• For ALL Forms and Genres of dance and movement performance in New Creation

  • All established and emerging movement-based artists may apply

  • PROPOSE NOW  for 2021 program • program main dates  intensive Oct 16,17, continuing through Jan 2022

  • "Hybrid" program online  in-studio > participate from where you are in Canada and World-wide

  • FELLOWSHIPS being offered for 2021. seebelow. Propose asap. Thanks to funders & angels

Proposal is for deep research into process and principles using a work in development in an intentional community of creators & facilitators dedicated to rigorous investigation of creation from balanced intuitive-learned-inherited sources.. Movement material must already exist so that the marathon is about development, not the earliest searching. It can be dance/movement material that has not formulated into a concept. Or a concept that has not formulated into organized material. Or a work-in- progress that the choreographer or group wants to move forward. Or a past work to be torn apart and turned into something new. Lead Creator please send a sample of this material and of past choreography with proposal. If proposed piece is still in concept stage then a description of the concept and process with video of past works is OK.

Below are guidelines. This is a Platform for Creativity.  If you feel your work will benefit from this program but doesn't seem to quite fit, please, do send your idea and tell us how you will work in this ultra-intensive time. Same if there is a logistical challenge e.g short a dancer or if you have a group work but no group to go with it.  Other ideas... All Forms are Relevant and Welcome. PROPOSE NOW!


 Due to long hours, minimum three artists in a group is recommended. 

  • Ensemble/Group: 1 choreographer/creator and 2 dancers/performers, and up to 10 dancers.

  • Duet: creator and 2 performers, or creator and co-performer

  • Solo: creator and performer:  2 and even 3 artists in the group is recommended. Still self-solo proposals will be considered.



  • Choreographer can dance but it is best if lead creator is on outside so can work directly with mentors.

  • A group can have 1 more dancer than the actual work requires: for example: a duet worked on by 1 choreographer and 2 dancers, or 1 choreographer and 3 dancers.

  • It is best if creator and performers have worked together before, be involved in the current idea’s development and have a clear understanding of the time commitment involved in the Marathon. 3-4 groups will be invited.

  • Do not hesitate to email with questions if you are not sure if your idea / project / approach / form fits into the criteria.

  • This is a platform for creativity!



Online and in Studio

you and your collaborators work from where you are

(CM homebase / Country: Toronto, Canada)


Dates: 2021: Oct 16,17 + 4 months process 

  • Prep days : approx 5 hrs: sharing principles; goals 

  • Oct 16 day 1: 12 hrs: develop, exchange, feedback, start time 9am

  • Oct 17 day 2: 10 hrs continuing creation and exchange, performance & wrap ( end 5pm).

  • Follow-up: individual appointments in June and beyond


Participants receive:

  • 26.2++ hours of Creation, Exchange and Mentoring with senior choreographers and senior performers

  • creation time and group exchange and support

  • studio and online rooms paid for

  • documentation of the work

  • Public Presentation of created work

  • followup between choreographer and lead mentor

  • continued mentor support for 6 months

  • Presence on international websites.


Participants Need:

  • Collaborators

  • Goals for artistry

  • Curiosity, Determination, Appetite for reflection with others 

  • Computer


Step 1

Email your intention to apply asap

Send your name and a short description of your ideas and who you are working with.

This is a soft deadline, meaning: if you need extra time to put together the full proposal let us know, ask questions, etc. but SOONER is better for us all. Invitations are sent out on an ongoing basis. Participation is limited to 3 - 5 groups. 


Step 2


Send an email letter with the following information:

  • Name and bio of lead creator-choreographer

  • Names and short bios of performers-dancers

  • What work you’ve done together up to now

  • Description (about 300-500 words max) of:

    • the work to be developed in studio and/or online

    • the process and how far along in the process

    • what you are most dedicated to in your artisty

    • what you most want to work on

    • why you want to do it in the Choreographic Marathon

  • Signed statement from every participant that they agree to participate (can be an email)

  • jpeg photos (1-3)

  • With proposal send $20 for admin through donation page.



  • Email proposal (see above)

  • Pay admin online at the donations page. (see above)

  • Upload a video file showing samples of the material and past choreography.

  • Uploads YouTube, Vimeo or similar and send us the URL.

    • Note that sites often have maximum sizes for files so check how big yours’ are and cut them into smaller portions and send several if necessary.

    • Double check that it is readable on computers other than yours’. It must be compatible for both Mac and PC formats

  • Send docs and files by email to >

  • For enquiries: info (at) acrossoceans (dot) org



2-4 fellowships (1/group) to be awarded after receipt of proposals. Fellowship waives fees below & offsets some artist expenses, thanks to funders & angels! 


    • Solos: 1-2 artists C$300 (CADA/RQD discount)

    • Duet/ensemble : for 2-3 artists (1 creator + 2 performers) C$350 for the group (CADA/RQD discount)

    • Each additional artist in a group $30

    • (If this sounds like a lot please consider that 26.2 hours of Just studio-time costs a minimum of about $300 and mentor fees would bring your expenses way up!)

    • Fee paid in full to CM on acceptance to program. Payment: Canada e-transfer, international via website

    • letter of invitation on request if needed.

All information, personel, fees subject to change.

supported generously by

The Canada Council for the Arts

the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council

and AcrossOceansAngels.

In cooperation with Pia Bouman Studios