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.

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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.


Become a Dance Filmmaker

A monthly series of moderated screenings and master classes led by industry professionals. Dance Film Lab welcomes everyone from seasoned dance filmmakers to those just curious about the process and how to start. The sessions offer a fun, creative space to gather and share information on methods, and tools; and address technical, practical and artistic challenges. All sessions take place at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.


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Develop, Question, and Expand Your Creative Process.

Led by top professionals focusing on the process of genesis, production, post-production and distribution of a dance film through hands-on workshops and panel discussions.

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Moderated Screenings

Raw Footage – Works In Progress -First Drafts – Just Finished.

These sessions are informal showings centered on discussion about the footage being shown, primarily for the artists to get reactions, constructive criticism, and process-related feedback. Dance Film Lab culminates with an end of the year screening in December with works by filmmakers who have attended the lab. Anyone who has a attended a Dance Film Lab Session in the past or is a DFA Member can submit footage to be screened.

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Moderated Screening

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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When I was in Italy in December 2014 I improvised at the same location every day for 2 weeks at all different times of day while thinking about the future. Now all of these days are just flashes of memory. I am experimenting with abrupt edits to communicate this...

March 19, 2015Here, Now, and Then

"Here, Now and Then" is a 9 minute animated dance film that follows 3 distinct characters through frustrated moments of dullness in their daily lives to their inevitable clash on a busy New York City sidewalk. A young urban dreamer and a restless architect are brought together by an...

March 19, 2015Siren Song

Adapts themes of transformation, communication, and desire from mermaid folklore and expresses them as never before. Through Dancinema, we see Dance’s transformation when met with cinematic machines parallel to Ondine’s experience coming to land and meeting a Human Artist. From Anderson, the desire for a soul and some afterlife...

September 1, 2015Rorschach

A dance-on-camera explosion 10 months in the making. This film is about what you think its about.

September 1, 2015Carol’s Angel

Carol's Angel is a Dance on Camera film shot at Untermeyer Park in Yonkers, NY. The featured song is an instrumental composition by Angela Falco written for a dearly departed friend. In collaboration with the choreographer, they developed themes based upon teamwork, friendship and support. The movement has roots...

September 1, 2015Haunted

Haunted by recurrent dreams about her years as a professional dancer in Europe, Ana – a former ballerina turned filmmaker – decided to explore her new path as a filmmaker to find liberation from her past life as a professional dancer.

September 1, 2015Turn Out For What

A quirky dance documentary about why dancers use turn out.

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