Next Steps for Boston Dance

A partnership between the Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund

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With a mission to strengthen the field of dance in Greater Boston, Next Steps for Boston Dance provides multi-layered support for Greater Boston’s choreographers. This new grant program aims to support Greater Boston choreographers creating original work in any dance genre or at any career level to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing an artist with:

  • 250 hours of rehearsal space over 18 months; 
  • 6-10 consulting meetings with expert advisors in chosen areas of need and/or interest to the artist including artistic, organizational, technical, marketing and communication, or strategic/business planning; 
  • $5,000 in implementation funds to create or complete a project or take a “next step” in his or her work or career; and
  • A series of cohort meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships, and allow for co-learning.

Eligibility Requirements and Funding Restrictions

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet each of the following criteria.  Applying artists must:

  • Be creating original work in any genre of dance; 
  • Have choreographed and presented work for an audience in a public setting within the last 24 months (the event could have been ticketed or free for a specific or general audience, but cannot have been work created or presented while the artist was an undergraduate or post-secondary student);
  • Have a primary residence within the Boston Foundation's catchment area defined here; and
  • NOT currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or post-secondary program in dance or a related field, as post-secondary students currently seeking and working toward dance and related fields are ineligible to apply.

We will accept joint applications from artistic collaborators. Should you be considering completing a joint application, please contact Ruth Birnberg at ruthmbirnberg@gmail.com to discuss your application in advance of submitting.


Timeline

  • Program Launch Date:  September 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline:  October 24, 2016, 5 PM EST
  • Decisions Anticipated: December 2016
  • Grant Period: If awarded, all grant funds must be spent between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018

For this pilot round/first year of Next Steps, we are pleased to announce that a minimum of three grants will be awarded.


Rehearsal Space Site Options

As a component of Next Steps, awardees will be able to select a rehearsal space venue within which to work over the 18 month grant period, paid for by the granting organizations. Next Steps welcomes the following studios/venues as site partners:

Arts at The Armory    
Boston Ballet
Brookline Ballet    
Deborah Mason School of Dance     
Jose Matéo Ballet Theatre    
Mass Motion Dance    
The Dance Complex  
Tony Williams Dance Center  
Urbanity Dance    

Note that if you currently work in a space not listed above, we will gladly speak with the directors of the space to work out a partnership.


Application Process

All applicants must complete the Next Steps application using Submittable software.

Please click on the button below to access and complete the application before 5 PM on October 24, 2016.

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In fairness to all applicants, no deadline extensions will be granted.  As such, we strongly recommend you begin your application well before the due date to familiarize yourself with the required components and the software.

We strongly encourage applicants to register for and attend one of several scheduled Information Sessions to learn more about this grant program before applying.

All complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of grant reviewers made up of artists, arts administrators, and other experts in the philanthropic or dance fields. Consideration is given to ensuring the panel reflects the diverse field of dance in Greater Boston.

For planning, know that any grant funding provided directly to an individual artist (and not his or her fiscal agent or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) is taxable income for any amount received over and above $650. Taxes will be approximately 10-15% of an awardee’s total grant amount within a given calendar year; please plan accordingly.  To explore becoming fiscally sponsored by the Boston Dance Alliance click here.


Questions?

Please attend one of the upcoming Information Sessions (schedule can be found here). If your question is not answered in an Information Session, or if you are unable to attend, please email your question to Ruth Birnberg at ruthmbirnberg@gmail.com.

Next Step Grantees 
 

Jean Appolon 

Jean AppolonCo-founder and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a choreographer and teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  JAE is a Haitian contemporary dance company that combines Modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance. With its dynamic repertoire and dancers from diverse backgrounds, JAE educates audiences about Haitian culture, traditions, history, and current issues.  Jean Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince, and continued his dance education in the U.S, where he graduated with a BA from the Joffrey American Ballet School.   He teaches regularly at The Dance Complex and the Boston Ballet, among others. In 2006, Appolon founded a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers; his vision is to expand the summer course into a year-round program. 

 

Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O’Riley 

Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O'RileyRebecca McGowan and Jackie O'Riley are a duet specializing in old-style traditional Irish dance.  Originally drawn to the grace, musicality, and subtlety of older steps, they have been dancing and creating together for the past 8 years. They have performed traditional and original work at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, the Institute of Musical Traditions, and the Lowell Folk Festival, and are the recipients of the 2017 Next Steps grant for Boston-based choreographers through the Aliad Fund and the Boston Foundation. Independently, Jackie and Rebecca have both followed a long path of studying and spending time with masters in the tradition, including Patrick O’Dea, Michael Tubridy, Aidan Vaughn, and Kieran Jordan.  Both direct and teach unique, non-competitive Irish dance programs for youth and adults, and have been on the faculty of festival dance programs including MAD Week, the Augusta Heritage Center's Irish Arts Week, and the CIAW.

 

Kathleen Nasti 

Kat NastiKat Nasti is the Director of Kat Nasti Dance and the Executive Director of Green Street Studios.  She was a NYC based dancer for many years and worked with Radio City Christmas Spectacular, American Dance Machine, Lisa Giobbi, and Alyce Finwall among others.  Her choreographic work and teaching has been presented at venues across the East Coast.  She holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from Lehigh University, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow and President of the National Association of Women MBAs.

 

 

McKersin Previlus

McKersin PrevilusGrowing up without the means for dance classes, McKersin overcame his troubled environment, persevered and became the dancer that he is today; With Ethnic-Haitian dance already in his vocabulary, he started building a bigger arsenal with Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap. In college, he started trading work hours for classes and started studying ballet and modern intensively. Now, he is leading workshops throughout various parts of the country orientated towards social justice and, the roots of African American culture and movement. Out of his many projects and goals, his main and current project involves building up men in the inner city to become emotionally intelligent while being agents of social change within their community with the creation of a program called, Bridge 4 my Brothers. 

 

 

Emily Beattie 

Emily BeattieEmily Beattie is a radical dance artist, performer and educator based in Somerville. Her current collaborations with media artists Cari Ann Shim Sham and Eric Gunther of all real machines, each explore the the place of an embodied female experience in an overtechnologized world. Both projects are supported by New England Foundation for the Arts and The Boston Foundation. Her performance work for stage, site, and screens have been shown by the Boston CyberArts Festival, the ICA Boston, Gloucester New Arts Festival, Design Boston, and Ammerman Center for the Arts, the Waterfire Festival in Rhode Island, Los Angeles’ Fowler Museum, experimental Pieter Performance Space, the Hammer Museum, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department, New York’s Spoke of the Hub performance space and Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery | Staller Center for the Arts, and internationally in Quito Ecuador and Kyoto, Japan for the Kyoto Renku Festival. Emily is grateful to have completed national tours with David Rousseve/Reality and Lionel Popkin Dance Project. She holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory and an MFA from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

 

Alexander DavisAlexander Davis

Performer, choreographer, and fiber artist Alexander Davis is a graduate of Keene State College where he received a BA in English: Writing, and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance under the mentorship of William Seigh. Alex is currently a company Member at Urbanity Dance (Best of Boston 2015), as well as a performer with Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans (Best of Boston 2016). Alex is also a passionate arts administrator, a published memoirist, a sexual consent educator, and an okay comedian. He is currently knitting a wedding dress. For more information and upcoming performances please visit www.alexanderdavis.dance. @SayAnythingAlex

 

Peter DiMuro  

Peter DiMuroPeter DiMuro is a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator and arts engager, touring and teaching internationally. His creative umbrella is Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, a company currently focusing on large spectacles and miniature-scaled occurrences of dance/theatre. The company is a resident artist at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Peter was a recent recipient of the Boston Dance Alliance's Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship.  Current creative projects include a revival of “Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle,” which looks at multiple definitions of family in an alternative to a holiday Nutcracker experience, with an intergenerational cast of professionals and LGTBQ community members combined, and continuing to serve as the Executive Director of The Dance Complex in Cambridge.  Originally from Round Lake, IL he is the youngest of three children, the son of the Chief of Police (Dad) and a machinist/gal Friday (Mom). He has a niece named for the Crayola crayon, Sienna.