WNY Choreographers’ Initiative

WNY Choreographers’ Initiative 2018

Application Deadline: April 2, 2018 – 11:59 PM

The WNY Choreographers’ Initiative is a new program designed to help WNY resident choreographers develop their choreographic skills by providing them with appropriate resources that are generally unavailable or unaffordable. These resources include a $2,500 stipend, creative studio time, professional dancers, and the guidance of professional mentors.

Who We Are Looking For

Applicants must show evidence of commitment to producing their own work. Preference is given to those who have produced one full evening of their work within the past five years plus at least three shared bills.

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to developing their artistic profile within their community, rather than relocating elsewhere, over the next five years.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • artistic excellence
  • project excellence
  • impact on the artist’s development

Residency Requirements

This program is open to current residents of New York’s ten westernmost counties: Chautauqua, Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe, and Livingston (see map above). Applicants must have resided in one of these counties for a minimum of three years, and not be a student at the time the application is submitted.

Dancers and mentors must be New York State residents.

Proof of residency for the applicant is required in the form of two different, current documents from the list below. All documentation must contain the individual’s name and address. Documentation must be dated no earlier than 2015.

  • Telephone Bill
  • Credit card and/or bank statement (name and address page only; financial and account information should be blocked)
  • NYS or Federal Tax form (first page only; social security and financial information should be blocked out)
  • Current lease or mortgage agreement listing the artist’s name and showing a NYS address
  • NY State Driver’s license or NY State ID card
  • Voter’s Registration Card

What Is Provided

  • Choreographer stipend – $2,500
  • Mentor – $1,500
  • Studio rental – up to $600
  • Dancer rehearsal fees – up to $3,240 total
  • Dancer travel expenses (including transport, hotel, per diem) – up to $1,990 total
  • Mentor travel expenses (including transport, hotel) – up to $1,050

Specific budget details and expenditure procedures will be explained after the choreographers are chosen.

What Is Expected

  • The model for this residency period is three consecutive weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) with 8 hours of rehearsal time per weekend. Applicants can depart from this model as long as the work plan includes 24 hours of total rehearsal time. Alternate work plans should be pre-approved by the Program Coordinator Lois Welk.
  • The choreographer is expected to take full advantage of this process- oriented rehearsal time to dig deeper or move in new directions. A performance is not required. At the conclusion of the project, however, the work-in-progress will be shown at an open rehearsal/meet the artist event.
  • The choreographers will engage the services of a mentor to visit them twice on site during the residency. The mentor should be a mid-career artist with a documented track record and reputation within the New York State dance community. A signed letter of intent from the mentor with proposed dates is required.
  • Choreographers will select and hire dancers from anywhere in New York State for the residency. Signed letters of agreement with the dancers are required, but do not have to be submitted with the application. The choreographer cannot be one of the dancers.

Application Procedure

Download the application form from here and save it as a file on your computer. Fill it out, replace the filename with your name (e.g. John Doe.pdf), and submit it to lois[at]danceforce.org.

Several other documents are also required. They are described on the application form. Submit them as above. Please begin each filename with your name.