Building a Dynamic Future for Dance in Vermont in Year Two of Vermont Performance Lab’s SEED Program

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Guilford, Vermont – In 2015 Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) launched the SEED Program in response to a growing need for more comprehensive support for dance artists working in New England. Now about to embark on year two, VPL’s SEED Program will deepen its commitment to Vermont artists by offering support to professional dance-makers residing in the state of Vermont who are seeking to develop new performance projects for small scale touring. VPL is now accepting applications for SEED – artists can apply online at and applications are due December 1, 2016.

For ten years, VPL has provided artists with residencies and support to research and develop new work in dance, theater, film and music. “The SEED Program was designed to cultivate a stronger ecology for dance in our region by connecting artists with tools and resources that build their work and capacity,” says VPL Director Sara Coffey. The pilot SEED Program was rooted in a dance-residency exchange with Studio 303 in Montréal, and it supported the development of four performance projects (two from New England, and two from Québec), fostered cultural exchange, and built visibility for local choreographers by launching their work into other communities.

Vermont-based choreographer and 2015 SEED artist, Michael Bodel reflected on his experience, “I’ve been so impressed with the real energy and resources you have invested. It was really fruitful that you backed up the idea with some money, space, and production support for a showing.”

The 2017 SEED artists will receive a commissioning fee, a presentation of their work at VPL, travel stipend and housing, high quality video documentation, and project management consultations with VPL’s Director Sara Coffey. In addition, choreographers and collaborating artists will have the opportunity to co-design activities that engage VPL’s community in the artist’s process or research.

For more information, guidelines, and to apply before the December 1, 2016 deadline, please visit:

The 2017 SEED Program is made possible in part with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, and VPL’s Creation Fund Donors.


Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Since 2006, VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to the grange halls, studios and classrooms of rural Vermont through its innovative artist residency program. Last year VPL’s community and education programs served more than 1,700 students, young professionals, families and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities.
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