Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency

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DCASE Reopens Chicago Cultural Center's Dance Studio With Funded Residencies

2022 Application Information

Deadline to Submit: Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 5pm CST



The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to supporting artists and cultural organizations, investing in the creative economy, and expanding access and participation in the arts throughout Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. As a collaborative cultural presenter, arts funder, and advocate for creative workers, our programs and events serve Chicagoans and visitors of all ages and backgrounds, downtown and in diverse communities across our city — to strengthen and celebrate Chicago.

DCASE programs the Chicago Cultural Center located in downtown Chicago, providing artists and organizations the opportunity to create and showcase their work. During 2022’s Year of Chicago Dance, a new floor was installed in the building’s Dance Studio, creating a functional rehearsal space for dance of all styles. DCASE is now launching the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency to provide space, time and $10,000-$25,000 in funding for dancemakers seeking to create new work.

The goals of the Dance Studio Residency Program include:

  • Position the Dance Studio as a community asset for the development of new work
  • Create intersections between performing artists and the public
  • Offer co-learning opportunities for Chicago’s dance community
  • Support a diverse group of artists reflective of the city of Chicago and its cultural landscape

The link to apply is at the bottom of this page. Deadline to apply is Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 5pm CST.

The Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency is made possible by the generous support of the Walder Foundation.

Walder Foundation


Key Points

DCASE anticipates awarding at least 5 residencies, with each awardee receiving approximately 80 hours of studio space access. Residencies hours will be scheduled January – June 2023. Selected projects will receive grants from $10,000 - $25,000. Grant funds should prioritize payment to ensemble members and creatives, and for research and related creative development costs.

Awards will be for new work or work in early stages of development. This is not a technical residency. DCASE does not provide technical staff during the residency, there is no theater lighting available and there is no build space for any fabrication. See “Dance Studio Description” for more information on technical limits of Dance Studio.

Awardees will provide 2-3 public engagement activities during the residency. DCASE can provide a technician during these public engagements.


Dance Studio Description and Building Information

The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) can be accessed by multiple CTA train and bus routes, and the Millennium Park Metra station. There is no designated parking at the Chicago Cultural Center, but paid street and garage parking options can be found throughout the area.

The Dance Studio is accessible and located on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center between the Michigan Avenue Galleries and Randolph Square. The Dance Studio is approximately 42’9” x 36’. The dance floor is a durable multi-purpose floor suited for all movement activity including tap, hip-hop, ballet, modern, ballroom, jazz, flamenco and more. A 2-speaker PA and small audio mixer is kept in the room for audio playback. Wired mics and mic stands can be provided if requested.

Current building hours are Sunday-Saturday 10am-5pm and are subject to change. Requests to use the Dance Studio beyond current building hours may be accepted; however, access to Dance Studio outside of building hours is limited. There are no dressing rooms or green room. Storage options are limited, and storage space is not guaranteed. Public restrooms are available on the first floor.


Review Criteria

Applications will be submitted through SurveyMonkey and reviewed by an internal DCASE panel.

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Demonstrated need for space for a specific project in development or new work concept
  • Quality and feasibility of proposed project (If space need is based on early devising or an exploratory process yet to begin, applicant clearly articulates how the residency will inform the development of new work)
  • Quality of opportunity for the public and dance community in proposed activity plans, in particular a range of activities that creatively engage diverse constituencies (examples: general audience for dance; other dance artists; specific neighborhood or community-based audiences)
  • Potential benefit to artist or organization
  • Additionally, DCASE’s Dance Studio Residency Program strives for an equitable distribution of support for artists and organizations working and living across the city. When evaluating applications, panelists will be instructed to consider geographic access as one of many criteria to ensure the support of projects created by or serving residents of community areas which have been historically under-resourced.


Eligibility requirements

  • Individuals, companies, collectives and organizations working in dance/movement-based practices may apply
  • Applicant must have at least a 2-year history of public performance in dance/movement-based work
  • Applicant must reside/be located within Chicago city limits
  • Individual applicants must be at least 18 years of age (Note: Organizations can propose activities that include artists younger than 18)
  • Individual applicants cannot be full-time students in an undergraduate degree program
  • Organizational applicants must have an operating budget of less than $250,000; organizations will submit a recent IRS tax filing to demonstrate operating expenses under $250,000
  • Individuals or organizations currently funded by DCASE’s Individual Artist Program (IAP) or a CityArts Grant are not eligible
  • Artists or organizations with active or current artist residencies with any other DCASE or City of Chicago department-affiliated artist residency, including any “sister-agency” artist residency (ex: Chicago Park District; Chicago Public Library), are not eligible


What DCASE will provide

  • Dance Studio access, including an orientation
  • Marketing and co-promotion of residency activities (DCASE newsletter, social media, website)
  • Coaching for the development, outreach and delivery of engagement activities
  • ASL and other accessibility services for all engagement programs


Dance Studio Open House

For any applicants interested in visiting the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio (78 E Washington Street) prior to applying, two Open Houses have been scheduled. No reservation is required. You can drop-in during the appointed times to explore the space and speak with John Rich, DCASE Dance and Theatre Coordinator.

  • Saturday, November 19, 11am-2pm
  • Monday, November 21, 3-7pm (after 5pm, please use Randolph Street entrance)


Application/Notification Timeline

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 – Application opens
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022, 5pm CST – Application deadline
  • December 2022 – Notification of results sent to all applicants


Application Link

DCASE strongly recommends submitting your application earlier than the stated deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

It also recommended you review all application questions before beginning, and that you draft your responses on a separate document and then copy/paste them into the application. You will need to complete your application in one session.

Apply Online

If you have any questions regarding the Dance Studio Residency program or this application, contact John Rich, DCASE Dance and Theatre Coordinator. | 312.744.0529