Dance Omi


About Dance Omi

Since 2005, the Dance Omi International Dance Collective has brought together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Though the program culminates in informal showings on the Omi campus, the emphasis is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration.

This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. Under the direction of the Dance Omi Director and an alumni Guest Mentor, residents learn from each other's creative process and the freedom to play. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making.

Professional Dancers/Choreographers of ALL styles (Modern, Ballet, Improvisation, Ethnic Dance forms, etc.) who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that applicants do not have specific projects in mind, but come open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. It is imperative that all applicants have a genuine openness to collaborating with artists of different dance backgrounds.

All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency and to participating in the concluding showings. Everyone accepted to Dance Omi receives full room and board during his or her stay at Omi (note that Omi is unable to provide travel funds).


Upcoming Events

Dance Omi does not have any upcoming events. For more information on Dance Omi events in 2016 please join Omi's mailing list at the bottom of this page.


If you are interested in applying to Dance Omi for the 2016 residency please see the "How To Apply" section below.


How To Apply

The deadline for the 2016 session has expired on January 4, 2016.


Residency Dates: July 19 - August 8, 2016
Results Announced: March 2, 2016


About Dance Omi

Dance Omi is a unique opportunity for a collection of international dance artists to explore the process of collaboration through dance. The Residency consists of three weeks of artistic process and sharing. Uninterrupted by the constraints of lack of space, time, or other artists with whom to work, the richness of this residency is that it is an exploration. Residents are encouraged to collaborate with each other, without the pressure of having to create a performance product. It is a model for artistic process and international community building.




Who Should Apply

Applicants active as both dancers AND choreographers, who work within any style of dance, are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that applicants do not come with specific projects in mind, but that they are open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. Applicants must have a genuine openness to collaborating with multi-national artists of diverse cultural, socio-political, linguistic and dance backgrounds.

All awarded fellows must commit to staying for the entire residency and receive full room and board during their stay at Omi. Please note that Dance Omi is unable to provide travel funds


 In order to apply, you will need to:

1. Fill in your contact information.
2. Submit a statement on what working collectively means to you and how you feel you can contribute to the collective experience (no more than 200 words).
3. Upload a headshot photo (jpg format).
4. Fill in a resume form that asks for choreographic works and presentations, performance experience, education, languages spoken and additional dance related experience.
5. Upload one letter of recommendation from an established professional in the dance field relative to your career progress and/or your collaborative experience (Maximum 2 pages, acceptable upload formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf).
6. Upload or attach links* for two, but no more than three representative samples of your work as a performer, improviser, and/or choreographer. Acceptable formats for uploading your video samples are: .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .avi.
Your uploaded video should not exceed 50MB and each excerpt should be no longer than three minutes. The applicant MUST appear in at least one of the samples. It is suggested, but not required, that one of the submitted work samples be an in studio improvisation or rehearsal footage of the applicant artist.


 * PLEASE NOTE, uploading the videos or utilizing Vimeo are the only acceptable means of sharing video files.Youtube links will not be accepted as we must be able to download the files for the panel review process.




Omi International Arts Center is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, New York, as well as Albany and Hudson, which offer train connections only thirty minutes away.

The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Fields Sculpture Park.

A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers are available on the premises.

Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.

2015 Dance Omi Residents

2015 Dance Omi Residents

Chavi Bansal (India/USA)
Chavi Bansal was born and raised in India. She worked with the company, The Danceworx, from 2003 to 2007, and received her BA in Dance/Choreography from The Netherlands in 2011. Chavi worked with production house Dans Ateliers in The Netherlands, and was invited as a guest choreographer to the University of Stavanger (Norway) in May 2011. Her work has been shown in theaters such as The Nwe Vorst, Park Theatre, Factorium (where she was also a teacher), and Inter Art Lab as well as festivals such as the Mundial festival. Upon returning to India in 2012, she also worked with Gati dance forum and Jhumroo and The Danceworx. Chavi worked with the India Habitat Centre to organize and choreograph a dance festival in Delhi in 2013. She has also presented her work at FICCI as part of Friends of Art. Chavi moved to Boston in August 2014, and was part of Ammasit Residency with The Dance Complex. Her work is greatly inspired by her life/rituals in India and her observation of relationships between people.

Salvatore Cataldo (Italy/Germany)

Salvatore Cataldo is originally from southern Italy. At the age of 11, he quit playing the accordion and started his experience with theatre by attending acting classes. He discovered dance in his teens when, entrusted to a Turkish family in Istanbul, he started studying and working as a belly dancer. Meanwhile, he continued acting at the S.A.K.M. in Istanbul. In 2009, Salvatore performed Neapolitan Repertory with various companies and soon quit his political science studies to enter the Classical Ballet B.A. program at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy. In 2011, he became one of the founders of Luogocomunedanza Dance Company in Rome. Salvatore is a 2015 graduate from Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. His artistic interests have led him though various countries for a cultural and human research.

José Ramón Corral (Mexico)
José Ramón Corral is a performer, improviser and architect from Hermosillo, Mexico. He began training as an understudy with Antares Danza Contemporánea in 2009 while pursuing his degree in Architecture. After only a year of training, he participated in special projects with the company and was part of the creative process for "Que no descubran tu nombre" (2011). Since getting his Architecture degree in 2012, he has been a part of high-profile dance projects in Mexico such as Opera Prima @elcolectivo, CEPRODAC and ASyC's closing performance at the first National Dance Encounter in Guadalajara, Mexico. His collaborations with artists such as Raúl Parrao, Galia Eibenschutz, Miguel Mancillas and Hans van den Broeck have given him powerful creative tools, which fuel him as he continues to bridge a gap between art forms that transform perceptions of the space around humanity.

Lindsey Renee Derry (USA)
Lindsey Renee Derry is a graduate of Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance—summa cum laude. She is the recipient of the 2006 Thayer Fellowship, a prestigious award given by the New York Foundation of the Arts to outstanding State University graduates. As a performing artist, Derry has had numerous touring opportunities, taking her thus far to fourteen countries spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2012, Derry launched L i n s d a n s to serve as the platform for her solo work both choreographed by herself and guest artists. With support from American Dance Abroad, she participated in three consecutive residencies in Greece and in Berlin's Stoffwechsel-Metabolism Festival at DOCK 11, where her solo show POR·TRAI·TURE was presented at each. Derry received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Performance-Individual for her solo performance in POR·TRAI·TURE.

Neus Gil Cortés (Spain/UK)
Neus Gil Cortés trained in classical and contemporary dance in Spain as well as in Holland. Since then, Neus has had a wide range career as a contemporary dancer, working for Hofesh Shechter Company (2014-2015), National Dance Company Wales (2009-2013) and Dance Works Rotterdam (2006-2009). While in these companies, Neus has worked with world-class choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Ohad Naharin, Itzic Galili and Dana Caspersen, among others. Neus has choreographed alongside her performing career from very early on. In 2009, she was offered a place at "One Night Dance", a month workshop and a creative platform for talented young choreographers offered by Dansateliers Rotterdam. In 2011, Neus also created work for the Wales Dance Platform. Mort recently, she created work for the World Stage Design festival, for which she was awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Wales. Neus is currently a freelance dancer and choreographer based in London. For Dance Omi 2015, Neus Gil Cortés received travel support from the Lisa Ullmann Traveling Scholarship Fund.

Alina Ruiz Folini (Argentina/USA)

Alina Ruiz Folini is a dance-maker from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the beginning, she was professional roller skater (champion of Argentina in 1999), but has since developed into a dancer, performer, teacher, researcher, choreographer, and eventually hopes to be a singer. She was formed and trained at the most reputable study center of dance and performance research in Buenos Aires and New York. Since 2011, Alina has been a scholarship recipient in residency programs from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina. She is the artistic director to ARCHEOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE, International Meeting of Contemporary Dance, Performance and Knowledge in Argentina. Her creations oscillate between essay and ritual, biology and expressionism, and the material world and the world of signs. The most recent work she created, SURVIVAL PROJECT, was selected for Center for Performance Research as well as for Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Since 2009, Alina has been a teacher of training methods and laboratories of movement research for contemporary artists in South America and New York.

Shanna Lim (USA)
Shanna Lim is a visual and performing arts lover utilizing various mediums of art, stage, and street performance, while also a body paint artist and founder of "Thoughts in Glitter" body art. She founded in 1996, Inner Soul Projex Productions and cofounded non-for-profit Hip-Hop youth organization Midnight Forum. She is a UMD dance graduate and presently studying Original Medicine at the International Institute of Medicine. Shanna has taught in the U.S and Costa Rica and is a dance practitioner in Urban, Thai, Modern and Improvisation. She has performed at University of Maryland, Costa Rica, Washington, DC, Dance Place, Hip-Hop theater festivals, Black Luv festival, Mason Rhynes, and for Holly Bass. Shane toured with Tamara Wellons of Ocha records, and danced for Willi Dormer and Don't Hit Mama dance production from the Netherlands. She is known for her artistic expressive voice and wants to bring people together to encourage inspiration.

Flora Veres (Hungary)
Flora Veres is a freelance performer and dance-maker. She was born in Budapest, where she graduated from Hungarian Dance Academy. She has worked with several Hungarian companies (MU Terminal, GoBe, Gangaray) and international since finishing school. She has worked with many choreographers including Adam Fejes, Krisztian Gergye, Attila Gergely, Jack Gallagher, Jens Bjerregaard. She was awarded the Erasmus Scholarship, which took her to The Netherlands where she worked with Peter Jasko and Anton Lachky and performed on ITS Festival. In 2013, she started her own solo creation titled 'Now'. She collaborated in 2011 and in 2014 with EuroCulture's projects in France. In 2013, she moved to Brussels, where she joined DansCentrumJette, and created her second solo, 'Dream-sales'. In 2014, she produced a thesis from research of the Rosas Dance Company's movement language. Currently she participates in projects with DansCentrumJette, a physical theater dance-movie, as well as teaching contemporary dance.

Benjamin Van Buren Guest Mentor
Alumnus of Dance Omi 2013 (USA)
Collaboration is upon us whether we like it or not. With this in mind, Ben has recently been collaborating on performance projects in a variety of contexts. In New York he is currently working with composer Lucas Syed on choreography for a new piece of musical theater. In Brussels he is continuing to work with Bryana Fritz on All That Heaven Allows, a duet with new poetry, music, and choreography that pools around a retelling of Antigone. Originally from Vermont
(USA), he is currently a Masters student at the New School for Social Research.

The International dimension of performance today is upon us whether we like it or not. As an artist and a teacher Ben has worked in such places as Latvia, Brussels, France, Germany, Scotland, The U.S., and The Republic of Korea. This international experience has provoked Ben to ask serious questions of how we are brought into collaboration with each other. Given that no art happens 'out of the blue' and that each work is always immediately in dialogue with the political constellation of its context Ben also works, as a writer, to try to understand our current situation and to try to imagine a way out of it.



Australian Countil for the Arts

Program Board Committee

Maria Mitchell

Lynn Neuman

Amber Sloan

Nicole Smith

Gus Solomons, Jr.

Christopher K. Morgan, Program Director

Christopher K. Morgan - Director (Maryland)
 has directed Dance Omi since 2006. Christopher is also the Artistic Director of Washington DC area contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and the Dance Artist in Residence in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. His Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international performing career as a modern dancer influence his choreography. Said to be "charming and poignant" by The New York Times, his work has addressed issues including sexual and gender identity, race, climate change, and water conservation and been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents. Dance Magazine profiled him in 2011 as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His 2010 work +1/-1, commissioned by the US State Department, a US and a Palestinian Dance Company, opened the Ramallah International Dance Festival, and won the Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work that year. Known as an advocate and eloquent speaker, Morgan regularly adjudicates for the American College Dance Festival and has served on panels for the NEA, Maryland State Arts Council and McKnight Foundation. Recent awards include a 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award and a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Solo Dance Performance.

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