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Three dancers perform on stage during the 2022 Intercultural Indigenous Dance Showcase

Kealy Atkinson, Kanako Uzawa, Gabriela Garcia Ortiz in Conditions to Strike, Intercultural Indigenous Dance Showcase, Banff Centre 2022. Choreographer: Montana Summers, Composers: Andrew Wenaus, Christina Marie Willat. Photo by Rita Taylor.


The Indigenous World Dance Residency provides Indigenous dance groups with the time, space, and resources to work on a current project. Under the guidance of Alejandro Ronceria and Santee Smith, participants will receive access to a Banff Centre dance studio to work on their proposed project. During the second and third weeks, artists will have access to Banff Centre's Jenny Belzberg Theatre to experiment with stage access and lighting in their projects. At the end of the program, participants will present a short excerpt of their work in progress on stage during a public performance.  

What does the program offer?

The Indigenous World Dance program offers Indigenous choreographers and their dance groups from around the world the opportunity to create alongside Banff Centre’s dance faculty and production teams - including dramaturgy, choreography, sound composition, and other design – to workshop and apply initial production elements to their dance project.  Participant choreographers will develop their creative concepts, and engage in one-to-one and group mentorship in choreography and dance as well as deep dramaturgical exploration to further their project. Through examination of voice and the process of re-embodiment, including daily movement work, choreographers and dancers will experiment with developing and re-defining their own body histories and language. The residency will also provide integrated opportunities for critical feedback, and creative dialogue circles with fellow choreographers and dancers.

Additionally, this program is pleased to offers senior choreographers the time and space to work solo on a research or written project referencing aspects of Indigenous World Dance in a vibrant and creative atmosphere.

Who should apply?

This residency is open to Indigenous dance groups from around the world, seeking to develop new and in-progress projects, and Senior Choreographers looking for the space and time to further a research project. We especially welcome applications from mid-size dance groups, with a maximum group size of ten. Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date. 

We welcome the following categories of applicant:

  • Indigenous World Dance projects - new works or further development of a work in progress - choreographers should apply as the lead applicant for the group and include details of all dancers who will accompany them to Banff. 
  • Senior choreographers applying as individuals focused on research, writing, and studio investigation, should have a minimum of 10 years professional or relevant artistic experience, with a substantial body of work and recognition from relevant communities. 

Indigenous World Dance Residency invites applications from Indigenous choreographers and their dancer groups, from anywhere worldwide and artists of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions. 

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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 $70 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.

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A full scholarship to cover tuition, accommodation at Banff Centre and meals while in the program.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in one of our performance venues.

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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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Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

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

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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.

Fees & Financial Assistance

You pay (fee after scholarship applied)
Total fee (Tuition, Accommodation and Meal Plan)
$8 148.00
Scholarship amount applied*
$8 148.00

Application fee: $35 

Application Fees are non-refundable.

Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Scholarship of 100% is available and will be applied to cover tuition, meals and accommodation costs.

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

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.

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How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience. Lead applicants should self-identify as emerging, professional or senior artists.

Project Proposal

Dance groups:
Please provide a one to two page outline describing the project that the group proposes to work on during the Indigenous World Dance residency, and how the residency could be expected to further the project.  Participants should outline in detail what tech expectations they have for their residency and highlight any particular elements that they wish to explore during the stage sessions.
Senior Choreographers:
Please provide a one to two page description of your research or written project, and how this could be supported by inclusion into the Indigenous World Dance program.

Resource Request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support requested in our upload tool. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

*not required for Senior Choreographers applying with research projects.


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

Note: Senior Choreographers applying with a research project should include an excerpt of the work in progress (up to ten pages) as PDF and may submit other portfolio material to supplement.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.


  • Applicants must be of Indigenous descent and 18 years of age or older.
  • All international and Canadian Indigenous choreographers and dance groups are welcome to apply.



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.

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