HOW TO BE A PART OF LA's 1st Dance festival of the new year

AXXIOM Year 2014

THE PROCESS for year #7 (2018)

There are currently two ways to be a part of this festival: Via submission or an invitation by our Artistic Director and our Board. We are looking for a certain level of technique, expression, and professionalism that also fits in with the chosen annual theme. The Board of Rubans Rouges Dance has decided to proceed in this manner as it gives more options and more opportunities to you the artist to be involved.  


If you are submitting, you must pay the $35.00 submission fee. There is also a competition for an honorarium for one winner. The honorarium amount is currently $450. There will be one company/choreographer awarded this honorarium. This portion of our program is judged by persons (different panel every festival) unaffiliated with Rubans Rouges Dance. Not all submissions are accepted into the festival via this option, but we do encourage you to try again should you not be accepted. 


We enjoy seeing what L.A. and International dance has to offer. If you would like for us to see your piece, show, studio performance, to be considered for our festival program, please either email us directly using our form on our contact page – OR – call our Los Angeles office for west coast and our NYC office for east coast companies. If you are outside the US, please call our Los Angeles office or email. We will then request two (2) comps for your show. At this time we only specially curate via invitation 1-5 pieces per festival. We offer an honorarium for these companies/artists. It is a very competitive aspect of our festival, not everyone is invited in this manner.


“Awakenings & Beginnings International Dance Festival” has an educational program which allows a mentoring from the more seasoned artists to help guide the emerging creative with their artistry and performance. Additionally, we have a facet of our festival that allows college students to perform and experience a professional venue and performance environment. Historically, we also desire to preserve the roots that Los Angeles has in modern dance. 


"Ultimately, I want all the artists to provide an opportunity to show L.A. their best work and feel free to create pieces for the festival that cause a deeper awakening as a creator. I'm so grateful for all the dancers, companies, artistic directors, crew, supporters, my colleagues, teachers, mentors, friends & family that have been a part of this journey thus far. The company as a whole wants this to be a great experience for everyone involved including the audience. Los Angeles does have strong historical roots and background in modern-contemporary concert dance and currently even stronger, talented and very dedicated craftsmen and women who have a lot to say and share with movement. I love this dance community so deeply and I'm honored to be a part of it. This festival is a small way I want to give back that which was given to me." ​  

Noelle Rose Andressen, Artistic Director   


“Awakenings and Beginnings - the heartbeat of the independent dance scene in LA. Dance where artists come together to share and learn in a way that further drives the independent spirit forward with integrity and cultural capital. Starting the new year with a vibrant festival is an ideal way to launch artists into the year by giving them an opportunity to arrive with their current works and leave with a pocket full of inspiration...overall the show was a wonderful success and so well attended that audience members had to be accommodated by floor seating on the side of the performance space. I am most impressed with her courage, creative focus, and unrelenting persistence as an artist." Beth Megill, LA  Dance Review/Dancing Poetess   


To apply to "Awakenings  Beginnings International Dance Festival" on Jan - 6-27, 2018, please see "SUBMISSIONS" page or click the "APPLY NOW" button below. You must pay a $35.00 Application Fee via PayPal. EARLY DEADLINE Oct 14, 2017. LATE DEADLINE: November 15, 2017. Sorry, no exceptions.

our history

In The Beginning...

The Artistic Director, Ms Noelle Rose Andressen, began this dance festival with a vision to bring the arts to many and not just the top exclusive dance companies. "Dance is not just for one. Dance is for many", she says as a mantra. 

For almost 7 years Rubans Rouges Dance has been producing L.A.'s beloved first dance festival of the year. "Awakenings & Beginnings International Dance Festival" has a very special creation arc as it started out as a donation by Ms Andressen's mentors in the form of a space subsidy grant for DIAVOLO's downtown performance space. Ms Andressen's mentors had placed a deposit on the space and Rubans Rouges Dance assumed the contract and paid off the remainder of the rental. 

At first Ms Andressen started fundraising for this festival to honor her deceased mother's wishes. Her mother was going to be her partner in this venture but sadly passed on from cancer only 3 months before the festival's launch date. Ms Andressen carried on in her mother's memory and on her own raised funds to financially support the festival for many years receiving no grants.

Brainstorming what to name the festival ensued knowing they wanted it to encapsulate the artistic feel of the space and a very inclusive work ethic. The words: "fresh starts" & "clean slates" were considered. What was birthed: "Awakenings & Beginnings". It plays on the festival being at the beginning of the year and symbolizes how our traditions like having a new start and attempting to begin all over again. There's something magical about beginning afresh and wiping the slate clean. It gives us all an opportunity to take in a deep breath and breathe. There's a dual meaning in the festival's name. It has the heartbeat of the artist in mind.    

Wide Awake...

Ms Andressen and her mentors discussed the timing of the festival not wanting to conflict with other festivals in the area. Rubans Rouges Dance's Board did research and found there weren't any dance festivals in the Los Angeles area in January. January 19th would be the festival's inaugural launch date with future festivals around that date annually, schedules permitting. Since we started our January festival 7 years ago, many other productions and festivals have joined in on the January presentation(s). Please know we were the originators of this trend. Awakenings and Beginnings Dance Festival is the first dance festival of the year in Los Angeles. 

Educationally, this festival has hosted many professional level college ensembles and graduate school's students. It also brings together artists from across the world to make life worthy connections to broaden and unite the global arts in dance.  Modern dance had strong roots in the Los Angeles community. Ms. Andressen has done a lot to preserve that history and honor those that came before her. This year we are compiling a short film presentation to focus on one artist that is considered one of the fathers of modern dance.  

All of the artists are professional and have made this festival a vibrant, elegant and artistic blend of community and expression and most importantly: a deep love for dance. We like to think of it as an "on-growing" family. 

Every year Ms Andressen works endlessly and gives of herself. The heart beat of the festival thrives on love because of Ms. Andressen's vivacious and loving nature. She gives above and beyond ensuring a safe space for all artists to express themselves.

Our First Year & Beyond

The first year was very exciting as the show sold-out and a lengthy wait list with standing room only left. It encourages us to know that we are appreciated as we work hard to bring you more in depth productions. Each year the festival announces new facets to the show that takes it to the next level. This year we present a 3 week long program with various events, master classes, formal and informal presentations, a red carpet gala and more surprises for both the viewer and the artist. 

In the past we offered two incredible shows: Opening & Closing Night Performances, both with great professional artists that present two completely different programs.

This festival has brought to light some of our society's most heady topics: Women's Rights, Stopping Child Abuse, Racial Equality, Breast Cancer Awareness, Cancer Research, LBGTQ Rights, Hebrew Culture/Tashlich, Remembering the Holocaust, Sexual Abuse, No Fascism, and many more important social subjects. 

It has been a very inclusive festival that gave performance opportunities to: disabled dancers and movers, the elderly from senior citizens to over 77 years of age, all religions and cultures including Native American, Armenian, African American, Latino, European, and all the wonderful colors of the world. This festival is a moment where all can unite and enjoy art.

"Awakenings" & "Beginnings" Mentoring Program

"Awakenings" is for the established artist that wants to challenge themselves and their work in a new way of growth. It gives them an opportunity to reach out to our audience and gain valuable live feedback that enhances their ability to understanding the audience and their perception of their artwork.

"Beginnings" is symbolic of the emerging choreographer that desires to have an opportunity to share their work and develop their voice, thus reaching out for input from the fellow seasoned choreographers.

What then has birthed over the years within the unique program are beautiful mentoring relationships between the established-seasoned artists and the emerging talents.

The festival now has a formal mentorship program where the more seasoned choreographers guide and assist the newer and younger emerging artists. The education and guidance learned has helped start new relationships for at risk youth, the under-served, and help careers bloom. 

If you are interested in being mentored or mentoring, please connect with our festival's directors

Festival Facets

Choreographer's Luncheon

There are so many facets to this dance festival. It is a large community event yearly. To help unite the community and get to know each other, we have a special luncheon for the artists that is catered and set in a creative environment.

Emerging Artist Award

Josh Romero Recipient 2017

Ms. Andressen loves artists and now in its second year is the Emerging Artist Award that is sponsored by Ms. Andressen's dance company: Rubans Rouges Dance. The winner receives a lovely award, and a cash prize. Each year she adds to the prize so the Emerging Artist can receive help and support for their artistry. The previous year's winner will present the award for the current year. 

Wellness & Care

Taking care of the dancers and choreographers is the number one important feature. We have an ensemble warm up prior to show time. During performances massage therapists will be there to help work out any soreness or trouble spots either before or after the performances. This is truly a full body, wellness aspect of the festival. Ms. Andressen left no corner unexplored. 

Photo Shoot

One of the most beloved and creative features is having all the choreographers and some dancers participate in the photo shoot for the main event's poster. It gives everyone a chance to get together and meet one another. It is one of the events within the festival that has grown into a delightful and creative outlet for the dancers too. We have a buffet style luncheon at the photographer's studio while we shoot and everyone gets to add creative input.

"Dance Everywhere"TM

The innovation can be seen in the presentation of the myriad of performances; some are free. They are not only performed on a stage but in various locations throughout the city of Los Angeles. There have been site specific improvisations in parks, on city streets, dance films brought the outdoors in with dances performed at the beach and in warehouses; it launched the "Dance Everywhere Campaign". All this leads up to the main event on closing night. 

VIP Red Carpet Gala

Time to dress up and enjoy your artistry. A catered VIP Red Carpet Event for all the artists to enjoy. It ushers in the festival and is a fun event.


Words From Our Colleauges

“The Awakenings and Beginnings festival is an opportunity for discovery. Noelle Andressen creates a warm, welcoming environment for professional and emerging artists to showcase their work. For me the experience was incendiary—a festival full of sparks of inspiration and creativity.” Tess Jacobs, ArtBark International “Dear Noelle, I wanted to thank you again for including my work “The Crazies” and San Pedro City Ballet’s dancers on your program Awakenings and Beginnings this past weekend. I feel it was an invaluable experience for the girls to be involved in such a well-run professional production such as yours. The program was perfectly adjudicated, eclectic, and included something for everyone. The dancers in the other companies were a joy to watch and the girls could not stop talking about the amazing master class with Michael Nickerson-Rossi. It was truly a learning experience for them in every respect and one they will not soon forget.” Patrick Bradley, Artistic Director, San Pedro City Ballet
“Many thanks to you, Noelle, for inviting us (The Nicole McKenzie Improv Group) to be part of the matinee of Awakenings & Beginnings. Diavolo is an amazing place, new to most of us -- it was wonderful to have so much space to move in! We felt welcomed, had nice interactions with your helpers and the other dancers, and we're truly grateful for the opportunity to be witnessed in our improvisational play.” Ruth Alpert, Nicole McKenzie Improv Group
photo Paul Antico

“Bravo choreographers! A nice evening of dance. Thank you for including Nickerson-Rossi as part of your community of artists and venue. Until next time!” Michael Nickerson-Rossi Dance "Thanks Noelle for having us! The show was wonderful and I was very grateful to be apart of such a diverse and exceptional line up of companies! Once again Noelle thank you for all that you do!!!” -Wendi, Relentless Dance Theater   ​“Merge Dance Theatre was thrilled to be part of Rubans Rouges Dance Companies, Awakenings & Beginnings Dance Festival, at Diavolo Dance Space in LA. Noelle and her crew made the production process simply and were incredibly sweet on top of everything. The Diavolo space was a dream space for any choreographer and dancers and made our staging easy during the technical process. MDT's dancers learned a lot from the company class lead by Michael Nickerson-Rossi. Plus our artistic director had the opportunity to reconnect and make new connects with other choreographers and dancers around California's dance scene. MDT hopes to have the opportunity to work with Rubans Rouges Dance Company in the future!” Jennifer LaCurran MERGE Dance Theatre    “Noelle, Thank you to you! I appreciate you inviting me to participate. We truly enjoyed it! Congratulations to you and your dancers too. It was a great afternoon and evening of Dance! Till next year!” Albertossy Espinoza LA FUSION Dance Theatre   
Nic Hererdia photo 

“Noelle, you have a wonderful, open spirit. Thank you so much for your support of me and of the dance community.” Janet Roston’s LA Rock Opera“Lovely to share a stage. So great to see you all there, great to be with you all, and I loved the dance blog, very complimentary to all!” JudithFLEX Helle, Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles  "I was impressed how organized Noelle & her team were.   They got the festival up with all the t's crossed and i's dotted!  Usually with so much to take care of, and with little resources, this is not always the case, (even when producing my own productions.)  The promotions were excellent, both shows sold out.  But I have to admit, one of my favorite parts of the festival was Noelle has masseuses for backstage for us! WHAT?  I tell you, after my wacky idea of creating a dance on a seesaw to the journey of it's performance, I was so happy to get some relief from my muscles having to stabilize me so much.  I also loved meeting new people in the dressing room, as well as the opportunity to try out new work."  Thanks Rubans Rouges! Paula Present, Artistic Director, PTERO Dance Theatre “So nice to have been invited to play with the LA peeps!” Love Robin, Robin Bisio Films & Arna Bee​ “We had such a wonderful time with you. Thank you again for letting us be a part of your festival. I am really grateful for the opportunity. Your dancing was beautiful!” Marlita Hill photo Paul Antico Djanbazian Dance