Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship: Cultivating Equity at the Falling Leaves Jam


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About the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship

This scholarship, started in 2014, aims to encourage a diverse environment in Contact Improvisation (CI) through inspiring the development and participation of individuals who self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI. It specifically hopes to draw beginning and intermediate Contact dancers who (1) have shown commitment to learning CI and (2) whose presence brings diversity to the contact community.

The 2019 application deadline is extended to September 15. Applicants will be informed of their status by September 23. You can donate to support the Scholarship and register for the Falling Leaves Jam.

We acknowledge that those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces occupied by those from primarily more dominant groups is a challenge, and can be vulnerable. As a part of the Scholarship program, we’re offering facilitation support and optional programming that will be a way in for those who haven’t yet found their way to an Earthdance seasonal jam.

It is open to anyone who has a budding relationship with CI and feels they are part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group and who has not attended an Earthdance seasonal jam before. Generally we look for applicants who have been dancing CI consistently for between 9 months and 5 years, although we consider every application submitted and will take into account special circumstances—feel free to explain further below.

We invite applications from members of all types of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, national origin, sexual identity, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, ability/disability, etc. We also invite applications from members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups that don't fit into the categories listed above. We are interested in types of diversity we may not have thought of! Feel free to tell us more about your experiences and interests. 

We do not expect scholarship recipients to be responsible for being an ambassador for their group or an educator of others. While learning and exchange may happen as a result of interactions between jam participants, scholarship recipients are encouraged to focus on getting the most out of their Earthdance experience and have no special duties or obligations apart from attendance, participation to their comfort, and giving us feedback on their experience.

Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the entire Falling Leaves Jam. Please ensure that you can fully attend during the dates and times of the Jam before applying. This includes arriving at Earthdance in time for an orientation the Thursday the Jam begins.

Award Details

The scholarship includes:

  • Falling Leaves Jam admission
  • Falling Leaves Jam room & board
  • Pick-up/drop-off from the Northampton bus station
  • $50 travel stipend. Additional funds of up to $50 may be available as well.
  • Welcoming orientation and additional support from Earthdance staff

Total value: $360

Award Selection

The following criteria will be considered in the selection process:

  • Whether all the application materials are submitted and you meet the basic eligibility requirements
  • How you will be involved and committed to CI
  • How you will benefit from receiving the scholarship
  • How you bring diverse life experiences to the jam

Earthdance will award scholarships at its discretion and as funds are available.

Your application will be reviewed by a diverse set of reviewers from the Earthdance contact improvisation community who have experience with contact improvisation, Earthdance, and social justice work. We will notify you about your application status by mid-September.

Please email divscholarship@earthdance.net with any questions.

Application deadline has been extended to September 15th, 2019.