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Join our Creative Team


Call for Choreographers

Deadline To Apply: May 1, 2024

Alberta Dance Theatre is looking for passionate and creative professional and emerging choreographers who are interested in collaborating with the Alberta Dance Theatre Youth Artists to create work for our Fall 2024 Production.
Each production is based off of a piece of children's literature. Choreographers will be tasked with facilitating ideas from the Youth Artists to interpret a moment of the book through movement, text and imagery. Each piece is between 3-4 minutes, does not have to be genre specific, and is created over the course of 5 - 9 weeks on Sundays in the Fall. The main goal of the choreographer is to introduce improvisation, creation, and composition skills to the Youth Artists to help facilitate their own journey through the arts. 
Choreographers will have the chance to work with a composer and receive a copy of the novel to prep their part in the production before the season begins. They will be asked to contribute costuming, prop and other production design ideas in areas relevant to their piece to the Co-Artistic Directors to supply. Choreographers will pass on lighting requests to our professional lighting designer and have the option to attend show run throughs, tech rehearsals and dress rehearsals. 
Successful choreographers on the ADT Creative Team have an enthusiasm for and experience in mentoring youth in grades 1-12. The ability to accept and shape many ideas while tolerating a small amount of chaos is an asset.
Applicants Notified - May 2024
Season Prep & Meetings - June - August 2024
Meet n' Greet with Youth Artists & Families - August 25, 2024
First Rehearsal - September 8, 2024
Saturday Rehearsals - November 2 - 23, 2024
Show Week - November 24 - November 30, 2024
Rehearsal blocks are 1.25 hours every Sunday with no rehearsal on October 13 or 20, 2024. Attendance at Saturday rehearsals or rehearsals during show week are not mandatory. Choreographers receive two complimentary tickets to the production which tend to be used for our Friday night performance which also gives the attendee access to our Red Carpet Gala. 
$160 - $260/minute of Choreography
Choreographers will receive their offer and contract before the season begins.
Two payments are issued at the mid way point and at the end of the season. Choreographers must submit an invoice. Alberta Dance Theatre pays by cheque.
To apply, please send the following to
  • C.V. highlighting your choreographic experience and your work with youth dancers
  • Statement of why you would like to work with ADT
  • One or two video links of your choreography (if available)
  • Preferred choreographic genre/style of dance
The Process
Each spring, Alberta Dance Theatre holds open call placement auditions inviting dancers from around the city of Calgary to join the company. ADT welcomes dancers of all experience levels. 

ADT rehearsals generally start the second week of September and run Sundays 10:30am – 4pm with limited additional Saturday rehearsals 4:00-6:00pm in November. There are no rehearsals over the Thanksgiving Weekend and one weekend in October while the Youth Artists are at their sleep away Weekend Intensive.  

Choreographers are not expected but are welcome to attend dress rehearsals. The ADT Backstage Manager, volunteers, lighting designer and Co-Artistic Director's spend the the first few days of show week setting the theatre up for dancer's and audience. Dress rehearsals usually start two nights before opening.

Professional artists and staff part of our season's creative team will receive two complimentary tickets to our live performances.

All Creative Team members, staff and volunteers are welcome to attend the Red Carpet Gala and have their very own moment on the Red Carpet alongside the ADT Youth Artists. 

Alberta Dance Theatre is always looking for professional and emerging artists in all disciplines to present workshops, mentor youth artists, or partner with in new capacities we haven't yet thought of!

Please reach out if you are interested in joining us!
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