Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (also known as DFA) is a national dance fellowship program that offers direct support to individual artists who have developed a sustained and intentional practice of working through dance and movement-based modalities to address social change. In Round Two of the program (2021-2023), 30 fellows were awarded a $30,000+ award that was used at the artist’s discretion. DFA’s values align with artists whose social change practices reflect the national dance ecosystem’s rich and wide-ranging perspectives.
In Round Two, as part of DFA’s responsive program design, the program team built internal systems of accountability to support the application review process and to challenge implicit biases. Demographic information was gathered through the submission forms, and each applicant was able to self-identify around gender/sex, race/ethnicity, artistic form/genre, and disability*.
From the 413 applications received for DFA Round Two, the data collected resulted in:
- 383 unique names for dance and movement forms, genres, and disciplines, equaling 1,558 mentions with an average of 3 to 4 forms/genres per application,
- 246 unique identities for race and ethnicity, totaling 775 mentions,
- 25 unique identities for gender and sex, with 429 mentions.
To amplify the trends and patterns within this demographic information, we collaborated with graphic designer Gene Pendon to create the charts shared below.
Please note, all these charts are meant to be read as intersectional and as multiplicitous; applicants often chose multiple words to describe their identities and practices.
*Disability is not represented in the below charts as we did not request applicants to name their specific impairment, so disability identification is binary.