DANCEworks is a uniquely-designed residency for professional early to mid-career choreographers and their dancers. Each year, a select choreographer is given four weeks on the Lobero stage to create a new work in the supportive environment of a fully-equipped theatre. Creative residencies for dancers are currently extremely limited, and the NEA has recognized a need for programs of this kind. The Santa Barbara community also benefits from this residency by participating in workshops, rehearsals and performances with the artists in residence. The works created during each residency become a part of the company’s repertoire, touring nationally and internationally.