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For 2020!



SADC offers three distinct residencies that are open to applications from the public. None of these awards require a final piece or other product. These residencies offer the gift of time and space. Artists can use the awarded hours throughout 2019.


Choreographers of all dance styles/forms are welcome to apply.

Established Artist Residency
(50-100 hours)

This residency is for artists who have been making work for at least 5 years. Artists can use the awarded hours throughout 2019.

Emerging Artist Residency

(30 hours)

This residency is for an artist (of any age) who is within the first 5 years of making work. The choreographer will be given 30 hours of studio time at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center to experiment, create, rehearse, and dialogue. ​


New Voice Residency

(30 hours)

This residency is for dancers who have primarily worked for many years as performers and collaborators with other choreographers; it supports a professional performer who is interested in shifting focus and would like to explore their own voice as a choreographer.

Creative Dialogue Residency,

(50 hours) new this year!

This residency pairs a local choreographer with Randee Paufve or Nina Haft, the artistic directors of two of SADC's Companies in Residence. The goal is to have access to a colleague and mentor for conversation, suggestions, dialogue, feedback, and more. The goal is support and growth.

Artists will receive 50 hours of rehearsal space at SADC. In addition, Nina or Randee will be available for 10 hours to attend rehearsals, meet for coffee, attend a show together at SADC, etc. The residency can take many forms and will be collaboratively designed in order to best serve the resident.

Dates of Creative Dialogue Residencies:

Nina Haft: January 1, 2020 - June 1, 2020
Randee Paufve: September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Artists with 2-3 years of making work are eligible to apply. (Choreography made in college cannot be counted within these 2-3 years; graduate level work can be counted.) 

Interested choreographers can submit an application to work with both Randee and Nina, and can also apply for the Emerging or Established Artist Residency (same application, additional questions, no additional application fee).

2020 Artist in Residence Guidelines:

  • Applications are due by October 1st, 2019

  • The panel will review applications in October, and all applicants will be notified by November 15, 2019 by email.

  • Available hours for residency use are Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm, Fri: 9am-7:30pm, Sa-Su: 9am-4:30pm

    • PLEASE NOTE: The time slots with the most availability are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.

    • The time slots that are available, but fill quickly due to high demand are:

      • Monday-Thursday 7:30pm-9:30pm

      • Saturdays 9am-4pm

      • Sundays 11:30am-4pm

  • If you applied previously and were not selected, you are encouraged to re-apply.

  • If you have been an Artist in Residence in the past, you may apply for a second residency after your last one. (For 2020, Artists in Residence from 2017 and earlier may apply.)

  • Dancers currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate dance program are not eligible to apply.

  • There is $25 fee to apply. (The value of the residencies range from $480 to $1600.) This fee directly supports the cost of running the AIR program at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. The fee is paid online when you submit your application

  • SADC is committed to helping all interested artists apply for the 2020 Artist in Residence Program. No one is turned away for lack of funds.  Please contact Jill Randall at for information about financial assistance.

  • From August 20th through September 20th, Artistic Director Jill Randall can review any drafts of applications and offer feedback. (Jill is not on the selection panel.)

    Email Jill at and provide a Google Doc with the draft of your responses and video links. She will review the drafts and offer feedback within a week via email or document comments.

2018 AIR recipient Katie Faulkner.

Support an Artist in Residence!

One of the ways we ensure the future of dance is through our residency programs, which provide free space for choreographers and companies to create and rehearse. Residencies are a critical tool for choreographers, who spend countless hours in the studio creating, designing and revising the art that is eventually witnessed by the public in performances. With grants dwindling and space difficult to find, artists are increasingly looking to community hubs like Shawl-Anderson for support.
$16 provides one artist with one hour of rehearsal space
$64 provides four artists with one hour of rehearsal space
$112 provides one artist with one weeks worth of rehearsal space
$400 provides one artist with half the rehearsal space provided by their residency

ARTISTS IN          



Now in its 14th year, the Artist in Residence Program at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center offers seven artists each year the opportunity of time, space, support, and collegiality without the pressure to produce performances.


Space is one of the most important component for dance-makers, and can be one of the largest expense for artists.  By providing 25-100 hours of free rehearsal space with no additional requirements, artists have the opportunity to explore, innovate, and expand their creative practices.

2019 Recipients:

Established Artist Residency

Byb Chanel Bibene | Embodiment Project

Epiphany Dance Theater | Megan Nicely


Emerging Artist Residency

Liv Schaffer | randy reyes

New Voices Residency

Rebecca Morris

Frank Shawl Residency

Jessica Damon | Wax poet(s) | Andrew Merrell & Shaunna Vella

Black Choreographers Festival Residency

Shawn Hawkins | Joslynn Mathis Reed

Deaf Dance Festival Residency

Urban Jazz Dance/Antoine Hunter


Past Recipients:


Black Choreographers Festival Winter Residency: Visceral Roots Dance | Dazaun Soleyn

The 2018 Frank Shawl Artist in Residence: Tanya Chianese | Nol Simonse

Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival Residency : Urban Jazz Dance/Antoine Hunter

Established Artist Residency: Erika Chong Shuch | Katie Faulkner

Emerging Artist Residency: Julie Crothers

New Voice Residency: Ragbag Dance


Iu-Hui Chua | Xochi Colmenarez | Kim Ip | Dohee Lee | Mix'd Ingrdnts | Karla Quintero | Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations


Seasonal: Christy Funsch | Lauren Baines | Mariah Steele

Hourly: Heidi Carlsen | Claudia Anata | Aura Fishbeck | Katharine Hawthorne



Seasonal: Mid To West Dance Collective | Lisa Hyde | Fog Beast

Hourly: Jessi Barber (Everything All At Once) | Melanie Cutchon | Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban & Ramon Pulido


Seasonal: Kate Jordan  | Stranger Lover Dreamer

Hourly: Tanya Chianese | Tyler Eash | Daria Kaufman | Rogelio Lopez.


Rebecca Wilson | Troy Macklin | Ashley Trottier & Jochelle Pereña | Kevin Paul Hockenberry



Melecio Estrella and Andrew Ward (Fog Beast) | Anne-Rene Petrarca | Peiling Kao



Valerie Gutwirth | Nadia Oka | Janet Das | Anne-Lise Reusswig



Kimiko Guthrie (Dandelion Dance Theater)



Maureen Miner | Nina Haft



Abigail Hosein (ahdanco) | Aileen Kim | Marcia Cantillana



Katie Faulkner (little seismic dance company) | Jane Schnorrenberg & Kegan Marling (SPOON)



Randee Paufve | Dana Lawton



Nina Haft | Carol Kueffer


COMPANIES IN          



Paufve Dance

in residence since 2006

Director: Randee Paufve

Paufve Dance was founded in 2003 to support the work and vision of choreographer Randee Paufve, and to further explore avenues for movement research, live performance and community outreach.  Paufve’s choreography challenges ideas about contemporary concert dance through site-specific solo explorations and collaborations with artists who bring a broad spectrum of inquiry to live performance.  The work both reveres and smashes against form, engaging with processes and performances that aim to reflect our world as it is, at this moment. Paufve Dance is committed to choreography as a potent medium for expression, with the belief that dance can capture, describe and illuminate every aspect of the human condition.

Nina Haft & Company

in residence since 2010

Director: Nina Haft

Nina Haft & Company is an Oakland-based contemporary dance group known for their cultural commentary and site-specific works. Their Dance in Unexpected Places series has presented dance in train stations, libraries, pubs, synagogues, dockyards, government buildings and historic Mountain View Cemetery.


in residence since 2014

Director: Abigail Hosein

ahdanco is a modern dance company founded in Oakland in 2002. Their mission is to design universal dances that enhance empathy by exposing that which is brilliant and dark within the individual and communal human psyches. Hosein's choreography contains lush, fluid movement paired with dissonant details to reflect the sense that life consists of ease accented with discord.  ahdanco works with dancers of different ages, backgrounds, sizes, styles of moving, experiences, injuries and abilities to create a picture of realism within a sometimes esoteric art form. Their goal is to give the audience an overall sense of familiarity with the experience they are viewing by delivering “a well-chosen imaginative vocabulary which produce[s] choreographies with emotional resonance.” - Rita Feliciano

Dana Lawton Dancers

in residence since 2016

Director: Dana Lawton

Dana Lawton Dances' mission is to celebrate social diversity and develop meaningful collaborations with other artists. The company ranges in age from 25-70. Working with dancers of diverse ages offers a unique perspective into the rich multiplicity of human lives, provides the audience with a new perspective on what constitutes a dancer, and inspires people to re-imagine what is possible at any age.


Applications Accepted By Invitation Only

Urban Jazz Dance/Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival Residency

(50 hours)

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is pleased to be hosting a 50-hour residency with choreographer Antoine Hunter (Urban Jazz Dance) in preparation for the annual Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival.



Black Choreographers Festival Winter Residency

(50 hours from December-February)

The Black Choreographers Festival and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center are partnering together to support one artist each year, who will be presented in the February festival. The selected artist will receive 50 hours of studio time.



The Frank Shawl Artist in Residence

(40 hours)

Continuing the work of Co-Founder Frank Shawl and his support of Bay Area artists, the Directors of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center will personally select one artist for a 40-hour residency. The Directors will select an artist based on observation of an artist’s work, artistic curiosities, and commitment to the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center community and/or greater Bay Area dance ecosystem.