Dance St. Louis Receives $70,000 in Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Monsanto Fund

ST. LOUIS –Dance St. Louis, the leading nonprofit dance presenter in the Midwest, has received $70,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Monsanto Fund. Dance St. Louis is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

The $30,000 NEA grant supports Dance St. Louis’ mission of presenting the world’s greatest dance companies to St. Louis audiences for its 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons.

The $40,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund supports Dance St. Louis’ residency program, the largest component of the organization’s education outreach programs. Renamed the Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program, the program consists of intensive, three-week education programs offered each semester in urban middle and high schools. Dance St. Louis flies in two teaching artists from the season’s performing companies to work with students at: Grand Center Arts Academy, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, University City High School, Normandy High School, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy, and Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School.

The Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program allows the students to work with dancers, choreographers and teaching artists from some of the best dance companies in the world. Past companies have included: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pilobolus, Houston Ballet, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and more. For students, many from underserved areas, the residency program is their first personal encounter with professional dancers and the classes often create life-changing experiences that spark collegiate and professional pursuits. As part of the Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program, students also receive free tickets to the matinee performance of each show in the Dance St. Louis season. Dance St. Louis also develops a cross-curricular study guide in collaboration with the teaching artists of each visiting company.