National Choreography Month - Your annual choreographic kick in the pants!

    National Choreography Month

    Help us give dancers, choreographers, and movement enthusiasts a choreographic kick in the pants!

     United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    The choreographic challenge

    NACHMO is an annual challenge that spurs dancers, choreographers, and movement enthusiasts to choreograph. It’s simple - you have one month to make a new dance. The challenge kicks off January 1st, and culminates with a series of shows in February. Along the way, participants meet fellow choreographers, receive newsletters and updates about NACHMO events in their area, and stay connected through social media. The NACHMO challenge is free to join, and open to everyone because we believe everyone has something to say, and dance is sometimes the best way of saying it.

    The funding challenge

    NACHMO can be done on a shoestring. Every year some awesome solos are made up in bedrooms at no expense to anyone. But bringing people together and producing shows takes some cash:

    • First, we have to get the word out that this happening! (Recruitment ads on social media, $120)
    • Participants register for the challenge through the website. (GoDaddy, $60, Squarespace,  $216).
    • In NYC alone we provide opportunities for 50 choreographers to show their work in a series of 5 studio shows at the Mark Morris Dance Center and 2 theater shows at the Actors Fund Arts Center. (Space rental, $2,250).

    Your contribution goes toward allaying these costs, helping us build a strong, active community of dance makers.

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    The Impact

    We'll let our past participants speak for us here:

    "NACHMO connects me to others who have the creative gene but don't act on it nearly enough. It is a yearly reminder to expand myself, and do something with my ideas."

    "NACHMO incentivizes me to make dance in a world where the administrative aspect of being a dance maker (funding, producing, promoting, etc.) often make me question my choice to pursue this profession further. I feel connected to a community, supported in my artistic goals, and motivated to focus intensely on what I am saying through my art, rather than how I'm getting it out there." 

    "NACHMO provided me with the push (hello one month deadline!) I needed to move past my doubts, excuses, and insecurities and just create work! It then went further and gave me a platform to share this work. The reason this was especially important to me is because I find that it can be very challenging to find opportunities such as this for choreographers that are not established. NACHMO also connected me to a community of dancers, choreographers, and artists that have inspired me and provided invaluable advice on continuing to navigate what it means to be a dancer and the myriad ways dance can be pursued."

    Other Ways You Can Help

    Sometimes there's no cash to spare, but there's always a way to help:

    • Send us some love on Facebook and Twitter
    • Want to volunteer for NACHMO? Or make an in-kind donation for us to raffle off at our kick-off party? Email us at
    • Or perhaps you've been so inspired by the video, photos and enthusiastic quotes that you want to try your hand at making a dance. Do it!

    NACHMO is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of NACHMO must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



    Donate $15.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    In gratitude for your donation, NACHMO will publicly thank you on our Facebook page. Who doesn't like some well-deserved recognition?


    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    In addition to a shout out on our Facebook page, we'll include your name in our classy printed programs.


    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $2.00 is tax-deductible.

    In addition to a shout out on Facebook and a listing in our NYC printed programs, we'll mail you a handwritten and personalized senryu. For those who appreciate the written word and the joy of something personal in their mailbox.


    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $2.00 is tax-deductible.

    In addition to a shout out on Facebook, a listing in the NYC program, and a hand-written senryu, we'll reserve you two of the best seats in the house for a show of your choice. If you'd like to use this for a show outside of NYC please check with us so we can make arrangements to reserve your seats -


    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $2.00 is tax-deductible.

    In addition to a Facebook shout-out, program listing, senryu, and reserved tickets, this perk will get you to where the fun is! Several of our bravest participants have offered to open their rehearsals and invite you to see how a dance gets made. Did we say "fun?" We meant sweat and tears.

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    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $77.00 is tax-deductible.

    In addition to a shout out on Facebook, a listing in the NYC program, a senryu, two reserved seats, and an invitation to view a NACHMO rehearsal, we'll make a dance for you! You can send along a piece of writing, art, or music and NACHMO committee member Serena Chang will choreograph a piece to it. Priceless.