A partnership project initiated by Pepatian in wonderful partnership with BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Dance Your Future: Artist & Mentor Collaborative Residency offers selected artists free rehearsal space, mentorship and paid performances.

The project supports artists of color and/or Bronx-based artists, and is funded by the Jerome Foundation, and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation as well as NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and individual contributors to Pepatian.

Check back in early 2018 for information on the next call for applications.



Pepatian & BAAD present: 2016 Open Call Artists: Fana Fraser, Jasmine Hearn, Alethea Pace from PEPATIAN on Vimeo.

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Interview with the artists by Eva Yaa Asantewaa



Congratulations Fana Fraser, Jasmine Hearn, Alethea Pace!


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Expanding Possibilities

By Katrina Reid

One of the most sustainable tactics for reaching out to a larger community is through leveraging partnerships. The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance/BAAD! has been one of Dancing While Black’s early supporters. In addition to its own dynamic festival series, BAAD is moving into a new residency model with Pepatián.

Pepatian received funding from the Jerome Foundation, as well as the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Council on the Arts, to create “Open Call,” a collaborative project in wonderful partnership with BAAD! which provided three emerging artists — Milteri Tucker, Richard Rivera and Rebecca Lloyd-Jones — with access to free rehearsal space and mentorship support to create new, full-evening length works.

Project mentors included a stellar list of accomplished artists: Merian Soto, Silvana Cardell, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Jorge Merced, Antonio Ramos, and Susana Cook. 

 Arthur Aviles also provided technical/production (and yes! plenty of moral) support to the artists along their creative journeys.

Project Director: Jane Gabriels




Pilot project included micro-residency for Awilda Rodriguez Lora and final showing of her work-in-progress  La Mujer Maravilla / Wonder Woman

Mentor: Susana Cook

Perf: Saturday May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm @ BAAD!

“La Mujer Maravilla,” is part of Awilda Rodriguez Lora’s continued research into themes of femininity and how it is performed by Latina bodies.

For more info: laperformera.org

This project was funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program and the generosity of individual donations.

 Video still by Fred Hatt

Video stills: Fred Hatt, 2014

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