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
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 2020.
Choreographers of all dance styles/forms are welcome to apply.
Established Artist Residency
This residency is for artists who have been making work for at least 5 years. Artists can use the awarded hours throughout 2020.
Emerging Artist Residency
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
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 AIR Guidelines
(2020 residencies have been awarded)
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:
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.
Applications Accepted By Invitation Only
Urban Jazz Dance/Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival Residency
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
(25 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
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.