Our core values help us make decisions about future projects and programming and help guide Regional Directors so that NACHMO is true to itself across hubs. In a nutshell….
NACHMO is about the process of dance-making
We believe that choreography is a skill that develops through practice.
While choreographers often focus on product and performance, NACHMO focuses on the joy of the fast and sometimes messy process of making a dance against a deadline. Above all, NACHMO is a lark!
NACHMO is inclusive and welcoming
The NACHMO challenge is open to everyone.
At least some aspects of programing should be open to anyone who wishes to participate.
If it’s not possible or desirable to include everyone in a show, the procedure for selecting performers should be clearly communicated to participants. For example, is it first-come-first-served, will there be a lottery, or will the show be curated?
We value demographic diversity in our participant body and shows and strive to recruit and include dance artists of different ages, races, genders, and stages in their career development.
We value artistic diversity in our participant body and shows, and strive to recruit and include a variety of genres and styles of dance.
NACHMO considers our audience
We do not assume or require the audience to have any prior dance knowledge or experience.
We clearly communicate that they’ll be seeing dance made in a month and that most of it is work in process.
We welcome the audience into the NACHMO experience through helpful tools to receive and respond to the work, such as a question from the choreographer to consider while watching the dance.
Discussions with the audience are structured, casual and welcoming.
We make the experience as accessible and comfortable as possible.
We consider the length of the show so that audience feels fulfilled but not exhausted.
Ticket prices are kept low.
Our venues are ADA compliant when possible.