DFA offers direct support to individual artists who have developed a sustained and intentional practice of working through dance and movement-based modalities to address social change.

In this current round, DFA will fund 30 one-year fellowships of a minimum of $30,000 per awarded artist.

Fellowship funds can be used at the artist’s discretion. Awarded fellows are not required to complete a project with the financial award.

DFA will cover expenses for access and/or related travel during cohort convenings.


As an applicant, you must:

  • Have dedicated your practice to directly and meaningfully addressing the needs of one or more community(s).
  • Have respectful, ethical, and committed relationships with the communities with which your work is in dialogue
  • Have an artistic practice in dance and/or movement-based modalities.
  • Have not received major six-figure funding, such as MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards and Doris Duke Artist Awards.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Application Process and Assistance

All artists may apply to DFA regardless of Dance/USA membership status. Applicants first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The due date for the LOI is Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. By April 14, 2022, up to 60 applicants will be invited to submit full applications. Fellows will be notified in August 2022.

For more information, refer to the How to Apply and Translation and Accessibility sections below. In addition, Dance/USA encourages applicants to contact us with questions; to set up a time to speak with either Haowen Wang, Dance/USA’s Director of Regranting, or a proposal coach, see the To Get Help or Ask Questions or Reach Out to Dance/USA sections below.

How To Apply

There are two phases to the DFA application process:

Letter of Inquiry

All applicants must submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) by Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Applicants must complete an LOI form to provide basic information, document your experience, answer questions about your artistic practice, and submit brief samples of your work. The LOI will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. After the initial panel review, up to 60 applicant artists will be invited to submit Full Applications by April 14, 2022.

Full Application

The due date for full applications is Friday, May 13, 2022, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

The full application guidelines will be distributed by April 14, 2022. The full application will require each artist to:

  • Answer some additional questions about their artistic practice and how it addresses social change.
  • As relevant to the artistic practice, submit work samples, which can take a variety of forms. Samples may be videos (taken formally or informally), photos, documents, or other materials. Dance/USA and the peer panel understand that the quality of work samples can vary. Samples will represent only one piece of information considered by the panel.
  • Submit references of community members and leaders who can speak to your relationships with the community(s) you partner with.
  • Submit a short, informal video statement (e.g., using a phone or other camera) of up to five minutes answering a few questions about your artistic practice.

Both LOIs and full applications will be reviewed by a peer panel comprised of artists, educators, and administrators who specialize in areas including choreography, social justice, presenting, and reflective of a range of demographics and dance forms.

Visit to learn more and submit a Letter of Interest.


Organization/Company: Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists
Location: National
Deadline: December 8, 2021
How to Apply: Visit to learn more and submit a Letter of Interest.