosmetics, Bose, Lancôme, and Aveda just to name a few. Jon and Sarah also appeared on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent with the shadow company Catapult Entertainment, making it al the way to the finals. They have appeared in music videos for the artists MGMT and ARK, as well on TV shows for HBO, Showtime, CBS, STARZ and the History Channel. Together they have taught at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Terpsichore Dance Center, and have conducted master classes throughout the United States. They are Creative Consultants for acclaimed photographer Robert Whitman as well as with Cardinal Theatricals under the direction of Andrew Rasmussen.
Their on stage work has been reviewed as “A highly intimate display of body control”, “Elegant”, Mystical”, and “The perfect blend of fluid movement and stillness.” The company is based in New York City.
Sarah’s headshot credit: Ben Bernard.
Jon’s headshot credit: Robert Whitman.
Director of T2 Dance Company (CO)
Australian native, Erin has been working in dance choreography, teaching, and arts management since 2008. Erin established and directed Zeta Dance Group, a small dance company in Australia, presenting work nationally and internationally. Erin studied at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, where she earned a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Dance (2009); Bachelor of Education, Secondary (2009) – minor in English; Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (2010), and Master of Creative Industries in Arts Management and Production (2012). She has taught dance for early childhood, K-12, private dance studios, colleges and universities (including Montgomery College, MD and George Mason University, VA), and adult community classes (including Dance Place, DC).
Erin has worked at Ausdance Queensland (Australia), ClancyWorks Dance Company (MD) as Programs Coordinator; and Boulder Ballet (CO) as Marketing Manager and Outreach Director. She is now the Director of T2 Dance Project.
Erin’s choreographic work has been commissioned by Joy of Motion Dance Center (DC) and Glade Dance Collective (DC). She was one of 6 emerging choreographers selected for her work to be presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City in 2014 as part of Breaking Glass, and was also selected as one of four choreographers for the Fuzion Dance Artists’ (FL) 2015 Summer Intensive and Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company (FL) 2017 Summer Intensive. Erin has presented work at the 2014 Brisbane Fringe Festival (Australia), 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival (FL), and has been choreographing work for Boulder Ballet School since 2016. Erin’s first dance film was selected by Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company to premiere during their 2017/18 season and has been selected by multiple film festivals nation-wide.
Erin was a Board Member for Cindy Brandle Dance Company, and undertook a choreographic mentorship with Katie Elliott of 3rd Law Dance/Theatre. Erin is the Founding Director of T2 Dance Company, formerly T2 Dance Project.