Staff Residency Program

About the Residency Program

Between 2013-2014, Dance/USA participated in the EmcArts Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies, a learning experience that provided Dance/USA with the opportunity to explore its most complex challenges and implement learning activities to move towards adaptive responses for better supporting dance communities. During its participation in the EmcArts Innovation Lab, Dance/USA developed and piloted a staff residency program as a means of more deeply connecting with dance communities located throughout the United States. 

2016-2017 marks the inaugural year of the full program. Three Dance/USA staff members will spend two to three weeks based in their residency city, learning about the city’s dance ecosystem. Staff will conduct interviews with local dance makers and cultural leaders, observe and participate in events where possible, and explore local resources. Learnings from the program will be made publicly available and will be used internally to inform Dance/USA’s programs and services and externally to increase the visibility of the work of dance makers in the residency city.  

2016-2017 Staff Residents

Mina Matlon, Director of Research & Information Services
Residency city: New Orleans, LA
August 4-15, 2016
Questions? Contact Mina here.

Johanna Tschebull, Communications Specialist
Residency city: Kansas City, MO
September 28-October 10, 2016
Questions? Contact Johanna here.

New Orleans Residency 

Staff resident Mina Matlon met with a number of dance makers and cultural leaders in New Orleans in August 2016. Want to find out more? The list below represents some of the individuals and organizations that she connected with during her residency.

  • Arts Council New Orleans
  • Ashe Cultural Arts Center
  • Bookoo Rueda 
  • BUKU Dance Krewe
  • Dancing Grounds
  • D'Project / Southern Voices
  • Delta Festival Ballet
  • Elle Dorado
  • Fari Nzinga
  • Good Dance Since 1984
  • Gris Gris Strut Dance Troupe
  • KM Dance Project
  • Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective  
  • Live Oak Dance
  • Marigny Opera House
  • Marissa Joseph  
  • Maya Taylor Dance
  • Melange Dance Company
  • Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca
  • Narcisse | Movement Project
  • National Performance Network
  • New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies
  • New Orleans Ballet Association
  • New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts
  • New Orleans Dance Network
  • New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Dancer Wellness Program
  • New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
  • Roxie Le Rouge
  • Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
  • Third Eye Theatre
  • Trixie Minx Productions
  • Tsunami Dance
  • Tulane University Dance Department

Kansas City Residency


Staff resident Johanna Tschebull met with a number of dance makers and cultural leaders in Kansas City in September and October 2016. The list below represents some of the individuals and organizations that she connected with during her residency.

  • Allan Gray
  • ArtsKC
  • Cat Mahari
  • Charlotte Street Foundation
  • City in Motion 
  • D. Nicole English
  • Frank Monk Pham
  • Gurukul Dance Company
  • Hampton Stevens
  • Hema Sharma
  • Jane Gotch
  • Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series
  • KC Studio
  • Kacico Dance
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Kansas City Dance Festival
  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Manual Lukky Harvey
  • Maura Garcia Dance
  • Owen/Cox Dance Group
  • Paul Horsley
  • Phi Tran
  • Quixotic Cirque Nouveau
  • Seamless Dance Theatre
  • Storling Dance Theater
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • VidaDance
  • Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Stay tuned for more information!