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.
“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