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DC NEXT 2024
July 8th - 26th 
@ Georgia Tech 

Auditions begin in February for our 2024

DC NEXT Summer Choreographic Intensive

Feb 12th - North Springs High School

Feb 15th - Pebblebrook CCCEPA

Feb 23rd - Dekalb School of the Arts**

Feb 26th - New Manchester High School

March 1st - Tri-Cities High School

March 15th - Gwinnett Dance Day

If we are not holding auditions at your school, the Dekalb School of the Arts audition is available to outside students. Please e-mail for more information.

Video Submissions:

This year, we are also accepting video submissions for students who are unable to attend one of our live auditions. For video submissions:

  • Click the button below to access the audition video tutorials:

  • Compile the following information and email it to with the subject line: DC NEXT Video Audition:

    • Student Name​

    • Address

    • Student e-mail address

    • Student Phone Number

    • Parent Name

    • Parent Phone Number (if different)

    • Parent Email Address (if different)

    • School

    • Current Grade

    • Date of Birth

    • Link to video audition

    • Teacher recommendation

Our DC NEXT Summer Choreographic Intensive gives students essential career building skills by immersing them in the world of professional dance, both onstage and backstage. Students are selected to participate in DC NEXT based on their enthusiasm, focus and desire to learn about the dance profession.

In addition to dance classes with instructors from across the country, DC NEXT focuses on daily workshops and coaching in leadership development, goal setting, college and career placement, branding as an artist (*resumes, headshots, etc.), choreography/composition, and team building.  Students are tasked with producing a performance and marketing it to the community.  Through their workgroups in Event Planning, Media Relations, Design and Social Media Marketing, students create a budget, delegate tasks, design the playbill, create a marketing plan to sell tickets, choreograph and perform!

What better way to introduce work ethic, build leadership capabilities, inspire creativity, and open young minds than to give teens a theater and tell them to produce a show!

What former DC Nexters have to say:

"Because of DC Next, I appreciate choreography a lot more now. [...] Now I’m able to take time and improv and really explore movement."

- Courtney Thomas (DC Next 2010)

  National Tour of The Lion King


"It helped me with my training of course, but also how to market myself and my talents; I learned audition tips, team-building and I made great dance connections."

- Dorothy Cherry (DC Next 2010)

  Currently performing with Urbanity Dance in Boston


"The versatile teachers and techniques I learned were amazing and helpful for my career!"

- Paige White (DC Next 2011)

  METdance Houston


"DC Next has shaped me into the young artist I am today. The honesty and discipline prepared me for the real world in and outside of dance. There are real connections that were made between my teachers, peers, and I that helped me further along my career. The program has really lifted me up in every way."

- Shaquille Bailey (DC Next 2014)

  Currently the Lead Instructor/Dance Program Specialist,

Aviation Community Cultural Center


"DC Next helped show me that with basic business, marketing, and networking skills, you can pursue your passion in a sustainable way. I am not currently pursuing a career in the performing arts, but this lesson can be translated to my work in public health."

- Amanda Harris (DC Next 2010)

  Currently the Manager of Strategic Planning, St. Louis Regional Health Commission



We are so proud of DC NEXT & DC INTERNS!


  • Lara Davis (DC NEXT 2010, DC INTERN 2014, DC CHOREOGRAPHER 2018) graduated from the University of Georgia and has danced professionally with The Georgia Ballet, Refuge Dance, and Dance Canvas. She currently is working on an MBA for Emory Business School and serves at Dance Canvas' Board President.

  • Mikaila Ware (DC INTERN 2016) is a dancer with Urban Bush Women. She graduated from Florida State University and was awarded a 10-week paid Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship through Americans for the Arts. She also served as Accessibility Fellow at Lincoln Center in NYC and interned with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She now dances for Urban Bush Women in NYC.

  • Kaylin Cabble (DC NEXT 2015) was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet School's Contemporary Trainee program in NYC. The 16 yr old junior moved to NYC in the fall to begin studying at the prestigious school. Her piece, "Power", which she created during her time at DC NEXT, was selected to be performed at Atlanta Ballet's "Healthy Living Day".

  • Teresa Wilson (DC INTERN 2011) graduated from University of the Arts. She worked with Debbie Allen on her production of "Brothers of the Night". Since moving to back to ATL, Teresa was on faculty for DC NEXT and Dance Canvas' youth outreach initiatives, toured as a dancer with Keith Sweat and was a founding member of The Tap Rebels. She currently serves as the Director of Dance for New Manchester High School F.A.M.E. 

  • Jaylen Clay (DC NEXT 2010, DC INTERN 2012, 2013, DC CHOREOGRAPHER 2015) graduated from Alabama State University and is now pursing an MFA in dance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jaylen was acknowledged for hi choreography by the Harlequin Floor scholarship.

  • Birane Moore (DC NEXT 2013) who currently attends Adelphi University in NY, and Austyn Rich (DC NEXT 2012) who attends University of Southern California both returned this summer as guest artists to perform with DC NEXT 2015 in the Atlanta premier of Daniel Catanach's work "Estancia".

  • Amanda Harris (DC NEXT 2010) is the founder of non-profit organization, "Wear then Share". "Where then Share" has donated thousands of dollars worth of dance clothes and shoes to Dance Canvas' outreach programs within the City of Atlanta's Centers of Hope.

  • Patrice Bryant (DC INTERN 2014-15) was hired as Dance Canvas' Administrative Assistant for the 2014-15 season, following her time as an intern. Patrice created and curated Dance Canvas' newest online platform "An Inside Look" blog salon. In 2015, Patrice served as Program Coordinator for DC NEXT's Satellite location at The Georgia Ballet. Most recently, Patrice was hired as the Dance Director at Hickory Hills Elementary School in Marietta.

“I see dance as glue for a community.” 

- Twyla Tharp


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We look forward to you joining us for our 12th Season and Beyond!

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