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Artist Residencies + Dance

Think there aren't many residency programs for dance? Think again! There are over 160 residency programs in the U.S. and Canada open to dancemakers, and dozens more around the world. Whether you are a solo choreographer looking for a quiet place to conduct research or a dance company polishing the production of new work, there's a residency program for you.

RESIDENCIES: find out more about residencies that support dancemakers

RESEARCH: find out more about our research, case studies, interviews, and more

In August 2009, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) convened Choreographic Research and Development / Advancing the National Dialogue. The conference brought together an array of dance artists, university dance departments, funders, presenters, service organizations, and representatives of artist residency programs to explore ways of facilitating research and development in the field of dance in the United States.

The convening laid the groundwork for a larger project, begun by the Alliance of Artists Communities in early 2010 in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to examine the landscape of artist residencies for dancemakers: how does the field of artist residencies currently support dance? how well are dancemakers aware of this support? what resources are needed for the field to better support dancemakers?

"The good news is there is an abundance of residency opportunities around the world open to dance in general. The bad news is...there is a scarcity of residency programs with the capacity to fully support the specific needs of dance, particularly in the mid- and late stages of developing new work.”

The findings of this project are compiled in the Alliance's report, "Mind the Gap: Artist Residencies and Dance," published in April 2011. Rather than the end product, the study is just one critical phase in this project, and we look forward to our ongoing work to support today’s dancemakers in their creative development.

The Alliance of Artists Communities' Dance Project was funded wholly by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation