Choreographic Residencies Across The Country

By Denise Solleza, Lee Slinger
In the September/October issue, Colleen Snell provides a personal look at her experiences and development at one choreographic residency, Springboard Danse 2015, in June, in Montréal. 
Choreographic residences are an opportunity to develop work and to grow as an artist. They come in all shapes and sizes. Most provide artists with the time to explore and create, but they can also provide support through rehearsal space, technological and production expertise and mentorships. The following list provides a convenient source of information about various choreographic residencies across the country. 
Artscape Gibraltar (Toronto)
The Banff Centre (Banff, Alta.)
  • Indigenous Dance Residency: a four-week intensive residency for twelve dancers of indigenous background providing technique and improvisation classes and the development of new choreographic work.
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Residency: provides technical support and space for rehearsals and performances for artists generating work that blurs boundaries.
  • banffcentre.ca
The Dance Centre (Vancouver)
Artists-in-Residence Program
  • Facilitates the creations of new works and the promotion of works among new audiences, includes studio space and technical residencies. 
  • Residencies are open to collaborations with both professionals and non-professional enthusiasts, but also for teaching and creating in non-traditional contexts and environments with specific communities.
  • Supports research and collaboration between dance artists adn other disciplines. 
  • Provides two weeks of subsidized studio space. There is an informal studio presentation, open to the public, upon completion. 
  • thedancecentre.ca
Dancemakers (Toronto)
  • Facilitates three levels of residencies – resident artists, technical residency and emerging artists-in-residence – as well as various other programs for sharing and thinking about work.       
  • Residencies chosen by the curators.
  • dancemakers.org
Dance Victoria (Victoria)
  • Facilitates a technical residency. 
  • Residencies are identified and chosen through conversations with Dance Victoria and the artist.    
  • info@dancevictoria.com
Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program (Scarborough, Ontario)
  • Held at Fool’s Paradise, the former home and studio of artist Doris McCarthy overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs, it is a multi-disciplinary live-in residency, organized by the Ontario Heritage Trust, that is meant to demonstrate the inspirational value of the landscape and the restorative qualities of the environment. 
  • Applications are due September 30th.   
Hatch (Toronto)
  • A flexible performing arts residency centred on the procesnium stage of the 180-seat Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. 
  • Provides space and time in theatre, production assistance, dramaturgy, communications and technical support. 
  • Residencies are usually about one week in length, in April, with applications for the following year due in June. 
  • harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch
Heliconian Club (Toronto)
  • A non-profit organization founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and engage intellectually.
  • Dance artist-in-residence has regular access to a large rehearsal space for a year.
  • The position is open to female artists only.
  • Applications are due in summer.
  • heliconianclub.org
hub14 (Toronto)
  • Offers a wide range of residencies: the research hub (for early-stage works), the launchpad (for commissioned works), community chest (works with a community focus), live-in (with accommodations for up to two weeks) and the gallery series (with access to pop-up gallery space).
  • Applications due at the beginning of July.
  • hub14.org
Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton)
  • Up to three artist-in-residence positions, with use of space at Studio E.
  • Dance and body-related artists are invited to respond to the call for application, circulated in the spring.
  • Milezerodance.com
Springboard Danse (Montréal)
  • Selected artists are provided elite dancers, twenty-six hours of studio space and the opportunity to work alongside the Principal Companies. There are also mentorship opportunities.
  • Candidates are selected based on experience and the quality of their previous work.
  • Application information for 2016 will be made available in the fall.
  • springboarddansemontreal.com
Studio 303 (Montréal)
Summer Residency (July to August 2016)
  • Three or four artists-in-residence receive space, technical, financial and organizational support as well as artistic mentoring.
  • The program aims particularly at works in their early stages of development that are collaborative, cross-disciplinary and/or experimental.
Winter Residency (late Dec 2016 to early Jan 2017)
  • An intensive residency offering rehearsal space to two local artists who already have a relationship with Studio 303.
  • Studio303.ca
Toronto Dance Theatre Creation Residency (Toronto)
  • One- or two-week creation residencies.
  • Successful applicants receive free studio space at the Winchester Street Theatre.
  • Applications are due in early March. 
  • tdt.org/2015-creation-residency


If you know of any additional residencies that should be included, please send the information to dc.editor@thedancecurrent.com.

Colleen Snell and Philippe Poirier at Springboard Danse 2015 / Photo by Mallory Lynn

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