Rapid Response


Rapid Response is a travel subsidy program to assist American dance companies and artists who receive invitations to perform, teach, or conduct creative research outside of the United States.

Any professional U.S. dance company can request Rapid Response support upon receiving an invitation from an international programmer, festival or venue. Rapid Response helps artists say “yes” before a programmer’s deadline, and provides leverage to raise additional travel funds. Amounts generally range from $1,000-$2,500, paid as reimbursement.

Support requests are reviewed quarterly.  Deadlines for 2017 are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Decisions are announced about one month after each deadline.

post-performance discussion with Inkboat

Post-performance discussion with Inkboat at PAM 2015.

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Recent seed funding was awarded to:

  • Schoen Movement Company, for  teaching, a creation residency, and a performance at L’association Hayyou’Raqs / Tawassel in Tunisia;
  • iMEE, for a performance at FIDCDMX in Mexico City;
  • Jonah Bokaer, for a performance at Dance Days Chania in Greece;
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem, for performances in Lithuania, Poland, and Hungary;
  • Sara Juli, for a performance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland;
  • PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATRE, for a performance residency at Folkwang Tanz Studio/Extra Schicht Festival in Essen, Germany;
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre, for a performance at 10th Theatre and Dance International Festival Antifaz / FINTDAZ 2017 in Antifaz, Chile;
  • Bridgman|Packer Dance for a performance at New Baltic Dance Festival in Vilinius, Lithuania;
  • Zoe Rabinowitz/Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, for a performance at Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival/Ramallah Cultural Palace in Palestine;
  • Christopher Rudd/ RudduR Dance, for a performance at the Ouagadougou International Dance Festival (FIDO) in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso;
  • 10 Hairy Legs, for a performance at Cape Town International Dance Festival in Cape Town, South Africa;
  • Stephen Petronio Company, for a performance at Bratislava im Movement Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia, as part of a tour through Eastern Europe;
  • Megan Bridge/, for a performance at the Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, Germany;
  • DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, for a performance at the Stadttheater Fürth in Bavaria, Germany;
  • Yanira Castro/a canary torsi, for a research residency at Dancehouse in Melbourne, Australia;
  • Eiko Otake, for a performance at Festival Santiago a Mil, in Santiago, Chile;

View the full list of projects we’ve funded.


American Dance Abroad’s Rapid Response project has assisted U.S. dance artists in traveling to these locations.

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