Shows: September 6th and 7th, 2019

Technical rehearsals: September 5th, 2019

Venue: The School of Dance, 200 Crichton St., Ottawa, K1M 1W2

Deadline for applications: May 7th, 2019


About DHDP


Dark Horse Dance Projects (DHDP) is Ottawa’s annual not-for-profit open-themed contemporary dance creation and presentation platform. DHDP is dedicated to presenting a variety of brand new works from contemporary choreographers of all career stages who are based in Ottawa or who have demonstrated valuable links to our dance community. Our mandate is to kick-start and maintain viable and innovative careers for local contemporary dance artists and to support, advocate and propel their artistic work. We aim to generate creative innovation locally and invest in building community interest in contemporary dance.




**Please read the following carefully as it contains very important information regarding the specifics of the pieces presented this year and the performance venue.**




DHDP will be fostering the creation and presentation of three new contemporary dance works in 2019:

A solo, a duet and a quartet. 


DHDP asks all choreographers to explore a new idea rather than remounting a previously created piece. We invite you to propose an idea in any direction you wish within the parameters of our 2019 performance venue and lighting capabilities (see below).


This year, our performances will be held at The School of Dance, a three story historic building in Ottawa which has wonderful character and potential for creating intriguing performance spaces. Performances will take place in various studio and/or hallway spaces throughout the school and audiences will be ushered around the building to the different spaces. 


In this edition, DHDP asks you to apply for a self-choreographed solo, a duet or a quartet. Please note that non-resident Ottawa choreographers are welcome to apply but that the majority of your dancers must reside in or near Ottawa. Conversely, if you are an Ottawa choreographer, you might choose to have an interpreter who does not reside in the Ottawa area.




DHDP offers all choreographers creative residencies in Ottawa (between 25 and 35 hours) and the chance to work with one of the experienced artistic mentors we have selected (TBC).


DHDP will pay performance fees for both the choreographer and dancers. Artists selected for the creation of a 20 to 25 minute piece will receive a higher fee. DHDP cannot offer payment for any other live performer (musician, etc.) or collaborator.


All artists will receive full technical support including a technical and dress rehearsal. 

Please note that because this year’s performances will take place in a school space we will not be able to offer overhead lighting of any kind or accommodate the use of a projector. We will be asking all artists to keep their lighting requirements to a minimum.


DHDP will offer artists a video of their work in performance.




  1. You are eligible for this opportunity if you are a dance artist who has completed a professional dance training program and/or a professional dance artist who has been presenting her or his own works publicly.


  1. Residencies will be available from June until August in Ottawa at The School of Dance and  Ottawa Dance Directive. Both of these locations will have limited dates available, but we will aim to accommodate your schedule as well as we can within these dates.




Please send the following information to by May 7th, 2019, with the email subject as Name/Year. 


  1. Application form (see below)  

  2. Applicant CV  

  3. What is your relationship to the Ottawa dance community? (150 words)  

  4. Describe the idea you wish to explore and/or your creative process. Include a list of dancers names and any other collaborators. (350 words)  

  5. How will participation in Dark Horse Dance Projects contribute to your current artistic goals? (150 words)  

  6. A YouTube or Vimeo link to a video of your work.


For applicants based outside of Ottawa only:


As DHDP was initiated as an opportunity to increase the visibility of Ottawa based dance artists, please explain how your work will involve and/or contribute to the Ottawa dance community and why you would like to be part of DHDP this year. (200 words)  

Please note that we cannot pay for any transportation or accommodation in Ottawa.

Call for Choreographers 2019



Call for Artists PDF

Application Form

Please contact for any questions about your application.