BkSD Shakes Up The West Coast

By. Megan Curet

While the rest of us are trying to plan innovative ways to keep movement art alive and well. Pepper Fajans and Remi Harris are literally shaking things up coast to coast. From Brooklyn with the BkSD space (Brooklyn Studio for Dance), to a cross country pop-up residency  in Seattle. With a diverse artist line up and a growing number of participants attending performances, classes and workshops, the BkSD team has succeeded in once again, putting the artist and the community first.



Brooklyn Studios for Dance (BkSD) organized a group of dance artists to explore Seattle and participate in movement and performing arts communities. In a “Pop-up Residency” made possible through a generous space residency provided by Spectrum Dance Theater, June 12th–30th (Seattle, WA).

BkSD offered free workspace to seven NYC artists for creative development, public offerings, and performances. Artists participated in local activities and connected with a variety creative communities who in turn attended BkSD offerings at Spectrum. In three weeks BkSD hosted over 50 local participants in a variety of activities:

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Daily Public workshops included:

Gills & Bellows w/ Tatyana Tenenbaum

Cunningham Basics w/ Pepper Fajans

Hustle Partnering Class w/ Alessandra Marconi

MAT TIME, Contact Improv w/ Ilona Bito

Cheap Ballet w/ Andrew Champlin

Artists attended local performances and workshops including:

Daily classes and the Sh*t Gold Performance Evening at Velocity Dance Center

NW New Works Festival at On The Boards

Waacking & Voguing classes at The Beacon

Round Table on LGTBQ Violence in Seattle

(Im) Pulse by Spectrum Dance Theatre at On The Boards

Open Circle w/ 206Zulu

Events and Performances included:

Untitled Solo by Tatyana Tenenbaum

Hustle Socials at LOVECITYLOVE (1406 E. Pike) w/ Alessandra Marconi

Collaborative Evening w/ Nehemoyia Young & Pepper Fajans

Sisters Show w/ Danica & Ilona Bito +

Marlo Ariz Dance Project

Emma Hreljanovic and Alicia Pugh
Amy J Lambert/AJnC Dance-Theater
Alicia Mullikin / Seattle Academy of Arts and Science
Laura Aschoff and Hanna Hofmann

Remi Harris

Andrew Champlin