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 ninth 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. A panel of representatives from Capezio, the Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and the dance industry will deliberate to select 3 choreographers who will receive funds to produce a full-length show.

2016 A.C.E. Awards Winners

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How To Enter

  1. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements:
    • Only one submission per choreographer. Please no reels.
    • 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 2017 Dance Teacher Summit
    • All choreographers must be able to be present at the award show competition if chosen as a finalist.
  2. Upload your video to on the Dance Teacher Summit Channel. Be sure to do so BEFORE May 1, 2017. Please Note: The piece you enter with to become a Finalist, DOES NOT need to be the same piece that you compete with. 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 compete during the Dance Teacher Summit. All finalists will be notified via email on June 15, 2017. 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. 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.


Capezio A.C.E. Award Winner

  • $15,000 production budget to go towards your very own show!*
  • Featured in a an ad in Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines!
  • Recognition in 2018 Capezio A.C.E. Award Promotions

1st Runner Up

  • $5,000 production budget to go towards a show!*
  • Recognition in 2018 Capezio A.C.E. Award promotions

2nd Runner Up

  • $3,000 production budget to go towards a show!*
  • Recognition in 2018 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 818-432-8499.