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Collective Thread Residency

Music: Solange's Cranes in the Sky (Kaytranada DJ Edit) [I do not have the rights nor permission to use this music.] Video Caption: Highlighting the Collective Thread Residency process with the 2019 participating artists.

The Collective Thread Residency is an extension of MADC's annual Collective Thread Dance Festival. This free residency is an incubator for BIPOC women dancers and choreographers ages 18+ to reconnect to themselves and their creative practice through a social justice curriculum consisting of:

  • a 75 minute movement based class rooted in movement from the African and Black American Diaspora: modern, jazz, and West African

  • 15 minutes of mobility and mindfulness tools, i.e. guided breathing exercises, mediations,  visualization exercises, and coloring/drawing 

  • 45 minutes of communal connection that focuses on three accessible principles of social justice: sympathy, compassion, & empathy towards self, the communities that they serve, and the world around them through journaling prompts and conversation amongst the artists and the facilitator

  • 45 minutes of self exploration and investigation through movement in personal creative processes


***PLEASE NOTE: MADC uses the term “women” to encompass all those that self-identify as women including cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming. We honor and respect all identities.*** 


The purpose of this residency is to provide artists access to resources to assist in cultivating new concepts, methods, and ways to approach their creative process and how in doing so can greatly impact the communities that they serve. This residency will give women of color permission to heal in a safe, open space, the opportunity to share and strengthen their often silenced voices through dance, and create more platforms for communities of color to have opportunities to witness the creative process to better understand the lived experiences and stories of BIPOC dance artists.

MADC’s Collective Thread Dance Residency is made possible in part with funding from the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) Community Benefits Grant and and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

MADC is hosting Collective Thread - A Works in Progress Showing of the 2024 Collective Thread Residency Artists on Saturday, March 16, 2024 3:30pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 521 W 126th Street, New York, NY 10027. This free hour-long showing focuses on the residency artists’ creative processes and the origins of new pieces that started development over the course of the six Saturday residency. Please click the button below to reserve your spot.

2024 Residency Artists

B. Millicent León, Destiny Toussaint, Jacquelyn Batten, Laura White, MiKayla Young, Monica Shah, Morena Paiva, Natalie Maddrey, Safiya Vanterpool, Sivgin Dalkilic, & Sloka Iyengar

2022 Residency Artists

Paloma Bido, Ayling Dominguez, Denice Martin-Thompson, & Monica Shah.

Click here to watch the behind the scenes of the 2022 Collective Thread Residency.

2020 Residency Artists

Sofia Bengoa, Megan Curet, Shekoya Gordon, Sade Murray, Takiya Roebuck, Genesis Perdomo Santos, Andrea Smith, & Yasmin Venable. Click here to watch the behind the scenes of the 2020 Collective Thread Residency.

2019 Residency Artists

ChaTiqua Brown, Nia Calloway, Veronica Cheeseboro, Sara Denise, Dyandra Folks, Nikita Patel, Monica Shah, Andrea Nicole Smith, Sharayah Spruill, Courtney Stewart, Imani Michael Vieira, & Maya Simone Z. Click here for the 2019 participating artists' testimonials.

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