2024 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative

2024 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative

2024 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative

ODC is proud to offer the 2024 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative to ignite constructive momentum in movement practices and careers amongst emerging and established artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. The residency will provide a home base, supporting five dance artists/companies from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, each with a 30-hour space residency in one of ODC’s studios. 

Three Guest Curators will help develop, then review applications and curate a cohort of selected artists. Once the artists are selected they will be invited to meet and build community with one another, as well as take part in some marketing efforts. The residency does not require any final product or performance and can be utilized to invest in old practices/develop new routines, create new work for yourself or group, or simply have dedicated space in which to move.

Application Period: January 2, 2024 through January 31, 11:59 PST


Group Info Session: January 17, 2024 at 5PM 


One-on-One Application Help Session

Schedule session

Notifications will take place by the 4th week of February 2024

Guest Curators

  • Andrea Rodriguez


    Born and raised in the San Francisco Mission District's culturally rich Latinx neighborhood, Andrea Rodriguez is a Xicana-Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist. She is a dancer, choreographer, actress, producer and filmmaker. She holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles and MFA in Interactive Media from the University of Southern California. Rodriguez performed professionally in the Viva Navidad Parade at Disney California Adventure. She is a Game Producer for the Zumba Fitness Video Games, which sold over 9 million units. She starred as Consuelo, the grandmother, in the “On Your Feet” musical. Rodriguez is a recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission, Artist grant (2020. 2023). She premiered at Brava Theater an excerpt of her latest production, “La Rumba No Para," a salsa love story about growing up in San Francisco, La Misión, which explores the themes of love, loss, and addiction. Her mission is to create compelling narratives for theater, film, games, and virtual reality with the goal of inspiring diverse audiences to get up off their feet.

  • Jessie Flores


    Jessie Flores (Also known as Jessie PegASis) is a Queer Black LatinX burlesque performer and dancer in San Francisco. He grew up as a performer from his time in color guard and winter guard to his time performing with SF's Gay All Male Review, known as Baloney. When he's not out go-go dancing or performing with Baloney, you can catch him accommodating as a backup dancer for prominent drag queens within the Bay and on a national level. Outside of performing as a dancer, he's also a cast member of the hit Real Housewives Variety show at Oasis called Hunks & Housewives. Not quite a triple threat (because his vocal abilities lack direly), but Jessie is a dynamic dancer and actor who brings a bit of flair and camp into all of his performances. 

  • VERA!


    VERA!/Vera Hannush (they/them) is a queer Armenian American drag king, dancer, and community activist. VERA! is a member and host of the Rebel Kings of Oakland, a member of SWANA Kings (South West Asian North African drag king collective), board member of Oaklash, the Bay Area Drag Festival, and Creative Director and Performer Liaison of Drag Story Hour - Bay Area. They are the father of the House of Pack (with 28 children and a dozen grandchildren) and Mx. Starsearch 2022 and Counterpulse Performing Diaspora Resident 2022. They have taught and performed dance at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, SF Playground SoloFest, and Counterpulse. By day, they serve as the Associate Director of Development at Alameda Health System Foundation (supporting the safety net health system for Alameda County) and as Ambassador for the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.


  • How can I receive more information on the program and/or help on my application?

    There are three ways to gain info and help on the application process:

    1) Have general questions? Please email Zackary at spaceresidency@odc.dance

    2) For more one-on-one assistance with your application please sign up for an “office hours” 20-minute session by clicking here

    3) Informal Zoom group info session on Jan. 17th. Register here.

    All questions, one-on-one assistance sessions and Zoom Informal info sessions will be led by Zackary Forcum, Initiative Facilitator. 

  • Eligibility requirements?

    1) Every applicant must submit a proposal within the application period. 

    2) Participants must be residents of one of the following 9 counties within the San Francisco Bay Area: Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara. 

    3) The program is intended to serve a range of dance and movement individual artists and companies from Queer and BIPOC Communities. This may include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, nonbinary community members, as well as folks from Black, Latina\o\x, Hispanic, East Asian, South Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, SWANA (South West Asian North African), Indigenous, and Multiracial cultures.  

    4) “Emerging Artists” here is defined as artists working within the first five-to-seven years of their professional career, while “Established Artists” are based in the understanding that these practitioners are beyond the initial five-to-seven years of their career. 

    4) ODC values ALL bodies and abilities. We work hard to fulfill all ADA requirements (which, of course, is just a starting place) and we hope everyone who wishes to, will apply.

  • How many hours are available per residency and how are these managed?

    Five individual artists/companies will be selected. Each selected artist/company will receive access to thirty hours of studio space. Each selected artist/company will work with ODC’s front desk team starting in Late February 2024, to schedule and manage their studio time. Residency Artists are encouraged to schedule time well in advance to best access studio availability. 

  • When do the residencies start?

    While all of the 5 artists/companies will gather together in late Feb. to meet one another (in-person) during a kick-off meeting, each artist’s Residency Period can start at their discretion after March 1, 2024. Each space residency artist will have until the end of September 2024 to utilize their hours (a 7-month period). 

  • How is the residency structured/what is required of me?

    Once the residency begins for each artist, no showings or products of any kind are required. We are requiring that each artist meets with the Initiative Facilitator/or ODC Staff/Community member to have a 1-on-1 session during the course of their residency to receive mentorship, connect the artist with resources, and build community. We also require a final exit survey upon completion of the residency to help staff evaluate the program to improve future iteration. While ODC encourages selected space residency artists to hold work-in-progress screenings (and with advance notice we may be able to provide logistical assistance) and otherwise share their work, we do not require this. 

  • What marketing efforts are selected artists invited to participate in?

    Selected space residency artists will be invited to be featured in ODC’s Winter 2024 community announcement of artists, via a social media campaign and outreach to local arts organizations and foundations. There may be other opportunities to highlight artists and their work/practices over the course of 2024. 

Interested in hearing more about our past year’s Artist Cohort? Check them out here.

Please note: These FAQS may be updated overtime to include answers to questions that frequently come up over the application cycle.