DADA | Application

Dance Artist Development Award

ARCOS Foundation for the Arts provides the Dance Artist Development Award to honor independent professional dance artists in Austin seeking to deepen, expand, or refine their practices. While many grants provide funding for artistic projects, the impact of which can be quantified (for example, by measuring audience members directly affected), this award is intended to provide dance artists the opportunity to take a risk to explore a practice- rather than product-based pursuit that may have a profound, long-term effects on their creative development and work going forward. Prior recipients have used the development funds to explore new movement modalities within and outside of our community, work with mentors to strengthen their self-producing capacity, and conduct leadership training in the arts as a method of social engagement and activism. In the fifth year of the DADA, ARCOS will present three awards: the three highest-scoring applicants will receive, in order, $800, $400, and a full scholarship to an ARCOS workshop.

We recommend applicants read responses to our Frequently Asked Questions for more essential information to submit your best application, including eligibility. Additional questions may be directed to Erica Gionfriddo at e.gionfriddo(at)arcosdance(dot)com.


Dance Artist Development Award 2020 | Application

  • (if applicable)
  • (must be within Austin, TX)
  • Please upload your CV (PDF)
  • (max 750 characters including spaces, around 100 words)
  • Briefly describe your personal artistic practice, interests, and relevant lineages. What might not be immediately evident from your biography and CV?

    (max 750 characters including spaces, around 100 words)
  • How do you propose to use the award to expand or deepen your established personal artistic practice? What new methods will you explore, and what specific resources will you pursue to do so (eg classes, workshops, instructors, mentors)? How does your proposed plan reflect a spirit of rigorous experimentation and commitment to lifelong learning as an independent artist?

    (max 1500 characters including spaces, around 200 words)
  • Work Samples

    Please submit 2 work samples. Accepted formats include video or audio links (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud) or PDF (using the file upload button). Total video and/or audio samples should be a maximum of 2 minutes and PDFs should be a maximum of five pages. Samples can include performance or choreography excerpts, teaching footage, music compositions, visual art, media design, or other evidence of your creative practice. Please also provide a brief description of each sample.
  • (max 70 characters including spaces, around 35 words)
  • (max 70 characters including spaces, around 35 words)
  • Upload a PDF file here if sample cannot be accessed via link.
  • Please upload an image of a recent headshot (JPG, GIF, PNG, or PDF). This will be used for a public announcement, should your application be selected to receive an award.
  • Please upload an image of documentation of your creative work or practice. This can be of you in performance, your choreography, a studio shot of teaching, etc. This will be used for a public announcement, should your application be selected to receive an award.
  • (please include photo credit, if necessary)
  • Please only hit "Submit" button once. Processing may take a minute. Thanks!



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division
of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.