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PGK DANCE is LOOKING for its NEXT Guest Choreographer


PGK DANCE is LOOKING for its NEXT Guest Choreographer for our Spring into Fall 2020 Season!


We are seeking Choreographers of ANY STYLE, age, stage in their career to compete for this opportunity through our twist on a choreographers competition.


The WINNER Receives:


$1,000 Commission Fee


10 Hours to set a work on PGK DANCE including access to our 6 versatile dancers and our studio.


Your work premieres as part of our new show "Holding Tight" at The Lyceum Theater March 21st & 22nd, 2020 and our regional shows & tours up to one year thereafter


Our TWIST on a Choreographers Competition:


Ever seen the TV cooking competition "CHOPPED" where four chefs get the same unknown ingredients in a basket and have 30 minutes to make an awesome meal?


Our choreographers competition is a little like that.


Our Panel of Judges will present the four mystery ingredients:


Blythe Barton, Director Blythe Barton Dance

Gina Bolles-Sorensen, Co-Director somebodies dance theater

Viviana Alcazar, transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

With PGK DANCE Director Peter G. Kalivas



NO FEE to Apply: Four choreographers we invite from applicants who apply by October 1st have from October 22nd - November 22nd—one month prior to Nov 23rd—to create a work using these ingredients any way they interpret using a dancer or dancers of their choice.



 There are no stipulations on how choreographers work and what they make, style, subject, abstract, point of view, nor does it have to be completed however, it is better if there is some sense of a beginning, middle, end. Less is more and shorter is better than longer - quality over quantity (hint, hint).


*Keep in mind—this is a skills test. The ingredients will not be typical things associated with dance and that is the point - to challenge ones creativity, inventiveness and wit. 


PGK DANCE is known for performing works by skilled choreographers of diverse styles and points of view.


*PGK DANCE can provide discounted studio space to those in need.


November 23rd @ 7pm we select the winner!

(The 4 invited choreographers & their dancers must be available to share their work before our panel of judges and a live audience at this final event: NO EXCEPTIONS)


DANCE. DESIGN. GO! happens on this day at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park where the four finalists will share briefly their experience creating a dance using ingredients given to them and then sharing what they created with our panel of judges and the non-voting audience.


NEXT, by this point the audience has written down and placed into a bag a 5th ingredient which will be drawn and announced.


The 4 Choreographers now get an additional 30 minutes to incorporate in ANY WAY they feel inspired this 5th ingredient.


(at this point the audience has the option to roam and observe the choreographers working, enjoy the bar & bites provided)


Lastly, they share one final time with our panel and the audience what this experience was like and show the final version of their work.


While the judges deliberate to select the Winner we have a special performance planned for all to enjoy.


*MENTORSHIP: During the month long process leading up to the final event, PGK DANCE Director Peter G. Kalivas will be the mentor for the 4 choreographers (like Tim Gunn on "Project Runway" or Tim Allen on "Chopped"). He will come to at least one but no more than 2 rehearsals to see what is going on and help guide you through your process. Win or lose we want all the participants to benefit from this experience.


FINALLY: All the applicants not invited to compete receive a ticket to the final event as our Thank You and respectful acknowledgement.

*APPLICATION REMOVED (till next year!) 



INFO about the required work samples for our application:


  • Minimum 1 sample and no more than 2.


  • Each sample NO MORE than 2 minutes long each so you MUST edit your samples (this is a good skill to have).


  • ONLY INCLUDE: the piece or excerpt of a finished piece or work in progress you want us to see in your sample - NOTHING ELSE.


  • Quality of Sample is important:

  • These can be from performances and/or rehearsals however, either way we should be able to see clearly and easily your dance. Dark, out of focus video will not be considered.


  • YOUR SAMPLES are the MOST IMPORTANT part of the application.




Dancemakers with their own point of view which includes:


Craft - an ability to put movement together in ways that feel fresh, inventive vs. stock or seen the same way many times before by others.


Thread - A beginning, middle, end (resolve) quality or the choreographers potential to do such even in abstract work.


Aesthetic/Style - A demonstration that the choreographer has adopted an aesthetic or style they are choosing to work in that seems clear vs. a work that seems to be trying to be many different things at once. One large experiment vs. focused work regardless of the choreographic process used to get there.






10/07 - Four Invited Choreographers announced


10/22-11/22 - Choreographers receive their 4 Mystery ingredients AND start to create


11/23 @ DANCE. DESIGN. GO! at 7pm @ SDAI Balboa Park 

4 Choreographers Share work and WINNER is selected by our panel of judges of respected dance makers. 


The WINNER will start to work with PGK DANCE as soon as January, 2020. PGK DANCE rehearses Mondays & Wednesdays 11:15am - 2pm following our open company class which is 10am - 11am at Studio K-Dance & Fitness.


Blythe Barton is currently Assistant Professor at San Diego Mesa College and danced professionally with both San Diego Dance Theater (2010-2018) and Malashock Dance (2009-2017). Her company, Blythe Barton Dance, was founded in 2010 and has won awards in ‘Outstanding Dance Production’ at the 2014 and 2015 San Diego Fringe Festivals and continues to present acclaimed work throughout Southern California. Blythe was a founding member of San Diego Dance Connect and is co-director of the 40 North Dance Film Festival. BFA Dance Performance, Chapman University, MFA Dance and Choreography, Florida State University.

Gina Bolles Sorensen: Gina became head of the Dance Conservatory in 2018. One part dance educator, one part choreographer, and one part yogini, Gina Bolles Sorensen has the pleasure of talking about movement and the body all day long. As the Co-Artistic Director of somebodies dance theater, her choreography has been presented to critical acclaim at festivals in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis, Mexico, and Israel among others. Awards include Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Dance Production at the SD International Fringe Festival and the SD Young Choreographers Prize. She has published original research on imagery in dance learning in the Journal of Dance Education, has been the recipient of two grants to study classical Indian dance in India, and was awarded a National Artist Teacher Fellowship from the Boston Arts Academy Center for Arts in Education. She teaches dance and related subjects at Grossmont College and the Coronado School of the Arts, as well as yoga through her online website Gina’s and partner, Kyle Sorensen’s, model for contemporary dance training, SubtleBodyBigDance, can be experienced on Thursday evenings at San Diego Dance Theater.

Viviana Alcazar graduated from California State Long Beach where she received a B.A in Dance. Since moving back to San Diego Viviana has been an active part of the dance community performing and creating original pieces featured in the Los Angeles and the San Diego Area. Viviana has been seen locally in Trolley Dances, Malashock Raw, Blythe Barton Dance, Somebodies dance theater, and AMRD dance, she has been a dancer of The PGK DANCE Project from 2008-2013 and consulting rehearsal director for PGK DANCE. Viviana is currently a Dance Teaching Artist for Young Audiences, San Diego Unified School District, the Movement Dance Center, and is the owner of Heart2art offering dance education and training in San Diego. Viviana was awarded 2012 Teaching Artist of the Year with Young Audiences.

Peter G. Kalivas Founding Director/Choreographer/Teacher/Mentor The PGK DANCE Project has danced, choreographed, and taught worldwide for over 30 years. His choreography has been commissioned by both ballet and contemporary companies, Off-Broadway, Opera, Television and film throughout the US and abroad and been presented at major festivals worldwide.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Peter is a graduate of The University of the Arts (Dance and Music), and trained extensively at The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School where he was invited to join The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater second company.

He was an original member of Sean Curran Company/NYC originating roles at The Joyce Theater/NYC, member of The Iwanson Dance Company and soloist with The Bavarian State Opera Ballet/Munich, guest artist of the London Opera Ballet. An equally trained musician (voice and arranging) he was Mr. Mistofelees in “CATS” On Broadway, sang and choreographed for Dick Clark Productions including his “Rockin Eve” Specials for ABC-TV and has been a Master Teacher in technical and performance skills for Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas.

He Co-choreographed “Kilt” Off-Broadway starring Tovah Feldshu and in San Diego where he lives now was a member of Malashock Dance & Company and The San Diego Ballet, and appeared in and was rehearsal director, co-choreographer of original productions for The San Diego Opera.

Over his career his choreographic work has been presented at prestigious theaters and festivals worldwide including The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Ailey Citicorp Theater/NYC, Le Festival D’Avignon France, Festival de Cerventino Mexico, Dance Platform Turkey, The State Opera Ballet Theater Almaty Kazakhstan, Stamping Ground Dance Festival Australia, The Disney Lund Theater REDCAT Los Angeles, Florence Gould Hall/NYC among many others where he has also been on guest faculties and provided Master Classes in his blend of Horton inspired Contemporary/Modern technique.

He is a Fulbright Scholar in Dance Education and was a guest Professor at Kyung Hee University Seoul, S. Korea, former original faculty at TanzZentrum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and The Iwanson Tanz Schule Germany.

He is the recipient of a Bronx Recognizes its Own “BRIO”, Panoply and Tommy Award, and won many consistent grants and fellowships to support his work including SOUTHARTS Touring, California Arts Council in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, Western Arts Federation, Creative Communities San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

As Cultural Envoy and cross-Cultural Specialist for the US State Department since 2001, he has directed 13 projects representing American Dance in South and Central America, Africa, Australia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He holds 2 honorary Masters Degrees from Universities and Government Ministries of Education in South America and a Masters of the Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine focusing on 21st Century Dance presenting principles, Creative Placemaking Models and how ever changing cultural appreciation impacts arts & culture.

He consults regularly at Dance Departments assessing department’s mission relative to goals and outcomes. His lecture Art and Economics addresses the interdependent relationship between the two which is often overlooked to then prevent artist’s being as successful as they aspire. / 619-886-7924