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Date(s) - 12/10/2022 - 12/11/2022
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NYS Dance force


L to R: Choreographer Nancy Brier, Videographer Alexanna Brier, & Mentors Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer



The New York State DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), announces the 2023 NYS Choreographers Initiative (NYSCI).  This program supports professional development for choreographers in 55 out of the 62 counties of New York, working in all dance genres. Eligible regions are Western NY, Central NY, Capitol District/North Country, and Hudson Valley/Long Island. The application portal opens Nov 1, 2022 at danceforce.org. Deadline for proposals: Jan 27, 2023 11:59 EDT.

The New York State Choreographers Initiative is designed to support dance artists in the development of their choreographic skills by providing them with resources that are often unavailable or unaffordable. These resources include a minimum of 20 hours of creative studio time, professional dancers, the guidance of a mentor of their choice, and a $2,500 stipend. Twelve choreographers from across the state will be selected for the award in 2023.  


Choreographer Solange Rodrigues, a 2022 NYS Choreographers Initiative awardee based in Rochester, states: “After completing my NYSCI residency, I am feeling immense fulfillment, and excitement. This unique opportunity allowed me to tap into a creative process that gave me something new each and every day, and through this, I feel that I have grown as a choreographer, artist, and thinker.”

The New York State DanceForce, a NYSCA Partner, is a consortium of 19 dance activists committed to increasing the quantity and quality of dance activity throughout New York State. Each of our members receives an annual allocation to create projects that bring dance artists to upstate NY communities in customized residencies. Since its founding in 1994, the DanceForce, through the work of its members, has funded over 400 projects, raising more than $3 million in support of these endeavors.

Guidelines are available now at danceforce.org. The application portal will open via the DanceForce website on Nov 1, 2022. For more information contact the NYS Choreographers Initiative at choreoinitiative@danceforce.org.


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