Six Minnesota dance artists selected for 2017 McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers

2017 McKnight Choreographer Fellows:

Susana di Palma

Deneane Richburg


Choreographer Selection Panel:
Christy Bolingbroke, Executive/Artistic Director, National Center for Choreography – Akron (Akron, OH)
Rennie Harris, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Rennie Harris Puremovement (Los Angeles, CA)
Judith Howard, Choreographer, Dance Professor/Director, Carleton College (Minneapolis, MN)
Li Chiao-Ping, Choreographer, Vilas Research Professor, UW-Madison Dance Department (Madison, WI)


2017 McKnight Dancer Fellows:

Herb Johnson III

Krista Langberg

Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi

2017 Dancer Selection Panel:
Ananya Chatterjea, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Ananya Dance Theatre; Professor of Dance, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
d. Sabela grimes, Interdisciplinary Performer-Choreographer (Los Angeles, CA)
Kari Mosel, Company Member, Shapiro & Smith Dance and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
Michelle Ramos, Attorney, Former Dancer, Chair Elect Dance/USA (New Orleans, LA)

Guidelines for the 2018 McKnight Fellowships for Choreography and Dance will be available in Summer 2017 at




The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers annually awards three $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota choreographers and three $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota dancers. The awards are unrestricted and can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.




The McKnight International Choreographer program invites one international choreographer each year to spend time in residence in Minnesota, collaborating with Minnesota dance artists and showcasing new work. International Choreographer residencies are offered by invitation only. Applications are not accepted. 

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National Residencies

 McKnight Choreographer Fellows may apply for a choreographic residency with one of our five national partners.

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Through the SOLO Commissioning Program each McKnight Dancer Fellow selects a choreographer to create a new solo work expressly for the fellow.

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