Open Space : 6th Intergenerational Gathering

dance and the Child International, USA (daCi)

is pleased to announce the 6th National Gathering

Open Space

Wednesday, July 26 - Saturday, July 29, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah

Registration Opens January 1, 2017

Online Registration


adjective - allowing access, passage, not closed or blocked up.

verb – to move or adjust so as to leave a space allowing access and view.


noun - a continuous area or expanse that is free, available, or unoccupied.

The dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move.

Open Space, the 6th National Gathering in Salt Lake City on the beautiful University of Utah campus will provide dance opportunities including collaborative, cultural, and performing activities for dancers ages seven through adult. Classes and performance provide accessibility, movement, adjusting and allowing for freedom and collaborations that inspire and support.

-accessibility and movement,

This national gathering is an opportunity for children, young people and adults to come together in a collaborative, culturally, and artistically rich dance environment for three action-filled days. Participants will explore, create and observe through daily classes which will include technique (western and nonwestern) and collaborative intergenerational choreography. Participants will create dance works in collaborative multigenerational classes, learning new dances in cultural and world classes as well as viewing or performing in a professional theatre each evening. Classes will be taught by dance educators and instructors from across the country. They will share their expertise and passion for dance and provide enriching, age appropriate, creative and culturally-authentic.

daCi participants will enjoy an evening gathering and dinner on Wednesday as well as a final celebratory banquet on Saturday evening. We invite children, adults, dancers, educators, and dance advocates to come together to think of ways to further our art form.

Registered Participants will have the opportunity to submit an application for performance during the conference. daCi has a mission of recognizing that every child and young person has the right to dance and strives to preserve the cultural heritage of all forms of dance for children. The organization creates opportunities for children and young people to experience dance as performers, creators and spectators valuing their perspectives with the utmost importance. daCi USA expects the movement, style and costumes to be age appropriate, with dance content related to the theme of the gathering Open Space.

Performance submissions that demonstrate an inclusive, process-oriented approach to choreography will be considered. In order to accommodate as many submissions as possible, we request solos be no longer than 3 minutes in length and group pieces no longer than 6 minutes in length. Applications for performance will be posted on the website.

Plan to arrive a day or two early or stay after the conference to experience all that Salt Lake City has to offer. Salt Lake City has many excursions near the University of Utah campus, including brilliant mountains, hiking trails, museums, libraries, theatres, and restaurants. Join us for this fabulous conference and continue to check our website for updates, registration, info and choreography submission information.

Housing will be available on campus at the University Guest House and Residence Halls. Classes will be held both at Tanner Dance in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex as well as the University of Utah School of Dance Marriot Center for Dance.

Open Space
daCi USA’s 6th National Gathering
July 26-29, 2017
University of Utah, Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rachel Kimball, Gathering Chair

Registration and Pricing Early Bird
Jan 1–Apr 30, 2017
May 1–Jul 25, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Youth/College Students $200.00 $225.00 $275.00
Adults(19+) $275.00 $300.00 $350.00
Chaperone $95.00 $120.00 $145.00

*dance and the Child international (daCi) is a nonprofit organization aiming to promote growth anddevelopment in dance for children and youth internationally, irrespective of race, color, sex, religion, and national or social origin.

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