MEET THE 2017 ETD/NCG RECIPIENTS! / by Andrew Tran

Every year, Eryc Taylor Dance gives out three New Choreographer Grants to young, emerging NYC-based choreographers. This year, our ETD/NCG committee filed through over a hundred applicants and narrowed it down to five finalists. The finalists were then interviewed in person by Artistic Director, Eryc Taylor, and Nicole Baker, Rehearsal and Logistics Director. From there the final three were chosen and awarded the ETD/NCG of $1,000.

Throughout the NCG process, Eryc will provide his advice and guidance during the creation of a new piece in New York City, but the freedom to create is up to the recipients. They now have three months to create a piece, secure dancers, find rehearsal space, decide on costuming, hire a videographer, and/or anything else they would want to use their grant to provide. At the culmination of the three months, there is a studio showing. This year the showing is on April 8th, 2017 at New York Live Arts (219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011), with a showing at 7pm and 8:30pm.

We would like to congratulate the following NCG 2017 recipients, and can’t wait to see what they produce!


ROBERT MARK BURKE is a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. Robert has shown his work throughout the United States including the wild project, Dixon Place, Paramount Theater (Boston), Hofstra University, Rutgers University, Anita's Way, Rider University, and Dance New Amsterdam. Robert currently dances with Meagan Woods and Company and 10 Hairy Legs along with being the director of Robert Mark Dance.


NICHOLAS RODRIGUES is a freelance dancer and choreographer originally from Rochester, New York. He grew up training the Little Red Dancing School under the direction of Lisa Allain before attending The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received his bFA in Contemporary Dance in 2015. In addition to presenting his own work in New York City, Nicholas has performed with the Merce Cunningham Trust in various repertory works, vessels (Kris Seto + Shoey Sun), Chris Choreography (Andre Drummond) and Abarukas (Yoshito Sakuraba).


RACHEL HETTINGER is the Artistic Director of metaphors&similesDANCE, a NYC based contemporary dance company. Her company has presented work at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Galapagos ArtSpace, San Jose State, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, the Young Choreographer's Festival, In- sight Dance Company's Annual Suite Summer Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Annual DUMBO Dance Festival, the Annual Amalgamate Artists Series, The Giving Tree benefit concert, J Chen Project’s 2015 Translate (The Voices of Dance), the USDAN Center for Performing Arts, the Periapsis Open Series, and alongside singer/songwriter Jenna Nicholls as part of GIG, a live musical and dance performance collaboration at University Settlement. Rachel also teaches weekly classes at Peridance and performs as a freelance artist herself.


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