Choreographic Canvas

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s


Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is pleased to announce the inaugural CHOREOGRAPHIC CANVAS. This new annual series seeks to identify and select a choreographer to commission a new dance work. Choreographers are invited to submit an application for review and selection by a panel of esteemed dance professionals. This new work will be premiered as part of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s regular performing season. 

The Company is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of all identities and backgrounds to apply.


The Residency Includes:

  • A Commission Honorarium of $4,000
  • A production budget for costumes and lighting 
  • Dedicated rehearsal time with the company dancers (approximately 50 hours)
  • Travel to and from Salt Lake City
  • Company-Paid Accommodations

To apply for consideration, applicants must supply the following:

  • Online links to video(s) of recent choreography. 1 - 3 works, not to exceed 10 minutes total. Do not submit highly edited material like promotional reels. Please clearly indicate the time-stamps of what you would like viewed.
  • Current résumé and/or biography.
  • A headshot.
  • Brief artist statement (no longer than 250 words).
  • Brief proposal (no longer than 250 words) of choreographic intent, which may include style of dance, musical selection, scope, format, etc.
  • Contact information for two professional references including one performer that has worked with you in the past.

Please note: The 2 week creative residency will be held between February 17 and April 4th, 2025. Once the artist is selected, exact dates will be confirmed. The premiere performances for the new work will be April 17 - 19, 2025.

Email your application materials to with the subject line: Choreographic Canvas Application. PDF documents are preferred. Vimeo, YouTube, or Dropbox are preferred for the work-samples. Google Drive links will not be accepted. 

All applications must be submitted by the end of the day, July 1, 2024. A decision will be made by July 31, 2024.

Please direct any questions to Artistic Director, Daniel Charon at .


About the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company:

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is committed to furthering contemporary dance as an accessible and valued art form through performance and dance education that raise the standards, deepen the understanding and promote personal connections with dance.

Founded in 1964, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is known both nationally and internationally for commissioning works by exceptional choreographers as well as our own artistic director. The Company is deeply invested in the language of contemporary dance and strives to be at the forefront, thus providing audiences with a variety of choreographic styles in a single evening. Ririe-Woodbury’s repertory ranges from minimalist to multi-media dances by some of the world's most renowned contemporary choreographers. The company is committed to producing innovative, moving, and compelling work that challenges our audiences' perceptions of what contemporary dance can be.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company performs three to four different concerts annually, as well as maintains a national and international touring schedule.

“Dance is for everybody”

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is dedicated to pursuing ongoing inclusion across race, gender, culture, spirituality, identity, age, ability, and experience. Dance is a timeless form of human expression and inspiration, and through dance, we are committed to fostering equity, diversity, access, and inclusion for all. The Company stands against racism and continues to engage in meaningful internal dialogue to make measurable changes to our policies, procedures, and programming to meet all of these goals.