December 13, 2016

CityDance receives $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

(Washington, DC)- The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to CityDance to fund the School and Conservatory Professional Guest Artist Project. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The CityDance School and Conservatory Professional Guest Artist Project allows pre-professional Conservatory Dancers to study diverse dance styles and artistic viewpoints with nationally and internationally known guest choreographers and dance companies through residencies and summer programming. Recent residences have been led by Koresh Dance Company, Gallim Dance, Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Guest artists lead master classes, teach professional choreography and create new repertory on Conservatory students.

“The Conservatory Professional Guest Artist Project gives CityDance Conservatory Dancers a unique opportunity to work with a myriad of professional companies and individual artists, to foster relationships at a young age that will shape their future and careers in dance. During the residences professional company repertory is learned and performed by our dancers in venues around the city.” said CityDance School and Conservatory Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

Pictured: CityDance Conservatory students learning "Love" from the company members of Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd 


CityDance Conservatory students learning "Love" from the company members of Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd