Pictured: Chris Schlichting dancers. Photo by Madeline Best

The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers offers a choreographic residency program in partnership with six national partners: the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (Tallahassee, FL), The National Center for Choreography (Akron, OH), Tofte Lake Center (Ely, MN) and a trio of New York City partners (Gibney Dance, Movement Research, and The Playground). In addition to the fellowship cash award, choreography fellows may apply for a McKnight-sponsored residency with one of the program’s National Residency partners. The residencies provide time and resources for the development of new choreographic work as well as garnering a national profile for the fellows.



2019-20 National Residencies

  • SuperGroup: MANCC

  • Taja Will: NCCAkron

  • Laurie Van Wieren: MANCC

 2018-19 National Residencies

  • Deja Stowers: Tofte Lake Center

  • Deneane Richburg: Movement Research, New York City

  • Susana di Palma: MANCC

  • Megan Mayer: NCCAkron

2017-18 National Residencies

  • Chris Schlichting: Lumberyard

  • Pramila Vasudevan: NYC

  • Rosy Simas: MANCC

2016-17 National Residencies

  • Vanessa Voskuil: American Dance Festival

2015-16 National residencies

  • Patrick Scully: MANCC

  • Penny Freeh: Camargo Foundation

  • Karen Sherman: American Dance Institute

  • Emily Johnson: MANCC

2014-15 National Residencies


  • Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy: MANCC

  • Joanie Smith: Tofte Lake Center

  • Wynn Fricke: ADF

2013-14 national Residencies

  • Carl Flink: American Dance Festival

  • Ananya Chatterjea: Tofte Lake Center

2012-13 National Residencies

  • Chris Yon: MANCC

  • April Sellers: MANCC

2011-2012 National Residencies

  • Megan Mayer: MANCC

  • Penelope Freeh: MANCC