Princess Grace Choreography Awards



Choreography Grant OpportunityApplication ComponentsWork Sample Guidelines


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Grant Period: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018


Deadline: May 1, 2017

Choreography Grant Opportunity


FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to a choreographer through the nominating organization to help fund the creation of a new work. The aim of the fellowship is support the choreographer’s next step toward the important creative and artistic advancement, and encourage professional dance companies to embark on presenting new work that enhances the scope of the existing repertory, offering new artistic challenges to company members.

The fellowship is for the opportunity to create an original work for public concert performance(s) that will be presented by the nominating organization during the grant period. The new work may be brief but cannot exceed 20 minutes in length. The grant is for $10,000: $8,000 toward the choreographer’s fee and $2,000 toward expenses associated with commission. (For example, expenses may be applied to choreographer’s travel, lodging, or the production expenses for the new work.)

Nominees and the proposed work must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The nominated choreographer may not be the artistic director or resident choreographer of the nominating organization.
  • Project may not include personnel currently employed by or working for the nominated choreographer. “Company member” is defined as a dancer currently contracted with the choreographer’s company for 10+ weeks of employment.  The new work must be set on the nominating organization’s dancers or single project based dancers contracted specifically for this new work.
  • Proposed work may not include the choreographer as a performer.
  • The nominated choreographer must demonstrate at least three years of choreographic experience. 
    • Within these three years, a maximum of two years may include dances created for college, university, and workshop settings. A minimum of one year must include work created for professional dance companies.
    • No more than three works may have been created on the nominating organization. This includes any works created in association with the nominating organization’s affiliate’s such as its school/academy or junior/apprentice company. 
  • Re-staging or re-examining of existing choreography does not qualify as a project.
  • Both the choreography residency and the public presentation must occur within the grant period.

Professional non-profit dance organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Employ professional artistic and administrative staff.
  • Have been in continuous operation as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit for at least 3 years.
  • Dance organizations/festivals must also have a history of hosting residencies for emerging choreographers for at least 3 years.
  • Have a total of at least 10 weeks of rehearsal and performance per year.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to raise public and private funds.

Application Components


Required from Nominee:

  • Submit current resume; be sure to list dates, training and performance history (if applicable). Please list “Choreographic Commissions” separately, and include three columns as follows:
    • Commissioning organization
    • Date of the commission
    • Commission amount  

Optional: As a separate document please submit your performance and teaching resume (if applicable). Please be sure to list dates. 

  • Personal statement: Describe the proposed creative/artistic inquiry and the significance to your choreographic career. Please include an abstract summarizing the proposed work, information about the music/composer, length of work, number of dancers and any relevant production elements. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Budget for commission project, including any sources of additional funding if applicable. Excel document preferred.
  • Work samples: Submit one complete work and two excerpt samples of selected choreography. The samples should be representative of work within the past two years. Work samples must be submitted via links such as vimeo or youtube. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
  • Headshot: Please submit a high res (300 dpi) photo suitable for publicity.

Required from Nominating Organization:

  • Nominator’s recommendation: Please state the reasons for selecting the choreographer, include the significance of selecting the choreographer to the nominating organization. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Most recent financial and/or annual report
  • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • List of artistic and administrative staff, board of directors/trustees, and company members
  • Dance organizations/festivals only: Please submit a detailed list of the past emerging choreographers participating in the residency program in the past two years. Use the following headlines: Date of Residency, Name of Choreographer, Project Outcome.

Work Sample Guidelines

  • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by April 30, 2017 through July 31, 2017 to give the panel ample time to view the sample. It is strongly recommended that live streaming links be secure and you must provide the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with passwords.
  • It is recommended that one sample relates to, or demonstrates, the artistic focus of the proposed choreography.
  • Submit samples where the dancers are clearly visible and well framed on screen.
  • The Dance Panel will not view media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type submissions. Please do not use works edited with jumpcuts, dissolves, etc.
  • Full length piece: you may include one full-length piece. The complete work may be of any length; it is helpful to indicate your preferred viewing sections.
  • Excerpted samples: the other two work samples may be excerpts from choreographic work, and cannot exceed 10 minutes in total length. Be aware the panel wishes to evaluate a sequentially continuous segment of those excerpted samples. One of excerpts may be filmed in rehearsal.
    • The total of the excerpted choreography must not exceed 10 minutes. Samples longer than 10 minutes will not be viewed.

Start the Choreography Application

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2017 (11:59 PM PT)