Artist Residency


In an effort to nurture NC choreographers, build a network of dance artists, and support the development of high-quality dance work, the NC Dance Festival will select choreographers to be artists-in-residence in Dance Project’s Greensboro studio or Durham’s Barriskill Dance Theatre School’s studio during the 2024-25 season. 

Choreographers may apply in 1 of our 2 residency tracks.

  • The Embark track is a 6 month residency, designed for early-career artists, including recent college or graduate school graduates. Applicants to the Embark track will likely have limited or no experience presenting their choreography outside of academic settings. This is ideal for someone needing a bridge to the NC professional dance community, and artists chosen must commit to being in NC during the residency period: June 2024-December 2024.
  • The Explore track is a year-long residency, designed for artists who have completed the 6 month residency or who have additional professional experience, including experience presenting their choreography outside of academic settings. Artists finishing a graduate program who have this experience may apply in either track. Artists chosen must commit to being in NC during the residency period: June 2024-June 2025.


Both tracks provide space, peer support, and professional development to dance artists who are looking to create new work, explore new territory, develop an artistic practice, and/or gain additional experience developing their craft. Preference will be given to artists who do not otherwise have affordable access to rehearsal space. This residency is more than a space grant; selected artists should be prepared to engage with their fellow artists in residence regularly, and attend scheduled cohort meetings.

Interdisciplinary artists and artists interested in community-based practices are strongly encouraged to apply, along with choreographers working in more formal dance practices. We seek a diverse and passionate group of artists working in any dance genre! Students in a dance-degree program are not eligible. Artists who participated in the residency program prior to 2023-24 are eligible to apply again.

Dance Project is partnering with Barriskill Dance Theatre School in Durham, NC, to provide a residency location more conveniently located to the Triangle community. Resident artists in Durham or Greensboro will all be part of the cohort and will likely participate in occasional programming in both locations over the residency. 

Dance Project/NC Dance Festival is working towards creating a space where people, no matter who they are, can see themselves reflected in our programming. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people in the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities or who are members of other systemically marginalized communities.

Artists will receive: 

  • Up to 3-4 hours weekly of free rehearsal space during their residency period, to be scheduled around classes happening in the studios.
  • Opportunity for creative support and mentorship from NC Dance Festival director, past and current resident artists, and other members of the NC dance community. 
  • Discounted access to Dance Project’s drop-in adult classes and master classes, including the August 2024 Dance Project Intensive.
  • Professional development support that may include grant review, teaching opportunities, and professional networking.
  • Opportunity to audition area dancers for their work.
  • Chance to share creative work with the general public in various settings.
  • Publicity support via Dance Project’s social media.

Expectations for Embark artists:

  • Must attend cohort meetings in June, August, November (meetings will be held virtually if necessary).
  • Attendance at August 2024 Dance Project Summer Intensive is STRONGLY encouraged
  • Regular communication with creative “buddy” within the residency cohort
  • Must share work in progress in January 2025 showing in a format that fits the artist/work.


Expectations for Explore artists:

  • Must attend cohort meetings in June, August, November, February, April (held virtually if necessary)
  • Attendance at August 2024 Dance Project Summer Intensive is STRONGLY encouraged
  • Regular communication with creative “buddy” within the residency cohort
  • May share work in progress in January 2025 showing, and must share work in May/June 2025 in a culminating showing/performance
  • Explore artists will serve as mentors to a future year’s Artist in Residence cohort.


Artists will work with Dance Project staff on the collection and sharing of publicity materials that may include: photos and videos of rehearsals, artist interviews, or other social media materials.

Notes to keep in mind:

  • Summer rehearsal space will be limited, due to summer camps in the studios. During the Fall semester (begins late August), rehearsal space is most available weekdays during the day until 3:30 p.m. Weekends are highly sought after, so space is limited, but possible.
  • In addition to the hours you spend in the studio, plan on a few hours a month to connect with fellow cohort members, attend cohort meetings, etc.
  • Experimental work is great, but work should not damage studio floors, equipment, or other furnishings. Resident artists are required to help keep the studios clean and well-cared for. 
  • Dance Project studios are located within the Greensboro Cultural Center. It is a dynamic, creative place to be–and it is a City building with many other organizations and arts groups. Artists and their dancers must be respectful of the building tenants and rules.
  • Artists must follow any protocols and guidelines of the host studio related to COVID-19. 
  • Resident artists who do not fulfill the expectations of the program or who regularly miss their arranged rehearsal time without prior communication will be removed from the program.

Click here to preview the application questions. Complete application consists of:

  • Online application (via Google Form), including a link to the video submission
  • CV/Resume (submitted as a link in the Google Form or emailed)
  • Application fee (paid via Square), if submitting after Feb 5.

Submission Fees:

Did you apply to just one call? Select “Single Submission” ($10)

Did you apply to 2 or more of these calls? Select “Multiple Submissions” ($20)

1. Check out our FAQs.

2. Join Festival Director Anne Morris for a Q&A session via Zoom

(recommended for new applicants, but not required)

February 1, 6:30pm-7:30pm

February 11, 4pm-5pm

Register here for the Zoom link

Applicants (particularly new applicants) are encouraged, but not required, to attend one of the Q&A sessions, held over Zoom. Interested applicants may stop by at any point during this window to ask questions 1:1 and discuss their application with Festival Director Anne Morris. (Artists are not expected or required to stay for the full window of time.) Artists interested in applying for ANY of the NCDF Season Opportunities may attend either session. Sessions will not be recorded, because the conversation will be tailored to whatever questions come up.

3. Can’t make one of the Q&A sessions and still have questions? Email Anne at (please allow 24-48 hours for a reply).