BAX provides a nurturing, year-round, performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulates dialogue among diverse constituencies.
BAX was founded in 1991, as a small, pioneer arts organization on an industrial block in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. In 1998, BAX moved to lower Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn to accommodate a growing demand for services. By 2006, BAX had achieved most of its programmatic and infrastructure expansion goals and seized the opportunity to expand to a second floor and create THE BAX BUILDING. BAX currently has a roster of 24 teaching artists. BAX has purposefully constructed an environment where children study and professional artists create under the same roof. Students are mentored by professional artists and the citywide performing arts community engages diverse Brooklyn audiences at year-round performances in the Theater at BAX. Together they mutually inform each other’s developmental process which deepens everyone’s level of engagement.
At BAX, the performing arts and arts education are an important way to connect and transform individuals and communities. BAX is a place that connects people. It is a rigorous forum for ideas and creativity. A place for families, artists, students, and audiences—a community asset. BAX provides advocacy and opportunities for emerging and mid level professional dance and theater artists to develop, grow, explore and present new work. BAX is also well known for its comprehensive youth programs that support young people, toddlers through teens, in their pursuit of creative skills and experiences in dance and theater.
BAX offers children's classes for toddlers to teens in dance, creative movement and theater. Beginning with a multi-arts class for 12-month-olds and their parents or caregivers and leading up to more specialized classes in a variety of dance and theater skills and techniques, BAX encourages creative expression and technique.
The Jumpin' Juniper Series for Family Audiences is a monthly Sunday afternoon performance series in for youngsters ages 2 to 12 and their families. The series presents dance, music and magic with audience participation.
Birthday parties at BAX: children will be guided through a creative exploration of dance or drama led by an experienced and enthusiastic BAX Teaching Artist. Each two-hour party includes activities and games with free play, cake and refreshments. Activities include elements of storytelling, music, dance, drama and songs, designed with birthday themes in mind. To check availability and to make reservations, please call Maya Visco at (718) 832-0018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAX provides performing arts-based residencies in public, private, nursery and charter schools for grades PreK-12. Residencies include Creative Dramatics, Move Your Body, and Spanish as a Living Language. Movement, dance and theater residencies can be integrated into Social Studies and Language Arts curriculums while addressing NYC learning standards. The center also offer professional development to school teachers and administrators, including Creative Classroom Management, Using Movement for Transitions and Teaching Out of the Text Book. Residencies address New York State Learning Standards as well as all New York City Department of Education Blue Print benchmarks. BAX is a contracted vendor with the NYC Department of Education.
School Program Location: At facility and at schools and other locations
School Admission: Vary