We strongly encourage you to attend CDI’s application information session on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center. We will review the program guidelines, application process, and answer your questions.

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Please fully read the program guidelines, including descriptions of the facilities at each college, and the FAQs before contacting us.

1) Does the choreographer or company have to be based in New York City?

YES. The mailing address for the choreographer or company MUST be in one of the five boroughs of New York City. This means the company is incorporated in NYC or the choreographer is a legal resident and pays NYC taxes.

2) Can a company be eligible if its fiscal sponsor is in one of the five boroughs, but the choreographer lives outside of New York City (Westchester, New Jersey, etc).

NO. The location of the fiscal sponsor is not a determining factor.

3) Can choreographers apply if they don’t have 501c3 non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor?

YES. This residency is for independent choreographers as well as groups with non-profit status.

4) Can choreographers or companies who received a residency in past years apply for a residency in 2019-20?

  • YES. Artists who received a CDI residency in one of the past years may reapply.
  • However, artists who received a residency for two consecutive years must take a year off before reapplying.

5) Is it possible to be awarded a residency at different CUNY colleges in the same year?


6) I work at a CUNY college. Am I eligible to apply?

Full-time staff and faculty are NOT eligible to apply for a residency. Part-time staff and adjunct faculty may apply, although they may not request a residency at the college where they are employed.

7) Can I mail in an application instead of submitting it online?

NO. All applications MUST be submitted online. Since you cannot save your application online and return to it, we recommend you preview the application (past season 2017-18 sample for reference only) and prepare the necessary materials ahead of time. Please allow ample time to submit the application well before the deadline, just in case you have any technical hiccups.

8) Can I submit an application for residencies at multiple colleges?

YES. The application allows you to select multiple colleges where you are interested in having a residency. Please carefully review the locations and facilities available at each college before making your selections. You may select up to two Manhattan campuses where you would like to have a residency, and as many as you wish in the boroughs. However, each company or choreographer may only submit one complete application.

9) Can I apply to create a new work?

The residency may be used to support the creation of a new work – from the stages of early development to final version – or to rehearse existing repertory. Many residencies accommodate a combination of both.

10) How does the scheduling for the residencies work?

Each awarded artist, in conversation with the host college, develops a schedule that is mutually agreeable for both parties. This schedule varies for each residency as it is based on the facilities available at the host college and the requested schedule of the dance company/choreographer; a residency can be an intensive one to two weeks, or spread out over several months. Please review the facilities at each college as this may influence your planning or selection of potential host colleges. In general, projects that are more flexible in terms of requested rehearsal schedule are easier for the colleges to accommodate.

11) I’m interested in interacting with students. Does every college have dance classes on campus?

NO. Only four of the colleges that are part of CDI have dance classes in their academic curriculum (Queens College, Queensborough Community College, College of Staten Island, Lehman College). The remaining colleges have a performing arts center but less of a built-in audience for dance, and are always looking for creative ways to connect with students and faculty. Additionally, rehearsal space is often available at times when few students are around (weekends/evenings/summer session).

12) What types of work samples are best?

We request two, unedited samples of your work via VIMEO or YouTube. Each sample should be no more than five minutes in length. Montages or promo reels are not accepted. If you are interested in a residency that culminates in a performance, we suggest submitting at least one work sample from a previous performance. A clearly filmed excerpt from a studio rehearsal is appropriate for at least one of your submissions.

13) Can I submit a section of a longer video clip for the work sample, or does it have to be five minutes or less?

You can provide a link to a longer work sample, and indicate the cue times to watch within this. If no instructions are provided, the work sample will be played from the beginning.

14) How do I know my application has successfully been submitted?

After you click on “submit” and all required fields are completed, you should see a dialogue box on the screen that says “Thank you for submitting your application.” Due to the volume of applications received and our small staff, it is not possible to acknowledge receipt of each application beyond this.