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The annual Off-Broadway performance event for emerging and established choreographers.

New York, NY Dance
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Choreographer's Canvas is a platform for emerging and established choreographers to showcase their work Off-Broadway to industry professionals and the general public. The concept of the Canvas stemmed from Twyla Tharp's book "The Creative Habit", where she writes:

"I walk into a large white room. It's a dance studio in midtown Manhattan. To some people, this empty room symbolizes something profound, mysterious, and terrifying: the task of starting with nothing and working your way toward creating something whole and beautiful and satisfying. It's no different for a writer rolling a fresh sheet of paper into this typewriter (or more likely firing up the blank screen on his computer), or a painter confronting a virginal canvas, a sculptor staring at a raw chunk of stone, a composer at the piano with his fingers hovering just above the keys. Some people find this moment - the moment before creativity begins - so painful that they simply cannot deal with it. They get up a walk away from the canvas." 

Through annual submissions, a panel of dance professionals chooses 15 to 20 cutting-edge choreographers from around the world in all styles including tap, ballet, theatre dance, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, aerial, ballroom, Middle Eastern, swing and more. For the past 6 years the Canvas has presented over 65 choreographers, giving performance opportunity to over 450 dancers to sold out shows! The choreographers participate in the Canvas free of charge and are provided with the performance venue, technical designers, as well as all of the marketing and promotional materials.

With this comes it’s challenges, but you can help! One of the most daunting tasks for this event is fundraising. Since 2008 the Canvas has been funded by The Group Theatre Too with marketing support from Broadway Dance Center, Capezio, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Every year, we are tasked with obtaining the start-up capital to cover the theater rental, promotional materials, and technical requirements. Your support through Kickstarter is necessary to keep this incredible program growing and giving choreographers "a large white room" to create their next great piece of art.

Risks and challenges

One of the unique challenges of the Canvas is that it all takes place in one day! Fortunately we have a great team of organized leaders who run a tight ship. We are lucky that this project has been running for the past six years, so needless to say we have learned from our past experience. Also, with the correct funding, we can add more hands-on-deck to work backstage and behind the scenes making the experience optimal for the choreographers, dancers and audience members.

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer!

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer! Plus, an 8.5" x 11" 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Poster signed by participating Choreographers!

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer! Plus, an 8.5" x 11" 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Poster signed by participating Choreographers! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas T-Shirt. (Size Adult Large)

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer! Plus, an 8.5" x 11" 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Poster signed by participating Choreographers! And 2 FREE Tickets to the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Performance in New York City! = a $60 Value! (You will receive your FREE signed Choreographer's Canvas poster when you pick up your tickets to the show at the door.)

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer! Plus, an 8.5" x 11" 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Poster signed by participating Choreographers! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas T-Shirt. (Size Adult Large) And 4 FREE Tickets to the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Performance in New York City! = a $120 Value! (You will receive your FREE signed Choreographer's Canvas poster and T-Shirt when you pick up your tickets to the show at the door.)

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer! Plus, an 8.5" x 11" 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Poster signed by participating Choreographers! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas T-Shirt. (Size Adult Large) And 6 FREE Tickets to the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Performance in New York City! = a $180 Value! (You will receive your FREE signed Choreographer's Canvas poster and T-Shirt when you pick up your tickets to the show at the door.)

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    You will receive the Group Theatre Too's sincere gratitude and your name listed as an Official Sponsor on the ChoreographersCanvas.com website and in the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas TheatreBill/Program! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas Logo Desktop Background for your computer! Plus, an 8.5" x 11" 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Poster signed by participating Choreographers! And a FREE Choreographer's Canvas T-Shirt. (Size Adult Large) And 6 FREE Tickets to the 2013 Choreographer's Canvas Performance in New York City! = a $180 Value! (You will receive your FREE signed Choreographer's Canvas poster and T-Shirt when you pick up your tickets to the show at the door.) AND FREE Admittance to one of Justin Boccitto's Regularly Scheduled Group Dance Classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. [Class must be taken in the month of MAY 2013]

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