Creating Space

BAX is proud to continue CREATING SPACE into its third year. This program provides opportunities to support and develop artists of all races, backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and aesthetic traditions.


-- Katy Pyle & BALLEZ Company Dancers

$14/class or 6 class card for $72 (drop-in, no pre-registration required)

Thursdays | 7:00-8:30 pm | two 6-week sessions
February 15 – March 22, 2018
& May 17 – June 21, 2018

Adult Ballez is a dance class that explores the traditionally gender-binaried, exclusive culture of ballet class, radically re-imagining it as a site of liberatory, joyful, and inclusive queer play. Shifting the focus away from traditional ideas of virtuosity, we explore the virtuosity of genderqueer embodiment, practice energetic mirroring, learn inclusive partnering techniques, seek out (and destroy) our culturally constructed biases, and discover new freedom to witness the beauty of one another as we dance to the beats of queer icons! Starting with authentic (fantasy) movement, we warm-up at the barre, then move to center to turn, jump, practice partnering, and help each other fly across the floor.

Classes are open to all queers and allies. Socks are useful, ballet shoes not required, beginner to advanced levels are ALL WELCOME.

Creative/Social Acrobatics for Adults
— Diane Tomasi

Wednesdays, January 3-June 13 (no class May 2) | 7:00-8:30 pm

$60/5-Class Card | $14/Single Class (drop-in, no pre-registration required)

An upbeat, judgment-free and social class for all people of all genders, sexualities, body types and levels that uses dance, tumbling and partner acrobatics to build strength, flexibility and coordination. Exploring various levels of cartwheeling, handstanding/balancing, rolling and weight sharing one will gain communication skills and confidence in relying on one’s own body as well as trusting that of a partner(s). In ThIS Body Tumbles we will work to develop confidence and community by creating movement TOGETHER. We will work to individually challenge ourselves at our own pace to move in new and exciting ways. ALL LEVELS WELCOME.

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— Maira Duarte & more

March 20 - May 15, 2018
Tuesdays | 10:00 am - Noon | no class April 3 spring break

Donation based

BAX is providing a home for Dance To The People, an open collective of dancers looking to generate opportunities for dance training, movement research and choreography. For eight weeks Dance To The People and BAX will curate a weekly donation-based class, inviting teachers who seek to develop a particular dance technique or answer specific movement questions, and hence making the learning space a collective laboratory.

DANCE TO THE PEOPLE was originally founded by Maira Duarte and Geneva Manley, both graduates of the Master in Arts Dance Education program at NYU Steinhardt. After being awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative space grant in 2014, other dancers started to join. Michelle Applebaum and Alex Romania came to Staten Island to teach workshops on choreographic methods and improvisation and became permanent collaborators. Pavel Machuca and Joanna Stone joined in January to be part of a choreographic process led by Maira Duarte. Presently they lead their own projects within DTTP. Other collaborators are the Italian choreographer Benedetta Capanna, and Cameron McKinney, who both collaborated in the making of a piece with Maira Duarte.

Needing It with Heather Acs

April 5 - May 24, 2018
Thursdays | 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Culminates in a public showing on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 8:00 pm

Applications are now OPEN! Click HERE