Ali Kenner Brodsky; photo by Erin X. Smithers

(BOSTON, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce $25,000 in grants to the 28 inaugural grantees of the New England Dance Fund.

The New England Dance Fund was established in 2016 with the support of the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation in order to provide resources to New England’s choreographers to build their professional networks and skills, and take advantage of artistic opportunities. The Fund awarded grants to artists working in all six New England states over two application rounds in July and September 2016. The grants, ranging from $500 to $1,000, are made directly to choreographers and support a range of critical opportunities that will advance their careers. Projects include research, documentation, professional development opportunities, trainings, and more.

“NEFA is happy to offer this support to choreographers who work across the New England region, and to connect them to NEFA opportunities and networks such as CreativeGround and our New England States Touring initiative,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards. “We are grateful to the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation for their vision and support.”

New England Dance Fund Grantees:

  • Adrienne Hawkins, Roslindale, MA
  • Ali Kenner Brodsky, ali kenner brodsky & co., South Dartmouth, MA
  • Aparna Sindhoor, Navarasa Dance Theater, Somerville, MA
  • Aretha Aoki, Brunswick, ME
  • Arien Wilkerson, Tnmot Aztro, Hartford, CT
  • Candice Salyers, Northampton, MA
  • Christal Brown, The Opulence of Integrity, Middlebury, VT
  • Cookie Harrist, Hio Ridge Dance, Denmark, ME
  • Dopplegänger Dance Collective, Providence, RI
  • Douglas Webster, Ice Dance International, Kittery, ME
  • Hanna Satterlee, Montpelier, VT
  • Jenny Oliver, Modern Connections Collective, Boston, MA
  • Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, Jessie Jeanne Stinnett & Dancers, Somerville, MA
  • Junichi Fukuda, Portsmouth, NH
  • Kat Nasti, Norwood, MA
  • Marsha Parilla, Danza Orgánica, Boston, MA
  • Mouli Pal, Wilmington, MA
  • Paige Clausius-Parks, Fusionworks Dance Company, Lincoln, RI
  • Polly Motley, Stowe, VT
  • Ryan P. Casey, Woburn, MA
  • Sara Juli, Falmouth, ME
  • Serenity Smith Forchion, Nimble Arts, Brattleboro, VT
  • Sonia Plumb, Sonia Plumb Dance Company, West Hartford, CT
  • Sophia Herscu, Spoke Movement Ensemble, Somerville, MA
  • Ted Thomas, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Norwalk, CT
  • Theophilus Martey, Akwaaba Ensemble, Manchester, NH
  • Veronica Robles, East Boston, MA
  • Wendy Jehlen, ANIKAYA Dance Theater, Somerville, MA

To learn more about the grantees and projects receiving funding, visit NEFA’s Grant Recipient Database. The next deadline to apply to the New England Dance Fund is February 1, 2017.

About NEFA
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England's state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at


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