New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $752,500 in National Dance Project (NDP) grants to support the development of new dance works during the 2011-2012 seasons.

Twenty-one contemporary dance artists and companies were selected from over 115 applicants, and will receive NDP grants in amounts ranging from $21,500 to $40,000 to create new work that will tour during the 2012-2013 season. Arts organizations and others interested in presenting these works may apply for funding through NDP’s Presentation Grant program. 

Each U.S. grant recipient will also receive a general operating support grant of $10,500 thanks to additional funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These funds are intended to ensure organizational stability during this extraordinarily challenging economic period.

“The diversity of voices and perspectives in this group of dancemakers, and the demonstration of artistry - from emergent to iconic – is truly extraordinary,” said NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk. “We are delighted to play a role in sustaining a vibrant dance ecosystem through the National Dance Project.”

Since 1996, NDP has been a primary system of support for the contemporary dance field, supporting the production and touring of new dance works. In a field that has been historically under-funded, NDP is the only national program supporting individual dance artists and companies, whether established, emerging, culturally-specific, or experimental. To date, including these awards, NDP has supported the creation of over 246 new dance works, partnering directly with more than 300 U.S. presenters to connect projects with audiences in all 50 states.  Each year, 25 to 30 different dance projects are featured in engagements in an average of 250 communities across the country.

NEFA's National Dance Project is made possible with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The 2011 NDP Production grantees are:

Bebe Miller CompanyNew York, NYHistory
Brian Brooks Moving CompanyNew York, NYBIG CITY
Camille A. Brown & DancersQueens, NYUntitled
Doug Varone and DancersNew York, NYCarrugi
Emily Johnson/CatalystMinneapolis, MNNiicugni (Listen) – working title
iLand, Inc. (Jennifer Monson)New York, NYLive Dancing Archive
Kate Weare CompanyBrooklyn, NYGarden
Kota YamazakiBrooklyn, NY(glowing)
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.MotionBrooklyn, NYBoyz N The Hood – working title
Limón Dance CompanyNew York, NYLadies in White – working title
Lucky Plush ProductionsChicago, ILThe Better Half
Nora ChipaumireBrooklyn, NYMIRIAM
Pavel Zuštiak/Palissimo CompanyNew York, NYThe Painted Bird (Part III): Strange Cargo
Paul Taylor Dance CompanyNew York, NYThe Uncommitted
The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO)Philadelphia, PAWake Up
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance GroupNew York, NY(project) Moseses Project
Seán Curran CompanyNew York, NYSolstice: Seán Curran Company in collaboration with The King's Singers
Sean Dorsey Dance (Fresh Meat Productions)San Francisco, CAThe Secret History Of Love
Shen Wei Dance ArtsNew York, NYLimited States
Trisha Brown CompanyNew York, NYNew Work by Trisha Brown
Zero PerformanceSan Francisco, CATurbulence (a dance about the economy)


For further information about NDP, please visit or call 617.951.0010. To learn more about the grantees and their projects, look for the 2011 NDP Awards booklet, available in early September on NEFA’s website or by contacting

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NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the creative sector. NEFA is a 501 (c) (3) that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations and individuals.

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