Dance Creation or Re-creation Residency


January 23 2023


Offered to artists’ collectives and dance companies, this project will support the creation or re-creation of a work over a two-year period and allow the selected artists to carry out a cultural mediation project, bringing their creation into communities and building connections in a municipal cultural space.

Dance Creation or Re-creation Residency


La Danse sur les routes du Québec (DSR), the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) and the Maisons de la culture de Montréal network (MCM) are joining forces to support dance development and increase encounters between the public and Montréal dancers.

Offered to artists’ collectives and dance companies, this project will support the creation or re-creation of a work over a two-year period, providing optimal creation conditions and enriching the dance community with a memorable work. The project will also allow the selected artists to complete a cultural mediation project, bringing their work into communities and building connections in a municipal cultural space.

Who is this residency for?

Professional artists’ collectives and non-profit dance organizations.

What are the program objectives?

This program aims to:

  • Create a choreographic work or remount a work from the recipients’ repertoire.
  • Build a strong relationship between the dance community and the public.
  • Foster knowledge sharing.
  • Offer personalized professional support.
What does the residency entail?

The selected artists’ collective or dance company must:

  • Component 1: Create a new work or remount a work from their repertoire
  • Component 2: Complete a cultural mediation project, with support from a specialized resource


What type of assistance is provided?
  • A maximum of $34,000 to cover the cost of the residency.
  • Access to a room in the MCM network for 75 to 120 hours of dry residency* and 30 to 60 hours of technical residency.**
  • Guidance from a specialized resource, as well as the financial support required to complete a cultural mediation project.
  • Annual DSR membership for the 2022–23 and 2023–2024 seasons (recipients must be eligible for one of the following membership categories: Individual Member–Dance Artist or Corporate Member–Dance Company).
  • Networking opportunities with dance professionals and knowledge sharing through DSR’s activities

The residency will take place at an MCM network location in any of the 19 boroughs, depending on site availability and the recipients’ mobility.  Please specify your technical and logistical requirements, as technical equipment and accessibility at different MCM locations may vary.

* Dry residency: No technical guidance, use of the space only. No use of specialized technical equipment. Sound system available for use. This type of residency may be used for research, stage rehearsals, blocking and staging, etc.

** Technical residency: Using technical equipment under the supervision of site personnel (technical support, access to equipment). This could include lighting design, scenographic research, technical sequences, etc.

How long does the support last?

This is a one-time, non-recurring grant.


What are the general conditions for eligibility?

Arts organizations

Status and conditions:

  • Must be a non-profit organization or artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends.
  • Must be headquartered on the Island of Montréal.
  • Must have a Board of Directors composed mainly of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Must have a main mandate to create, produce or disseminate artistic works.

Professional requirements:

  • Possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence.
  • Be managed by qualified individuals.
  • Present activities of recognized artistic value.
  • Be staffed by professional artists and/or cultural workers.

Artists’ collectives

Status and conditions:

  • Must have a designated member responsible for the application.
  • Must be a group of artists, regardless of the number (minimum of two).
  • Must be composed of artists, two thirds of them Canadian citizens or permanent residents, with the number of members residing outside of Canada not to exceed one third.
  • A majority of the collective’s members (50% +1) must reside in Montréal, including the person responsible for the application.
  • Must be composed of professional artists.
What types of projects are eligible?

The call is open to any dance residency project, particularly projects with a variety of aesthetics, from contemporary dance, classical ballet, and jazz to urban dance, powwow, jigging, and flamenco, and more.

The call is open to residency projects at any stage of the creation or re-creation process. Presentation of the work is not one of the objectives for this call.

What is the timeframe to complete the work?

The project must be completed over 18 months, between June 1, 2023, and December 31, 2024.

The project timeline will take into account artist and host location availability, project type, and cultural mediation project development. For example, Component 1 could take place entirely in the first year and Component 2 could take place in the second year.

How many applications will be accepted?

Only one project will be selected.

Who is ineligible to apply?

Ineligible applicants

  • Individual artists
  • Collectives and organizations that do not meet the general and specific eligibility requirements
  • Agencies
  • Agents
  • Presenters

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


How do I apply?

Visit La Danse sur les routes online to learn more and submit your application.


How are applications evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated by a paid jury of peers who are professionally and culturally implicated, including dance professionals, MCM network representatives, and a CAM observer. This process is part of the partners’ efforts to achieve greater equality for all artists who apply.

What are the evaluation criteria?
  • Clarity of the residency project: the project must involve the creation or re-creation of a dance work.
  • Clarity of the cultural activity for the public: the cultural activity must help create space for dialogue with the public about dance.
  • Ability to complete the project.
  • Consistency between the budget and planned project activities, in compliance with current best practices.
What is the response time?

It will take eight (8) to ten (10) weeks from the date the application is submitted for the evaluation committee to process it and reach a decision.



How will the grant be paid?

The grant offered by the Conseil will be paid through La Danse sur les routes.


What are my obligations?

Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the recipient, a commitment to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions, which will be communicated upon acceptance of the application.

The collective or organization undertakes to:

  • Carry out the project as planned.
  • Notify the Conseil as soon as possible if unable to carry out the project in the fiscal year for which the grant was awarded. Grant recipients may be obliged to reimburse some or all of the amount awarded.
  • If so requested, submit activity reports and financial statements as required.
  • If applicable, include with the report any photographs, videos, or other relevant, royalty-free visuals created for the project, which the Conseil may use for promotional purposes.

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.



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Annie-Claude Coutu-Geoffroy
Director - Parcours Danse, du développement territorial et international

La Danse sur les routes