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May 2020

Rapid Response Update

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the next Rapid Response deadline will be September 1, 2020 for any event that takes place as of October 1, 2020 or after. 
Assuming that brick and mortar theaters will be among the slowest to reopen, American Dance Abroad encourages applications that focus on non-traditional environments that embrace social distancing (e.g., outdoor events, museums, galleries, residencies, commissions, etc.)

For more information on RAPID RESPONSE, read here.

Should the need arise to postpone this September deadline further, ADA will post a notice on its website and in future newsletters.

Pitchbook Update

We will move forward with the next edition of PITCHBOOK with some modifications that respond to the uncertainty of the times. 
For this edition, we will highlight video pitches with a concept statement about the new work (250 words or less.)  We will publish only a digital version. The submission form will remain the same, but we now ask you to create a video pitch before you submit.  In the past, video pitches were submitted once you were selected. Now the video pitch will be part of the submission process. Because the video pitch will be the core of PITCHBOOK, it is important that we can view the pitches as part of the selection process.

In addition to the digital PITCHBOOK, we will also stream the selected projects on our website and on our YouTube channel.
We will open the link for submissions on May 15. The submission fee of $30 will be reduced by 50% to a fee of $15.  This fee will offset the direct costs of producing PITCHBOOKIn light of the ongoing pandemic, priority will be given to submissions that focus on performances at outdoor events and/or in museums and galleries. We also encourage submissions for virtual/digital projects.
For more information on PITCHBOOK, read here.


Stories from Quarantine 

We will highlight individual efforts and best practices being employed around the world allowing artists and audiences to remain connected. Please use this form to share with us your stories and ideas to highlight in our future newsletters.

Stephen Petronio of Stephen Petronio Dance Company in New York City is asking important questions such as "What are we as performers if we don't touch each other and perform our art in live gatherings for people to experience?" in his journal entries for the company. Below is the introduction to Entry #1, to view the rest of the post please click here.


Although shelter-in-place continues to impact the body, mind, spirit, and economy: Jonah Bokaer has announced that Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Culture, and the Common by Harmony Bench is now available on Amazon.  This publication, relevant and timely for social distancing, for the performing arts and for digital dance futures, presents an exploration of how digital media can reassert the relevance of dance in a remotely interconnected world. From original research on dance, to political economies of digital media to the philosophy of dance, Perpetual Motion  provides an ambitious and vigorous update on shared practice, while marking a major contribution to scholarship on digital dance.

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation is concerting considerable efforts towards supporting artist relief, while fulfilling a mission to support the continued presentation of new multidisciplinary performance work and cultural programming. In Hudson, NY Jonah Bokaer has co-founded the Hudson Arts Emergency Program – a community funded WPA-style project, which as of early May has awarded stipends to four first-round local artists. Continued applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The organization, with curator Aaron Levi Garvey, also continues to prepare for The Hudson Eye 2020 and remains committed to working with artists to realize this year’s exciting program, taking place August 28 – September 7, 2020, within safe formats of presentation. Abroad, Jonah recently traveled and participated in the Lahore Biennale 02 in Pakistan, curated by Hoor Al-Qasimim.

For more information on Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation please click here.


On March 24 10HL announced to the public the suspension of our season following intense consultation among senior staff and board leadership. Nearly all of our upcoming engagements for the remainder of the season had been put on hold or cancelled. March featured a month-long series of 7 individual educational programs in New Jersey & New York when all public schools were closed. It seemed the writing was on the wall.
Seeking the silver lining in this unexpected situation, our Senior Staff, Executive Committee and full Board are in frequent conversation (no in person meetings!) and are focused on actively making strategic decisions and keeping abreast of newly available funding opportunities.  Most importantly, we are using this quarantined time to share the successful story of 10HL to solicit new board members and cultivate future donors. And, to remain in close contact with Presenters and Education Partners.

For more information on 10 Hairy Legs please click here.


Core Dance, located in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia has been weathering the storm by staying busy. Most recently, they moved their National Water Dance to a virtual realm, inviting community members and fans from around the world to participate virtually on Earth Day. Like many companies, Core Dance's staff and Dance Artists continue to work remotely with projects such as virtual classes, creating weekly solos, and writing for the blog. Despite the challenges their work continues to move forward by working with their community partners to reach the Refugee population in Houston and Atlanta and reworking an upcoming international project in Prague to happen in two phases, virtual and live. To learn more about the work they are doing or to following along virtual visit their website at

Awards & Special Recognitions

Recognizing awards and special recognitions received by American artists both at home and abroad.
Click here to submit an award for inclusion.

Shamel Pitts receives 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Choreography 

“To be awarded as a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow is an incredibly inspiring, exhilarating, and emotional surprise. I am beyond honored to be amongst such esteemed artists who I am constantly in awe of. WOW!  This award propels me forward at a time where there is nowhere to go, but to #stayhome! I have always felt a clear connection between solitude and creativity. I hope to use this moment to slow listen, and to connect as best as possible to the depths of my artistic voice in an effort to create something anew. With solitude comes solidarity. I am so grateful to have the support of Guggenheim, as well as the community of artists and people both near & far who have become my TRIBE.”

Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, choreographer, conceptual artist, dancer, spoken word artist, and teacher. Born in Brooklyn New York, Shamel began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. Shamel received his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded the Martha Hill Award for excellence in dance. He then went on to dance in Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance and BJM_Danse Montreal. Shamel danced with Batsheva Dance Company for 7 years, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin, and is a certified teacher of Gaga movement language. Shamel has created a triptych of multidisciplinary performance art works entitled: BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED, BLACK VELVET: Architectures And Archetypes, and BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlon. He is an adjunct at The Juilliard School and has been an artist in residence at Harvard University. He is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography and a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Award winner in Choreography. Shamel is the artistic director and founder of TRIBE, a New York based multidisciplinary arts collective which holds the afro-futuristic movement as its biggest inspiration. 

For more information about Shamel Pitts please visit his website:

News From the World

This American Dance Abroad newsletter section brings you links to relevant articles of international importance, related to COVID-19. Please send us your suggestions. 

Based on the findings from a survey that circulated among IETM Members, this report complies 7 key points covering the concerns with digitization and how to go about it effectively. 


The Impact of COVID-19 Epidemic on The Finnish Culture Sector by Dance Info Finland
The effects of the current situation are reflected in the employment of dance artists. Live performances are canceled and the artistic productions have moved to the digital platforms. To help the professionals overcome the crisis, financial support is offered both from the state level and through foundations in the form of new grants.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Visit American Dance Abroad's Events & Opportunities page for all the latest deadlines. Contact to submit an opportunity for inclusion.

Centre for Applied Human Rights
Funding Application
Due Rolling Applications
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International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City
Call for Festival Applications
Due June 30, 2020
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Pepinieres Europeennes de Creation
Call for Video Proposals
Due May 15, 2020

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Oklahoma International Dance Festival
Call for Festival Choreography Showcase Submissions
Due May 15, 2020
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Vide Home Dance
Open Call for Video Submissions
Due May 11, 2020
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Ensibuko Arts Foundation 
Call for Residency Applications
Due: Rolling Applications
Learn more
*The inclusion of an opportunity or event posted on American Dance Abroad's newsletter should not be interpreted as an endorsement of that opportunity. American Dance Abroad has created this listing in an effort to increase access to and knowledge about international opportunities.

News From the Field  

This American Dance Abroad newsletter section brings you links to relevant articles of international importance, from the dance field and beyond. Please send us your suggestions. 

What are their perspectives, and the stories they choose to tell, adding to ballet's canon?
A dancer-turned-finance professional explains how it works.
With a cast of 209 people and a backdrop of 29 counties, his latest piece feels like a remedy for our troubles. 
  • Michael R. Jackson, Machine Dazzle, and More are Receipts of Guggenheim Virtual Commissions by Olivia Clement, from Playbill.
The new works, to run under five minutes, will premiere on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Alexandra Waterbury, whose lawsuit against New York City Ballet is ongoing, talks about what it was like to see her own experiences fictionalized in a recent episode of Law and Order SVU.
Since social distancing measures mean none of us can get to the dance studio, Zoom has suddenly become a critical part of dance education. 
  • Why I Left Ballet to Become a Nurse: Coronavirus is Clarifying My Choice by Molly Yeo, from New York Daily News.
A year ago, Molly Yeo left the ballet world to become a nurse. Today she on the coronavirus front lines. 
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