Choreographic Fellowship - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
 2021-2022 Season

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In 2015, with support from the Wyncote Foundation, BalletX launched the Choreographic Fellowship program to benefit an emerging choreographer with an opportunity to create a new work on BalletX. Each season the program pairs an emerging artist with an established choreographer to create world premieres ballets presented by BalletX. For the 2021-2022 Season, our Choreographic Fellow will work under the mentorship of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

About the program
2020-2021 SEASON
Choreographic Fellow Alia Kache’s world premiere work will debut as part of the 2020-2021 Season, alongside a premiere by mentor Dwight Rhoden.
Alia Kache

Alia Kache is a kinetic storyteller, dancer, educator, and costume designer that has dedicated her choreographic voice to creating honest thought provoking theatrical experiences.

She received her early dance training at the Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program, she subsequently joined Ailey II. Her other favorite credits include Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Companhia de Dança Contemporânea (Alcobaça, Portugal), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Opera Company Philadelphia, Pilobolus Creative Services, and Disney’s The Lion King.

Her choreography spans from self-produced evening-length works in notable international festivals (Cistermúsica in Alcobaça, Portugal, Dance Gallery, and FringeNYC) to commissions for Ballet Memphis, Ailey II, Houston Contemporary, Chattanooga Ballet, and Associação de Dança de Leiria (Leiria, Portugal). During her time as rehearsal director of Ailey II, she assisted in choreographing “Against Their Will” - a sex and labor trafficking PSA for MTVu and industrials for Mercedes at the New York International Auto Show.

Dwight Rhoden

Dwight Rhoden is a Founding Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and has established a remarkably wide-ranging career.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, who began dancing at age 17, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal, and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a performer, he has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries, and commercials throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and has been a featured performer on many PBS Great Performances specials.

In 1994, Rhoden, along with Desmond Richardson, founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet (CCB). Together they have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for over two decades. CCB is widely considered “America’s Original Multicultural Contemporary Ballet Company,” and is celebrated for its pioneering spirit as well as the building of a universal brand that continues to challenge traditional ideas and redefine possibilities in the dance arena.

Under Rhoden’s direction, CCB has become a dance institution that is much in demand. It has lead the way in Contemporary Ballet in America by removing traditional boundaries and celebrating the beauty of differences - through courageous, innovative, and cutting edge programming. Over the years, Complexions has remained consistent in delivering a profound passion for diversity that has framed its vision and become its hallmark.

For nearly 3 decades, Dwight's choreography has been the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory and has created over 80 ballets for the company as well as numerous other dance companies nationally and internationally. Dwight has also directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater, and live performances

He is a beneficiary recipient of various honors and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, and subsequent induction into the NYFA Hall of Fame, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Alvin Ailey Apex Award. Rhoden was nominated for a Benois De La Dance award for his libretto for Gatsby The Ballet and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from The Boston Conservatory in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.

In the Studio with our Choreographic Fellow
  • Mentorship by renowned choreographer
  • $5,000 choreographic fee to create a 20-25 minute ensemble ballet on the company’s 10 dancers
  • Round-trip transportation to Philadelphia with per diem and accommodations
  • Budget of $7,000 for costumes, scenic design, and music (original composition or rights)
  • Be available for the designated creation and performance period (TBA)
  • Have completed your first commission on a professional dance company or University within the past 5 years
  • Have never choreographed on BalletX
  • Be able to legally work in the United States for the duration of the residency
  • Be at least 18 years of age

The Choreographic Fellowship is generously funded by the Wyncote Foundation.

Behind the Scenes