LA Dance Advance

Thu, 09/08/2011 (All day)

LA Dance AdvanceLA STAGE Alliance has announced LA Dance Advance, an initiative to increase connections between Los Angeles area dance artists and regional and national audiences. LA Dance Advance is intended to build the organizational capacity of participating dance companies and choreographers to expand their regional and national audiences.  

Approximately 7 to 9 LA-based dance companies/choreographers will be selected for this nine-month initiative, October 2011 through June 2012. In LA Dance Advance, participants will conduct self-assessments, work with a coach, attend workshops, network with their peers, develop a brief plan for audience growth, and apply for small implementation grants.

LA Dance Advance is a response to the fact that dance has long faced challenges in Los Angeles, including a lack of community connections and support structures. As a result, LA dance companies and choreographers have often experienced difficulties developing local followings and/or generating in- or out-of-region booking opportunities.

You may find a program overview at

Who Should Apply:
LA Dance Advance is for dance companies and choreographers located in Los Angeles County with a demonstrated capacity to reach audiences and at a threshold of audience growth. This means organizations that are poised for increased touring in- or out-of-region, as well as those already actively touring but seeking to perform more in-region. Participants can be nonprofit, unincorporated or for-profit dance companies, or individual choreographers employed by or volunteering for dance companies. While LA Dance Advance includes small implementation grants, it is not primarily a funding program. A limited number of participants (approximately 7 - 9) will be selected.

LA Dance Advance is not intended for dance companies and choreographers that already have a well-established capacity for both touring and local performing on a regular basis. Also, it is not designed for emerging dance artists, those without a track record of touring and reaching audiences inside and outside of the region, those whose primary focus is dance education, and students enrolled in a degree program.

How to Apply:
The LA Dance Advance has a two-stage application process:
1. Letter of interest (brief Online Form): Submission Deadline is September 15, 2011 5pm
Please visit to access the Letter of Intent online form.

2. Full application:
Those invited to submit a full application will have a deadline of October 14, 2011
Participants will be announced in the first week of November.

For more information:
Visit us at,
email [email protected], or
call us at 213.614.0556 × 717

LA Dance Advance is a collaboration of three organizations: LA STAGE Alliance, which is administering the initiative; the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, which is providing financial and professional support; and the Southern California Dance Futures Fund, which is providing dance-specific leadership and
assistance. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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