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Shawn Short, Producing Artistic Director

New Voices of Dance

Founded in the Summer of 2016 by Shawn Short, New Voices of Dance (NVD) is a new program that promotes the development of choreographers dedicated to contemporary ballet and modern choreography by providing opportunities to develop their talents.

NVD's goal is to increase the number of working choreographers, that are currently emerging (not aspiring) choreographers working in their cities of artistic employment.

Choreographers travel fare, receive an honorarium for their work, along with a HD quality MP4 of their produced work for their professional reels. Choreographers currently set their work on Dissonance Dance Theatre (DDT). Choreographers are directed and guided by DDT's Founder/Principal Choreographer Shawn Short.

Selected choreographers must be emerging choreographers – not aspiring. Selectees cannot have choreographic experience with a major dance, theatre or production company. For seasoned choreographers, visit our the "Guest Choreographers" section on our Jobs page.

2017 Recipients

Kamali Hill

Kamali Hill

Hailing from the nation’s capital, Emerging Artist Kamali Hill began her professional career with Dissonance Dance Theater in Washington, D.C., while earning her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduating she was given the opportunity by Artistic Director Shawn Short to present a new work at the end of the company’s season. It was during the creative process of Vulnerable Confinement where Kamali decided that she wanted to establish herself as a choreographer in the dance community. Since then she was presented and premiered several new works in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia. In 2014, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and has had the opportunity to create and work with Fuerta Dance Company, the Young Choreographers Showcase, Fieldworks at CORE, Alan Kimara Dixon, Room To Move, Corian Ellisor, Dance Canvas, MAD Festival ,T. Lang Dance and Otis Sallid. Later this summer, she is set to premiere a new collaborative work with Lauren Banks and Sharon Carelock at Skwhirlhaus in Atlanta, GA. Kamali is extremely grateful for the opportunities God has given her and is excited about the journey ahead.

Kareem Goodwin

Kareem Goodwin

Kareem B. Goodwin, a native of Philadelphia, PA began his dance training at the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center in 1998, under Charon Mapp, Wayne St. David, Anthony Burrell and Faye Snow. He attended The University of the Arts studying Jazz Dance with an emphasis in Choreography. Kareem was awarded the 2011 Choreography prize from the University of the Arts School of Dance for his two works Lovin’ U In & Out of Time and Fragmented Ideas. Kareem is a NAACP ACT-SO Local and Regional Gold Medalist, as well as a National Finalist. As a performing artist, he has worked with Christopher L. Huggins, Louis Johnson, Ronen Koresh, Gary W. Jeter II, Zane Booker and Arthur Mitchell. Kareem performed with Eleone Connection, the Pre-Professional Company of Eleone Dance Theatre. In 2014, Mr. Goodwin produced and presented his first evening work entitled MOMENTS. Kareem has choreographed for local dance companies throughout the Pennsylvania Tri-State Area. He is the Rehearsal Director of Grace Dance Theater 2 and Principal Dancer for Grace Dance Theater.

WINTERSTEPS premieres the works of New Voices of Dance

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