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. Amounts generally range from $1,000-$2,500, paid as reimbursement.

Throughout our years in existence, American Dance Abroad has taken great care to ensure that our programs, our co-produced festival partnerships, promotion in our newsletters and other publications, and selection of individuals traveling with us are representative of the diverse fabric of what makes the U.S. unique in the world.  Through our work we have been diligent and committed to ensure that we provide equitable and inclusive access to people of color, to a broad range of generations working together, to gender balance, and to an equitable distribution representing American geography.  Moving forward, we remain committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusive practices through Rapid Response Travel Subsidies.

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/or 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.

Deadlines are not currently posted

Recent seed funding was awarded to:

  • Kimberly Bartosik, for a performance at Bratislave in Movement, in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Tresh/Preeti Vasudevan, for a performance at Irwin Theater, in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Nora Chipaumire, for a performance at Zodiak in Helsinki, Finland;
  • Ragamala, for a performance at Bogliasco Center for Performing Arts in Bogliasco, Italy;
  • Juel D. Lane, for a performance at The Lowry in Manchester, UK;
  • 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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