Social Showing | Winter Workshop 2017

Join the artists of our 2017 Winter Workshop for a social showing to see the culmination of the week’s explorations.

ARCOS Winter Workshop Social Showing
Saturday 1/14 7:30pm
Bravo at Balance Dance Studios (4544 S. Lamar Blvd.)
$5+ donation benefits our scholarship fund

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Open Modern Dance Classes in Austin, TX

Class + Coffee Tuesdays + Thursdays: Open Modern Dance Classes

Two chances a week to move, train, and sweat with ARCOS. Just $10/class (cash, check, card) – Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11:30 am. Join us for Open Professional Modern on Tuesdays and Open Adult Modern on Thursdays. Classes are held at Austin School of Classical Ballet (4624 Burnet Rd), followed by a post-class opportunity for coffee and connecting with members of the ATX dance community.

>>> Join the FB group for more information <<<

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ARCOS Winter Workshop | January 2017 // Austin, TX

Professional Development for Independent and Emerging Artists

Cultivate the WHOLE artist. Winter Workshop January 8-14, 2017 at Balance Dance Studios (4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX).

Dance artists from across the country gather to immerse themselves in technical exploration, deeply investigate their personal voices as performers and creators, and forge connections with emerging and established professionals, both in and out of the studio.


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ARCOS Class + Coffee Resumes January 3rd | New Open Adult Class

Open Professional Class + Open Adult Class | Class + Coffee 2017

Two chances weekly to dance with us in 2017 : Open Professional Class on Tuesdays and Open Adult Class on Thursdays. $10/class, held at Austin School of Classical Ballet at 4624 Burnet Road. 10-11:30 am beginning Jan 3rd. Join us!

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Performania: Texas Dance Ambassadors

Arts + Culture TX

Nancy Wozny highlights the Texas dance scene and its reach across the country.

ARCOS Dance is also raising eyebrows about dance in Austin in a good way with their multi-media dance theater work. The company may be based in Austin but they can boast an impressive touring schedule. Their most recent work mixing dance and technology, ANNI, traveled to Kansas City, Santa Fe and New London.

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2016 Dance Artist Development Award Grantees


ARCOS is thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2nd annual Dance Artist Development Award. We offer this microgrant in the community of Austin not only as financial support, but also to provide vital practice to independent artists to represent their work to others. We hope the process of writing and preparing artist statements, development plan descriptions, and samples for review has already served to expand each applicant’s creative practice.

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Of the many impressive applications we received, the panel decided these applicants demonstrated strongly established personal practices, professional accomplishments, and the inspiration to rigorously pursue opportunities for the kind of boundary-pushing creative development the award supports. We are grateful to the panelists for their hard work evaluating the proposals and look forward to what this year’s DADA grantees will accomplish!

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Michael J Love performing his solo work “SELF” in Sling Dance Project presents “Boundless” (July 2016 at The Off Center). Photo: Roger Ho.

Michael will receive the $500 award to pursue training and mentorship in the process of developing his first evening-length work, a significant step for an independent artist. Michael will explore voguing and ballroom culture with San Antonio-based multidisciplinary collective House of Kenzo, as research to develop several short pieces into what will be his full-length debut, about the intersections of race, gender, and orientation. He will also engage a mentor to receive guidance throughout the artmaking and producing processes.

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Stephanie Patrick, “Windy day on Treasure Island,” San Francisco. Photo: Karin Velasco.





Stephanie will receive a full scholarship to a 2017 ARCOS Workshop. Stephanie recently returned to Austin after a period of teaching and performing as a dancer in San Francisco. Her proposal articulated a newly discovered interest in creating site-specific dance film and laid out a detailed plan to expand her technical knowledge with the help of creative mentors. As with all the applicants, we are excited to see how Stephanie continues to investigate this exciting new territory—and to see her take advantage of the rigorous interdisciplinary offerings in one of our upcoming workshops!

What Can I Apply to the DADA with?

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The Dance Artist Development Award is a microgrant toward artistic development and professional training for dance artists.

Read the FAQ for application guidelines.

We are interested in supporting artists who are passionate about learning as an ongoing process throughout their lives. While many arts grants focus on tying their support to specific creative products, the DADA provokes consideration of the process of growth and expansion in setting out to learn something new. The award intends to support activities which would push your personal practice beyond your routine and, ideally, require you to pursue guidance or training from your broader community.

Contemporary artists can and should seek such opportunities for development from diverse sources, including mentors or peers, formal courses or workshops, and self-study. If you are a working artist in the middle of a project, what skills would you want to sharpen in order to complete your work? How might pursuing those skills shape your view of yourself as an artist in your community?

>>View the application<<

Still have questions? We’d be happy to chat with you! Contact Erica at

Photo by Chian-ann Lu

Application Open: 2nd Annual Dance Artist Development Award Microgrant

Dance Artist Development Award – $500 grant toward artistic development

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The ARCOS Foundation recognizes the critical need of financial support for working artists. We are pleased to announce the DADA, intended to give artists the opportunity to expand, refine, and develop their artistry and pursue practices outside of their routine.

$500 Award

Second-highest-scoring applicant receives a full scholarship to an ARCOS workshop.

>> Apply here. <<

(twelve-twelve-thirty) | Online Performance Art Festival >> Streaming October 20 @ Noon CST

(twelve-twelve-thirty) Online Performance Art Festival

multimedia performance

(twelve-twelve-thirty) is a site-specific, 360-degree live multimedia performance by ARCOS. From their vantage point in the hands of a dancer, online viewers may choose to look in any direction and explore a dimly lit warehouse as the dancer investigates her surroundings, encounters others, and begins to search for a way out.

Streaming LIVE: Thursday, October 20 at noon CST

>> Watch the live feed here <<

The piece will be archived and available online following the performance.