Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration (CFCC) provides a platform for artists to collaborate, network, and explore the process of making art in a positive, safe, and neutral environment. Local artists are encouraged to develop their craft even as they train the next generation of dancers in a grassroots and organic environment. Essentially, CFCC makes it possible for homegrown Florida dance artworks to emerge from the ground up.
Passion with Vision
Founded in 2019, CFCC has already provided dozens of emerging artists a place to choreograph, perform, and experience art, transforming lives and opening doors to new creative collaborations and job opportunities. Our vision is to expand and positively impact thousands of local artists.
We exist simply to provide freedom and opportunity in the creative process. Our goal is to create opportunities to meet up and collaborate with other artists, choreographers, and dance professionals by providing a group of bodies to set work on. Choreographers will also have the opportunity to show their work in small to large functions as well as film.
A big part of this vision is choreography and compositional education by exposing all collaborators to different processes by which a piece is composed, not only for the choreographers but the dancers and other artists involved. Though not required, feel free to bring your own dancers and students so that they may become familiar with the incredibly elaborate and involved process of making dances. Exposure to other choreographers, teachers, & artists fosters a more holistic education for the dancer.
While we all have our own local hub where we work and play, CFCC aims to remain flexible in different spaces throughout the Central Florida area frequenting places such as Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, the Villages, Gainesville, and beyond. If you are interested in hosting in your area or want to learn how you can be a part of current or future projects Contact Us.
What does CFCC have planned for 2022?
We are hoping to add a variety of opportunities for our artists this season. We will be producing our third Film Festival: Dance Film 2022, an exclusive screendance festival created by our current season’s Project Choreographers & Collaborators.
We will be continuing our Project Meet Ups & expanding the compositional & collaborative focus of these workshops. If you are a dancer or community artist looking for a wonderful time of raw creation, connections, & network building, plan to be at our next Project Meet Up.
Lastly, we plan to add a few live performance opportunities this season. Getting back to the stage is certainly something we are making a priority, & while we have a soft spot for the stage, we also have our sights set on those “unconventional spaces” we have come to love so much.
Who are the Project Choreographers?
Our Project Choreographers are a group of selected creatives who are leaders in the dance world & are graciously giving us their time & talents to produce work with us this season. You can learn more about these wonderful individuals here.
What does the role of a Project Choreographer entail?
Our Project Choreographers are a very special role of artists who guide the creative direction of our season. They are tasked with creating film & live performance projects that showcase their visions & the talent of the artists they are working with. Collaboration is a key component to our organization & no one piece is credited to any one person. It takes many hands to turn a project into a piece of art.
Project Choreographers run their own rehearsals for their individual projects according to their schedule choosing a location convenient & available to them.
What is required of a Project Choreographer?
A vision to create new dance art through collaboration, to put it plainly. However, dance experience is a must. Project Choreographers are leaders in the dance field and will need to provide a bio and a headshot. In addition to that you will need to have excellent communication with the Director, the Dancers, and all CFCC Collaborators.
How do dancers participate?
Our Project Choreographers use local dance artists to create original works that will be showcased to the public. Our original plan was to showcase their work in a stage performance. However, in light of COVID-19 we have moved to creating a dance film of each work that will be compiled & able to be accessed by the public through donations.
What ages may participate?
Ages 14 & up are welcome to submit videos.
What level of dance experience is required?
We encourage all levels from beginner levels to advanced/professional levels to submit. Project Choreographers will be reviewing everyone who submits a video and will make their selection based on their vision for the Project.
What type of time commitment is required?
Each of our Project Choreographers hold their own rehearsals and these will vary according to their schedule. Once you are cast, we will reach out to clarify when rehearsals and filming will take place to ensure that you are able to commit before agreeing to be in a Project.
Where will rehearsals & performances take place?
Our Project Choreographers are stationed in different locations throughout Central Florida & their individual rehearsals will likely take place near their hometowns unless otherwise arranged with their cast. Performance locations vary according to a few factors that we consider, which include where the majority of Project Choreographers, cast & crew reside, venue availability, & financial capability.
Where will the performances/film recordings be?
That depends on where the majority of the Project Choreographers and Dancers are in Central Florida. Once we establish all Projects and Cast, then we will lock down locations and/or venues.
How will dancers benefit from participation?
This program emphasizes the creative process and focuses on compositional education for the dancer. Working with several different choreographers will give dancers the opportunity to learn first-hand what it takes to create and showcase work and to appreciate how different artists approach composition in different ways. Dancers will also receive opportunities to perform, network, gain further experience, and be engaged in the dance community through film festivals and photo shoots (with photography provided for your dance portfolio).
Is financial compensation provided?
At this time, no. Compensation comes in the form of experience, exposure, building your network, adding to your portfolio, collaboration, & community. However, when the funds are available for a stipend, it will be provided.
It is our goal to eventually pay artists for their time. Joining now and staying connected will increase opportunities for financial compensation in the future. Until then, participation with CFCC is a much-appreciated donation of your time & efforts.
We aim to create a demand for dance artist in the Central Florida community. Help us create that demand by joining the movement to make dance a necessity in many more lives.
Are there any fees or out of pocket costs for dancers?
You may be asked to purchase your own costume; in which case it will be yours to keep. The Director & Project Choreographers will be determining what costumes they will be using. We will do everything in our power to keep this cost as low as possible for you. Other than your gas & your time, there are no other costs for you.
We do however accept donations to our organization & if you are so inclined to help us financially, we greatly appreciate anything you are able to give. You can learn more by visiting https://choreocollab.com/support.
What other types of collaborators are you looking for?
ALL KINDS! We are looking for:
· Musicians to set/perform scores for projects and accompaniment classes
· Visual artists like painters, sculptors, sketchers, etc. in creating site-specific dance work or collaborating on a stage
· Vocal artists, poets, lyricists, and speakers to provide a literal voice to the arts community.
· Photographers & videographers to practice their skillset during any of our events (unless special discretion is necessary due to the nature of the work being created) as long as we have the option use it for our organization archives &/or marketing purposes
· Sound, lighting, set, & costume designers to enhance the film and live stage dance projects.
Other collaborators welcome such as production/stage managers, production assistants, rehearsal assistants, writers, graphic designers, engineers, architects, & more!
Interested in an internship for college credit or career experience? We can help! We are currently looking for a few marketing interns who need to add to their portfolios.
All interested collaborators, please contact us here.
Greetings my fellow Artists,
I am so happy that you have shown an interest in our organization and I hope that you will make contact with us at an upcoming meet up, class, or event. I would love to meet you in person and chat with you about your personal focus in the arts. The scope of the art world continues to evolve as the landscape of our society continues to change. Now more than ever I believe it is necessary to create the things that the world is lacking. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self control.” I firmly believe that God is calling artists to create and operate in these fruits.
I feel it is necessary to share this with you because I am a Christian and while this organization is open to work with any and all people groups, you should be aware that it is governed by Christian principals based on a biblical worldview. Biblical meaning I believe the Bible to be the perfect Word of God, infallible, inerrant, and not subject to man’s interpretation. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and therefore I have a set of values that will determine how I lead and make decisions for this organization. So what does this mean for CFCC?
We are a neutral organization meaning anyone is welcome to participate with us regardless of political, religious, ideological, and/or personal beliefs. ANYONE! Our organization strives to remain neutral and a family friendly environment. Many arts organizations have taken it upon themselves to become activists for social change and while I applaud many of their efforts and passions, we are not one of those organizations. Our activism will come in the form of good character and loving people. That being said, I want everyone, no matter his or her beliefs, to feel welcome and open to create with us. If a collaborator becomes combative, a source of strife, drama, or hatred, a course of action will be determined by leadership.
It is my goal to create in a peaceful environment that will nurture all involved so please know that every decision made is done so to accomplish just that. We all love our craft and for most, if not all of us, it has been a source of encouragement, safety, and edification. I hope that this community can also be a place to foster relationships that uplift you and help you along in your personal journey. If you would like prayer or even just to have a conversation please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I hope to see you very soon.