Launched in May 2015, Brooklyn Studios for Dance 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 mission of BkSD is to serve the professional art community while at the same time building a culture of local engagement that responds to the interests of both communities.
Since officially opening its doors, BkSD has offered a variety of classes, workshops, presentations and performances to the professional and non-professional community. For its initial launch, BkSD engaged over 500 participants and over 50 teachers and artists.
BkSD’s renovation effort of the 1920’s era gymnasium was initiated and designed by 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.
Read: “Pepper Fajans Makes Brooklyn Studios for Dance a Blessed Refuge” NY Times article.
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