1. Calling New England Dance Makers!

Apply to the Regional Dance Development Initiative to join a cohort of 12 New England based choreographers and experience New England Now, a nine-month series of connected activities across the region designed to elevate your work inside of New England.

RDDI: New England Now, made up of three components – A Professional Development Lab, an Intersections Summit, and a New England Now Platform – is designed for a dynamic group of New England dance makers who identify with the following statements:
  • I am at a pivotal juncture in my career and ready to take the next step with sharing/presenting my work within and/or beyond my current communities.
  • I am deeply curious and desire to be strategically intentional about my potential impact in New England as a dance maker.
  • I am seeking additional perspective on my work and artistic practice.
  • I am interested in cultivating community to expand my professional network in New England.
  • I am willing to be vulnerable in a shared space.
  • I am committed to sharing what I learn with others in the New England dance community. 
To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
  • Be creating original work in any genre of dance;
  • Have a primary residence within the six New England States;
  • Have choreographed and presented work for an audience in a public setting within the last 24 months. (The event could have been ticketed or free for a general or specific audience, but cannot have been work created or presented while the artist was an undergraduate student.);
  • NOT currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in dance or a related field;
  • Have a CreativeGround Profile (What’s this?); and
  • Commit to full participation in all three components of RDDI: New England Now. 
RDDI: New England Now is an experience designed for individual choreographers, however we will accept applications from pairs of artistic collaborators, whose work as a New England dance maker is reliant on a creative partner also in New England. Should you be considering completing a joint application, contact Kristin Gregory, Program Officer, at kgregory@nefa.org or 617-951-0010 x521 to discuss your application in advance of submitting.
Selection Criteria and Selection Process
Artists will be chosen by a regional panel of artists and cultural organizers from New England based on the following criteria: 
  1. Clarity of articulation of artistic and professional goals.
  2. Artistic quality of work based on work samples and artist resume.
  3. Alignment between applicants needs and interest in participating with the opportunity itself. 
  4. Desire to deepen relationships within the cohort and grow a New England network of support. 
  5. Commitment to sharing New England Now learning beyond participating cohort members in New England.  
The regional panel will seek a dynamic group of artists representing the breadth of New England’s diversity as exemplified through NEFA’s values inclusive of artistic experiences, career stage, dance aesthetics, forms and genres. 

NEFA values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive world, which we interpret as all people having fair access to the tools and resources they need to realize creative and community endeavors. We acknowledge structural inequities that have excluded individuals and communities from opportunity based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, language, culture, and geography, and strive to counter those inequities in our work.
How to Apply
Using this online application, please submit an artist resume, two work samples (see details under work samples section), and narrative responses to application questions. A full preview of the application is available at nefa.org.
For any other questions, please contact Cheri Opperman, Grants Manager, at copperman@nefa.org; 617-951-0010 x524; or Kristin Gregory, Program Officer, at kgregory@nefa.org; 617-951-0010 x521. For application specific questions, please contact Kristin Gregory.
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