Gabrielle Lamb/Gyre and Gimble

Thank you for the guidance and support you offered through the CUNY Dance Initiative residencies. Those residencies were pivotal for MBDance and
I am a stronger artist because of them.
— Maria Bauman, MBDance, 2014 & 2015 resident artist

New York City choreographers and dance companies are invited to apply for residencies via the CUNY Dance initiative (CDI). Designed to take advantage of underutilized facilities while integrating New York City’s dance community with the public university system, the CUNY Dance Initiative provides local artists with rehearsal and performance space on 13 CUNY campuses across the five boroughs.

New York City choreographers and companies representing a variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional forms, are encouraged to apply.

The open call for applications for residencies from July 2019 – June 2020 has closed. Our next application cycle will be in Fall 2019.

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In order to be eligible for a CDI residency, choreographers/companies:

  • must reside or be incorporated in the five boroughs of New York City
  • must be emerging or established professional companies with demonstrated artistic excellence
  • may NOT be full-time faculty or staff at CUNY colleges
  • may NOT have already received a CDI residency for two consecutive years

Each CDI residency varies, depending on the needs of the selected choreographer/company and the available facilities at the host campus. Residencies range from a rehearsal period only to one that includes an open rehearsal/master class/lecture-demonstration or other opportunity for the campus community to become familiar with the artist’s work, plus a performance. The residency may be used to support the creation of new work or to rehearse existing repertory.


Please fully review information about the location and facilities of each of our 13 partner colleges. Residencies at Manhattan colleges are typically more competitive than those at colleges in the boroughs.

Each CUNY college will provide the selected choreographer/company with:

  • Minimum of 25 hours of rehearsal space
  • Minimum of $500 residency stipend
  • Opportunity to hold an open rehearsal/class/lecture-demonstration
  • A performance fee as negotiated between the artist and venue (if applicable)
  • Marketing and technical support for the performance (if applicable)

All applications are reviewed by faculty and staff at participating CUNY campuses. Due to the high volume of applicants, individual feedback on applications is not possible.