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Capezio A.C.E. Awards Winners Festival

Capezio A.C.E. Awards

The Capezio A.C.E. Awards is a choreography competition dedicated to introducing the next generation of emerging and influential choreographers to the commercial dance world. Now in its sixth season, the Capezio A.C.E. Awards receives hundreds of choreography submissions every year, representing all styles of dance from tap, jazz, ballet, modern to musical theatre. The top 15 applicants are selected to present their work at The Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. A panel of representatives from Capezio, the Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and the dance industry deliberate to select 3 choreographers who will receive funds to produce a full-length show.
1. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements:
  • Only one submission per choreographer.
  • All entries can be ANY style of dance: tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, etc.
  • All entries must not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Choreographers and dancers may be professional, amateur, or a combination thereof.
  • Choreographers may choose to dance in their own piece.
  • There must be at least 5 dancers in the group and all dancers must be ages 16+.
  • All entries may be entered by the choreographer NOT by a dance group that has hired the choreographer to set the work.
  • All performances must use music on CD.
  • Performances may include props but no "sets".
  • All entries must be available to compete at the 2014 Dance Teacher Summit in NYC.
2. Upload your video to on the Dance Teacher Summit Channel. Be sure to do so BEFORE May 28th, 2014. Please Note: The piece you enter with to become a Finalist, DOES NOT need to be the same piece that you compete in NYC. It must however meet all the same eligibility requirements. The video can be from a past performance and does not need to be specifically video-taped for the Capezio A.C.E. Award Competition.
3. Representatives from Dance Teacher Magazine and Capezio will select and contact 15 Finalists that will be invited to NYC to compete during the Dance Teacher Summit at the Hilton Hotel. All finalists will be notified via email on June 4th, 2014. Please note: All Finalists and their dancers will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Finalists and their dancers are able to book discounted rooms under the Dance Teacher Summit room block at the Hilton NY. All Finalist choreographers will be able to attend the Dance Teacher Summit classes and events, free of charge. All Finalist dancers will be given 2 free classes (separate from the Summit attendees) with a select few faculty members. All Finalists (choreographers and dancers) will receive a $100 gift card from Capezio, year-long subscription to Dance Spirit magazine, certificate of participation and a professionally edited video of their performance.
4. The evening of August 2nd will be dedicated to the Finals Competition. A distinguished panel of judges will select the winners of the three awards:

Capezio A.C.E. Award Winner

  • $15,000 production budget to go towards your very own show in NYC!*
  • Featured in a Capezio Ad in Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines!
  • Recognition in 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Award Promotions

1st Runner Up

  • $5,000 production budget to go towards a show in NYC!*
  • Recognition in 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Award promotions

2nd Runner Up

  • $3,000 production budget to go towards a show in NYC!*
  • Recognition in 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Award promotions
* Please note: The Dance Teacher Summit will be paying for rental of the theater, basic production elements (lighting, sound, etc.), and promotion. The “production budget” is for the choreographer to use for any salaries, travel, props, costumes, etc. For questions, please call the Dance Teacher Summit office at (212) 767-0744.