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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding:  Current listings for the US, Europe, and Asia

New Works & Events: Seduction in Stuttgart, b.30 in Dusseldorf, Dancers Homework in Hong Kong, Pablo in Rotterdam, Kick the Bucket in Malta, and many more

Trending: Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair creates Displacement to examine war and migration.

Learning Opportunities: MusiKinesis® held at University of Maryland Baltimore County

Competition: International Choreographic Competitions in Beijing, Copenhagen, and Krakow

New Movies: Dance or Die, Dance for Peace, Backstage, and Ballerina

New Books:  Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond, by Lynn Frederiksen and Shih-Ming Li Chang






ILLINOIS: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Chicago, devoted to exhibiting emerging artistic talent, creates the opportunity for company dancers and choreographers to debut and mature their voice.  Also, established dancers and choreographers can experiment with taking their work in new directions. Artistic direction provided by company member Joshua L. Ishmon.  Apply by January 19, 2017



MARYLAND: USArtists International supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe with grants of up to $15,000.  Apply by April 1, 2017.


MASSACHUSETTS: Urbanity Dance, Boston, is seeking artists to create a new movement piece under 15 minutes with Urbanity dancers to be performed at Green Street Studios on March 24-25, 2017.  Apply by January 15, 2017.



NEW HAMPSHIRE: The MacDowell Colony is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2017 residency period.  The Summer Interdisciplinary Residency Season provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Residency consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. Apply by January 15, 2017.



NEW YORK: Applications are now available for the 8th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts, guest-curated by Abby Bender, which will run March 23-26, 2017.  Apply by January 25, 2017.



NEW YORK: NACHMO (National Choreography Month) offers opportunities for participants to share their new work with each other and with the public in both informal and fully produced shows. Apply by January 7, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK:  Battery Dance Festival, NYC’s longest-running public dance festival, has featured over 200 dance companies ranging in style from classical ballet to post-modern, Indian classical to Afro-Cuban.  Takes place August 13-18. Now accepting submissions.  Apply by March 1, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: York College, a CUNY college located in Queens, NY, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. They are seeking a local choreographer to create an original (very) short dance that their community of students, faculty, and staff can easily learn and do together at sports games, parties, and other events to boost school spirit. The winning choreographer will receive a cash prize of $1,000. Apply by Tuesday, January 31, 2017


NEW YORK: INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival is accepting submissions from high-quality dance artists for site-specific choreography/performance/dance installation proposals for the July 2017 festival. All work must be new and original, and created in response to a specific site along the festival route.  Apply by February 1, 2017.



NORTH CAROLINA: The Dance Professionals Workshop of ADF  is open to artists who have completed an undergraduate program or have at least five years of professional experience. 



NORTH CAROLINA:  ADF's Movies by Movers is an annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera, which invites site-specific, media-specific work to demonstrate thoughtful collaboration between movement and film.  To apply, visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers invites performance artists of all genres to submit work for KYL/D’s InHale Performance Series on February 24, 2017.  The Series offers a supportive environment that fosters creative exchange of ideas, cultivates community, and provides opportunities for members of the public to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines.  Selected artists receive free performance space, technical assistance and audience comments by means of a written feedback form. Apply by January 13th, 2017.  Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: BalletX's Choreographic Fellowship Program in Philadelphia is an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voices under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.  Apply by March 20, 2017. Visit:


TEXAS: The 3rd Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest, presented by Dance Source Houston, will take place June 15 to 24 at MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.  Applications for works 5-18 minutes in length are being accepted from all dance genres. Selected applicants will perform their work twice during the festival. Apply by January 6, 2017. 


VIRGINIA: The 4th Annual Richmond Dance Festival, presented by Dogtown Dance Theatre from April 21 to May 6, is welcoming submissions.  Apply by January 31, 2017.



WASHINGTON, DC: All young choreographers currently enrolled in a Joy of Motion program who are in grades 6-12 may apply for the Youth Dance Project, to take place on February 25 and 26, 2017.  Apply by January 22, 2017.





ARMENIA: HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival welcomes performing arts companies and artists to present their works in all genres of performing arts.  Festival takes place October 1-10, 2017.  Apply by March 31, 2017. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: The Parliamentary Committee of Australia invites submissions from interested individuals and organizations to meet the needs of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity.  Apply by February 1, 2017. Visit:


BRAZIL:  Petrobras is accepting applications for the fifth edition of the Petrobras Program for Cultural Distribution (PPDC).  Both youth and professional dance and theater groups may apply.  Winning applicants will have the opportunity to tour their shows in several cities in Brazil.  Apply by January 30, 2017. 



ESTONIA: The Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia offers two-week long residencies for dance-related artists in a rural environment. Applications are currently being accepted. 


FINLAND: The Finnish organization RaumArs offers 1-6 month residencies for community-engaged projects including dance. The main selection criteria will be the artists’ motivation to work in collaboration with local residents, the proposal, and quality of previous art.

Applications opening in spring 2017. 



FRANCE: L-EST Grant #3 is calling for applications from artists for to explore and experiment with the various possibilities offered by the contemporary stage through the prism of multimedia. The 2016-17 grants are intended for interdisciplinary artistic teams (actors, writers, choreographers, developers, researchers, etc.) working in theatre, dance, site-specific arts, music, digital arts and/or circus. Takes place between June and November 2017, after which the artistic teams will have either produced an initial model/project, or have advanced in the production of a project already underway.  Apply by January 15, 2017.  Visit:


FRANCE: Ballet du Nord is offering three types of residences for the period of August 28 - December 31, 2017.  The pépinière residency offers an incubator experience being accompanied from the creation to distribution phases of production. The short residency of 1-2 weeks and the long residency offer production support, studio space and financial assistance.  Apply by January 31, 2017. Visit


FRANCE: To promote and develop contemporary dance in the Ardeche region, the Association Format will select a piece of choreography to be presented in the summer festival in Ardeche, June 12-25, 2017. A selection committee is looking for a piece for the general public, up to a three-person team including technicians, to be compensated 800 euros per show, plus lodging, meals, and transportation.  Apply by January 29, 2017.


GREECE: Dance Days Chania Festival, running July 17-28, 2017, is calling for proposals for performances, workshops, video dance projects, or lectures. Apply by January 22, 2017. Visit:


INDIA: India’s Artist-In-Residency Program for Contemporary Dance and Related Art Practices calls artists for its September 18 to November 10, 2017 residency program.  National and international artists will come together and have the opportunity to meet in a new cultural setting. Apply by January 31, 2017. 



INDIA: Healing Hill Art Collective calls for applications for a four- to eight-week residency in Morni Hills, India. The residency will focus on contemporary dance and related art practices. Apply by January 31, 2017.


IRELAND: EVA International announces an open call for artists of all disciplines for Ireland's Biennial in 2018 to take place in Limerick, Ireland. Artist fees and production budgets will be provided. Apply by January 31, 2017.


IRELAND: Tipperary Dance Platform calls for the eighth round of the TRY! residencies, a scheme for professional dance artists in contribution to the development of professional dance in Ireland.  Each TRY! residency offers studio research time and opportunities to receive artistic mentoring by Alexandre Iseli and Jazmin Chiodi, artistic directors of Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company.  Apply by January 28, 2017.



ITALY: IDACO NYC - Italian Dance Connection calls for choreographers and visual artists who have an idea or concept that relates to Italian culture, regardless of their nationality.   IDACO’s mission is to connect Italian and international choreographers who live in or visit New York City with the local contemporary art scene.  Apply by January 16, 2017.



SPAIN: Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE) Lab-Meeting, which takes place on April 26-30, 2017, is a platform for networking and exchange for professional choreographers, dancers, dance teachers, and students.  Deadline is until spots are filled



SPAIN: One-Hannacc Support/Barcelona offers a one-month residency for any artistic discipline dealing with projects surrounding the creation of different or new forms of society. Submit application by January 28th, 2017.


TAIWAN: The International Young Choreographers' Project (IYCP) offers a choreographic opportunity in July 2017.  Selections will be based on choreograhper’s potential to become a significant contributor to the field. Housing, local transportation, dancers, studios, publicity, and production assistance to create a work will be provided.

Apply by January 10, 2017. 



UK: Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance is looking for Contemporary Dance Performances as part of the Contemporary and South Asian Dance strands of their Festival Programme, running August 11-19, 2017.  Apply by January 10, 2017.






LOS ANGELES: Dance Camera West Dance Film Festival offers a wide range of opportunities to promote your business or organization through placing an ad in their 16th Annual Festival program. Visit:


NEW YORK: The 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival runs February 3-7, 2017. As the longest running dance film festival in the world, it provides a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression.  Opening with the world premiere of David Barba and James Pelleritos Marcelo Gomes: Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer



NEW YORK:  Back to the Lab 2016 is a short feature film of the acclaimed hip hop theatre development course from Breakin' Convention. Four of United Kingdom's most exciting

hip hop choreographers were selected to take part in Back To The Lab 2016. The intensive was devised by Breakin' Convention to offer training to hip hop choreographers at the peak of their career.  Breakin' Convention continues to lead the way in developing and nurturing the genre of hip hop theatre. Watch:


NEW YORK: Overflowing with virtuosity, technique and cutting-edge choreography, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, returns to the Joyce Theater with repertory classics and new works featuring stunning, complex, and rich choreography. January 24 - February 5, 2017.





AUSTRALIA: The Sydney Festival 2017, running January 7-29, 2017, features works by Kyle Page, Amber Haines, Force Majeure, Eko Supriyanto and more.  Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Dance Massive by Dancehouse offers bold new works, workshops, networking opportunities and special events.  Runs March 14-26, 2017.



AUSTRALIA: In Split, dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time.  Performances from March 16-26, 2017.



CANADA: Lisa Phinney-Langley and Jacinte Armstrong will premiere brand new works at Live Art Dance from January 12-14, 2017. 



CHINA: As one of Hong Kong’s most creative dance ensembles, City Contemporary Dance (CCDC) brings refreshing new voices to the dance floor with Dancers’ Homework, a showcase for CCDC dancers to express their choreographic talent, January 6-8, 2017.



DENMARK: Meet the most promising choreographers and get ready to be moved for Spring Forward, which includes a live stream with exclusive content, topical debates and the chance to meet dance friends old and new.  From April 28-30, 2017.



GERMANY: The Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart received acknowledgement in the traditional “Best of the Year“ critics' survey of Dance For You Magazine, in connection with Marco Goecke's acclaimed Nijinski ballet, featuring First Artist Rosario Guerra in the title role. Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographer Jiri Bubenicek will present his company show at the International Tanztage Berlin Festival on February 14 & 15, 2017. Tanzetage Berlin is a platform both nationally and internationally for upcoming choreographers in Berlin to showcase their new and existing productions. Visit:


GERMANY:  b.30, the new triple bill of Ballett am Rhein, includes two world premieres of Romanian choreographers Remus Şucheană and Natalia Horecna.  b.30 premieres at the Opera House Düsseldorf on January 14, 2017.  


GERMANY: Marianengraben (Mariana Trench) is the title of Johannes Wieland's new dance, but it doesn't investigate the deep sea.  Instead, it digs into human abysses and human coexistence:  What makes us human at all?  How does human socialization work? Where does tolerance develop? Is there order without rule?  Marianengraben premieres on January 14, 2017, at the State Theater Kassel.



GERMANY: The Kiss by Guido Markowitz takes a look at the background of Gustav Klimt's painting of the same title and other pieces of his work.  The Kiss premieres on January 28, 2017, at the Theater Pforzheim.  Visit:


GERMANY:  Stuttgart Ballet's new mixed bill Seduction! includes the world premiere of Dark Glow by Katarzyna Kozielska, to music commissioned by Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev.  Seduction! premieres on February 3, 2017.



NETHERLANDS: Juanjo Arqués and Peter Leung will be appointed Young Creative Associates of the Dutch National Ballet, which marks a new initiative by the company in developing young choreographic talent. Visit:


NETHERLANDSPablo is an exciting spectacle with dance, theater and orchestra made for Ballet Rotterdam by Marcos Morau, an upcoming European choreographer.  Showing until March 8, 2017.  Visit:


UK: Breakin’ Convention presents Back To The Lab on January 21, 2017 with UK’s most exciting hip hop choreographers at the Lilian Baylis Studio.



UK:  ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, the national dance company of Malta, comes to the UK for the first time with “Kick the Bucket,” an intricate duet by choreographer Iván Pérez on February 9 & 10, 2017. Watch:


UK: Nottdance 2017 is Nottingham's festival of choreographic ideas foregrounding new works, discourse and research.  Witness current practices and thinking from the UK and beyond, contribute to the future of the field, and explore your place within it, from March 8-12, 2017.  Visit:




Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair creates Displacement to examine Syrian dance in the context of war, migration and revolution.

How does the dance body react when its movement is forced or prevented? Featuring three dancers, the work is defined by conflicting emotions:  the hope of escaping versus the uneasiness of knowing that to return is impossible.

This poignant piece is also Alzghair’s investigation into the folklore of his homeland and how it has been shaped by its political reality. Drawing from traditional Syrian folk dances, he highlights the paradox of a deeply rooted culture, forced to migrate. Alzghair trained in Damascus and Montpellier, having fled to France to avoid military service.

In Displacement, he offers a striking reflection on the experience of fleeing and the uncertainty of life in exile. Displacement will be featured at the Dublin Dance Festival from May 18-28, 2017. Video:






MARYLAND: Starting January 8, 2017, three 5-week series of classes in MusiKinesis® will be held at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Discover new ideas and inspiration for your teaching, choreography, and performance. 



NEW YORK: MELT Intensives are a series of daily workshops in technique, somatics, improvisation, composition, and other areas offered each summer and winter. These workshops offer the unique opportunity to engage with some of the most highly regarded and innovative artists in the field of dance. Winter sessions run January 2-20, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: Movement of the People Dance Company’s Winter Intensive, Dance, Choreograph, Envision will run January 14–16, 2017 at Barnard College.  This opportunity to explore and connect with various dances of the African Diaspora will provide the tools for creating socially conscious choreography and experiential insight into how Dances of the African Diaspora are incorporated in dance theater.







AUSTRALIA: Chunky Move’s choreographic workshop series welcomes those who desire to develop their understanding and practice of choreography in contemporary dance in a supportive and professional environment.



INDIA: Shoonya Centre for Art and Somatic Practices collaborates with Virtual danceR to offer a workshop combining dance and motion capture technology/virtual reality (VR). The workshop will take place on January 15, 2017. It is limited to four dancers who have choreographed solos or duets.  Apply by January 5, 2017.  





CHINA: IBCC is the  China’s International Ballet and Choreography Competition officially designated by the Ministry of Culture of China, which selects promising ballet dancers and excellent choreographers to promote international exchange. The 4th competition will be held at NCPA in Beijing from August 4-11, 2017. Visit:


DENMARK: Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, held on June 23 & 24, 2017, is a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. 

Apply by April 30, 2017.  Visit:


POLAND: Krakow Choreographic Centre is accepting applications for 7th edition of the 3…2…1… DANCE! Choreographic Competition held on March 4 & 5, 2017. Apply by February 1, 2017. Visit:




Ballerina, directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, tells the tale of Felice, an 11-year-old orphan girl from Brittany who dreams of becoming a ballerina at the Paris Opera and flees to Paris to fulfill her destiny. Watch:


Backstage, the new documentary by Marlène Ionesco, takes place behind the scenes of the Ballet of the Paris Opera.  Available on DVD at the Galerie du Palais Garnier.




Two Documentaries about Syrian Dancer Amad Joudeh:


Until very recently, Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh was still holding dance classes for children in Damascus, Syria, among the rubble and the atrocities of war. In the summer of 2016, journalist Roozbeh Kaboly, from the Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur, made a documentary about Ahmad called Dance or Die. Watch Dance or Die, on YouTube:

This documentary has changed Ahmad’s life radically. On seeing the documentary, Dutch National Ballet’s Director Ted Brandsen decided to do something to help bring the Syrian dancer to the Netherlands. By setting up the fund Dance for Peace and through donations from private individuals, Ahmad Joudeh successfully made the journey to the Netherlands.

A second documentary that Nieuwsuur made shows Ahmad’s journey from Syria to the Netherlands and his experiences in his first weeks there. This documentary, Dance for Peace, was shown recently on Dutch television. Watch:

On behalf of Ahmad, the Dance for Peace Fund was set up with the help of the Dutch National Ballet. The fund is intended to pay Ahmad’s study and maintenance expenses. All donations will go in full to Ahmad, to help him develop further as a dancer and choreographer. Donations can be transferred to account number NL03ABNA 0427590280, in the name of Dance for Peace.

Ahmad, born in 1990, grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus. He wanted to dance from a very early age. His father wouldn’t allow it, so he attended classes in secret. When his father found out, Ahmad was beaten. Once, he hurt his legs so badly that Ahmad couldn’t dance for a while. Despite everything, he kept on dancing. He trained at the Enana Dance Theatre and at the Dance Department of the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, both in Damascus. From the age of 17, he gave ballet classes to children free of charge. In 2014, he was a contestant in the Arab version of So You Think You Can Dance.




Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond, by Lynn Frederiksen & Shih-Ming Li Chang


As a comprehensive resource, Chinese Dance offers students, scholars and choreographers an invaluable introduction to the subject. It serves as a foundation of common knowledge from which Chinese- and English-language communities can begin a cross-cultural conversation about Chinese dance. The chapter on Chinese dance history, along with an excellent glossary of key terms, gives English-language readers a chance to understand the development of Chinese dance as it is officially articulated by historians and dance scholars in Asia.


Through the online database of video clips, an extensive bibliography, and appendices, Chinese Dance provides a broad collection of primary source images, videos, and text that invite interactive and flexible engagement by a range of users. The collection of interviews with Chinese dance practitioners in North America offers a view into the Asian diaspora experience. Visit:







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