DanceForce Member: James Lemons
Community Partners: Lake Placid Center for the Arts; Northwoods School; Village of Lake Placid
The newly created DanceForce Upstate Residency at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is a continuation and deepening of the LPCA’s current artist residency program. Expanding upon the overall goal of the current program, this newly created residency aims to support all stages of an existing professional choreographer or dance company’s development with a 3 week paid residency providing studio time, access to the theatre, and artist housing.
The final company will be selected through an open on-line application process beginning in July 2021. DanceForce member and LPCA Executive Director James Lemons and Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director of New York City-based Elisa Monte Dance and LPCA School of Dance Director, will select the recipient of the residency after reviewing all applications and interviewing the top three finalists.
The residency is open to companies of any style, size, and need. The focus and final outcome of the residency will ultimately be determined in collaboration with the selected artist. The residency will be designed to target the primary self-identified goal of the selected artist and may include, but not be limited to, the work’s choreographic development, integration of technical elements, analysis of audience reaction, or rehearsal/strengthening of existing choreography. During the application process, applicants will be asked to specifically articulate their particular residency goal so that evaluators can insure those goals can be met.
The recipient of the residency will receive studio time in one or more of the LPCA’s dance studios, access to the theatre, technical support to integrate lighting and sound, housing, and a $4,000 stipend to assist with any other associated costs.
Additionally, the selected artists will provide a minimum of three community engagement experiences for the local public. Determined in collaboration with all parties, these community engagement activities will work to provide local community members with access to professional artists. Activities may include masterclasses, workshops, Q&As, work-in-progress showings or preview performances.
Community engagement activities will be marketed through both traditional and digital media to LPCA’s audiences and the local community. There is no cost to participate in community engagement activities.
To further the goals of DanceForce, the principal offices for a dance company or a choreographers place of residence must be in New York state. We anticipate 20 applications with one residency awarded.