In Dance Preview

Alivia Schaffer and Dazaun Soleyn dancing at Shawl Anderson Dance Center.

Weaving the Generations Together Through “Quilted Ancestors” by Dazaun Soleyn

In advance of publishing our Fall issue of In Dance we are previewing articles that reflect diverse voices and conversations.


Welcome Chibueze, Zellerbach Family Foundation’s First Community Arts Fellow

The Community Arts Fellowship emerged from the foundation’s effort to activate its strategic framework: an integrated approach to grantmaking that promotes belonging, connection, and a shared sense of safety among people and communities across the Bay Area and California. In their role as Community Arts Fellow, Chibueze will help the foundation actualize its belief in the power of arts and culture to bring people together, change hearts and minds, and imagine a better future.


Creative Work Fund announces $636 Thousand in grants to 13 Northern California artists to create new artworks with nonprofit organizations

Choreographer Eric Solano and World Arts West are collaborating to create Ipat a Kadsakay, is a new ritual dance work inspired by the Sagayan Dance from the Maguindanaon Ipat ritual, performed by Parangal Dance Company.


NEFA’s National Dance Project Announces 2023 Production Grants, including inkBoat, RUPTURE, and Nava Dance Theatre

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $2,030,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support the creation of 20 new dance projects that will be shared across the United States. In addition, NDP has awarded $200,000 in Finalist Awards to 20 new dance projects.


Welcoming ACTA’S 2023 Apprenticeship Recipients

Now entering its 23rd cycle, ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state’s living cultural heritage by contracting exemplary mentor artists to offer intensive training and mentorship to skilled apprentices. Contracts of $5,000 are made with California-based mentor artists to cover their fees, supplies, and travel. Participants work closely with ACTA staff to develop and document the apprenticeships, culminating in opportunities to share results of their work with the public.


Spring 2023 CA$H Dance Grant Recipients

Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce it has awarded $100,000 in grants to 20 Bay Area dance artists/partnerships and organizations. Each grantee will receive $5,000 as part of the Spring 2023 round of CA$H Dance.

CASH Dance Spring 2023 PR


Upcoming Deadlines

For more deadlines, visit our Grants, Residencies & Opportunities Calendar


SF Arts Commission: Arts Impact Endowment – Project-Based Initiative

Supports the production and/or presentation of project-based artistic works in all disciplines, accessible to the general public in San Francisco. Applications will be reviewed by funding area: arts education/creative exploration, space, core project support, or individual artists support. Due Thu, Oct 5. Read more...


Native Cultures Fund

Supports artists, culture bearers, and educators from the Tolowa/Dee-ni’ Nation peoples near the Oregon border, inland to the Paiute and Shoshone Nations along the Nevada border, and south to the Chumash peoples of the Santa Barbara area. The Native Cultures Fund is dedicated to supporting California’s original peoples, their art and cultural revitalization. Individuals, organizations, or community partnerships may apply. NCF grant funding is between $1,000 and $10,000. Due Sun, Oct 15. Read more…


The Shubert Foundation

Provides unrestricted grants for general operating support, primarily to professional producing theatre and dance companies. Shubert Foundation grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and must submit current audited financial statements in order to be eligible for funding. The Foundation does not support fiscally sponsored organizations. Applications are due by 3pm PT. Due Wed, Oct 18. Read more…


Horizons Foundation: Community Issues Funding Program

Provides support to LGBTQ nonprofit organizations and programs based in our local community: the nine counties of the SF Bay Area. Central to their mission, supporting these organizations’ programs, services, and advocacy helps advance a world where all LGBTQ people live freely and fully. Open to all nonprofits and fiscally sponsored programs that meet eligibility criteria and whose work falls within these overall funding areas: Advocacy and Civil Rights, Arts and Culture, Community Building and Leadership, Health and Human Services. Maximum award of $15,000. Due Tue, Oct 31. Read more…

Sep 2023

Taking Up Space: A conversation between two dancers combating anti-fatness

by Kat Koenemann and Alex Tiscareno

In order to advance body inclusivity within the dance field we have to destroy this oppressive system and reimagine a world where everyone is valued equally.

Sep 2023

Putting Down Roots and Raising Voices: Black Women Leaders at the Dance/USA Conference

by Andréa Spearman

As I watched these performances and heard words of gratitude and honorees’ accolades, it dawned on me how many Black women were in the room: in the audience, presenting on stage, being lifted up among their colleagues. For decades of hard work. Would I be one of them one day?


Oct 4

Experience the expansive power of imagination and remarkable creative drive in this collection of short experimental screendance works. Through unflinching engagement with inequity, authoritarian delusions, and the climate crisis, filmmakers discover paths to healing and liberation through artistic inspiration and embodied expression that push dance to a higher plane of possibility and meaning. Program Sponsor: Carol Keller

Oct 5

Get lost in storytelling with this seamless fusion of dance, dialogue, acting and cinematography. In this selection of six short narrative films, the universal language of dance colors a diverse array of scenes, atmospheres, and characters—each in under 15 minutes. Journey from a whimsical film set to a futuristic digital dystopia and delve deeply into contemporary issues of joy, loss, perseverance, and the abiding strength of the human spirit. With each dance move, each line of dialogue, and each meticulously framed shot, the Narrative Shorts program encapsulates the power of collaboration between dance artists, actors, choreographers, and filmmakers. Co-presented by ODC

Oct 5

“Dancing in A-Yard” is an intimate look into the lives of ten men in a rehabilitative dance program in Los Angeles County’s California State Prison at Lancaster. By dancing and telling their stories together, these men and their instructor challenge toxic masculinity, confront stigmas faced by incarcerated people, and break the taboo against dancing behind bars. Their shared desire for personal transformation and the creation of a new prison culture inspires hope for progressive reforms and the potential for dance to positively impact the lives of incarcerated people, their families, and communities. Co-Presented by ODC

Oct 6

This unique performance takes place amidst an immersive exhibit featuring nature-inspired visuals, meditative soundscapes, and serene reflection areas. Discover an immersive journey that explores the art of finding and maintaining flow in daily life and in relation to natural bodies of water from the perspective of Black women.

Oct 6

Presented in partnership with Empowerment Avenue and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Flyaway’s newest project advances the company’s multi-year exploration of the experiences of people impacted by incarceration. Flyaway Artistic Director Jo Kreiter conceived If I Give You My Sorrows as an extension of The Decarceration Trilogy, which exposed the devastating effects of prison in the U.S. At its heart, the project explores the power of sleep and dreams – and the right of women to have an interior life.

Oct 6

Blazing forward into our next 20 years with company choreographers Maria Basile and Nhan Ho and guest choreographers Kara Davis, Rogelio Lopez and Cathleen McCarthy. Join us for an evening of exquisitely inspired dance and live music with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.



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