Alberta Ballet Call for Choreographers

  • Alberta Ballet

Applications Due: October 24, 2022

The Project
Alberta Ballet has issued a call for proposals from Alberta-based choreographers to support the production of a 3-to-5-minute dance film for digital distribution. The project will be filmed in Edmonton, though rehearsals will be in Calgary at our Company studios.

Through this project, Alberta Ballet seeks to amplify the perspectives and work of diverse and under-represented artistic voices. Therefore, we encourage applications from equity deserving groups (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities).

The film is one of many Alberta Ballet projects to ignite the curiosity and imagination of people in all communities across the province, sharing and championing their stories and experiences through dance. You can view some of Alberta Ballet’s previous dance films here:

Applicants will need to convey how they plan to merge two creative disciplines: dance with filmmaking; why they wish to collaborate with Alberta Ballet; and what experience and perspective they can contribute to this project. The choreographer will work closely alongside an artistic team of up to six (6) Alberta Ballet professional dancers and a contracted filmmaker. The filmmaker will use visual storytelling experience, camera movement, lighting and sound to bring the choreography to life in a unique collaborative process. The choreographer will drive the structure of the story through the development of the technical dance movement and emotional expression of the dancers featured in the film.

Alberta Ballet welcomes innovative approaches, originality, and creativity in the effort to uniquely bring dance to life on screen as opposed to a stage.

Production, Timeline and Locations
Planning meetings can be held remotely via phone and/or online video meetings. The majority of rehearsals will be at the Alberta Ballet Company studios in Calgary, however the location of filming for this film will be in Edmonton, Alberta. The specific location is to be determined by the premise and goals of the finalized film and choreographic concept. We welcome applicants to include suggested film locations in their proposals that would be meaningful and relevant to them and Albertans.

Approximate Timeline
October 24, 2022: Application deadline
November 7-10: Meetings with candidates
November 14-18: Successful applicant notified
January - February: Planning, coordination and rehearsals
February - March: Filming, editing and post-production
*Please note dates are approximate and subject to change.

Budget & Artist Fees
The selected Choreographer will be awarded up to $4,500 CAD for the completion of all deliverables. The total film budget will be determined based on the final approved film concept.

Film Usage
All footage and final assets of creative deliverables to be provided to Alberta Ballet upon completion and will become the property of Alberta Ballet, however the filmmaker and choreographer will be allowed to link to the final film as promotional material for distribution on website, social channels and as case studies and award submissions. In the event any of these assets should be removed from Alberta Ballet’s online platforms, the filmmaker and choreographer has the option to host the videos on their own properties in agreement with Alberta Ballet.

Deliverables/Scope of Project
The choreographer will:

  • Create an original choreographic work with up to six (6) Alberta Ballet Company dancers
  • Collaborate and participate in ongoing meetings with the artistic team and filmmaker
  • Develop a storyboard in collaboration with the filmmaker
  • Contribute to the development of a production schedule

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of submission.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in Canada.
  • Applicants should have previous choreography experience

How to Submit
You must complete the application form here>

If you have any questions about the application process or need support, please don’t hesitate to contact Janis Galloway, Community Impact Officer at

For more information about Alberta Ballet visit:

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