Princess Grace Choreography Awards


Choreography Grant OpportunityApplication ComponentsWork Sample Guidelines

Deadline: April 30, 2019 (11:59 pm PST) - DEADLINE PASSED

The next available grant period is September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021. Applications will be available January 2020.

L to R: Norbert De La Cruz, Olivier Wevers, and Robyn Mineko Williams

Choreography Grant Opportunity


FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to an emerging choreographer through the nominating organization to help fund the creation of a new work. The fellowship objectives are: to support the choreographer’s next step toward creative and artistic advancement; and to encourage the professional dance company or organization to enhance the scope of their existing repertory; to offer new artistic challenges to company members. Note: Princess Grace Awards are for emerging artists, or artists at the outset of their careers. In its evaluation of "emerging," the Dance Panel considers the choreographer's total body of choreographic work, commissions, awards and grants to gauage whether the aggregate represents a mid-career juncture and therefore beyond the "emerging" development stage. 

The fellowship helps fund the creation of an original work for public concert performance(s) that will be presented by the nominating organization during the grant period. The new work may be brief but cannot exceed 20 minutes in length. The grant is for $10,000: $8,000 toward the choreographer’s fee and $2,000 toward expenses associated with commission. (Expenses can be the choreographer’s travel, lodging, or the production expenses for the new work, etc.)

Nominees and the proposed work must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The nominated choreographer may not be the artistic director or resident choreographer of the nominating organization.
  • The choreography must be set on the nominating organization’s dancers or project based dancers contracted specifically for this new work.  The project may not include personnel currently employed by or working for the nominated choreographer.  
  • Proposed work may not include the choreographer as a performer.
  • The nominated choreographer must demonstrate at least three years of choreographic experience. 
    • Within these three years, a maximum of two years may include dances created for college, university, and workshop settings. A minimum of one year must include work created for professional dance companies.
    • No more than three works may have been created on the nominating organization. This includes any works for the nominating organization’s affiliate’s such as its school/academy or junior/apprentice company. 
  • Re-staging or re-examining of existing choreography does not qualify as a new work.
  • Both the choreographic residency and the public performance(s) must occur within the grant period.

Am I Eligible to Apply?

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
  • Applicants must be nominated by a company artistic director.
  • Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Fellowships must be completed in the United States. 
  • The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization for at least three years.
  • Professional non-profit dance organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Employ professional artistic and administrative staff.
    • Have been in continuous operation as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit for at least 3 years.
    • Must demonstrate a history of hosting residencies for emerging choreographers for at least 3 years.
    • Have a total of at least 10 weeks of rehearsal and performance per year.
    • Demonstrate the ability to raise public and private funds.

Application Components


Required from Nominee:

  • Submit current resume and include dates of key training and performance history (if applicable). Within the same document. please list “Choreographic Commissions” separately, and include three columns for information as follows:
    • Commissioning organization
    • Date of the commission
    • Commission amount  

Optional: As a separate document please submit your performance and teaching resume (if applicable). Please be sure to list dates. 

  • Personal statement: Describe the goal of the choreographic inquiry and significance at this juncture of your career. Secondly include an abstract summarizing the proposed work, information about the music/composer, length of work, number of dancers, key collaborators, and any relevant production elements. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Budget: complete the online budget worksheet. You must indicate any sources of additional funding, if applicable. Please note the status of any additional funds either as "secured" or "pending". 
  • Work samples: Submit one complete work and two excerpt samples of selected choreography. All samples should have been created within the past two years. Work samples must be submitted via links such as Vimeo or YouTube. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
  • Headshot: Please submit a high res (300 dpi) photo suitable for publicity.

Required from Nominating Organization:

  • Nominator’s recommendation: Please state why the choreographer was nominated, and explain the significance of what the choreographer's work brings to your organization. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Biography of nominator: Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Most recent financial and/or annual report
  • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • List of artistic and administrative staff, board of directors/trustees, and company members
  • Dance organizations/festivals only: Please submit a detailed list of the past emerging choreographers participating in the residency program in the past two years. Use the following headlines: Date of Residency, Name of Choreographer, Project Outcome.

Work Sample Guidelines

  • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by April 30, 2019 through July 31, 2019.  We strongly recommend that live streaming links be secure and the password is provided to the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
  • The Dance Panel will not view media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type submissions. Please do not use works edited with jumpcuts, dissolves, etc.
  • Full length piece: you may include one full-length piece. The complete work may be of any length; it is helpful to indicate your preferred viewing sections.
  • Excerpted samples: the other two work samples may be excerpts from choreographic work, and cannot exceed 10 minutes in total length. Sequentially continuous segments are recommended for the excerpt samples.  One of excerpts may be footage from a studio or stage rehearsal.

Tips for successful work samples: 

  • Submit samples where the dancers are clearly visible, the footage is well lit and framed on screen. There is an option to film the excerpt in the studio if the performance footage is darkly lit or costuming conceals the dancer's body or comprimises the artistry. 
  • It is recommended that one sample relates to or demonsrates the artistic focus of the proposed choreography. 
  • When possible, please do not use samples with watermarks or footage filmed on a phone. Should work samples be filmed on a smart phone, film in landscape (horizontal). 

Choreography Applications were due April 30, 2019

2020 Applications will be available in January 2020


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** NOTE FOR DEVELOPMENT STAFF: Princess Grace Foundation-USA understands that development staff will often fill out forms for their nominee. Please start your nominee’s application using their email address and full name to create an account. DO NOT USE the login credentials used last year for this year’s applicant’s form or create a new nominee application using your email address. If you are nominating more than one person for different categories, please be sure to create a new user login for each applicant with their respective email addresses. You should login with your email address only for the nominator form.