Winter Immersion Project

with Jessie Jeanne & Dancers

January 9-12, 2018 

The inaugural Winter Immersion Project (WIP) is a choreographic laboratory designed as a feedback-oriented, generating experience for motivated early career choreographers, ages 18 and up.


During Jessie Jeanne & Dancers (JJ&D) 4-day WIP, you will enhance your choreographic tool box through skill workshops, peer feedback, and 1:1 choreographic mentorship. All participants will take daily class, followed by rehearsal and studio showings. All participants will be invited to present the creative output of WIP in the showcase on the final day of the program. Select makers (see application) will have the chance to present pre-existing work in the WIP showcase. This presentation will be open to the Boston Dance Community and include an audience response component, inviting input from established creators, other emerging choreographers, and new-to-dance audiences alike. WIP will enable students to edit pre-existing work, conceive and develop cohesive ideas for new work, and explore movement generation through JJ&D’s value driven lens of social relevance and physical audacity. Upon completion of the program, 2018 WIP participants may be considered for 2018/2019 JJ&D apprenticeship and trainee positions.



JJ&D’s inaugural WIP 2018 will take place at Green Street Studios, Greater Boston’s longest standing home for contemporary dance, in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square.














                 PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS:                              PARKING AVAILABLE AT:

                 The T: Red Line (Central Sq)                             Green St/ Pearl St Garage: $2.00/hour, unlimited time

                 Bus: 1, 47, 64, 70, 70A, 83, 91                           Mass Ave Street Parking: $1.00/ hour, quarters only, 1-2 hours max

                                                                                               H-Mart Lot- Bishop Allen Drive/ Norfolk St:  $1.25/hour, 2 hour limit/ space




Tuesday, January 9 Friday, January 12

9:00AM – 3:00PM (Tu-Th)

3:00PM 6:00PM (F)

*showing Friday, 1/12/18 @ 5:00PM


Who Should Apply

Students and professionals ages 18 years and older with an interest in advancing compositional expertise who possess an existing pool of phrase work, a regular improvisation practice, and a hunger for critical response.


How to Apply



Statement of Intent (Application Round 1)

Send a cover letter stating your:

  • Age

  • Current place of training (school, university) or employment (company, collective)

  • Movement training and choreographic influences

  • Motivation for applying to JJ&D's WIP 2018

  • Imagined beneficial outcomes of attending JJ&D's WIP, should you be accepted into the program


We will review all letters of inquiry carefully and respond with either an invitation to apply, or an invitation to express interest again next year. JJ&D's WIP is a highly competitive program and has a very limited number of spaces. Each candidate will be vetted thoroughly.


Supplemental Materials (Application Round 2)


Applications should include (Google Drive Folders strongly preferred):

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Headshot

  • Full-length dance shot

  • One-page (maximum) resumé

  • Video audition (YouTube or Vimeo links only): Your video audition should be a 60- to 90-second solo piece of self-generated choreography. This phrase work will be used as a springboard for skill building during our choreographic toolbox session. Applicants should be sure that their recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.


You will receive notification of acceptance within two weeks of receipt of supplemental materials.


To Present Pre-Existing Work In Final Showcase:



Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 11, 2017.

Spaces for participants in WIP 2018 are extremely limited. Early application is highly encouraged.


Tuition and Fees

  • No application fee for regular submissions ($30 fee for choreographers submitting pre-existing work for showcase consideration, see above.)

  • Tuition: $400 (Note, does not include meals or housing)Pay via PayPal Secure Link HERE

 Housing options: AirbnbHotel, Hostel




Sample Schedule

9:00am – 10:00am // Somatically Informed Group Warm-Up

10:00am – 11:30am // Choreographic Toolbox

11:30 – 12:15 // Lunch

12:15 – 2:00 // Rehearsals + 1:1 Choreographic Mentoring

2:00 – 2:45 // Feedback Driven Composition-In-Progress Showings

2:45 – 3:00 // Closing Circle