Follow the Light


Friday, March 18 @ 8pm
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.

Follow the Light will open with all of Caruso’s regional works, performed by all of the local artists and students, and Bodiography will travel from Pittsburgh to showcase their successful rock ballet set to the sounds of Coldplay. The contemporary ballet company, made up of eight full time artists and three apprentices, will take the stage to not only represent the embodiment of the ballet within

contemporary choreographic structures but that of the pointe shoe. Caruso’s use of the pointe shoe as a tool to accentuate movement rather than being used to create the movement is something that has long set her apart from other contemporary ballet choreographers. “I believe that the pointe shoe is an extension of oneself and should be revered in such a way that it accessorizes the vocabulary rather than limits its potential,” Caruso conveys.  Follow the Light focuses on patterns of light and love in our life.  Bodiography is thrilled to bring the work to Charlotte. With a combined cast of 30 plus dancers for the entire show and an array of works by Ms. Caruso, it is truly a performance not to be missed.

2019 Performers

Atlanta Dance Collective
Atlanta, GA

Founded in 2015, Atlanta Dance Collective is a group of artists with a similar vision to create engaging contemporary work in the Atlanta dance scene. Dance Canvas’ 2015 season served as the catalyst for Atlanta Dance Collective through the mutual involvement of Britt Whitmoyer Fishel and Sarah Stokes. Fishel and Stokes shared an interest in building a collaborative group of choreographers, dancers, and artists to make dance in the city of Atlanta. Over the years, Atlanta Dance Collective has produced their work both regionally and nationally, including multiple venues in the Atlanta area, and has participated in festivals such as Atlanta Fringe Festival, Dance Canvas, Decatur Arts Festival, Clayton State University's YPC Program, Sans Limites Movement Fest, WAXWorks, and others.

Along with performing their own work, ADC provides opportunities for local, national, and international artists to share their work in the Atlanta community. Opine Dance Film Festival has produced over 35 dance films by artists from all over, and boasts over 200 applicants over its first three years. ADC's season shows have produced 7 artists over the past 3 years, as well as commissioning 1 local artist to set a piece on the collective. In 2019, ADC will premiere its newest project FEMMEfest, which will showcase and celebrate the vast scope of talent and work being done by women dance makers in Atlanta. For more information or to get involved, please visit

CDF Gala

March 27-28, 2020
Technical Rehearsals: Friday, March 27, 12pm - 6pm
Performance Time: Saturday, March 28, 7:00pm
Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

701 N. Tryon Street

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
Notification: October 31, 2020


$150 - $500 

The honorarium is determined by travel distance based on what your company's/individual's location is on the application.  It is also determined based on number of dancers in the work and the adjudicators scoring.

Teaching Opportunities

Selected performers will have the opportunity to teach in the Youth Gala Event during the weekend for additional teacher pay.


All dance styles are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements

Choreographers must be working as a professional.  The majority of the dancers need to be professional or in college.


Video Links


- TEST your video link before submissions that they work

- Video ONLY of the work that you are submitting and not a timestamp to search within a 2 hour video

- If your video submission does not compile with these criteria, you will receive an email and possibly a short turn around time to send the proper link or your application will not be viewed by the adjudication panel.

Selection Process

- 2 Adjudicators review the video submissions and score them on Choreography (50 pts), Dancers' Technique & Performance (30 pts.) and Professional Technical Elements (costuming, props that relate to the choreography, 10 pts)

- Submissions are then ranked and Caroline Calouche, Festival Director, selects the program.  She factors in what will be marketable and enjoyable to the Charlotte audience and creating a diverse program.  

Bodiography | Maria Caruso

Charlotte & Pittsburgh, PA

Bodiography is a multi-faceted brand known for its commitment to health and wellness in the arts through dance performance, education, fitness, and therapeutic approaches utilizing movement studies.  Bodiography® is a trademarked movement language, created by Maria Caruso, that is utilized in the creation of all of Bodiography's artistic and educational endeavors and showcased by a family of artists in Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, BCB3, and Bodiography Charlotte.

Cameron McKinney


Cameron McKinney is a NYC-based choreographer and educator. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Alvin Ailey Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council, and has he been presented in thirteen states and three countries. He has been commissioned by The Dance Gallery Festival, SUNY Brockport, and twice from the both Joffrey Ballet School and the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, among several others. He is currently on faculty on Gibney Dance Center.   

Caroline Calouche & Co.
Charlotte, NC

Caroline Calouche & Co. established in 2006 is a non-profit dance and cirque company based in Charlotte, NC.  Caroline works collaboratively with the dancers to create memorable shows that blends contemporary dance with circus arts.  CC&Co. is a resident company of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  The company has toured entire shows and individual dance works throughout the Southeast.  Learn more about their season at and their school, Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center at  

Photo: Michael Church

Helen Hickey

Durham, NC

Helen Hickey Dance Company (HHDC) is a Contemporary and Tap company based out of Durham, North Carolina. HHDC had it's first show at ThreeHouse Studios in May of 2018 and is continuing into it's second full season. Helen Hickey has presented works at numerous festivals including the Tobacco Road Dance ProductionsGreensboro Fringe Festival, SparkOn, Centerfest, and the Open Dance Festival at Sarah Lawrence College. She has also had the privilege of showing her work in many locations, including The Bessie Schönberg Theater, Barriskill Dance Theatre, Reynolds Industries Theaeter, ThreeHouse Studios and East Chapel Hill High School.

Motion X Dance DC |Stephanie Dorrycott
Washington, DC  

Motion X Dance DC (Motion X) is a growing contemporary dance company in the Washington DC area. Stephanie L. Dorrycott founded the company in 2013 with the goal of creating a modern repertory company that supports the individuality and artistic development of dancers. In addition, Motion X is passionate about creating relatable dance pieces, attracting new audiences for dance, and developing innovative works that reflect the human experience. Our mission is to share innovative and thought-provoking dance works to all kinds of people, artistic and not, presented from a diverse range of choreographers working in a collaborative environment. Motion X is also committed to dance education and outreach, holding multiple events per year that invite the community to take part in the company’s creative process. The Motion X Summer Workshop is the company’s fastest growing program, bringing together dancers from across the east coast for an intense and immersive weekend of training. The company produces multiple productions each season with past performances including Capital Fringe Festival, Atlas Intersections Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Choreographer’s Showcase in Richmond, VA. This year, the company will appear at the 36th Annual Choreographer’s Showcase in College Park, Maryland. Motion X has appeared on TEDx Herndon and made its debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2016, receiving high praise from the DC Dance Journalism Project. Motion X Dance is currently a resident company at Joy of Motion Dance Center and is fiscally sponsored by the Festival Ballet Virginia of the Greater Washington Dance Center.

Moving Body Dance Company | Erin Bailey
Columbia, SC 

Moving Body Dance Company is a new, non-profit dance company based in Columbia, SC. Erin Bailey founded the company in August of 2018 in hopes to bring together professional contemporary dancers in the Columbia and surrounding areas. Erin Bailey seeks to create works that play improvisationally and that challenge traditional performance methods.  MBDC premiered at the Free Verse Poetry Festival’s “Physical Poetry” concert in October of 2018 in Charleston, SC and looks forward to continuing its first season at the Charlotte Dance Festival. To learn more please visit

Seema Viswanath

Kathak Dance

Morrisville, NC

Seema Viswanath is an Indian Classical dancer from southern India who passionately performs two classical dances - Bharathanatyam and Kathak. She is blessed to learn both the art forms under legendary teachers Guru.Nandini Eswer and Guru.Dr.May Rao. She has been associated with art field since 20+ years and she says Dance is no more just an entertainment, it is a way of living. Adding to that she says, Indian art forms are spiritual, philosophical and divine. In the pursuit of spirituality through dance, she founded 'Nritya MayaNanda school of Arts' which literally means 'Dance creates an illusion to oneself to experience the ultimate bliss'. Seema has performed on hundreds of stages since 15+ years which includes several cities in India, USA and Sri Lanka. She has also directed three major dance productions in the span of 2 years in RTP area using all local musicians and dancers to raise the fund for Non profit organizations. She was the first Indian classical dancer showcased in ‘Raw – Natural born artist’ presents ‘Ovation’ 2018,  in the entire east coast of USA. Raleigh gave a warm welcome 4 years ago and she looks forward to serve the art field to her best potential. 

Stewart/Owen Dance

Asheville, NC

Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen (co-founders) produce dance, music, and film.  Their collaborations have been presented by universities and festivals across the East and West coasts.  As artists with Company E, they toured with the U.S. State Department to Kazakhstan, Sweden, Turkmenistan, Russia, Cuba, England, Israel, Palestine, Azerbaijan, China, and Uruguay. They view dance as a universal language that connects people across different cultures and beliefs, and use this as their primary creative force.