Introducing a new Fellowship designed to provide equitable support to BIPOC artists.

Springboard’s new fellowship program is designed to provide support, residency, financial, marketing, and mentoring resources within our global network to BIPOC choreographers. Beginning in 2022, the program will support the artists’ practices as part of the Springboard Emerging Choreographers Program in Montréal and will strive to uplift the Fellow’s artistic endeavours throughout their Fellowship year and beyond. We look forward to curating to the desires of each Fellow, each year.

Image of Daina Ashbee, by Patrice Mathieu
photo by Patrice Mathieu


Image of Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, by Bobby Rogers
photo by Bobby Rogers


This initiative is supported in part by our new NYC dance community partner Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation and its Chez Bushwick program. Our new supportive partner is thrilled to pool, share, and distribute resources to address targeted inequities in the wider dance field.

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Dorchel Haqq nominated as second Springboard-curated recipient of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation AIR Founder’s Residency

We are honored to announce that Springboard Danse Montréal and Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation have partnered up to provide nominated Springboard artists with residency opportunities at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY. Springboard will nominate 3 artists in 2021, once per residency cycle.

This new partnership opens another channel to connect our Springboard artists to career-development opportunities. We are grateful to Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation for the invitation to join them in this collaborative initiative!

Dava Huesca

2021 AIR – Cycle 1 Founder’s Residency
Springboard alumna 2018, 2019

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Dava Huesca, from New York City, graduated from SUNY Purchase conservatory of Dance with magna cum laude distinction in 2019. In 2015, she graduated second in the dance department from Fiorello LaGuardia Arts High School and was awarded Desire Keras Dancer from the Heart award. Shortly after her college graduation Dava joined VIM VIGOR Dance company. Dava’s performance experience also includes Stacey Pearl Dance project, Rena Butler, Hannah Gardner, Sidra Bell, Maxine Doyle, Manuel Vigoulle, and Martha Graham Dance Company, etc. Dava attended Springboard Danse Montréal for two consecutive years where she worked with MAZE dance company, Johannes Weiland, Vanessa Goodman, and VIM VIGOR dance company. 

Dava is the curator for New York Times and Dance Spirit magazine cited Instagram @Issadancelook. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts collective LLAB RATS. Through LLAB RATS, she has performed and set work for Battery Dance Festival, Ciclo Dos, Purchase Dance company, Arts on site, The Craft NYC and others. Dava has led LLAB RATS experience floorwork based classes at SUNY Purchase and Gibney dance, as well as, organized art-filled peaceful protests in New York City in solidarity with the Black Lives matter movement. Dava continues to educate, teaching modern, floor work, jazz funk, contemporary and gymnastics throughout the New York tri-state area. She hopes to spread her voice internationally through education and choreography.

Dorchel Haqq

2021 AIR – Cycle 2 Founder’s Residency
Springboard alumna 2019

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Dorchel Haqq raised in Harlem began her dance training at Dance Theater of Harlem. With education from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts then later at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY, Dorchel initiated her discovery of the body as a political statement. Through Purchase College, Dorchel studied at Korea National School of the Arts and was an Adopt-a-dancer recipient. Working with artists Johannes Wieland, Stephanie Batten Bland, Sidra Bell, Maxine Doyle, Loni Landon, and Kayla Farrish, Dorchel’s movement practices questions, challenges and induces an imaginative world. Dorchel explores fantasy and abstracts the echo of transgenerational trauma in her body of culture through film, sound exploration, and object investigations. Dorchel’s recent choreographic works, ‘tenderheaded’ honorarium of the 2020 Battery Dance Festival and ‘BLACKDIAMOND’ commissioned by the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY illuminates these ideals. Dorchel is the co-founder of LLAB RATS, an interdisciplinary arts collective that creates through collaboration in response to social injustice. Dorchel is a Springboard-nominated recipient of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation AIR Founder’s Residency. Dorchel is currently an adjunct lecturer at Purchase College and joined A.I.M by Kyle Abraham the fall of 2020. 

Dorchel’s headshot by Baylie Olsen @baylieolsen

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation