Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists

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Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists




We are at a point in history where our society is grappling with unprecedented challenges and increasingly recognizing the inequity and injustice of our systems. With this in mind, Dance/USA is reaffirmed that the work of supporting artists who engage in art for social change is pivotal and overdue.

As a national program, Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA) recognizes the richness and wide-ranging perspectives of change-based artistic practices in dance and places its values in alignment with artists in this work. The overarching goals of DFA are:

  1. Center artists who engage in art for social change and offer fellowship support
  2. Build peer cohort and resource network among fellows
  3. Facilitate initiatives that are responsive and uplift the artists’ voices

DFA 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 this current round, DFA will fund 30 one-year fellowships of a minimum of $30,000 per awarded artist.

Fellowship funds can be used at the artist’s discretion. Awarded fellows are not required to complete a project with the financial award.

DFA will cover expenses for access and/or related travel during cohort convenings.

DFA is currently open for submission. To access program guidelines and application, visit the Apply To DFA page. Letter of inquiry due date is Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 6PM EST.

Dance/USA operates with inclusion and justice at our core, and places Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities at the center of our decision-making.

We strive towards disability justice, language justice, and tech access justice in our work. If you or anyone you know is interested in applying to DFA please reach out to Haowen Wang, Director of Regranting, at or call (202) 725-4028. ASL and spoken language interpretation services are available upon request.

DFA is made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Read how the program structure was developed here. Read how the program aligns with Dance/USA’s Strategic Plan here. Read about the round one DFA fellows here.


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