About

Launched in May 2015, Brooklyn Studios for Dance is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization serving the professional art community, while at the same time building a culture of local engagement that responds to the interests of both communities.

BkSD is a newly renovated space inside the historic Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Inspired by a shared reverence for gathering space, the church congregation and the dance community entered a partnership to share a facility.

The renovation effort of the 1920’s era gymnasium was initiated and designed by Brooklyn Studios fro Dance founder and director Pepper Fajans. Together with a volunteer community of dancers, Fajans transformed the 30’ x 60’ column-free space into a vibrant dance studio, with a sprung marley floor.

BkSD now offers a variety of classes, workshops, presentations and performances to the professional and non-professional community. Since its initial launch in 2015, BkSD has engaged hundreds of participants, and over 50 teachers and artists.

 

Press:

This Studio in Brooklyn Hasn’t Had Heat Since November. So It’s Throwing a Dance Party” by Courtney Escoyne, Dance Magazine. Jan 18, 2019

“The Future of Dance is Collaboration” by Lily Haight, Medium. Dec 13, 2015

“Pepper Fajans Makes Brooklyn Studios for Dance a Blessed Refuge”   by Gia Kourlas, The New York Times. Dec. 2, 2015

“Building Brooklyn Studios for Dance” by Buck Wanner, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Pepper Fajans,
Movement Research Performance Journal #47. October, 2015 *MRPJ is available in print at many local dance and performance art organizations around New York City

“Embodied Construction: Building a Home for Dance”  by Melissa Croushorn, The Brooklyn Rail.  June, 2015

 “Space, Unfounded” by Tara Sheena, Culturebot.  April, 2015

 

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