Applications for our 2021-2022 cohort of A.M. Collaborative have closed. Stay tuned for more updates!
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 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.
Applications Open – June 16, 2021
Info Session- July 7, 2021 at 12:30PM ET.
Application Deadline – July 23, 2021 at 11:59pm
Artists will be Notified – August 2, 2021
All Wednesday morning meetings will remain on Zoom. During the program, we will offer optional in-person events.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 9-11AM
In- Person Networking- Date and Location TBD
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9-10AM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 9-10AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 9-10AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 9-10AM
In-Person Feedback Session – January 19, 2022 at 6-8PM, The Windmill Arts Center
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 9-10AM
Public Showing/Sharing – Format and Date TBD – Late February or early March 2022
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/Mentorship Committee wanted to create a space in which artists at any stage of their career, in any performance 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:
Coverage in Promenade
Motivation, support, accountability
Partnership, networking, community
Platform for feedback
Free studio space (limited availability)
What DanceATL will not provide:
Cost to participate
There is no application fee.
DanceATL Members participation fee $25
Non- Members participation fee is $50
Please contact email@example.com 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 2021-2022 cohort of A.M. Collaborative have closed. Stay tuned for more updates!
Samantha Spriggs (she/her) is an Atlanta based independent dance artist. Her choreographic work has been presented in Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Atlanta, and has been adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. Sammy has presented research at the Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research and Dance conference, and done technical theater and sound design work for dance and theater companies. Her choreography and teaching work emphasizes the intersections between performing arts and social justice. She believes that dance and arts education cultivates strength, confidence, empathy and provides the tools necessary to be a good human. Sammy is on faculty at Dance Foundry, and serves as the Chairperson of DanceATL’s Education/Mentorship Committee.
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.
She’s currently developing a new site-specific dance company called Bautanzt Here as the Artistic Director. Nadya is an active member of DanceATL’s Education/Mentorship Committee.
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.
Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous) (she/her) is a burlesque and butoh-based performance artist, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, intimacy choreographer, and teacher dedicated to supporting the development of creative communities, creative culture, and creative careers in Atlanta. As Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, she works with actors and non-actors to develop skills in presence, voice, movement, and performance. Her specialties include working with transgender and non-binary clients, as well as teaching resilience and performance in high-pressure environments. Her theatre company, Burning Bones Physical Theatre, launched its first two shows in 2020, a butoh-based production of One for the Road and Too Far for Comfort, an original devised work created for Zoom. You can see her perform in Red Gyo Soh’s online show En:2021 which premiers online March 6th.
Frankie holds a BFA in Physical Theatre through Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, with a focus on writing, dramaturgy, directing, and multidisciplinary performance, and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, specializing in LGBTIQ+ occupational justice, mental health, chronic pain, and neurology. Frankie is Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and holds an Associate Performer Diploma (ATCL) with Trinity College, London. She is trained in Reiki, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Organic Intelligence, Knight Thompson Speechwork, and TIE’s Intimacy Choreography practices. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA).
Frankie formed United We Dance (UWD) to create performances throughout Brisbane to educate the public about justice issues impacting Australian LGBTIQ+ communities. Invited to perform at mental health day, UWD caused Occupational Therapy Australia to take a public stance recognizing this pressing health and justice issue. She codesigned a modified acrobatics program for children with cerebral palsy through the CPL Queensland. She has emceed and programmed several successful ongoing events in Australia including Alchemy, Bang on a Boa, Lost Movements, and Celebration of The Female Form.
A. Raheim White (they/them) Creatrix, God/dess, Divine Embodiment, Mama A. Raheim White is an experience. Their passion for movement led them to earn their MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, both in dance performance and choreography. They also studied Kung Fu, Dance Meditation, and Classical Chinese Dance at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Raheim is a Reiki Master-Teacher, Akashic Record Reader, 200-hr Certified Yoga Instructor, and Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator, which all aids in their facilitation of intentional spaces. From the desire to create more beauty and to help awaken beings to their inner Light, Raheim manifested RahCrystals, where they handmake crystal healing adornments designed with the individual in mind. Raheim’s intention is to help facilitate healing through movement, meditation, and mindfulness with love and joy.
2020-21 Curators: Sammy Spriggs, Onur Topal Sumer, Nadya Zeitlin, Jacquelyn Pritz
Email Education/Mentorship chair, Sammy Spriggs, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the 2021-22 Press Release below
Read the 2020-21 Press Release here.