Apply Now: WNY Choreographers Initiative

Attention choreographers: NYSCA partner NYS Danceforce is now accepting applications for the new Western New York Choreographers’ Initiative!

The WNY Choreographers’ Initiative is a new program designed to help WNY resident choreographers working in all dance genres develop their skills through resources including:

  • A $2,500 choreographer stipend
  • Rehearsal fees of up to $3,240 to compensate professional dancers 
  • Creative studio time, including up to $600 in rental fees
  • Professional mentorship, with a $1,500 stipend for a mentor of the choreographer's choosing
  • Travel expenses for mentor and dancers

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to developing their artistic profile within their community over the next five years.

The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Artistic excellence
  • Project excellence
  • Impact on the artist’s development

Each choreographer who receives an award through the program will:

  • Complete a residency program over three consecutive weekends, culminating in a work-in-progress showing or open rehearsal
  • Meet with a mentor of their choosing twice during their residency
  • Hire dancers who are New York State residents

NYSCA supports the WNY Choreographers Initiative and Danceforce through our Dance Program. To apply and for more information on the fellowship and Danceforce, visit

Photo: BalletX, presented through DanceForce in Oneida and Herkimer Counties in partnership with Hamilton College, Herkimer County BOCES and Utica Dance Foundation.