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The Residency Program is the heart of Kaatsbaan's mission and is open to national and international, emerging, mid-career, and established dance professionals.

Residencies are recognized as one of the most effective ways to provide a productive and creative working environment for dance companies, choreographers, dancers, composers, and all dance related artists.

Residencies can be for a weekend or multi-weeks in length. Kaatsbaan is a year round operation.  All facilities are heated and air-conditioned.

Facilities available are:

  • 3 professional dance studios, 60 x 65 ft, 50 x 50 ft, 30 x 20 ft

  • The Dancers’ Inn, accommodates up to 36 guests

  • Gate House with kitchens, living rooms and additional bedrooms

  • Theater, 160-seat black-box theater for full productions, open rehearsals, showcases, works in progress, technical rehearsals, with a performance stage 60 x 65 feet that can be adjusted to artist's performance requirements.

Residencies are individually designed between the artists, Kaatsbaan, and partners to fit the needs of the dance artists or company.

2019 residencies

March 2019
Malpaso (The Joyce Theater Residency)
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

April 2019
Zvi Dance
• Open rehearsal: 4/11 at 2pm (free and open to the public)
• Open rehearsal: 4/18 at 2pm (free and open to the public)
Boy Friday (UpStream® Residency)

May 2019
Nathan Griswold & Ana Maria Lucaciu
• Open rehearsal: 5/30 at 2pm (free and open to the public)
RudduR Dance (UpStream® Residency)

June 2019

July 2019
Maria Kochetkova (The Joyce Theater Residency)

August 2019
Attic Projects
Lauren Post Co/Lab (ABT)

October 2019
Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana
Vivo Ballet (UpStream® Residency)

December 2019
Kyle Marshall (UpStream® Residency)
Vanaver Caravan   


Residencies are by application or invitation.

Choreographers, dance companies, and all dance artists are invited to submit a brief letter of introduction by email outlining their project, specific residency needs and intended accomplishments. Include the proposed length of time, number of artists involved, studio needs, and any proposals for outreach, workshops or performances. Please state if you are a non-profit organization, have an umbrella relationship with a nonprofit organization, are an LLC, or are operating as an independent artist. Letters of introduction should be no more than two pages in length. Please include web links to your work or a DVD.

Kaatsbaan is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization thus, all programs, performances, and activities must have a source of funding. Partner organizations, foundations, and individual donors who have an interest in a specific artist are potential resources for funding. Kaatsbaan tries to make residencies as affordable as possible to other non-profit artists and organizations in the field however, subsidizing all residencies is not within our financial capability.

Fees are tailored to fit a company's size and facility use. Studios and housing needs, lighting and technical requirements, and time of year are considered with residency fees. Fees assist the host organization with insurance requirements, utilities such as electric and heating, and maintenance and cleaning.

UpStream® Residency Awards

Kaatsbaan UpStream® Residency Awards are designed to support all stages of professional dance development through 1 week residencies at Kaatsbaan.  

UpStream® residencies are open to all professional choreographers and dance companies who seek time and space for creating new choreography, rehearsing repertory, building productions, showcasing works in progress, and presenting finished performances.  

All dance styles and projects of any size will be considered with no specific requirements for artistic content. The selection process will focus on the specific need for large studio space and comprehensive residency time.  Professionalism is a high priority and artists are expected to utilize the facilities and their time by working full days during the residency. 

Selected artists will be given full use of the Studio Complex at Kaatsbaan. One studiowill be available at all times. Housing for company members is provided at the Dancers’ Inn and kitchen facilities in the Gate House. Space for site-specific works will be accommodated.  $500 will be given to each company to assist with transportation and expenses.    

Each artist or company will perform on the final Sunday of their residency in the Kaatsbaan 160-seat black box theater. Performances can be showcases or fully produced productions as per artist’s needs. Open rehearsals and master classes will be scheduled as requested. 

UpStream® Residences are funded in part by the New York State DanceForce which receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.

Application Deadline for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 is June 1, 2019

Download: UpStream® Residency Application

To submit proposal or for more information please contact