FutureSTEP Dance Company. COURTESY DANCE ON THE LAWN

Dance on the Lawn, anticipating its fifth annual free outdoor concert, has issued a call for applicants.  Online applications must be received no later than Dec. 15, 2017.

Festival participating companies will include Dance Schools, performing groups, and professional companies. New Jersey applicants must be residents of New Jersey; New York applicants must be residents of New York. Each applicant must have presented choreography for at least two years at a public venue.

In addition to offering presentation opportunities, Dance on the Lawn has created an “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” and mentor program to help support young, emerging artists.

About the DOTL Emerging Choreographer application:

Freespace Dance. COURTESY DANCE ON THE LAWN

Each “Emerging Commissioned NJ Choreographer” (ECNJC) applicant must be a resident of NJ and a professional choreographer with at least two years experience presenting work in a public venue – online application. The ECNJC will be announced Jan. 19, 2018.

The winner of DOTL’s ECNJC competition will also participate in an Open Rehearsal in April 2018, exhibiting their DOTL commissioned “work in process.” The Open Rehearsal will be open to the public and include a question and answer session with the choreographer and dancers. The recipient (s) will show a finished version of their new work at the Dance on the Lawn Festival, Sept. 8, 2018.

All selected artists will participate in the Dance on the Lawn Festival event on Saturday, Sept 8 at 3pm, in Montclair, NJ.

Charmaine Warren is winner of the Dance NJ’s JETÉ AWARD, in honor of founding the Dance on the Lawn Festival. Dance NJ is the service organization committed to advocating the excellence of dance and dance education in the state. Ms. Warren, together with Laura Marchese, DOTL Managing Director, are the guiding force behind “Dance on the Lawn: Montclair’s Dance Festival.”Marchese is a recipient of a NJ Governor’s Arts in Education Distinguished Teaching Artist Award.

The New Jersey State Arts Council has given four awards to Dance on the Lawn artists: Nancy Turano, Artistic Director, NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, DOTL artist since 2014; Kyle Marshall, DOTL 2016 “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” recipient; Lauren Connolly, DOTL 2017 “Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer” recipient; and Hillary-Marie, Choreographer/Director FutureSTEP Tap Company, who participated in DOTL 2017 for the first time.

All selected artists will participate in the Dance on the Lawn Festival event on Saturday, Sept 8,  on the front lawn of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave.

The festival  was founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren in 2014, to increase New Jersey’s exposure to dance by bringing professional and emerging companies, plus students of dance from around the state, together to perform in a community setting.  For more information visit danceonthelawn.org.