Carlos Acosta

Choreographic Fellowship 2024

Empowering international dance artists through excellence, collaboration, and sustained investment.


Applications are now CLOSED

Applications for the 2025 CACF will open on 2nd Sept 2024.

Fellowship Length

Four weeks

March 2025 (TBC)

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Aplication FEE: £25 ( to cover administrative and processing fees)

Terms & Conditions

Ts & Cs apply

(see below)

Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship 2025

Unlock your creative journey with the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship (CACF), an empowering award providing professional choreographers and artists with a stipend (up to £15,000) to forge new pathways, develop innovative tools, and cultivate systems that transform them into dance creators and innovators.

Diverse artists from all backgrounds are welcome to apply for the 2025 CACF, where candidates will be selected through an inclusive and transparent three-round peer-review process, ensuring equal consideration for all eligible applications.

At CACF, we champion unrepresented artists, aiming to benefit as many talented choreographers as possible. We firmly believe that by fostering interconnected communities of artists, we can generate significant impact and drive substantial, system-wide change through the power of dance.

About the Program:

The groundbreaking Carlos Acosta’s international fellowship, launched in 2023 with lead support from Acosta Dance Foundation, Acosta Advanced Training Hub and Acosta Danza, brings together one emerging artist/choreographer who serves as the creator of a new piece. As a program dedicated to ballet choreographic development, the Fellowship reinforces the core mission of creating a dancer in every home by prioritizing the generation of new works by fresh voices.

Artists from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates for the 2025 CACF will be identified through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a three-round peer-review process (pre-screen, panel review and panel interview). Peer reviewers will be selected by Carlos Acosta and will aim to represent the diverse pool of identities, geographies and dance disciplines reflected in the applicant pool.



  • A Fellowship fee is allocated for the R&D/creation of a piece.
  • Mentorship opportunities.
  • Round-trip transportation to London (only for international applicants and those outside London), along with per diem and accommodations (T&C apply).
  • Full logistic support, including studio space and time provided by the Acosta Dance Centre.
  • Monthly allowance.
  • Accommodation and travel expenses (T&C apply).
  • Possibilities of working in the studios in Havana-Cuba.
  • Bursary available for a choreographic project of the fellow’s choice (in coordination with the Acosta Advanced Training Hub, Acosta Danza and/or the Acosta Dance Academy).
  • Tailored development program encompassing training, peer learning, and collaborative opportunities with Acosta Danza and the Acosta Dance Centre.
  • An array of networking opportunities.
  • Opportunity to incorporate the fellow’s project into the Acosta Danza repertoire.


Eligibility: To qualify for the CACF, choreographers must meet the following criteria:

  • Availability for the four-week R&D and creation period March/April 2025.
  • Legally authorized to travel to the United Kingdom for the entire fellowship duration.
  • Completion of their first commission on a professional dance company, university, or pre-professional school within the past five years.
  • The minimum age requirement is 18 years.
Before starting the application process for the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship, please ensure that you have the following information and materials ready:

1-Audition video with a work sample. 

-The footage should be of clear viewing quality.

This is not a digital competition, so please save your time and avoid media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type videos.

-Accepted file types for upload: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, and WEBM.

-The video should include a verbal self-introduction within a maximum of 2 minutes, where you introduce yourself and share the following:

•What interests you about choreography.

•Your choreographic strengths and areas for improvement.

•How do you envision the CACF’s impact on your choreographic work?

•Choreographic projects you envision for yourself in the near future.

•Artists or works that interest you in dance and another art form.

-Work Sample information:

-This should be the piece that you feel best represents you currently.

-Share the complete work without any excerpts.

-Provide the title, credits, and details of when and where it was performed.

-The footage can be from a studio, performance, site-specific location, Zoom, or any other venue.

-This work should be no more than three years old.

-The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.


2-Written Statement:

We know you’re full of fantastic ideas, so we’re excited to hear your ideas for the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship CACF. But don’t worry; we won’t ask you for a boring, super-detailed proposal just yet. We want you to unleash your imagination and give us a glimpse of your choreographic brilliance.

-In 250 words or less, share with us your wildest, most out-of-the-box idea for your choreographic inquiry during the Fellowship. We encourage you to focus on the essence of your idea rather than the nitty-gritty details like music, costumes, and all that jazz (pun intended!).To get you started, finish this statement: “I’m ready to shake up the dance world like never before! As a choreographer, I’ve always dreamed of exploring…”

Remember, we’re looking for that spark of creativity that sets you apart, so let your imagination run wild and have a blast with it! And don’t worry; we promise not to judge you if your idea involves dancing penguins or a flash mob in outer space. We’re here to celebrate your unique vision and ensure your choreographic dreams come true! Also, remember this is not an English grammar test.



5-Support Material (OPTIONAL)

-Selected samples of programs, reviews, and/or articles about your work, all compiled into a single PDF document.

While a payment of £25 is not required to submit your application for the 2025 edition, we kindly suggest making a donation. Your generous support will help us continue providing this fellowship to deserving candidates. Thank you for your consideration.

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Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship Online Form Welcome to the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship Online Form. This form is exclusively designed for aspiring choreographers who are interested in applying for the prestigious Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship. Please read the following description and instructions carefully before proceeding with the form submission. About the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship: The Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship is a highly esteemed program aimed at nurturing and supporting emerging choreographers in their artistic journey. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for selected choreographers to further develop their skills, explore innovative choreographic techniques, and collaborate with renowned dance professionals. Instructions for Form Submission: Personal Information: Provide your full name, contact details, and a valid email address for communication purposes. Choreographic Experience: Share your previous choreographic experience, including any notable performances, productions, or collaborations. Artistic Statement: Write a brief artistic statement highlighting your choreographic vision, creative inspirations, and goals as a choreographer. Choreographic Work Sample: Upload a video file showcasing your choreographic work. The video should be of high quality and clearly demonstrate your artistic style and choreographic ability. Please ensure that the file format is compatible with the submission requirements. Availability and Commitment: Specify your availability and commitment to participate in the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship program, including any potential scheduling conflicts or constraints. Agreement to Terms and Conditions: Read and agree to the terms and conditions of the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship, acknowledging your understanding and compliance with the program guidelines. Submission: Double-check all the information provided and ensure that the choreographic work sample is properly uploaded. Once you are satisfied with your submission, click the "Submit" button to complete the process. Important Note: Incomplete or inaccurate form submissions may result in disqualification. The selection process for the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship is rigorous, and only a limited number of candidates will be chosen. All submitted materials will be treated as confidential and used solely for the purpose of evaluating fellowship applications. Thank you for your interest in the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship. We appreciate your dedication to the art of choreography and wish you the best of luck with your application. For any inquiries or further assistance, please contact the fellowship administration team at [email protected] or +443305002185.
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Terms and Conditions - Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship These terms and conditions (the "Terms") govern the participation and application process for the Carlos Acosta Choreographic Fellowship (the "Fellowship") provided by the Acosta Dance Foundation (the "Foundation"). By submitting an application for the Fellowship, applicants agree to comply with these Terms. Eligibility 1.1. Choreographers must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines provided by the Foundation. 1.2. The Foundation reserves the right to verify the eligibility of applicants and disqualify any ineligible applicants. Application Process 2.1. Applicants must complete and submit the official application form provided by the Foundation within the specified deadline. 2.2. The Foundation reserves the right to reject incomplete or late applications. 2.3. All application materials and supporting documents submitted must be accurate, truthful, and original. 2.4. The Foundation does not guarantee the confidentiality or security of any application materials submitted. 2.5. The application fee of £22 is NON-REFUNDABLE, regardless of the outcome of the application. Selection Process 3.1. Applications will go through a review process conducted by a selection panel appointed by the Foundation. 3.2. The selection panel's decision is final and cannot be appealed. 3.3. The Foundation reserves the right to request additional information or conduct interviews with applicants during the selection process. Fellowship Award 4.1. The Fellowship award includes specific benefits and provisions as described in the Fellowship guidelines provided by the Foundation. 4.2. The Fellowship is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other alternative. 4.3. The Foundation reserves the right to modify or cancel the Fellowship award at any time without liability. Fellowship Requirements 5.1. Recipients of the Fellowship must fulfil all requirements and obligations outlined in the Fellowship guidelines provided by the Foundation. 5.2. Fellowship recipients must comply with any legal and contractual obligations as specified by the Foundation. 5.3. Failure to meet the Fellowship requirements may result in disqualification and revocation of the Fellowship award. Intellectual Property 6.1. Applicants retain ownership of their original work submitted as part of the application process. 6.2. By submitting an application, applicants grant the Foundation, the Acosta Dance Centre and Acosta Danza a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, and display the submitted materials for promotional and marketing purposes related to the Fellowship. 6.3. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their submitted materials do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third parties. Privacy and Data Protection 7.1. The Foundation will collect and process personal data provided by applicants in accordance with applicable data protection laws and the Foundation's Privacy Policy. 7.2. The Foundation may use the collected personal data for purposes related to the administration and promotion of the Fellowship. Limitation of Liability 8.1. The Foundation, its directors, employees, agents, and affiliates shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages arising out of or related to the Fellowship. 8.2. The Foundation does not assume any responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions, interruptions, or delays in the application process or any technical issues that may affect the submission or receipt of applications. Governing Law and Jurisdiction 9.1. These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction where the Foundation is registered. 9.2. Any disputes arising out of or in connection with the Fellowship or these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in the aforementioned jurisdiction. Modifications to the Terms 10.1. The Foundation reserves the right to modify or update these Terms at any time without prior notice. 10.2. Applicants are responsible for regularly reviewing the most recent version of the Terms available on the Foundation's official website.
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