May 23, 2011

The VILCEK PRIZE for Creative Promise in Dance

The Vilcek Foundation will award a prize of $25,000 to a foreign-born dancer, choreographer, artistic director, or professional teacher (and former dancer) who has demonstrated outstanding early achievement in the field of dance.

 Artists in these four categories are eligible to apply:
  • - Dancer/performer
  • - Choreographer
  • - Artistic director
  • - Former dancer and now professional teacher
Dance artists from all genres and disciplines—including classical ballet, contemporary ballet, jazz, tap, modern, post modern, experimental, improvisational, culturally specific, hip hop, social, ballroom, historical, ceremonial, for television on ice, in the air and many that defy classification—are eligible to apply.

Application for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance must be submitted online by clicking on Vilcek Foundation link.


The Vilcek Foundation aims to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts, and culture in the United States. The Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The mission of the Foundation was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history, as well as their personal experiences and appreciation for the opportunities offered them as newcomers to the United States. The Foundation achieves its mission through hosting immigrant artists and performers at their gallery space in New York City, awarding the annual Vilcek Prizes in the biomedical sciences and the arts and humanities, and sponsoring programs such as the Santa Fe Opera and the Hawaii International Film Festival.

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