Rapid Response


While COVID-19 is prevalent, applications are still welcome for when companies begin traveling again.

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 supports a broad distribution of companies/artists, considering a balance of career stages, geographies (of both the U.S.-based artist and the international programmer), dance genres, types of engagement, etc. Amounts generally range from $1,000-$2,500, paid as reimbursement.

Gallim_Stone Skipping by Artistic Director and Choreographer Andrea Miller_proscenium premiere at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg_ Photo Credit Bohumil Kostohryz (c) boshua

Gallim’s Stone Skipping by Andrea Miller, at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Photos by Bohumil Kostohryz.

Rapid Response funds are intended to: 1) generate new opportunities for American dance companies and artists; and 2) provide support for projects where initial leverage is needed or to close the budgetary gap to ensure an engagement. Priority will be given to requests that reflect these needs. Rapid Response funds are not intended for pre-tour preparation or ongoing touring support.

Each round of Rapid Response is unique in terms of the amount of funds available to distribute compared to the number of applications received. Due to the volume of applications, individual feedback on submissions cannot be not provided.

Support requests are reviewed quarterly. Deadlines are March 1 (for engagements on or after May 1), June 1 (for engagements on or after August 1), September 1 (for engagements on or after November 1), and December 1 (for engagements on or after February 1) of each year. Decisions are announced two to four weeks after each deadline.

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Recent seed funding was awarded to:

  • FUKUDANCE, for a performance at Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City, Mexico;
  • BODYART, for a performance, teaching and outreach at JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival in Durban, South Africa;
  • Gabrielle Revlock, for a performance at Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata, India;
  • Laurie Sefton/Clairobscur Dance Company, for a performance at Zawirowania Dance Theatre in Warsaw, Poland;
  • Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, for a performance at Zawirowania Dance Theatre in Warsaw, Poland;
  • Sidra Bell Dance New York, for a performance at Vara Konserthus in Vara, Sweden;
  • Patricia Noworol Dance Theater, for a performance at internationale tanzmesse nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany;
  • Shamel Pitts, for teaching and performances at Dock 11 / Eden in Berlin, Germany and Derida Dance Center in Sofia, Bulgaria;
  • nora chipaumire, for a performance at Operaestate Festival in Bassano de Grappa, Italy and Tanz im August in Berlin, Germany;
  • Gallim Dance Company, for a performance at Le Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg in Luxembourg;
  • Julian Barnett, for a performance at Performática: International Forum of Contemporary Dance and Movement Arts in Mexico City, Mexico;
  • James | McGinn & Again, for a performance at Théâtre de Vanves in Paris, France;
  • Rebecca Margolick Projects, for a performance at Derida Dance Center in Sofia, Bulgaria;
  • 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.

View the full list of projects we’ve funded.

Clip the map to see all locations that artists have traveled to with support from Rapid Response.

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