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 new 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 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 – Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Application Deadline – Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Artists will be Notified – Friday, October 2, 2020


BLEND – Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9am (artists should set aside 2 hours for initial meeting)

GRIND – Wednesday, November 4, 2020 9am 

BREW – Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9am

TASTE – Public Showing/Sharing – Format and Date TBD – February 2021

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:


Artist profile

Coverage in Promenade

Motivation, support, accountability

Partnership, networking, community

DanceATL resources

Platform for feedback

What DanceATL will not provide:

Free studio space

Stipends/monetary compensation

Cost to participate

Free, donations welcome.


Dance Artist application

Interdisciplinary Artist application


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. 

Onur Topal Sumer (she/her) is a choreographer, performer, educator, producer, curator, administrator and a dreamer…born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She has a B.F.A. in dance from Istanbul Yildiz Technical University and a M.F.A. in dance & digital technology from University of California, Irvine. She has professionally performed over a decade as a company dancer and an independent artist and staged her original dance works, her dance films and her multimedia installations at many acclaimed festivals and events across Europe, USA & Asia. As a teaching artist, Onur taught dance, performance and dance & media all around Turkey, Germany, Holland, Italy, University of California, Irvine, Tucson, Az and in Atlanta. Along with Onur’s international curatorial projects; in Atlanta, she has curated dance film screenings and taught as a visiting artist at Emory University, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia State University, Cinematic Lounge Series at Pera Dance, VideoDanza Uruguay, Argentina and Int. Video Dance Fest of Burgundy, France and Fiver International Screendance-Spain. Onur has extensive experience and passion for working with dance and technology, organizing and creating events, festivals, and leading administrative work. Some of the artistic supports Onur have received are; Idea Capital Grant, Gabriela Tudor Dance Manager Fellowship, Walthall Artist Fellowship, Art On the Beltline and Flux Project Grants. She served as a board member and Performing Arts Committee co-chair of Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery Non-Profit Organization and coordinated DanceATL. Since 2007 Onur has been the director & curator of Dance Camera Istanbul, International Dance Film & Media Festival. It is very important for Onur to support her community, defend equal human, animal & environmental rights, keeping her creative urge alive and finding like-minded collaborators around the world.

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.


Email Education/Mentorship chair, Sammy Spriggs, with questions at education@danceatl.org

Press Release

Read the Press Release here!

DanceATL and National Water Dance are excited to collaborate with Jamē McCray’s  Dance the Vote, a week-long dance challenge illustrating your reason for voting, asking you to answer the question “What are you voting for”? We’re challenging you to get registered, committed, and ready to vote in this most important presidential election. Keep an eye on our social media as we share how you can participate, our reason for voting, and where to go to register to vote and look up your ballot information.

Learn more at https://danceatl.org/dancethevote/