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Shawn Short, Producing Artistic Director

Jobs @ DDT


We are looking for emerging dance artists, who are hungry, open, and talented. Is that you? Then we want you.

Dissonance Dance Theatre is seeking male and female company, and apprentice contemporary ballet dancers. Auditions will be conducted in Washington, D.C. Season includes engagements in Washington, DC and Maryland. Season runs from mid-July 2017 through May 2018.

Company dancers receive performance stipends and pointe shoe allotments. Apprenticeship are non-paid positions. For early consideration, please send headshot, bodyshot, resume and video reel to: Shawn Short, Director sshort@ddtdc.com.


You can register online or in person.

Fee: $20
Dates: Feb 12th, Mar 26th, April 30th
Registration/Warm-Up: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Audition: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Coors Dance Studio
916 G Steet NW (Chinatown/Red Line)

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Company dancers receive performance stipends and pointe shoe allotments for classically trained female dancers. Apprentices and junior apprentices are non-paid positions.

Company Members

(Paid Stipends)

DDT is seeking classically and contemporary trained dancers to add to its ranks. Operate on a 30day schedule.


(Unpaid Positions)

A selected number of dancers will be considered for apprenticeship for further training. Operate on a 3 day schedule. Apprentices work alongside company members.

What to Bring

Headshot, bodyshot, resume, ballet shoes, and professionalism.

Non-professionals who are auditioning for an apprenticeship can bring a faceshot and clear body picture with a short bio of their dance experience.

Full-Time & Part-Time Position

Full-time employment is currently not available.


We are growing and could use your help! Here at Ngoma/Dissonance, we believe in the value of quality, professional demeanor students and adults with exceptional skills.

For more information about volunteering, email info@ddtdc.com. Type “Volunteer” in the subject line.

Guest Choreographers

Dissonance Dance Theatre's contemporary voice feeds on diversity. We look for choreographers who build works from a solid classical ballet core, and through a contemporary dance style. It is our view that choreographers who work with the company see their works as contributions to a new concert dance language that reflects the 21st Century.

We provide each guest choreographer with a quality recording of the staged work that includes an a possible interview with the choreographer. At this time, Dissonance provides limited commissions or honorariums for choreographic works rendered.

Interested choreographers should provide a 5-minute DVD reel demonstrating choreographic range, a headshot, resume, bio and an artistic narrative of the proposed choreographic work.

Please email materials to Shawn Short, Producing Artistic Director at sshort@ddtdc.com. Please write "Guest Choreographer Proposal " in the email subject line.

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