A.M. Collaborative

Are you an Atlanta-based artist who works within the realm of dance and performance? Are you invested in collaboration and community-building? Would you and your creative practice benefit from working within a supportive network of peer artists? 

DanceATL’s A.M. Collaborative offers Atlanta-based makers a community of partnerships and group feedback. The group of participating artists will support and sustain each other’s processes and artistic inquiries, each deepening their own creative practice. With large group meetings and one-on-one partnerships, A.M. provides accountability, fellowship, and a space in which to explore and interrogate new ideas and methods of making work.

With this program, we strive to nurture collaboration and connections within our diverse Atlanta dance and arts community. 

Who can participate: 

Anyone interested in CREATING within or in collaboration with the medium of dance and movement. Choreographers, lighting designers, costume designers, musicians, dramaturgs, set designers etc. Any levels of experience are welcome, from curious beginners to seasoned professionals. We invite any MAKER (18+) who is open to connecting with other artists and energizing or reimagining their own creative process through connection and collaboration.

  • Choreographers and Dancemakers of any dance form or style will be partnered with another artist: either another choreographer, with whom they can collaborate or provide accountability and feedback OR an interdisciplinary artist, such as a theatrical designer or musician, with whom they will create complimentary or collaborative work. 
  • Interdisciplinary Artists will partner with dancemakers, with whom they will collaborate on an in-depth creative process, informing the content and methods of each other’s work. 


How it works:

To kick things off, participating artists will gather and connect for a virtual coffee chat with the full group to get acquainted and start brewing ideas. The artists will share their creative interests and inquiries. Later, with the guidance of the program curators, artists will be partnered with one of the other participants for the duration of the program. These partnerships provide accountability, perspective, and support throughout each individual process and inquiry, with monthly check-ins and as much involvement and collaboration as agreed upon by the partners. The program’s structure is dependent on the group’s interests and is flexible based upon participants’ needs.

At the end of the A.M. Collaborative session, the artists involved will have the opportunity to share their work, research and process with the Atlanta community at an informal public showing, in whatever format best suits the work of the participating artists while attending to safety guidelines. 

Meetings will be held over Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month at 9am, starting our day with art and community.

Program Dates:

Applications Open – July 18, 2022
Application Deadline – August 8, 2022 at 11:59pm
Artists will be Notified – August 16, 2022

2022-2023 Meetings:

All Wednesday morning meetings will remain on Zoom. During the program, we will offer optional in-person events.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 9-11AM

In- Person Networking- Date and Location TBD

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 9-10AM

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 9-10AM

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 9-10AM

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 9-10AM

In-Person Feedback Session – Date and Location TBD

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 9-10AM

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 9-10AM

Public Showing/Sharing – Format and Date TBD – March 2023

Why we are offering this program: 

This program is unique, in that the outcome has no external expectations. We will be focused on the process of connecting, energizing, trading ideas, and creating in collaboration and community with one another. DanceATL’s Education and Research Committee has created a space in which artists at any stage of their career, in any performance or artistic medium, can engage with and learn from other artists, and develop their work and interests in new ways, moving away from a mentor/mentee dynamic and towards an equitable exchange of ideas and expertise.


What DanceATL will provide:


Artist profile

Coverage in Promenade

Motivation, support, accountability

Partnership, networking, community

DanceATL resources

Platform for feedback

Free studio rehearsal space (limited availability)

What DanceATL will not provide:

Stipends/monetary compensation

Cost to participate

There is no application fee.

DanceATL Members participation fee $25
Non- Members participation fee is $50
Please contact info@danceatl.org if the amount above would be cost-prohibitive to your participation and we will work with you to find a means to make it work.


Applications for our 2022-2023 cohort of A.M. Collaborative have closed.


Program facilitator

Nadya Zeitlin photo by snap2studios
Photo Credit: Snap2Studios

Nadya Zeitlin (she/her) is a curious dance designer, teacher and moving artist. Her main inspiration is dance theatre and her favorite question is “what if?” Her moving arts education includes intensives with teachers from Portugal, Israel, Ireland, Slovakia etc as well as workshops and classes in the United States. Nadya has presented her works in various venues in Atlanta since her relocation in 2013 and curated two multi-disciplinary shows herself.
Her work for the Solo Theatre’s Little Prince won Best Choreography at the International Festival of Russian-Speaking Children’s and Youth Theaters in Washington, DC in May 2019.
In summer 2020 Nadya was chosen to be a part of the first Dance Canvas & Atlanta Contemporary Choreographic Residency.
Nadya is the Artistic Director of site-specific dance company Bautanzt Here. She is an active member of DanceATL’s Education/Mentorship Committee and is one of the co-creators of the A.M. Collaborative program, having served as a curator for the first two cohorts of artists.


Photo credit: L Browning Photography

Loren McFalls (she/her) is a dancer and choreographer for both stage and film. She’s been dancing since she was 2 and a half when she got kicked out of preschool for climbing a bookshelf. Enrolling in ballet was a requirement for going back to the school program and probably the best thing that ever happened to her. Loren attended Drexel University on a dance performance scholarship where she was thrown into the Philadelphia artists’ community. After college she started a femme artists’ collective in Philly to showcase awesome female-identifying folks. She produced and performed in dance performances for Philadelphia Fringe Festival as well as music showcases at her neighborhood watering hole and a recurring outdoor summer festival. She’s taught ballet classes since she was in high school and has choreographed for several music videos and short films. Recently moved back to ATL from LA, she’s excited to be immersed in a cool new arena of awesome movers. Loren also serves on the Board of Directors of DanceATL.

Photo credit: Zachary Sun

Meaghan Novoa (she/they) is a Dancer and Choreographer from Atlanta, GA. They have presented their work in multiple cities with some highlights including The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2018 & 2022), Fertile Ground Festival (PDX, 2019) Treefort Music Festival (BOI, 2021) and Mixtape Dance Festival (ATL, 2021). 

In 2020 they received a grant from Idaho Commission On The Arts and a residency at MING studios to complete their first short film, “Fortress”. In 2021, they received grants from Boise City Department Of Arts & History, Idaho Commission On The Arts, completed artist residencies at Surel’s Place & LED, and collaborated on two short dance films with fellow choreographer Caitlin Cullen & Visual Artist/Musician Sean Dahlman. In 2021, Sean & Meaghan co-directed an evening length, sold out, multimedia performance that included original music, contemporary dance and video art projection that premiered at JUMP Boise in June 2021. 

Most recently, they have created new dance works for Idaho Dance Theatre, Open Arms Dance Project & Room To Move Dance Company. They are currently participating in Dance Canvas’s Summer Choreographic residency at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Their current work focuses on themes of mental health, cultural identity, and interpersonal relationships and is heavily influenced by their Jewish & Latinx heritage.

For more information on Meaghan, please visit www.novoadances.com

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rakestraw

Shellie Schmals (she/her)

Shellie Schmals is thrilled beyond words to be included as a Curator for DanceATL’s A.M. Collaborative, she had an amazing experience last season as a participant in the series. In June 2022, Shellie joined the team at Stage32.com as Director of Community, a role that allows her to be a cheerleader for the entertainment world by connecting industry professionals to next level career opportunities, global resources to aid their creative process, and educational tools to democratize “the biz” of “show biz”. Shellie also spends her time as Creative Director of The Springs Cinema & Taphouse in Atlanta, Georgia designing immersive film programming for cult classics, new favorites, horror films and iconic 80s with dance, comedy, music, fashion and fun!

In her previous position as Senior Program & Industry Relations Manager at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Shellie played a lead role in selecting the nearly 800 films that are considered for each annual Festival. She has 25 years of experience in the non-profit universe, holds an MBA from Brenau University and EDM in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo.

Shellie currently sits on the national board of the Film Festival Alliance (FFA), state-wide Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) as Membership Chair, and locally, as Women in Film & Television Atlanta as Vice President of Programming where she coordinates WIFTA industry panels at Dragon Con (Film Track) and Cinema Life Collective. Previous WIFTA positions include: co-chair of the WIFTA Short Film & Talent Showcase (2017-2020) and WIFTA Secretary (2016-2020). As a talent wrangler and producer/emcee, Shellie has been involved in many projects past and present, including Roxie Roz burlesque, Minette Magnifique burlesque, Georgia Pinup Posse, and a burlesque/short film collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film & Media (2021). She loves vintage style and her puppy-dog Bowser!

2021-2022 Program Facilitator: Sammy Spriggs
2021-2022 Curators: Loren McFalls, Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous), A. Raheim White, Nadya Zeitlin

2020-21 Curators: Sammy Spriggs, Onur Topal Sumer, Nadya Zeitlin, Jacquelyn Pritz


Email Sammy Spriggs, with questions at info@danceatl.org

Press Release

Read the 2021-22 Press Release below

Read the 2020-21 Press Release here.