2015-2016 Project Stream Grantees for Dance


On October 9, 2015, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance distributed $109,754 in Project Stream grants at an award ceremony held at PECO’s Energy Hall.

Project Stream grants provide seed money to individual artists and organizations offering innovative, community-based arts projects in southeastern Pennsylvania, and are made possible through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ (PCA) Partners in the Arts program with additional support provided by PECO. The program enables the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to reach a wider audience by increasing access to funds for organizations and artists across the state, thereby increasing statewide audience exposure to arts activities.

“The Cultural Alliance is proud to be a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts,” said Maud Lyon, Cultural Alliance President. “Project Stream is a great resource to connect artists and organizations to their community. Through this funding, local artists and organizations are empowered to make a real impact where they live and work, with projects that make neighborhoods vibrant, engage students, and energize community spaces.”

The Cultural Alliance’s Project Stream provides grants of up to $2,500 to eligible organizations and individuals conducting arts projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. This year, 98 individual artists and nonprofit organizations from around the region were funded, with an average award of $1,119.54. PECO also contributed $15,000 to the program, which was distributed evenly among recipients.

This year 11 dance companies/organizations received a total of $7964.00 or an average award of $724.00. The awardees are noted below…

Ballet 180 – $1,272.00
As a professional contemporary ballet company, Ballet 180 seeks to facilitate a 180-degree transformation in the lives of their dancers and the community by creating a positive platform for high quality artistry and service to society. This mission is fulfilled through Ballet 180, a contemporary ballet company and Move 360 community outreach initiatives.

Pottstown Dance Theatre Repertory Ensemble – $574.00
“United” is a new dance concert from the Pottstown Dance Theatre Repertory with a focus on peaceful resolution of conflict.

The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble – $513.00
The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble will produce its first tap dance film, Dollar, that will be a narrative music video combining contemporary music with Broadway and rhythm tap.

Mascher Dance, Inc. – $776.00
Mascher Space Cooperative is a home for new performance in Philadelphia that provides space that is affordable and versatile, curates programming, and offers educational opportunities that make it an important node in Philadelphia’s contemporary performance network.

Melissa Cameron – $749.00
Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre will select six new dance works to present in May 2016 as a part of their HATCH program. The HATCH program is a series that features emerging choreographers with the intent of enabling choreographers to make new work.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company – $740.00
CoPresence is an experimental dance production of the Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and it utilizes specially commissioned software to unite two dancers in separate spaces.

Pamela Hetherington     $461.00
The Philadelphia Community Tap Project is an education and performance opportunity entering its third successful year. Twenty participants have the opportunity to learn and perform an original repertory piece from a master tap choreograhper. The opportunity is open to anyone over the age of 16.

Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival – $722.00
The Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest is an annual pre-professional dance festival. It is designed to share, unite, and celebrate dance in a supportive and professional atmosphere for young Philadelphians.

Real Live People – $686.00
Real Live People is a Philadelphia-based dance company that explores human experiences through firsthand stories and unspoken gestures. This season’s productions include a collaboration with Baltimore’s Deep Vision Dance Company and Washington D.C.’s Rebollar Dance Company.

Philadelphia Dance Projects, Tangle Movement Arts – $793.00
Tangle Movement Arts’s new production, The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct, is a dynamic new circus-theater show featuring their aerial dance theater troupe that will premiere during the 2015 FringeArts Festival.

Usiloquy Dance Designs – $678.00
Usiloquy Dance Designs will perform their Indian Classical Dance work ‘Ragas and Airs’ at the Irish Center and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to discover the rich danced and musical heritage of the Celtic nations.

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