Performing Arts Fellowship | Dance


A photo of a female ballerina balancing on a single foot on pointe.

Katlyn Addison
Performing Arts Fellow
Artist Website

An Asian man wearing a suit with his arms folded in front of large sheet music.

Anthony Chen
Performing Arts Fellow
Artist Website

A photo of a woman wearing a white ruffled dress and a brown shawl dancing on a stage with a red background.

Solange Gomes
Performing Arts Fellow
Artist Website

A photo of a white woman wearing blue strips of fabric, dancing.

Lorin Hansen
Performing Arts Fellow
Artist Website

A photo of a man wearing a cream sweater in front of trees with yellow leaves.

Cristhian Hernandez
Performing Arts Fellow
Artist Website

A photo of a shirtless Black man wearing white mans, doing a handstand.

Mauro Romualdo
Performing Arts Fellow
Artist Website

Performing Arts Fellowship Juror Sarah McCaffery, Manager of Interdisciplinary Arts, Asia Society Museum

The artists who applied for the 2021 Performing Arts Fellowship demonstrated extraordinary talent. Applicants represented many roles across Utah’s dance field, including dancers, choreographers, educators, arts organizers, dance filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, and more.

The six fellowship awardees possess bold visions for the future of dance. Not only are the awardees exceptional dance professionals, but they are leaders and advocates for their respective forms. Recognizing the transformative power of dance, they have harnessed it to impact the lives of countless students, audiences, and community members. In the midst of extreme challenges, including a global pandemic and reckoning with systemic racism, the awardees find themselves at a pivotal moment of their careers. I look forward to following the work of these visionary dance artists and leaders to see how they will continue to inspire communities in Utah and beyond.

  • Katlyn Addison - Juror Statement
    • Katlyn Addison is an exceptional dancer who is committed to the future of ballet. As a choreographer, she has created works for Ballet West and University of Utah's dance department. As a leader, she serves as board member and coordinator for the newly formed non-profit group Utah Black Artists Collective. She is also a mentor to Black youth in dance, with the aspiration to “prepare students to be part of the ballet world.” Addison is not only mentoring youth, but blazing a trail for future generations. She was recently promoted to the highest rank at Ballet West marking a historic moment—she is the first Black principal dancer in Ballet West's 58-year history. I look forward to following the next stage in Addison’s career and seeing how she continues to inspire through her dancing, choreography, and leadership.
  • Anthony Chen - Juror Statement
    • Anthony Chen is a dancer and choreographer, and an advocate for Lindy Hop and other swing dances. Chen believes Lindy Hop to be “joy embodied in dance” and is passionate about sharing this joy with others. He founded Salt City Swing to spread awareness of swing music and dance, and their deep roots in Black American history. Through his teaching, he shares his vision of dance as a language that transcends barriers, including those of race and culture. The fellowship award would support him as he continues to foster social dance communities: “My aspiration is to continue supporting the growth and health of this community on both a local and international level, because there is nothing more thrilling than being in a dance hall full of diverse smiling faces doing the most joyous dance I know.” I look forward to watching Chen continue to harness the transformative power of dance by spreading joy and building community through Lindy Hop and other swing dances.
  • Solange Gomes - Juror Statement
    • Solange Gomes is a flamenco artist, choreographer, and educator with a commitment to preserve and promote the traditional art of flamenco. In 2001, Gomes founded the Tablado Dance Company where she is the artistic director, choreographer, and principal dancer. As an educator, Gomes teaches a powerful approach, “I want to teach my dancers to shape and fill the movement not only with a technical virtuosity but, mainly with passion, individuality, truth, and personality.” This fellowship award would support Gomes as she continues to spread her vision for flamenco through her dancing, choreography, and teaching. I look forward to following Gomes’ important work in fostering a community and passion for flamenco.
  • Lorin Hansen - Juror Statement
    • Lorin Hansen is an instructor, performer, and choreographer. For the past 15 years, Hansen has dedicated her life to building a samba community in Utah. She founded and is artistic director of Samba Fogo, a music and dance ensemble. Hansen is passionate about the transformative power of dance, she “utilizes art as a mechanism to create community, build self-esteem, spark change, and enhance the connectedness of our community.” The fellowship would support Hansen to choreograph new works. As artists navigate COVID-19 and this pivotal moment in history, Hansen questions, “Who will lead us home, and how will they place their foot on the ground when they dance?” I look forward to following Hansen’s dynamic work, and experiencing her visions for relating to our Earth and environment through her choreography.
  • Cristhian Hernandez - Juror Statement
    • Cristhian Hernandez is a dancer, choreographer, and educator with a commitment to preserve and promote the traditional arts of Mexico. In 2014, Hernandez founded Ballet Folklorico Quetzacolatl of Utah where he is the director and choreographer. Hernandez views the group’s artists as stewards of Mexican culture, “Teaching the history of each dance to the members of the group is essential so that they can value it and transmit it in the performances.” Hernandez has expanded the number of dancers in the group and integrated regional Mexican vocalists since its founding. The fellowship award would support Hernandez as he continues to cultivate a community of artists. I look forward to following Hernandez’s important work in promoting the traditional arts of Mexico.
  • Mauro Romualdo - Juror Statement
    • Mestre Jamaika (Mauro Romualdo) performs and teaches capoeira. In 2005, Mestre Jamaika founded Salt Lake Capoeira which he continues to lead. He also founded the Volta Miúda capoeira group. A passionate advocate, Mestre Jamaika is committed to sharing Afro-Brazilian culture and strengthening community through capoeira, “My purpose today remains the same…to honor my ancestors and capoeira’s roots in its fight against injustice and oppression.” The fellowship would support Mestre Jamaika as he continues to teach capoeira, “While I’ve always used capoeira to change the world for the better, 2020 was the first time I saw so many people open to hearing my experience. This grant would help me continue to share capoeira and its lessons in equality and community—especially in this moment when people are more receptive to the message.” I look forward to following Mestre Jamaika’s important work as he continues to spread capoeira and his message to communities across Utah and beyond.

The Performing Arts Fellowship is a $5,000 unrestricted award to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah artists who are demonstrating exceptional creativity in the performing and visual arts.

The 2022 Performing Arts Fellowship program will return January 2022.

The 2022 focus will be Theatre.

The Performing Arts Fellowship will award six $5,000 fellowships to individual artists. Performing arts disciplines rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. 

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality work samples. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in any undergraduate degree granting program. Fellowship awards are unrestricted funds and do not require matching funds.

Applications for 2022 TBA 

Fellowship Guidelines 2022


The Performing Arts Fellowship is an unrestricted award to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah artists demonstrating exceptional creativity in, and dedication to, the performing arts. Artists from all Utah regions are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship seeks to support professional and committed Utah artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic careers. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their career for this one-time award.

Candidates for the Fellowship are identified through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a two-round review process (pre-screen review and juror review).

The Fellowship is not an award to support a specific art project, recognition of lifetime achievement, or for artists just beginning their careers.


This is the third year of the Performing Arts Fellowship and the first year focused on theatre. This fellowship is awarded to professional performing artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and to encourage their careers.

Utah Arts & Museums is the oldest publicly funded state arts agency in the nation, established in 1899. From its inception, the performing arts have been an integral component in fulfilling the goals of the agency: to increase awareness and understanding of the public value of arts and culture, and to invest in communities by strengthening the arts and cultural infrastructure. The tradition of recognition and support of excellence continues for individual artists through the Performing Arts Fellowship Program.


Artists practicing in a variety of theatre-related performing arts — such as acting, directing, folk and traditional arts, and new genres — are eligible. Performing art must be a primary component of the artist's work. Artists may be deemed ineligible if these criteria are not met. Artists whose primary practice is visual arts may be eligible for the Visual Arts Fellowship. More info here.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to apply: 

    • Must be age 28 or older at the time of deadline.
    • Must be a legal Utah resident two years prior to application (70% physical presence in Utah for one year prior).
    • Must have a legal right to work in the United States. (Payment for the fellowship will require a valid Social Security number, to be provided at the time of fellowship award disbursement.)
    • Previous Performing Arts Fellowship recipients may not apply.
    • Individuals enrolled in any undergraduate degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.
    • The Fellowship is given to an individual. Artist teams / groups are not eligible to apply.
    • Immediate families, board or committee members, and employees of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums are not eligible.

*Fellowship recipients are responsible for all applicable federal taxes. We urge that you keep all receipts and other appropriate records for tax filing purposes. Please consult a tax accountant with questions; we unfortunately cannot advise on tax matters.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a state agency involved in public funding for arts and museums. As a public entity, it reserves the right to make final decisions on the use of public funds for projects, programs, acquisitions, commissions, or other activities as deemed appropriate by the Division and/or Board.


UA&M promotes equity that involves all people, including those who have been historically underrepresented in policy-making and fair access to resources.

If you require a paper application, you can print your application and mail it to our office, along with a USB drive of images/videos. Please do not use staples, paper clips, or include any extraneous awards, pamphlets, or promotional materials. They will not be sent to the juror. Please only use this method if you have difficulties with an internet connection or uploads. 

Application forms can be mailed to: 
Performing Arts Fellowship
Utah Arts & Museums 
617 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Postmark deadline for mailed applications is Monday, March 7, 2022.


Round 1 - Prescreen 
Applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility, and adherence to published guidelines. Applicants meeting eligibility requirements but whose applications are found to be incomplete will be contacted and given the opportunity to withdraw and resubmit their application. 

Round 2 -  Juror review 
The juror will evaluate work samples, artist bio, artist statement, artistic accomplishments, creative contributions, and dedication to the field of performing arts via your CV/Resume. Four fellowship awardees will be selected by the juror and notified by UA&M staff via email. Fellows will be announced publicly in mid-April.


Sarah McCaffery is Manager of Interdisciplinary Arts at Asia Society Museum, New York. She oversees a diverse portfolio of art projects, including participatory performances, site-specific works, durational performance art, and immersive sound installations. Her projects include producing a virtual performance season as part of Asia Society’s inaugural Triennial and “Creative Common Ground,” an initiative that commissioned artists to create interdisciplinary performance works.


  • Submissions open - Monday, January 17
  • Application online info sessions - Thursday, February 3 at 10 AM & 6 PM
  • Submissions close - Monday, March 7, 11:59 PM
  • Artists notified of results via email - end of April
  • Professional development sessions - May 2022


The online application will be available January 17, 2022, via Submittable. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 7, 2022.

Submittable helpful hints:

    • Please white-list or add the domain name to your safe sender list through your email service. This will ensure you get notifications from us. Check spam filters as well. 
    • To save and continue editing, click the "save draft" button. This will allow you to log back into Submittable and continue editing your application.
    • Once you click the "submit" button on the fillable form, you cannot go back and edit your application. You do, however, have the option to withdraw a submission and start over. As with any online submission form, it is advisable to review the questions and information that are required and complete them in a savable document, then cut and paste them into the form to prevent loss of data. If you are having technical difficulties, call Submittable at (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.
    • There is an individual attachment limit of 400 MB and a cumulative attachment limit of 800 MB per application on Submittable.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following information.

    1. Bio: Maximum 300 words.
      A professional bio written in the third-person. May include the key focus of your work, performance related education, awards, significant past or current projects, where you are from, and where you live and work.

    2. Artist’s statement:  Minimum 250 words, maximum of 500 words.
      A statement written in the first-person describing your artistic practice, inspirations, and aspirations.

    3. Description of intent: Maximum 300 words.
      Please describe why this fellowship award is important to your artistic practice and development.

    4. Video or images of work (video preferred):
      1. You must submit 5 work samples from the last six years (2014 – 2020).
      2. In the Submittable form, you will be required to list the title and year completed of work samples.
      3. There is an area to enter your website or social media artist profile, this is optional, the juror may select to review it or not.

    5. Professional CV: Maximum of five pages. It may include:
      1. Education
      2. Documentation of performance history 
      3. Awards/grants  
      4. Commissions
      5. Publications   
      6. Performance representation


All fellowship applicants will be invited to participate in two professional development online workshops. These workshops will offer training and career preparation to build and maintain a thriving artistic practice.

Workshop I | Taxes for Artists, Freelancers, and Creative Businesses with Hannah Cole, Enrolled Agent of Sunlight Tax.

What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio?  Why do freelancers have to pay taxes quarterly, and how do I do that? Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, and a tax and money columnist for the art blog Hyperallergic, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She will discuss the basic tax equation, self employment tax and the estimated quarterly tax system, audit concerns for the creative person, and other tax issues specifically relevant to artists and makers, followed by a question and answer period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax, which specializes in friendly, informative tax preparation for artists, and engaging, art-world savvy tax education workshops for artist groups.

This workshop will be held on May 6, 12 PM - 2 PM. 

Workshop II | Contracts for Performing Artists - Deep Dive

Join this session to explore the ins and outs of contracts. We will hear perspectives from Wendi Hassan, Executive Director of Cache Valley Center for the Arts; Marty Moore, Partner at the law firm of Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore; and Joshua Strauther aka Joshy Soul, Performing Artist and Recipient of the 2020 Performing Arts Fellowship. Join us to hear these experts discuss the importance of a well thought-out and executed contract. There will be time for Q&A so come prepared with questions.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 11:30 PM - 1 PM.

Apply Here


UA&M staff will facilitate an online information session that will walk artists through the application process. The 2021 information sessions will be hosted on Zoom.

Fellowship info session | Thursday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.
Register in advance for this meeting here.

Fellowship info session | Thursday, February 3rd, 6 p.m.
Register in advance for this meeting here.

2020 Fellowship Recipients | Music

Corey Christiansen

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Gavin Ryan

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Joshua Strauther - Joshy Soul

Artists Website
Juror Statement


Jason Bowcutt
Performing Arts