New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $821,500 in National Dance Project (NDP) grants to support the development of new dance works that will tour the U.S. during the 2013-2014 season.

Twenty-one dance artists and companies were selected from 131 competitive applications, and will receive grants ranging from $31,000 to $40,000. Arts organizations and others interested in presenting these new works may apply for funding through the National Dance Project Presentation Grant program.  “We’re proud to have selected this extraordinary group of projects, and we’re grateful to the artists, the presenter partners, and the funders who make NDP possible,” said NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk.

Each U.S. grant recipient will also receive $10,500 in general operating support, thanks to additional funding for the fourth consecutive year, provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to help ensure organizational stability during this challenging economic period. 

Five of the companies to receive grants this year have participated in one of NDP’s Regional Dance Development Initiatives. “We know how important it is to support artists at all stages of development, and it’s exciting to see these artists join a distinguished cohort of funding recipients,” said NDP program manager Sara Nash.  With geographically specific funding, RDDI “labs” bring together choreographers, presenters, and faculty in a specific region for a two week program to advance ideas and build partnerships.  “Without hesitation, I can say that those two weeks [at the New England RDDI in 2007] shaped the trajectory of my career,” said 2012 NDP Award Recipient Adele Myers. NDP has produced RDDI labs in Portland, OR, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New England since launching the initiative in 2003.

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 remains the only national program dedicated to 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 305 new dance works, partnering directly with more than 300 U.S. presenters to connect projects with audiences in all 50 states, D.C. and the U.S Virgin Islands.  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 with additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Support from the NEA provides funding for choreographers in the early stages of their careers.

The 2012 NDP grant recipients are:

Adele Myers and Dancers*Hamden, CTEinstein's Happiest Thought
Armitage Gone! DanceNew York, NYFables on Global Warming
Ballet HispanicoNew York, NYSortijas
BodyCartography Project*Minneapolis, MNSuper Nature
Dance Theatre of HarlemNew York, NYFar But Close
David Dorfman DanceNew York, NYCome, and Back Again
David Roussève/REALITYLos Angeles, CAStardust
Doug Elkins/Barbara Karger/Michael PrestonBrooklyn, NY, & New Brunswick, NJUntitled
Karen Sherman*Minneapolis, MNOne with Others
LeeSaar The CompanyNew York, NYgrass and jackals

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

San Francisco, CATimes Bones
Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES*Minneapolis, MNThe Main Street Project
Morgan Thorson*Minneapolis, MNJourneyman
Ralph Lemon/Cross PerformanceNew York, NYScaffold Room
Raphael XavierPhiladelphia, PAThe Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance
Robert Moses' KinSan Francisco, CANEVABAWARLDAPECE
Stephen Petronio CompanyNew York, NYLike Lazarus Did
Susan Marshall & CompanyNew York, NYBodies and Guitars
Tere O'Connor DanceNew York, NYUntitled
Voloshky Ukranian Dance EnsemblePhiladelphia, PASTEPPES: A Crossover

*RDDI artists

To learn more about the grantees and their projects, look for the 2012 NDP Awards booklet, available in early September on, or by contacting program manager Sara Nash at 617.951.0010 x512 or

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