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Embodiment Assistants

Embodiment Assistants are dancers paving the way in the dance community. They are strong in their craft and steadfast in their work to make change in dance spaces. This program is designed for dancers who want to assist and work closely with the Embody faculty, train their bodies while caring for their hearts, and build a community with like-minded dancers. See below for detailed program information and directions on how to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2023  OR if program fills sooner, applications will close prior to the deadline. Dancers may submit their application at any time and will receive their application results within 30 days of submission.

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Program benefits

Program values

  • Assist the Embody faculty in as many cities as the dancer would like to attend.

  • Assistant workbook developed by Dance Mindset Coach, Ashley Mowrey, to accompany their assistant journey .

  • Assistants retreat:

    • Assistant photoshoot

    • Dance mindset group coaching designed specifically for assistants

    • One-on-one meetings with Embody Directors

    • Information session for parents and dancers

    • Assistant bonding

    • Classes in various styles

  • One free observer band in each city. 

  • Bonus classes exclusive to assistants in each city.

  • A $20 per-diem for Saturday and Sunday in each city or provided lunch.

  • Embody social media features.

  • Embodiment Assistants are students and not employees. They do not work as backstage crew, go on coffee runs for faculty, or have expectations as to what they are required to participate in during an event weekend.

  • If Embodiment Assistants are over the age of 18, they can request to work competition, in which case they will be paid accordingly and be reimbursed for hotel stay on competition night (one night). 

  • Embodiment Assistants are encouraged to take breaks and embrace classes and seminars as other attendees do. 

  • Assistants are given videos of their assigned faculty member(s) combo(s), so they can feel confident getting on stage with them.

  • Assistants are working with a Dance Education Equity Association certified convention.

studio benefits

Studio Directors, please inquire about 2023 Studio Benefits for having a dancer apply to be part of our assistant program.

application requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 8 years of age as of January 1, 2023.

  • If associated with a studio, dancers must have their studio director’s permission to apply.

  • A donation of $25 is required upon submission. This tax  deductible donation helps Embody build a need based scholarship fund for assistants who cannot afford their retreat fee. If this donation is a barrier for you, click here to apply for financial assistance.

  • Assistants must participate in either the in-person or virtual assistants retreat. The in-person retreat will be held in Orlando, FL, August 4-6. The virtual assistants retreat will be held via zoom July 28-30. For mandatory studio events and unavoidable conflicts, assistants may receive a recording of the virtual retreat to watch back. The retreat fee is $349. Payment plans and need based scholarships are available. Click here to apply for financial assistance.

  • Assistants must adhere to the 2023-2024 Embodiment Assistant Code of Conduct.

  • Assistants must actively promote Embody on their social media accounts.

  • Assistants are required to purchase a minimum of two assistant t-shirts from the online assistant store (all other assistant gear is optional).

  • Assistants should be actively taking classes outside of their Embody weekends.

program requirements

*Please see application for further details

the assistants retreat

AUGUST 4 - 6, 2023

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Avanti Palms Resort  | 6515 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

$85.00/night + tax | No resort fee 

Accepted into the program? Congratulations!  Don't forget to book your room!

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