2022 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative

With the intent to help some of our our region’s most pandemic-impacted artists regain momentum in their movement practices and careers, ODC has partnered with the Sam Mazza Foundation to offer the 2022 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative. The residency will support 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
October 20 - November 21, 2021 11:59 PST – Apply Here

Group Info Session
November 4, 2021 5:00 PM PT – Register Here

One-on-One Application Help Session  Schedule Here

Notifications will take place after the 2nd week of December, 2021

Guest Curators

  • Jes DeVille

    Jes DeVille (they/them) is an Afro-Nuyorican choreographer and creative director working across mediums to explore the intersections of physical fluency and environmental literacy through community-driven events. Based in the SF Bay Area, DeVille founded fringe entertainment troupe Haus Serpens in 2011 – later rebranding as Openhaus Athletics in 2017. Awarded the inaugural Updraft artist residency by vertical dance company Bandaloop in 2021, their history includes operating as Managing Director of site-specific performance nonprofit Epiphany Dance Theater and co-curator of the acclaimed San Francisco Trolley Dances; Also fulfilling positions as a movement director for Funsch Dance Experience, corporate team building facilitator with urban adventure group The Go Game, choreographer for PBS series Dragonfly TV – Kids Do Science and Big Bang! California Academy of Sciences After Dark, Special Projects Coordinator for Hip Hop Dance Conservatory NY, as well as talent buyer and production lead for Anon Events (Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco City Hall Centennial, World Education Congress and more). Having completed EcoTherapy coursework through The Earthbody Institute, DeVille is grateful to be uplifted as a regenerative design fellow with Design Science Studio as well as a presenter for University of California, Irvine’s Emergent Media Research Group.

  • David Herrera

    David Herrera is a Latinx, gay choreographer, producer, and community leader in San Francisco, California. He is the Artistic Director for David Herrera Performance Company (2007). Through his work, David advocates to provide intersectional Latinx/POC artists performance opportunities, visibility, and support. Through DHPCo., David launched LatinXtensions and Latinx Hispanic Dancers United, two community impact programs for the betterment and longevity of national Latinx artists in dance.  David has also mentored homeless individuals through the Community Housing Partnership rehabilitation organization in San Francisco.
    David is a NALAC Leadership Institute Fellow and was a HMD Community Engagement Resident. He serves as advisor to the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, is an Isadora Duncan Awards committee member, and member of Dancing Around Race, a community organization dedicated to the discussion and implementation of cultural equity in dance.

  • Landa Lakes

    Originally from Oklahoma and based in San Francisco, Landa Lakes's career spans decades and platforms. Landa is the founder of Weaving Spirits Performance Art Festival, co-founder Baaits TwoSpirit Powwow, sits on the Executive Board for the Ducal Council of SF and is the heir apparent Grand Duchess in the International Court System. Landa is a renowned Drag Queen, receiving various honors including KQED’s Local Hero Award, is the Mother of SF’s beloved House of Glitter and founder of Brush Arbor Gurlz in 2005, which performs nationwide to educate on Native politics and issues. Landa has also served on the board of the Native American AIDS Project, Chickasaw Hika Council, the Human Rights Committee of San Francisco and is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.  To learn more on Landa and their work: facebook.com/landa.lakes/ and instagram.com/landalakes



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

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

    1) Have general questions? Please email zackary@odc.dance
    2) For more one-on-one assistance with your application please sign-up for “office hours” 20-minute session, sign-up here
    3) Informal Zoom group info session on November 4. Register here.

  • What are the 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. If you have any questions please contact zackary@odc.dance

  • How many hours are available per residency and how are they 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 Operations Manager, Dennis Lickteig, starting in Mid-December 2021, 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 (digitally or in person as the group decides) in early January to meet one another in a kick-off meeting, each artist’s Residency Period can start at their discretion after January 2, 2022. Each artist will have till the end of August 2022 to utilize their hours. 

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

    Once the residency begins for each artist, no check-ins, showings, or products of any kind are required except for participating in a final exit survey. ODC encourages selected artists to hold work-in-progress screenings (and with advance notice we may be able to provide logistical assistance) and otherwise share their work, yet we do not require this. While this is not a mentorship program, if feedback from artists within ODC’s network is desired we will work with selected participants to see what is possible. 

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

    Selected Artists will be invited to be featured in ODC’s Winter 2022 Press release, along with social media highlights. There may be other opportunities to highlight artists and their work/practices over the course of 2022.


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