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Choreographers Institute

Los Angeles Choreographers Institute

The Los Angeles Choreographers Institute (LACI) is tailored for early- to mid-career choreographers (regardless of style) seeking to cultivate sustainability and synergy in their creative careers. This new five-day, in-person leadership intensive program incorporates a holistic approach to the business of dance-making focused on logistics, communication, problem solving, capacity building, personal vision and insights, and idea generation. The unique program includes an intimate mix of lectures, discussions, and interactive workshops led by creatives with extensive stage, film, and television experience in the fields of producing, creative direction, program development, grant writing, fundraising, lighting and costume design, administration, talent acquisition and beyond.

See more details in our FAQs below.

JULY 8-12, 2024


  • Monday - Friday
  • 10:00am - 4:30pm 

Stomping Ground L.A.          
5453 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032


$650 - Early Bird 
$850 - Standard Rate
*Early Bird Rates end on April 30th at 5pm PST

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More Info

  • Daily lectures, discussions, and interactive workshops
  • Intimate class environment
  • Led by creatives with extensive stage, film, and television experience

View our FAQs

For questions not answered on the above FAQ Sheet, email Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected].

This program is ideal for choreographers (regardless of style) transitioning out of college or university programs, independent choreography professionals creating for the stage or screen, and dance teachers or educators. Participants will leave the program with a stronger sense of purpose, a personal creative mission statement, an increased awareness of the current creative ecosystem, a network of arts professionals, access to toolkits and resources crafted for choreographers, and a clear set of project or career based goals, strategies, or pitch materials for future development.

  • Are you interested in learning more about the business side of the “business?” 
  • Are you seeking new strategies to engage with your students or community? 
  • Are you hoping to further develop your creative capacity and output? 
  • Are you looking for new or best practices while in the studio? 
  • Are you wanting to communicate with collaborators like designers, stage management, venue reps, etc. to more effectively see your vision through? 
  • Are you hoping to incubate and produce a new project or idea? 

Invest in yourself and your future and apply starting April 8th!  

The Los Angeles Choreographers Institute is a program of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company.

At L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in Los Angeles for almost 20 years.  During this time, we have collaborated with, commissioned, and produced original work from over 200 performing artists and creative designers in the realm of stage, film and television.  We know from experience the power of remarkable leadership and transformative collaboration.  We also understand that navigating leadership, collaboration, and business with authenticity can be extremely challenging and much of the necessary professional acumen and strategic problem solving are not learned until a person is several years into their career, if learned at all.  We aim to fill in the educational gap for choreographers so they are armed with more tools to effectively communicate with every kind of collaborator they encounter and walk through creative spaces with more confidence and ease. 

Registration closes on June 30, 2024. (Participants should have applied and paid in full by June 30, 2024). 

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The LACI faculty will be announced as teachers and speakers are added to the roster.  

We are only offering an in-person experience at this time.

Our program acknowledges the importance of a choreographer’s holistic needs including physical, emotional, social, and personal wellbeing. And through this lens, the daily topics are approached.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How do I create a budget that works for me?
  • How do I communicate my vision with a lighting designer?
  • How do I find talented people to work with who support my vision and culture?
  • How do I get hired as a choreographer?
  • How do I learn to talk about myself in writing for proposals, submissions or grants?

As an educator who is also a choreographer, working to meet the needs and goals of your students, while servicing your artistic vision can be challenging. This program hopes to help you gain more tools to strike the balance between creativity and logistics to better serve your students. 

  • Monday – Friday:
  • Lecture / 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Lunch  / 12:15pm-12:30pm
  • Discussion/Workshop / 1:00-4:30pm

*This is a sample schedule and subject to change.

Yes. We provide need-based partial scholarships.  Scholarship recipients are selected through an application process. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please only fill out the scholarship application.  

Scholarship Application Deadline: May 5, 2024 
Reduced Tuition Rate: $500

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Our goal is to keep the program as intimate as possible.  The maximum number of participants is 25.

Daily schedule and further details will be sent in late-June.  Please note that the faculty roster is subject to change. Notify us immediately if your contact information changes.

The venue is Stomping Ground L.A. (SGLA), 5453 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, California 90032.

Parking Info: In consideration of our neighbors, please consider these parking options first:

  1. SGLA parking lot
  2. Parking on Alhambra Ave
  3. Parking on areas of side streets that are not in front of homes. Please note the street cleaning signs on Bullard Avenue on Thursdays and Fridays.  (You will get a ticket.)

*Also, if there are trash cans out on the curb, please do not move them from their spots.

All participants should be available for the full duration of the program. 

We respect the privacy and sanctity of studying together in a class environment. Therefore, we will not be allowing anyone to observe the workshops.

Contact Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected]

Scholarship FAQs

We provide need-based partial scholarships for LACI.  Scholarship recipients are selected through an application process. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please only fill out the scholarship application.  

Reduced Tuition Rate: $500

apply for a scholarship

Scholarship recipients are chosen via an application process. The general application requirements include submitting a Letter of Interest (including a description of your financial need), a CV/Resume & a Video Submission of choreographic work. All materials will be submitted via the online application.

Important Dates:
-Applications Open: April 8, 2024
-Application Deadline: May 5, 2024 @ 5pm PST
-Notify Recipients and Submissions: May 10, 2024
-Must accept scholarship by May 17, 2024
-Must complete payment by June 1, 2024 

We will respond to all applicants by May 10, 2024.   After you submit your application, all you have to do is wait for our response by May 10th. 

Contact Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected]

Please note that following housing and transportation options are merely suggestions and are not affiliated with LACDC.  The housing options below provide a sampling of what the area has to offer.  All coordination and responsibility is in the hands of the participant.

Venue: Stomping Ground L.A. | 5453 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032

The venue is in close proximity to these neighborhoods:   
Alhambra, Baird Park, City Terrace, Downtown LA, Echo Park, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Montecito Heights, Monterey Park, Newton Park, Sierra Vista, Silver Lake, South Pasadena, and University Hills

LA Metro
You can map out your trip here: http://www.metro.net/riding/

The simplest way to pay your fare is with cash every time you board a bus or train.  You can also purchase a Metro day pass with the TAP card.  For more information, go to: http://www.metro.net/riding/fares/

Uber.com OR Lyft.com

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