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Dance Artists in Residence 2023

Performing Arts | In-Person

Program Information

Dancers rehearsing in the studio

Yui Ugai and Ashvini Sundaram. DAiR 2022 Banff Centre. Photo by Rita Taylor


The Dance Artist in Residence program offers dance artists and companies of all genres focused time for the creation and development of new works with the support of faculty dramaturgs. The residency is designed for artists in the creation phase of new work, with minimal in-house technical support in Banff Centre’s studio spaces.

Several dance companies will reside on the Banff Centre campus at the same time, working on their respective projects and enjoying opportunities for artistic connection and exchange. Participants have the option of opening their studio to share work at the end of the program.

What does the program offer?

Banff Centre aims to offer a reflective and supportive environment where daily needs are met, artists are highly valued, artistic risks can be taken, and breakthroughs are possible for both your work and your career development.

A range of dance studio spaces are available, depending on participants' needs and availability. Faculty dramaturgs will be onsite to assist the resident artists with their projects. It is expected that artists in this residency will work with a minimum of one faculty dramaturg during their time at Banff Centre.

Artists will be provided with basic technical support, though no access to theatre production spaces. More information about Banff Centre’s facilities can be found here.

Throughout the residency artists will create and explore their practice. Participants are encouraged to share their work through informal showings, but this is not required.

Who should apply?

We invite project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and organizations worldwide. Successful applicants may be at various stages of practice, but all are able to demonstrate in their proposal how residency at Banff Centre offers unique potential to impact their project.

Please note:

  • Applying companies are limited to eight members. 
  • Large requests for technical support may affect the outcome of the adjudication as this residency has minimal resources for technical and production. 

Banff Centre invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.



Technical Requirements

During the course of the residency artists will have 24 hour access to their movement studio and a basic sound system. 

As this is not a production residency, any additional technical requests for lighting, projections, sound amplification, etc. may impact the success of your application. 


What's Included

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Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay. Banff Centre can respond to most dietary requests. 

The Full Flex meal plan is equivalent to $61.95 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.

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The Library is delighted to support Banff Centre Participants, Artists, and Faculty with the following services:

  • Open hours:  9:30 am to 1 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Access to collections, including program relevant books, scores, artists’ books, recordings, periodicals, and object library.
  • Library accounts for borrowing materials.
  • Digital Library, on campus and remote access.
  • Library research assistance, by appointment.
  • Archives research, by appointment only.

Please email or for more information or assistance.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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This program offers an optional opportunity to showcase your work-in-progress.

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Create in one of our specialized studios.


Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
$3 239.40
Program Fee with Financial Aid
$1 078.61

Application Fees: $65 for individuals or groups. ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)

Each individual group member must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance. Application fees are not refundable. 

*Financial Aid of 100% of the tuition fee and 50% of room and accommodation is available for this program.

Please note the above fees are per person.

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

Project Proposal

Participants should outline in detail what tech expectations they have for their residency; it is important to propose manageable, self-contained projects that do not require Banff Centre to provide stagehands, technical operators, or builders. 

An 500 word outline describing the project that the applicant proposes to work on during the residency. This should include a list of collaborators and any technical requirements you are requesting for the residency. In the list of collaborators, the applicant is encouraged to bring a dramaturg who is familiar with their work and the project. If the applicant is unable to bring a collaborating dramaturg, there are two dance dramaturgs on faculty who will be available to provide feedback. 

Please notify us in your application if your project involves lifting dancers overhead as some spaces may not be suitable for this type of activity. 


You may submit audio or visual material that you feel will support your application (maximum three, not exceeding 15 minutes total). 

Technical Questionnaire

Answers to program-related questions. This form is found direclty in Slideroom.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid Question in SlideRoom to be eligible for the financial assistance.

Additional Information

  • If you are applying as an individual, you must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application.
  • If you are applying as a group, the group leader must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application. Please submit only one SlideRoom application per group. There will be a $35 registration fee of each member upon acceptance to the program.


Adjudication is based on artistic merit, the potential impact of the program on artists’ practice and careers, project feasibility and the capacity of Banff Centre to help realize the project, and the project’s fit with Banff Centre’s values and strategic directions as described in its strategic plan. Banff Centre respects the need for artists to plan ahead for their visit; applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete.

International Applicants

Banff Centre welcomes domestic and international applicants for this program. Please note, Banff Centre programs do not meet Canadian Student Visa eligibility requirements, you must obtain a Visitor Visa to enter Canada. Accepted individuals are responsible for identifying and complying with the immigration requirements to enter Canada as a visitor from their country of origin. Current wait times to receive a visa are much longer than normal, so applicants who require a Visitor Visa should check the current expected processing times prior to applying.


Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact Admissions

For questions on preparing your application, please contact Admissions:

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