Artist Residency

Cohesion Dance Project’s 2022 Artist Residency      

Supporting artists in the development of new work – from concept to performance

Organization Background

Cohesion Dance Project (CDP) is a non-profit dance production company whose mission is to create engaging performances and integrated educational experiences that enrich, inspire, and unite the community through dance. Founded in 2012 in Helena, MT, CDP envisions a community with an expanded perception of dance as an art form that fully embraces people of all ages, abilities, experiences, and backgrounds.

Description of Residency

CDP’s 2022 Artist Residency supports contemporary dance artists in the creative development of new work, from concept to final performance, and connects them with wider audiences through outreach, studio classes, and community engagement.

Residency dates:  10-12 weeks between March-June, 2022 (some flexibility for start/end dates)

Application Deadline:  November 10, 2021

Notification by:  November 24, 2021 (applications reviewed by selection committee)

Eligibility requirements 

  • Professional contemporary dancers/choreographers at any stage of professional development
  • Three years of instruction experience, ideally working with dancers from a broad age range and skill level (experience dancing with or instructing dancers with disabilities is a plus)
  • Choreographic experience working with a cast of ten+ dancers
    • Assistance will be provided if choreographic experience does not include dancers of varying skill levels and abilities, including those with disabilities


Artist Residency Offers

  • Fully subsidized studio space for creation and rehearsal (three wheelchair accessible studios available with sprung marley floors, one of which converts to a blackbox theater, the Backstage Theater)
  • Use of Backstage Theater for performance, with possible larger venue available pending needs assessment by artistic director, funding, and venue availability
  • Staffing and resource support for performance promotion
  • Wifi
  • Living accommodations, if needed, with a host family, at a local hotel, or at a rental home/apartment
  • Stipend of $5,000 covers teaching and outreach instruction as stated above; use of studios and Backstage Theater for creation, auditions, rehearsal, community engagement, and performance; access to CDP staff for event promotion and performance assistance; and costume and performance materials/supplies.
  • If resident artist is not local then residency may include one round-trip transportation within the continental US, pending funding.


Expectations of Resident Artist

  • Creative development of a 45+ minute performance to be presented in the Backstage Theater or at a local venue (pending availability and funding)
  • Utilize at least 15-20+ local beginning/intermediate to advanced level community and professional dancers acquired either via local audition or through use of students enrolled in CDP community classes. Must include a broad age range and skill level, including those with disabilities (assistance in working with this broad range of dancers will be provided as needed)
  • Up to 8 hours of cast rehearsal each week
  • Community engagement and instruction through CDP’s school outreach programming and for project-specific events, schedule tba
  • Instruct at least two intermediate to advanced level contemporary classes weekly, for the remainder of the spring class session (session ends April 29, 2022)


Artist is responsible for:

  • Personal food/meals
  • Transportation in/around Helena and to/from outreach events
  • Personal items (smoking, vaping, drugs and alcohol are not permitted on CDP property nor in provided living accommodations. Artists who use these items are expected to use them responsibly when not on CDP or provided accommodation property)


Application Information

Application includes the following questions:

  • Describe your proposed concept for the project and how you would incorporate the dancers identified above
  • Outline approximation of proposed timeline for the project (final dates will be determined after discussion with artistic director)
  • Ideas of how you propose to engage a broader community, such as studio showings, talks, workshops, etc.
  • Items to be uploaded:

-  Resume/Personal Statement, including dance background, education, qualifications, reason of interest and why you would be a good fit for this particular residency

-  Headshot and dance shot

-  Two professional letters of recommendation

-  Two to three video samples (no longer than 10 minutes total) of your work as a performer, educator, and choreographer (solo and group) – including supporting statements for video samples discussing intention, creation, and discoveries made during the process.