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Emerging Choreographers Showcase & Awards


San Diego Dance Theater annually seeks newly emerging dancemakers to participate in the Emerging Choreographers Showcase & Awards, a competition that awards three prizes to participants: Best Overall Choreography, Best Dancer, and Audience Favorite.


This exhilarating show is a beloved staple in San Diego, with its main purpose being to bring exposure and support to growing choreographers in the community. In 2023, we removed the age requirements to include dancemakers who emerge at any age in life.  

2024 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2024 finalists! Read more about each choreographer below!

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Eliana Krasner

Eliana (Elle) Krasner is a San Diego native who puts her mind and body to work...

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Natalie Koski-Karell

Natalie is a multidisciplinary theatre and dance artist...

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Emily Deskin & Julia Elbert

Emily Deskin began her dance training seventeen years ago in Tempe, Arizona...

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Jayden Pagsolingan

From Newark, CA, Jayden found his passion for dance through the 700 breaking club...

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Tanz Tanz Revolution

Tanz Tanz Revolution is a collective made up of four artists; Anna, Eva, Emily, and Julian...

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Nick McGhee

Nick McGhee was born and raised in San Diego, CA...

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Patrick Li & Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee (she/her) is a movement artist and dance maker in her senior year...

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Ranier Martinez

Ranier uses he/they pronouns and is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher....

Emerging Choreographers Showcase & Awards
Emerging Choreographers Showcase & Awards
Jun 02, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

Best Overall Choreography

Best Dancer

Audience Favorite


Anna Medina


Yoli Yarborough


Jovani Chavez

ECSA 2023

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