1. Calling All New England Dance Makers!

Apply to the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) to join a cohort of 12 New England based choreographers and dance makers, and experience New England Now, a series of connected activities and opportunities across the region designed to elevate your work and strengthen institutional and community-based networks for dance inside of New England.
Important Program Note
In line with these evolving times, NEFA will continue to adjust RDDI: New England Now as needed in order to keep everyone involved healthy and safe while creating an environment for shared learning and abundance. We will be sure to communicate any modifications to the program design and/or structure to the cohort once they have been selected.
Is RDDI: New England Now for you?
RDDI: New England Now is designed for a group of New England-based dance makers who identify with the following statements:
  • I am at a pivotal juncture in my career and ready to explore new ways, or 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 perspectives on my work and how my artistic practice informs all my work.
  • I am interested in cultivating community relationships to expand my professional network in New England.
  • I am willing to be vulnerable in a shared space and engage/hold space for artistic, personal, and professional growth amongst my peers.
  • 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/experiences in any genre of dance;
  • Have a primary residence within the six New England States;
  • Have choreographed and shared 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, however cannot have been work created or presented while the artist was an undergraduate student.);
  • NOT currently enrolled in an undergraduate program;
  • Have a CreativeGound Profile (What’s this?); and
  • Commit to full participation in all connected activities and opportunities of RDDI: New England Now.
NEFA recognizes that creative processes differ and will accept applications from pairs of artistic collaborators. Both collaborators must be New England-based dance makers. Should you be considering completing a joint application, contact Kristin Gregory, Program Manager, at kgregory@nefa.org or 617-951-0010 x521 to discuss your application in advance of submitting.
Selection Criteria and Selection Process
The cohort will be chosen by a regional panel of New England-based artists and cultural organizers 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 applicant's needs and interest in participating in RDDI: New England Now. 
  4. Desire to deepen relationships within the cohort and grow a New England network of support. 
  5. Commitment to sharing RDDI: New England Now learnings with New England peers beyond cohort experience.  
The regional panel will seek a 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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