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We are dancemakers, story tellers, and thinkers, seeking to raise the profile of modern dance in D.C. Through collaboration and performance, we challenge our bodies and minds to create meaningful art that evokes emotion and makes audiences think. We value a collective process that draws together people from diverse artistic backgrounds. We are Glade Dance Collective.

nachmo DC 2018 is here!

January is  NAtional CHoreography MOnth (NACHMO). NACHMO is a challenge to create a dance in just 31 days. Participate with us as a choreographer, dancer, or audience member!

See the showcase at the Jack Guidone Theater at Joy of Motion | Friendship Heights  on Feb. 17 & 18:

NACHMO DC and Joy of Motion Dance Center co-present this fully produced showcase, featuring works by:

  • Abigail Wallace
  • Amelia Nickels
  • Angelisa Gillyard
  • Betsy Loikow & Sarah Raker
  • Chartamia "Shay" Turner
  • Christy Bartholomew
  • Elizabeth Rosendorf
  • Jael Goldstein
  • Jenny April
  • Jess Hoversen & Dustyn Martincich
  • Jessica Denson
  • Laura Boyer
  • Mariana C. Barros
  • May Kesler
  • Roberta Rothstein
  • Shauna Edson
  • Sylvana Christopher
  • Tiana Chambers
  • Tihana Jovanic

FOR choreographers

Official Participation ~ Choreographers 18+

  • Deadline: Friday Jan. 5, 2018
  • Artist Pass: $35
  • Registration: is closed for 2018. Check back next year, and in the meantime, come see the show!

Deadlines and requirements:

  • Pieces may be up to 5 minutes long
  • Submit your piece and buy your Artist Pass by end-of-day Jan. 5, 2018
  • Submit your program and tech information via email by Feb. 5
  • Show your work at in informal internal showing – Feb. 4 @ 2-5pm at Dance Exchange
  • You may cast dancers under the age of 18 in your piece; however, you assume responsibility for them while they are participating in NACHMO events, and a signed parental permission slip must be provided for each minor dancer before they may attend the open rehearsals or the studio showing. Email nachmodc[at] if you need the permission slip.

Registered choreographers enjoy these benefits:

  • A guaranteed spot for their piece in one of the shows at Jack Guidone Theater at Joy of Motion | Friendship Heights during Feb. 17-18*
  • Time during the audition on Jan. 6, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Access to shared open rehearsal space – Saturdays 3-5 pm 1/13-2/3 & Mondays 9-11 pm 1/22-1/29 at Dance Exchange
  • A 50% discount on rehearsal space rental at Joy of Motion Dance Center
  • A 20% discount on rehearsal space rental at Dance Exchange
  • A 15% discount on evening and weekend rehearsal space rental  and a 50% discount on weekday (before 4 pm) rehearsal space rental at Dance Loft on 14
  • Critical feedback on your work by an experienced panel
  • A video and photos of their piece from the NACHMO performances

*Choreographers should be available for both dates and clearly communicate any scheduling issues to nachmodc[at]

Unofficial Participation ~ Connect with Choreographers on Social!

Don't have time for all the official stuff listed above? There are plenty of small ways that both adult and youth choreographers can take part in NACHMO during January. Exercise your creativity in whatever ways you can!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Try some of the daily NACHMO prompts posted at or under #nachmoprompts
  • Follow #NACHMO on social media to see what other choreographers are up to.
  • Email nachmodc[at] any time for ideas, support, and/or encouragement!

For dancers

NACHMO is a unique opportunity to be part of a short-term dance project that culminates in a professionally produced performance. Join us! 

Audition for NACHMO pieces: 

Donation amount
  • When: Saturday Jan. 6th @ 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • WhereJoy of Motion | Friendship Heights (Studio A)
  • Bring with you: A sense of play! Your January/February calendar! 
  • $5 suggested donation to NACHMO DC

Rehearsal schedules are set by the individual choreographers, and can vary from a few hours over the month to several rehearsals per week. Be up front about your schedule and expectations when communicating with your choreographer.

Audience Members

See the newest dance works of 2018 on February 17-18 at NACHMO DC's and Joy of Motion Dance Center's co-presentation! Buy your tickets online.

nachmo dc 2018 partners

We  are grateful to our 2018 partners, whose resources are making NACHMO DC possible:
 ♥ Dance Exchange Joy of Motion Dance Center  ♥ Dance Metro DC  Dance Loft on 14 

NACHMO DC 2018 Calendar

About nachmo

To quote the founders, Sharyn Korey and Anna Brown Massey, ❝For one month each year, we put aside our excuses, our hesitations, and perhaps our day jobs to work intensely on making dance.❞

Started in New York in 2010 and inspired by National Novel Writing Month, NACHMO pushes dancers to choreograph by challenging them to create a new work in just one month. Since 2010, NACHMO has expanded from New York to include Boston, San Francisco, D.C., and other regions.


NACHMO DC began in 2014 through a partnership between Glade and New Street Dance Group. Now in its fifth  year, we are excited to continue to help DC artists kick off the new year with dance. 

Check out the NACHMO DC YouTube channel to see some of our past creations!

Congrats to past NACHMO DC choreographers!


  • Robert Rubama
  • Sylvana Christopher
  • Truly A. Bennett
  • Patrica Germann
  • Sarah Davis
  • May Kesler
  • Glade Dance Collective
  • Rachel Turner
  • Shauna Edson
  • Grace Cannon
  • Ivy Chow
  • taryn packeiser brown
  • Juliana Ponguta Forero
  • Shannon Dooling-Cain and Betsy Loikow


  • Bill Hoversen and Jessica Hoversen
  • Sylvana Christopher
  • Emma Dozier
  • May Kesler
  • Rachel Turner
  • Lauren Borchard
  • Claire Alrich
  • Meghan Bowden


  • May Kesler
  • Kyoko Ruch
  • Truly A. Bennett
  • taryn packeiser brown
  • Ronnie Murray
  • Elizabeth Rosendorf
  • Emma Dozier
  • Danielle Mouledoux
  • Betsy Loikow
  • Samantha Sobash
  • Emily Iannotti
  • Ashlee McKinnon
  • Patricia Germann
  • Shauna Edson
  • Sara Herrera
  • Rachel Turner
  • Haya Goldblatt

2017 partners:

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