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 women/womxn identifying dancers & choreographers of color ages 18+ to hone their technical skills and creative practices to develop new work through journaling, round table discussions, and movement based classes as a form of self-care. Artists are invited to complete an application to be considered for participation. The application will be available on Monday, April 4th- 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 20th and all applicants will be notified by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, May 23rd. Eight to twelve dance artists will be chosen through lottery to comply with social distancing while wearing face masks and to build more authentic relationships with the artists & residency facilitator on June 4-5 & 11-12, 2022 12-3PM; Location: TBA + Livestream Option. The residency will consist of:

  • 30 minute Mobility class

  • 60 minute Contemporary/Modern class

  • 60 minutes of journaling and discussion

  • 30 minutes of exploring whatever movement their newly discovered words or thoughts have inspired 


The participating artists will develop solo work that will be premiere during the culminating showcase on Sunday, June 12 3-4PM. The purpose of the residency is to provide artists access to resources to assist in strengthening their creative voices. This residency will give women/womxn identifying people of color permission to heal in a safe, open space, the opportunity to share and strengthen their often silenced voices through dance, and create a platform for communities of color to have more accessibility and exposure to the kind of art that reflects their rich and varied histories and cultures. ​

The Collective Thread Residency was supported in part through a commission from Downtown Art in 2019 & 2020. 

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.