2023 Contemporary Dance Award


Applicants must be 18 years of age, US citizens and not enrolled in an educational program.


The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to announce a national $50,000.00 award to a contemporary choreographer. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is proud to partner with Portland Ovations to present the work of the awardee through their Raising the Barre initiative. The Contemporary Dance Award is an effort to bolster the field, incubate new ideas and, thanks to our wonderful partnership with Portland Ovations and our amazing jurors, bring more dance to Maine. In its finest iteration, Contemporary Dance is transcendent and sublime, expressive and powerful beyond language. We are thrilled to join the conversation and support movement-based art.

Review Process

The entries will be judged on artistic excellence by a three-member jury.



Applications are being accepted through via the Submit button below or via www.submittble.com by choreographers living in the United States beginning May 1, 2023 with a deadline of July 15, 2023.


For any questions or concerns please contact Donna McNeil, Executive Director, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, 207- 594-5825 or donna@ellis-beauregardfoundation.org. Please contact us below with any questions about our grants, awards, or programs.

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