Dance/USA Highlights Its Round Two Artist Fellows

December 4, 2023

Contact: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – One year ago, Dance/USA announced its Round Two Artist Fellows as part of the second round of Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA), which has now concluded. DFA supported 30 dance and movement-based artists with sustained practices in art for social change with unrestricted funding and cohort building initiatives. Each Fellowship included a $30,167 grant which was used at the artist’s discretion. DFA is made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Foundation.

Learn About the Round Two Artist Fellows!
The Round Two DFA cohort features artists from across the U.S. representing an array of modalities rooted at the intersection of social and embodied practices. These include community-building and culture-bearing practices, healing and storytelling practices, activism and representational justice practices, and more. 

The Round Two Dance/USA Artist Fellows are:

MK Abadoo
Columbia, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia

Mesma Belsaré
West New York, New Jersey

Natalie Benally
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Phil Chan
Brooklyn, New York

Jemal “P-Top” Delacruz
Chicago, Illinois 

Tyde-Courtney Edwards
Baltimore, Maryland

Peter Rockford Espiritu  
Honolulu, Hawai’i

Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop
Chicago, Illinois

Gabriel “MoFundamentals” Gutiérrez
Los Angeles, California

Harrison Guy
Houston, Texas

Dr. Julie B. Johnson
Decatur, Georgia

Petra Kuppers
Ypsilanti, Michigan

ShanDien Sonwai LaRance
Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico

cat mahari
Chicago, Illinois

Muisi-kongo Malonga
East Palo Alto, California

Kesha McKey
New Orleans, Louisiana

Prathiba Natesan Batley
Louisville, Kentucky 

Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez  
Brooklyn, New York

Luis Ordaz Gutiérrez
Austin, Texas

Nkeiruka Oruche
Oakland, California

iele paloumpis
Brooklyn, New York

Bhumi B Patel
Oakland, California

Potri Ranka Manis
New York, New York

Angelina Ramirez
Tucson, Arizona

Vershawn Sanders-Ward
Chicago, Illinois

Gema Sandoval
Los Angeles, California

Dr. Iquail Shaheed
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sacramento, California

Olivier Tarpaga
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anna Martine Whitehead
Chicago, Illinois 

About Dance/USA
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.

Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at

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