Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announces a new fellowship in honor of DanceAfrica founding elder Baba Chuck Davis. This unique opportunity is open to emerging choreographers, offering dance practitioners a chance to travel to Africa and study with one or more experts in African dance, as determined by the awardee’s project proposal. The fellowship offers up to $9,000 in funding for travel, accommodations, and research expenses.

The selection committee is comprised of various members of DanceAfrica and BAM’s artistic teams as well as leaders in the field of dance.
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and are required to submit a letter of intent, specifying the proposed area of research and country, and a detailed proposal, including key artistic personnel and organizations in the country of study, a timeline of activities, and budget. Awardees are expected to document all aspects of the project, including travel and artistic progress, and share the fruits of their work (in the form of a performance, workshop, or other mode of expression to be determined) with the BAM community upon return.

The Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship was established in 2015 by BAM and DanceAfrica to recognize Davis’ immeasurable contributions to the global dance community. Davis, DanceAfrica’s artistic director emeritus, is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America, and has traveled extensively in Africa to study and work with leading artists.