Annual Dance Showcases


Prince George's Best Dance Crew Competition
March 19, 2021

Call for teen dance audition submissions by video
Apply Here (Deadline Jan 4, 2021)

Video Submission Open: November 2, 2020 through January 5, 2021

Do you have the moves to win it all? Get ready to show us your moves at our virtual solo hip-hop dance competition for teen dancers. Prince George’s Best Dance Crew is an annual distinctive dance competition that provides young dancers the opportunity to showcase the artistry and technique of the many styles and flairs of Hip Hop dance.

This year, we will be taking the competition virtually. Dancers are invited to submit a video audition for a solo virtual dance competition. Up to eight (8), solo hip hop dancers will be selected to record their dance routine at the Publick Playhouse the weekend of February 6 and 7, 2021. The final videos will be adjudicated and a virtual showcase will be presented online on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7 pm. Competition is open to dancers ages 11 to 18.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three highest-scoring solo dancers and one will be named “The Virtual Prince George’s Best Hip Hop Dancer”
  • 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100
Video Submissions
Find more information on how to submit your video through our Video Submission Guideline Packet (PDF). Contact Elizabeth Malone, Arts Specialist at for more information.

World Dance Showcase

March 27, 2021 via Facebook Live

Call for World Dance Auditions by video
Read the Guidelines and Apply Here (Apply by Jan 18, 2021)

Our popular annual showcase gives you the opportunity to travel the globe from the comfort of your Publick Playhouse seat, when professional troupes perform dances from a panoply of cultural traditions. Breathtaking costumes, authentic music, and the enchanting grace of the dancers will make you feel like a world traveler. The 2021 World Dance Showcase will be presented FREE of cost as a virtual concert pre-recorded on the Publick Playhouse stage.

Auditions for World Dance Showcase 2021 will be by pre-recorded video only. Performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles (ages 16 years and older,) residing in Maryland, Virginia, or District of Columbia, may apply. Applications will be accepted beginning December 14, 2020, until January 18, 2021. Six dance groups will be selected. Those selected will be invited to perform their dance(s) on stage at the Publick Playhouse on February 27 and 28, to be recorded professionally. Dances will be recorded with professional lighting designs to enhance the beauty of the performances, and create the feeling of a Publick Playhouse live event. These final videos will be edited together and streamed as a virtual concert on March 27, 2021. Each dance group selected by the adjudicators will be awarded an honorarium of $800.

Uplift: Inspirational Dance Festival - At Home Dance Challenge

April, 2021

Call for Inspirational Dance Auditions by video
Apply Here (Deadline Feb 15, 2021)

Add your artistic voice to our Inspirational Dance Festival community of healing, comfort, and gratitude in this uplifting at home dance challenge. Using the theme “What the World Needs Now”, share your vision through dance on ways the community can heal together. Remember to have fun and be creative!

Up to six (6) video entries will receive a $200 stipend and be featured in a virtual program in April 2021. 

Applicants must be residents of the DC Metropolitan area including Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Open to All Ages. Routines should be at least 90 seconds but no longer than 5 minutes. This virtual at Home Dance Challenge is in the style of but not limited to: inspirational dance, lyrical, modern, Hip hip-hop, and tap. Dance routines should be original choreography. Dancers can enter as a representative from local dance studio.

Choreographers' Showcase

January 22 - 24, 2021 via Facebook Live

The year 2020 has been marked by unprecedented challenges for the dance world. A global pandemic has confined dancers to their homes; studios and performance spaces have been shut down; How have choreographers responded? Houses and apartments have been re-designed as home studios. Phones, computers, and tablets have become video cameras. Virtual performances, and video concerts have become the new normal. 

Six choreographers from Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia will present their dance works on camera, along with discussion of their individual artistic visions. This performance is FREE to the public. Suitable for all ages. 

Contact Christel Stevens, Performing Arts Specialist at for more information