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Bronx Artist Residency

In the fall of 2020; like every dance studio, school, performance group etc., we were all in a pure standstill. Either dancers fled to the virtual world to create and console while others fled away to connect and concentrate...as I like to put it.

As reality sunk in, Dance Gap Year, began receiving requests for dance program alternatives. We had begun with our global dance hub for virtual classes and workshops. One particular dancer, age 18, was determined to take a gap year. She continued reaching out to us and finally we decided to consider her idea. How could we create, if we can create, a live in, create in fully monitored program?


We began considering it and what was required. Speaking to the gap year association, reading up on state and federal guidelines, we finally decided to open up the application process and sure enough! the applications came rolling in. There were so many people in need of an experience, human interaction, creative outlets and we found away to pilot that idea.


January 2021, Pizarts launched the Bronx Artist Residency, creating a 5 dancer pod who live together for 3 months. The Director and Residential Advisor, including the 5 artists, share roughly 3,000 square feet of space to dance, rest and create. The residency has four studios, 2.5 bathrooms, two offices, an art space and access to a private garden.

This has been a roller coaster of an experience and I have to say I have needed the creative connection just as much as these outgoing artists. -Dominique



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