Presentation Grants

Application Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 5:00pm (deadline has passed)

This program is no longer accepting applications.

Recipients of Dance Metro DC’s 2016 Presentation Grant Program:

Stuart Loungway for presentation at Dance Place on September 17 & 18, 2016
Katie Sopoci Drake for presentation at Dance Loft on 14  on September 29 & 30, 2016


Dance Metro DC’s 2016 Presentation Grant program supports the presentation of original dance works by DC area choreographers. Two dance works will be selected for presentation during the fall 2016 season at professional dance venues in Washington, DC.

The Presentation Grant is created for choreographers, production companies, and independent dance artists who have existing dance works ready for presentation, or are currently developing dance performance works for the stage.

One Presentation Grant recipient will be presented at Dance Place on September 17 & 18, 2016.
One Presentation Grant recipient will be presented at Dance Loft on 14 on (TBD – Fall 2016).

Program Goals

  • To support the presentation of two dance performance works from DC area choreographers through direct artist support and partnership with professional presenting venues.
  • To lessen the financial burden on artists and presenting organizations by incurring financial risk for dance production, investing in local artists and partnering with professional dance venues.

Award Details

The 2016 Dance Metro DC Presentation Grant program will provide $ 2,500 each in direct artist fees for two separate dance performance engagements.

The Presentation Grant Award includes:

  • $2,500 artist fee
  • Weekend presentation (Saturday & Sunday) at either Dance Loft on 14 or Dance Place
  • One technical/dress rehearsal (Friday)
  • Technical support prior to the presentation including Lighting Design
  • Technical support during production week including running crew and Stage Management
  • Marketing and promotional support for the presentation
  • Access to Professional Development training workshops
  • Assistance and advice from program mentors (as requested)

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be current members of Dance Metro DC in good standing. If you are not a current member, please visit the Membership page for information on how to become a member.
  • Applicants must have a minimum three-year history of dance production activities prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicants may NOT be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the high school, undergraduate or graduate level at the time of the application deadline.

Service Area Restrictions

The Dance Metro DC service area includes Washington, DC; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; Fairfax County, Arlington County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia.

  • Applicants must reside within, or present more than 50% of their annual dance work within the Dance Metro DC service area.
  • Proposed works must be choreographed by a resident(s) of the Dance Metro DC service area, or a choreographer who presents more than 50% of her/his annual dance work within the Dance Metro DC service area.
  • A MAJORITY of the dance artists performing in the proposed work(s) must reside within the Dance Metro DC service area.

Additional Restrictions

  • All applications must be submitted online.
  • Applicants may submit only ONE application to this program.
  • Applicants are NOT required to be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entities.
  • Recipients of Dance Metro DC’s 2015 Choreographers’ Commission are NOT eligible.
  • Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.
  • Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Eligibility for Proposed Work(s)

  • Proposed works may NOT be scheduled for any other public presentations between May 15, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
  • Proposed works must be at least 40 minutes in duration and no longer than 75 minutes.
  • Applicants may submit up to three shorter works for consideration, however, the total duration of all submitted works must be at least 40 minutes and no longer than 75 minutes (excluding any intermission).
  • If an applicant submits multiple works, all works must be choreographed by the same individual(s).
  • If any of the proposed work(s) have been previously presented, the work(s) must have been presented between September 1, 2013 and May 15, 2016.

Video Work Sample Information

Applicants must provide access to online link(s) to un-edited video of the proposed work(s) in its entirety. (YouTube or Vimeo only please)

Video samples of previously presented work(s) must include an un-edited video of a recent performance of the work(s) in its entirety.

Video samples of works NOT previously presented must include an un-edited video of a recent rehearsal of the proposed work(s) in its entirety.

Selection Information

Presentation Grant recipients will be selected by a panel of dance specialists from the DC area. Selection will be based on artistic merit, production capacity, feasibility of the program to enhance the selected applicant’s professional career, and the appropriateness of the proposed work(s) for presentation at the identified venues. Recipients will be announced in June 2016. Panelist names will be released in May 2016.

Deadlines and Timeline

Application Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:00PM
Presentation Grant recipients will be announced by June 20, 2016.
Dance Place presentation will take place on September 17 & 18, 2016.
Dance Loft on 14 presentation will take place on (TBD – fall 2016).
Recipient Final Report Deadline: October 15, 2016

Adjudication Panel

Emily Crews
Chitra Kalyandurg
John Moletress
Diana Movius
Denise Saunders


Emily Crews has been dancing and choreographing in the DC area since 1991 after graduating from the College of William and Mary. Emily has been performing with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble since the fall of 2000, and she is also the Associate Director of the company. She also currently performs with Jane Franklin Dance. She has also performed with Carla & Company, Deborah Riley Dance Projects, TAPestry, and CityDance Ensemble, in addition to creating her own works blending dance, humor, and occasionally juggling.   By day, Emily is Financial Director at Dance Place, a non-profit organization known to dancers as a leading light in the DC dance community.

Chitra Kalyandurg is a dancer and choreographer based in Maryland.  She performs as a soloist and is principal dancer with Kalanidhi Dance. Her original work includes The Nayika Project, a dance-theater piece that premiered at Atlas INTERSECTIONS, and Leela: Play of the Divine. Notable performances with Kalanidhi Dance include Rasa at the Ananya Festival, Yaatra at Joyce SoHo, and Lallah Roukh at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  Chitra has performed at festivals around the country, among them the Source Theater Festival in Washington D.C., and the first ever Drive East Festival New York City. She served as choreographer for Adventure Theater MTC’s Helen Hayes-nominated production of The Jungle Book.  Chitra has been awarded multiple grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and is the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Dance Honoraria for her artistic excellence in Kuchipudi.

John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. With force/collision, J has co-created and directed The Nautical Yards with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Shape (text by Erik Ehn), Trust me (text by Falk Richter) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty) with Caridad Svich (International/US). J’s work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, George Washington University, EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, J’s work has been seen at King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Previously, J was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for co-founding Factory 449, multiple funding awards from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and was a finalist for the prestigious DC 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence. J has directed premieres by playwrights Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich and Craig Wright. Publications include Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group), Wendell. (Playwright; NoPassport Press), Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) andImaging Home: Practice, Performance, Place (Forthcoming, Intellect Books UK).

Diana Movius was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She trained with  Patricia McBride at Charlotte Ballet (formerly called North Carolina Dance Theatre) and Melissa Hale-Coyle at Charlotte City Ballet. She then studied dance and anthropology at Stanford University, where she danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, and Stars and Stripes, and studied contemporary and ballet with Diane Frank, Kristin Elliott, Robert Moses, and Amy Siewert. Since her foray into the DC dance scene in 2010, her choreography has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Charlotte, NC), the Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Jack Guidone, American Dance Institute, Montgomery College, and the Woolly Mammoth Theater.  Diana is Founder of the Dance Loft on 14, a new professional dance and theater space in the Columbia Heights and Petworth neighborhoods. Diana is Founding Director at MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet, where acclaimed climate change ballet, GLACIER, has been presented by the Kennedy Center, Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Capital Fringe Festival.

Denise Saunders

This program is no longer accepting applications.