There are presently no open calls for submissions.

CONDER/dance presents : 
Breaking Ground 2018
Contemporary Dance and Film Festival
January 19 - 20, 2018
Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, Arizona

Deadline for Submission:  October 15, 2017
Artists will be notified of final selections by November 1, 2017

Please choose the category of form that fits your work:
Existing Work
New Work
Dance Film
Tiny Dances - Arizona Artists only


Eric Handman : Associate Professor at the University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance, 

Carley Conder : Artistic Director – CONDER/dance

Maria Gillespie : Artistic Director - Oni Dance. Assistant Professor, Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Judging Criteria includes innovation, execution, clear communication of ideas, and thought-provoking material. Multi-media work is encouraged.


Application Fee: $55 � initial entry; $25 – each entry following the first

Arizona Artists: $25 for each work submitted for MainStage; $20 for Tiny Dances proposals

If selected, no production fee is required.


All Artists selected for BG18 Mainstage will receive a $150 honorarium.

Tiny Dances artists will receive a $20 honorarium.


  1.  No public performances in Arizona of work selected between November 1, 2017 and January 30, 2018.
  2. Promotional materials and efforts as requested by Breaking Ground administrative staff.
  3. Technical and dress rehearsals on January 18, 19 or 20, 2018.
  4.  Production Showing on December 1, 2017. This is a mandatory showing for all artists. A live showing can be scheduled with CONDER/dance or a video showing is also acceptable.
  5. DISCLAIMER: CONDER/dance reserves the right to pull a work from Breaking Ground programming following the December 1 Production Showing if the work is deemed unfit for performance by members of the Adjudication Panel.


  • One performance at Tempe Center for the Arts – Theater

  • Minimum of 45 minutes tech time and a dress rehearsal on stage (MainStage artists only)

  • Performance honorarium of $150

  • Covered costs of production including theater rental, lighting design, marketing, public relations, technical direction and program administration

  • Promotion as a Breaking Ground Artist by PR Firm Audience Magnets … print, social media, TV, reviews where available

  • Complimentary tickets for all BG18 events for choreographers and cast

  • AfterParty for artists, staff, friends of BG18

  • Reduced rates on BG18 Master Classes and BG18 merchandise

  • Paid teaching opportunities - Selected Artists Only


  • Travel Expenses for out of town artists

  • Lodging for out of town artists

  • Technical needs beyond what Tempe Center for the Arts includes in standard rental fee. It may be necessary for the artist to provide fees for exceptional video, lighting, sound needs. Examples include: hazer, piano, projection from the floor or wings, etc.

See Information Sheet and FAQ at www.conderdance for more information on the festival and application process.