The DANCE PERFORMANCE ATELIER AWARD is a career development project that provides free rehearsal space, mentorship and performance opportunities for one selected choreographer, dancer, actor, director, or dramaturgs who graduated from LIMS within the past 5 years. The Awardee is encouraged to establish collaborations with NYC artists, who are invited to discuss, create and/or perform with the presenting artist.

Initiated in May 2005, the Atelier has been supporting the work of professional CMAs and NYC artists by providing an exciting environment to expand and refine the knowledge of performance and collaborative creation. Participants have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of Laban and Bartenieff’s movement theories, develop a familiarity with a variety of creative processes, clarify their own style and values and reflect critically on their choices.

In 2015 the project was transformed into an award:

DPA Award Recipients:

2015 – Preeti Vasudevan

2016 – Shaina Branfman

2017 – Sook Kim



Dancer/Choreographer, TINA VASQUEZ. talks about her experience in the Performance Atelier:


“The Performance Atelier in conjunction with the Laban Movement Studies Program was not only a privilege for me to partake in, it was also fundamental to my development as a choreographer, performer, and artist. Free space, where educated artists are able to converse about their work and offer each other insight about what they have seen in each others’ styles, give artists like myself an opportunity to grow and inspire others. I have honed my skills in observing and providing feedback that works towards creating pieces that are clear and reflective of the artist’s desired theme. The project is also open enough for artists to take chances with the work to find out what communicates well. For me specifically, the tutorials made a significant impact on my perspective on art and the world in general.


Regina Miranda possesses what seems like a magical power that allows her to see someone’s soul as they move. As mystical as I make it sound, her process is the result of many years of experience with Laban Movement Analysis. After working with Regina, I have become more aware of detail in gesture, energy, and space. She saw what I was trying to say and helped me to say it exactly as I wanted. She provided me with tools that changed the way I thought, not just the way I moved. This has not only improved my choreography, but it has also improved my communication skills with people in general. Moreover, she taught me that there is not a moment wasted; that there are only moments missed, and if I took the time to observe them, I would learn volumes about life and meaning of artistry.


LIMS is proud to be the recipient of subsidized studio space provided for this program by the 2017 A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant,

supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.