Choregraphic Residency


Applications are being accepted until October 19th, 2016 for the 2017 SFCD Choreographic Residency. This residency aims to support emerging choreographers by providing many of the key resources needed for the practical exploration of choreographic ideas.

Two choreographers, selected solely on the basis of their applications (described below), will each receive 42 hours of studio time over the course of fourteen weeks (dates indicated below) to develop choreography with SFCD’s advanced dance students, consulting periodically with SFCD faculty member Christian Burns (artistic director of burnsWORK) who will serve as choreographic mentor. The creations resulting from the residencies will be shown during Work Nights, a series of in-studio showings at SFCD which are open to the public.

The residents will also be eligible to take free open ballet classes during their residencies and, should they wish, to be involved in the rehearsal process of SFCD’s resident companies (The Foundry, burnsWORK, and/or Sharp & Fine).

The 2017 residencies will run from January 9-April 17, with one choreographer working on Monday evenings and the other on Saturday mornings. The Work Nights showings will be held on April 19, 20, and 21 at 8 pm.

Dates of the Work Sessions

  • Choreographer 1 will have Monday evenings, 5:30-8:30 pm beginning Monday January 9 and running through April 17, 2017
  • Choreographer 2 will have Saturday mornings, 10:30 am-1:30 pm beginning on January 7 and running through April 15, 2017

Dates of Work Nights Showings
     April 19, 20 & 21 at 8pm

    October 19, 2016


Please send the following items via email to

  • Resume/CV indicating dance and education background and experience in choreography and/or performance
  • 1-page letter that describes: why the residency interests you; your choreographic interests; and what you would hope to gain from participating in the residency.
  • A link to an online video of your choreographic work. Please make sure that the video is accessible to us, and direct us to a 5-10-minute excerpt that you feel gives a strong sense of your work and interests (the video may be longer than 5-10 minutes but it’s important to indicate the excerpt that you most want us to see). The video must show work created within the past two years. It may be shot in either a performance or studio environment
  • An application fee of $20 may be paid online. (Please indicate the sales ID # in your application letter.)

Please note that incomplete applications or any application materials sent via postal mail will not be reviewed (or returned). Should you have any questions, please contact Megan Kurashige,