Capturing Motion NYC


Application opens in December 2014

Dance Films Association encourages New York City high school student to create dance films in conjunction with the annual Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. DFA features the jury’s selected films at a special student film program during the festival, moderated in years past by Ellen Bar, and the top film selection screens in the Main Slate at Lincoln Center! Alongside the submission process, Dance Films Association facilitates workshops with different high schools and organizations to introduce budding filmmakers to the genre of dance film.

We look for films between 1-5 minutes in length that feature dance as the film’s main component and address the relationship between dance and the camera, linking the two in imaginative ways. Films can be documentary, narrative or art films. Any dance subject may serve as inspiration: social or street dance, dance in religious settings, professional dance, or non-dance images filmed so they evoke dance, choreography, and movement.

Contact us to schedule a workshop!

Capturing Motion NYC at Dance on Camera

2014 Capturing Motion NYC

What A Mess
by Dawa Lama
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

2014 Jury
Liz Wolff , Dance on Camera Curator
Christy Park, Dance Films Association Executive Director

Congratulations to the finalists who received Vimeo Plus accounts for their impressive accomplishments. Thank you Vimeo!

2013 Capturing Motion NYC

Kuduro NYC
by David Woon, Kevin Fermoselle, & Stephanie Oppenheim
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

2013 Jury
Daniel Hayek, Director of Education and Community at Vimeo
Nick Dawson, Managing Editor at Filmmaker Magazine

Congratulations to the six finalists who received Vimeo Plus accounts for their impressive accomplishments. Thank you Vimeo!

2013 Capturing Motion NYC winners David Woon, Kevin Fermoselle, and Stephanie Oppenheim are preparing for their trip to LA this summer for Dance Camera West! We screened 2012 Dance Camera West Pro-Motion Youth winner Joshua Cahn’s film Affluency at Dance on Camera. LA to NY and NY to LA, these young filmmakers are taking off!

2012 Capturing Motion NYC

We Three
by Anna Vomacka
The Beacon School

2012 Jury
Erich Rettstadt
Valarie Rochon
Zena Bibler

Dance Camera West hosted Anna Vomacka, the winner of the NYC competition in June 2012 in Los Angeles for the 11th annual Dance Camera West!

Capturing Motion NYC Workshops

Frank Sinatra High School of Performing Arts
December 5, 2012
Exquisite Corpse: Dance Filmmaking Turned Creative Game
View the presentation here.
Workshop led by Brighid Greene
To magnify the collaborative process of dance filmmaking, students played a version of the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, working together to sketch movement storyboards and then putting them into action!


Brighid Greene
Brighid Greene, a native to the golden state, now lives in Ridgewood, Queens. At Dance Films Association, she facilitates the exhibition and creation of dance film as their Communications Associate. She’s performed in music videos for Zola Jesus and Friend Roulette and dances with choreographers Benn Rasmussen and KatieRose McLaughlin. She champions for dance by serving on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee. Past performances include Lady Han at Incubator Arts Project, Wave Rising Series, Performa 11, and Szene Salzburg. Brighid received a BFA in Dance and a double major in Religious Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with the J.S. Seidman Award.


Abrons Arts Center
December 16, 2011
Creating Dance for the Camera
Workshop led by Zach Morris
This introductory workshop seeks to highlight and address the unique technical, practical, and artistic challenges of creating dance film from a choreographer’s perspective. Staging and choreographing for the camera will be introduced through a series of focused exercises including storyboarding, elementary lighting techniques, framing/composition, and shooting strategies. Methods for approaching editing and post-production will also be addressed.

Zach Morris
Zach Morris is a choreographer, director, visual artist and Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. He is also the organizer and moderator of the NYC Dance Film Lab, a Movement Research teaching artist, and an adjunct faculty member of the Florida State University School of Dance. He has previously served as the Co-Creator and Co-Director of the Westbeth New Works Program and as the Inter/National Program Associate at Dance Theater Workshop. Zach has a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.


Beacon School
November 15, 2011
Workshop led by Deirdre Towers
Deirdre Towers, past curator of the Dance on Camera Festival, lead an Advanced Film Class, touching on the history of dance film accompanied by interesting footage and speaking on what it means to begin working in the dance film genre.

Deirdre Towers
Deirdre Towers has produced the Dance on Camera Festival, co-sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, from 1995 until the present. Her training as a producer began through working for the Theatre Guild on the Broadway production “Musical Jubilee,” and subsequently working for documentary filmmaker Peter Rosen on several projects related to music. She has written about dance film and flamenco for over twenty publications, including Dance Magazine where she worked for 5 years, and served on the juries of Dance Screen, Grand Prix de Video Danse, the International Emmys, and the American Dance Festival.  As a dancer/choreographer, she has performed at a wide variety of venues. She has been a teaching artist for City Center during the Flamenco Festival since 2006, for American Ballet Theatre for 3 Summer Intensives, and for Maria Benitez’ Institute of Spanish Arts for 6 summers.  A graduate of Hamilton College with a Masters in Arts Administration from NYU, Deirdre  studied dance and drumming in Ghana through World Learning.


Beacon School
November 21, 2011
Workshop led by Ellen Bar
Combing the Advanced Film Class and Hip Hop Class, Ellen Bar showed excerpts from her dance film Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz and discuss the challenges of filming.

Ellen Bar
Ellen Bar attended the School of American Ballet from the age of eight and was asked to join the New York City Ballet as a corps member in 1998.  She danced featured roles in classic works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon, and was promoted to Soloist in 2006.   As a child, Ellen danced as a Candy Cane in Emile Ardolino’s The Nutcracker with New York City Ballet; as an adult she appeared in the feature film Center Stagedirected by Nicholas Hytner and created an animated character in Barbie of Swan Lake.  While dancing full-time, Ellen earned an Associate’s Degree in Business from Penn State University and continues to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Columbia University.  In 2005, Ellen was part of the original ensemble cast of the NYCB revival of NY Export: Opus Jazz when fellow NYCB soloist Sean Suozzi conceived of a present-day, on-location film adaptation of the ballet.  Together, Ellen and Sean developed, produced and creatively helmed the project from inception to completion.  In May of 2011, Ellen retired from her 13 year career as a professional ballerina and is now Director of Media Projects at New York City Ballet.