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.

A Curious Invasion/ Zollverein,
 by Jonathan Hsu

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

Apply Now. 

Recent seed funding was awarded to:

  • 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;
  • 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.

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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