Congratulations to our 2013 A.C.E. Awards finalists!

2012 ACE Award winner Melinda Sullivan in her piece, "Gone"

The results are in! Watch the top 16 videos in the Capezio ACE Awards competition here, then join us at the Dance Teacher Summit August 5–7 in NYC to see who will win $15,000 towards producing their own evening-length show. The Dance Teacher Summit is committed to promoting emerging choreographers who further the art of dance. The A.C.E. Award Competition is a fantastic opportunity for choreographers to expose their work to one of the most influential audiences in dance. Looking forward to seeing you there!

2013 Capezio ACE Awards Finalists

Jon Bond: "the Devil was Me"

Elissa Edwards: "28"

Juliette Irons: "DISORDER"

Adbur-Rahim Jackson: "(a)LiVe"

Jacob Jonas: "In a Room on Broad St"

Andre Kasten: "Family Matters"

Ashley Lindsey: "BIND"

Jeremy McQueen: "Concerto Nuovo"

Derek Mitchell: "Addicted To Love"

Lindsay Nelko: "INNOCENCE"

Rhapsody: "STORM: The Kidnapping of Vanya, Part One"

Erica Michelle Sobol: "every kingdom"

Liz Schmidt: "Putting the Dog to Sleep"

Andrea Viola: "Lost"

Eryn Waltman: "re(spective)"

Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard: "LETTERS TO MY SHADOW"

To see all of the 2013 video entries, click here.

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