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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. The residency is an incubator for women/womyn identifying dancers & choreographers of color 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. The application is open to women/womyn identifying dance artists of color ages 18+. The application has been extended to 5 PM on Friday, January 24, 2020 and all applicants will be notified by EOD on Monday, January 27, 2020. Artists will be invited to attend the residency based on the following criteria reviewed by a panel of their peers in the industry: 1. Willingness to grow individually while open to building community with women/womyn identifying people of color. 2. Connectivity to communities of color. 3. Artist's resume & work sample. Fifteen dance artists will be chosen due to the venue’s size and to build more authentic relationships with the artists, teaching artists, & round table facilitator. On each Sunday for four weeks in February & March 2020 (2/9, 2/16, 2/23, & 3/1) 10 AM-4 PM at Downtown Art, 70 E 4th Street, NY, NY 10003, the residency will consist of:

  • 30 minutes of journaling

  • 60 minute Pilates/Yoga class

  • 90 minute Contemporary/Modern class

  • 60 minutes of writing and discussion

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


The participating artists will perform in the fifth annual Collective Thread Dance Festival on March 7, 2020 3 PM at Downtown Art. The purpose of the residency is to provide artists access to resources to assist in strengthening their creative voices. This residency will give women/womyn 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. Click here for the 2019 participating artists' testimonials.


The Collective Thread Residency is supported in part through a commission from Downtown Art.