Round Three Grantees

In 2015, two peer panels selected the following grantees for Dance/USA's Engaging Dance Audiences program.

American Tap Dance Foundation, New York, NY
$58,160 ($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To support Tap Treasures, a treasure hunt of venues and tap stars throughout New York City. Activities will trace the evolution of the dance form, hosted by iconic tap figures, who will share personal stories and history related to venues in New York City. Tap "storytellers" include icons such as Brenda Bufalino, Tommy Tune, Mercedes Ellington, Randy Skinner, Mable Lee, and Maurice Hines.
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Angela’s Pulse in Collaboration with Junebug Productions, New Orleans, LA
$44,015 ($35,000 plus $9,015 core operating support)
To support New York-based Paloma McGregor's Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground, through exchanges between experimental Black dance artists and Black communities in order to deepen their connections to the history, present and future of Black artistic innovation. As artist/facilitator, McGregor will work with Junebug Productions to engage the New Orleans community in story circles, master classes, and performances. New Orleans advisors will select up to 12 local and out-of-town artists/scholars and a digital journal will broaden the impact and dialogue around the project.
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BANDALOOP, Oakland, CA
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To expand its 16-year-long engagement program for youth through the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, including "Bandaloop Experience" intensives and a range of activities for the schools served by Destiny.
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers (Fractured Atlas, Fiscal Sponsor), New York, NY
$47,160 ($37,500 plus $9,660 core operating support)
To support the creation and community dialogue around Black Girl Spectrum, which explores the effects of historic beauty standards and values on African American women. Engagement activities will include public forums and dialogues; social dance, choreography, and creative writing classes; youth mentorship and touring opportunities; and performances, showings and talkbacks. Funds will support the company's preparation for its national tour.
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Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago, IL
$57,845 ($46,000 plus $11,845 core operating support)
To support Stomping Grounds, a citywide celebration of percussive dance. Festival-style shared concerts of dance companies will happen alongside events in Chicago neighborhoods. Among the artists under consideration are: Ensemble Espanol, Mandala, CHRP, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and Mexican Dance Ensemble. This festival will include panel discussions, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and drumming circles, culminating in a finale at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre.
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Chitresh Das Dance Company, San Francisco, CA
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To support Decoding Dance, an engagement program to yield new audiences for kathak dance. The program, which is shaped around kathak's complex rhythmic systems and mathematics, will be tested and refined. Audiences include South Asian technology professionals in the Bay Area; among consideration for the program are SanDisk, Zensar, Adobe, and Cisco.
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Cincinnati Ballet Company, Cincinnati, OH
$16,370 ($13,015 plus $3,355 core operating support)
To tailor a performance of the Nutcracker to children and adults with varying abilities and sensory sensitivities. Working with experts and therapists in disability, the company will adapt the production elements and theater environment and offer subsidized tickets to family members.
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Collage Dance Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To support engagement associated with Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's Get Your Feet Wet, a site-specific project about the environment. Activities will involve citywide, site-specific performances, curbside conversations around performances, and congregated chats for remote audiences, as mechanisms to raise awareness of ecology and water preservation.
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Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To support The Dance Center in expanding and documenting intercultural or culturally specific community engagement residencies with artists of color. Artists under consideration are Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Urban Bush Women, and Rennie Harris with Michael Sakamoto.
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CONTRA-TIEMPO, Culver City, CA
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
In collaboration with director Michael Garces of Cornerstone Theatre, to create and tour the work Agua Furiosa. The work will be developed with audiences, through a series of community labs to take place alongside eight bodies of water in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
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Dance Theatre Etcetera, Brooklyn, NY
$53,455
($42,510 plus $10,945 core operating support)
To engage audiences in the predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Strategies will include teams made up of Dance Instigators, or resident artists with community expertise, as well as Dance Ambassadors, or local residents, who will engage audiences in a series of free events. Dance Instigators under consideration are Francine E. Ott and Paloma McGregor.
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Everett Dance Theatre, Providence, RI
$57,845
($46,000 plus $11,845 core operating support)
To support the Freedom Project, exploring mass incarceration, in reaching new audiences. The project will pair artist mentors with youth to create the work and then train the performers in audience engagement. Artists include Sokeo Ros, Joseph Henderson, and Grace Bevilacqua.
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FirstWorks, Providence, RI
$58,160 ($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To develop a model of progressive engagement activities leading up to the Northeast premiere of Urban Bush Women's new work, Walking with 'Trane. The project will focus on engaging African-Americans, young adults, and students/families from three urban areas, creating a conversation through portals of jazz, social dancing, humanities, community dialogue, and social activism.
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Heritage Works, Detroit, MI
$44,015
($35,000 plus $9,015 core operating support)
To support Cultural Scripts, a series of residencies with choreographers to engage African-, Arab- and Latino- American audiences in the Detroit metropolitan area. Artists-in-residence will be Iega Jeff, Leyya Tawil, Ronald K. Brown, and Ana Maria Alvarez. Each artist will lead community dialogues and create work, which is then performed in non-traditional spaces.
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Holly Bass|360 with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, DC
$46,530
($37,000 plus $9,530 core operating support)
To support Race: Talc & Ash, a work to be created and performed by Holly Bass and Christopher Morgan. Performances and engagement activities will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Dance-for-camera elements will integrate audience reactions into this technology-enhanced site-specific work.
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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To increase public access to engagement resources at Jacob's Pillow through a range of programs, including a video that introduces dance to the novice, expanded access to Blake's Barn archive and exhibits, and movement classes for audience members.
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Keshet Dance Company, Albuquerque, NM
$57,845
($46,000 plus $11,845 core operating support)
For mixed repertory integrating dancers with disabilities throughout New Mexico, including curriculum, workshops, and pop-up and traditional performances. The company will tour to three cities in partnership with the Governor's Commission on Disability.
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Kings Majestic Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To support 651 ARTS' program, Classically Black, exploring the history and classical forms of artistic expression rooted in African Diasporic aesthetics. Engagement activities include public dialogues, essays, and other events offered by artists and scholars to contextualize a festival in spring of 2016. Companies under consideration are Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Mamela Nyamza from Cape Town, South Africa.
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Paul & Judy Ware Center, Millersville Univ. of Pennsylvania, with AXIS Dance Company, Lancaster, PA
$30,180
($24,000 plus $6,180 core operating support)
To support a residency with AXIS Dance Company, in conjunction with the university’s Disability Arts Program. Engagement activities include workshops, master classes, and a screening of the documentary, Invitation to Dance, featuring AXIS. The company will perform Joe Goode's to go again based on stories from veterans; engagement will reach the disability community in Lancaster as well as organizations serving veterans.
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Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis, MN
$57,845
($46,000 plus $11,845 core operating support)
To support Written in Water, a large-scale multidisciplinary work by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, based on the second century Indian board game of Paramapadam. Audience engagement activities will incorporate this game and take place in various locations in Minneapolis around the South Indian Navarathri festival.
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Urban Bush Women, Brooklyn, NY
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To deepen audience engagement for Urban Bush Women’s 2015 Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans by adding a public dance performance, which provides artistic context for the Institute. This 10-day intensive will draw artists and community organizers from around the country to focus on the theme of mass incarceration.
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University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, MI
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To support three engagement programs: Night School, Dance Club, and You Can Dance, as well as an artist residency with Kyle Abraham for the LGBTQ community. Engagement activities will expand to the Detroit metropolitan area. Companies under consideration are Sankai Juku and American Ballet Theatre as well as three other companies to be determined.
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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
$58,160
($46,250 plus $11,910 core operating support)
To refresh and experiment with a range of engagement strategies that merge movement and visual art practices. These participatory learning experiences and contextual resources occur before, during and after performances by innovative dance makers such as Sarah Michelson, Trajal Harrell, Dean Moss, Faye Driscoll, and Pavel Zustiak; Minnesota dance innovators; and additional contemporary choreographers from the U.S. and around the globe.
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EDA Grantees from prior rounds can be found here.