Silo offers urban dance makers an inspiring retreat away from the stresses of city life where these artists, primarily from NYC and Philadelphia, can enjoy rare, uninterrupted time to explore, create, process, rehearse and re-energize their artistic direction at historic Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania which was home to ballerina Gelsey Kirkland in the ‘50s and has been owned by DANCE NOW producer/director Robin Staff since 1999.
An area known as the genius belt in the 1950s and inhabited by numerous visual and performing artists, Bucks County/Lehigh Valley is still bustling with cultural activity, particularly in the fields of music, theater and visual arts. With this in mind, DANCE NOW has been partnering with DeSales University since 2007, Muhlenberg College since 2009, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks since 2010 and most recently with the Lehigh Valley Charter School since 2014, to advance the presentation of dance in the area and provide New York City artists in residence at Silo with additional paid teaching, performing and commissioning opportunities.
A Space Where Inspiration Lives and Imaginations Open
Now in its 16th year, the DANCE NOW Silo Guest Artist Residency is a vital part of how DANCE NOW assists urban dance makers by encouraging and supporting the creation of new work. In addition to offering artists free rehearsal space to work, Silo is opening doors for urban dance makers to develop important and new relationships with Bucks County/Lehigh Valley arts presenters and educators to help advance their careers and introduce the area to the vast spectrum of dance innovation. Just 76 miles from NYC and 56 miles from Philadelphia in the heart of Bucks County/Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Silo is highly accessible to the dance communities in these cities, but serves artists all across the country by providing unlimited and free use of two large and fully equipped rehearsal studios located in the farm’s renovated horse and bank barns. To offset the costs of maintaining the residency program, Silo offers housing in the Guest House at Kirkland Farm, which can accommodate companies of up to ten artists, for a very minimal fee of between $150 for a weekend residency to $500 for a two-week residency. The residency program is open to all artists on a first-come, first-served basis.
For residency guidelines and availability: silokirklandfarm.dancenownyc.org
Silo Master Class SERIES
DeSales Univerity, Muhlenberg College and the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the arts
“Great partnerships such as the one we have formed with DANCENOW are forged out of mutual interests and a desire to perpetuate the vibrant originality that exists in dance today.”
Timothy Cowart, Director of the Dance Department at DeSales University
DANCE NOW partners with DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and the Lehigh Valley Charter School to bring emerging and established dance artists from NYC to Lehigh Valley, providing master class teachers with free rehearsal space to encourage the creation of new work, as well as paid teaching and performance opportunities in the area to offer the communities of Lehigh Valley the opportunity to experience a vast and diverse array of dance styles.
Located on Kirkland Farm in Lehigh Valley (10 minutes from the Bethlehem, Easton and Quakertown), Silo has developed a reputation for offering inspiring wellness classes. Silo classes offer the communities of Bucks County and Lehigh Valley the opportunity to experience high quality yoga, pilates and other wellness/exercise classes on a regular basis. If you want to get in shape, stay in shape & maintain a healthy body at any age we hope that you will join the Silo Community of local and NYC based teachers at Silo.
Class schedule here. silokirklandfarm.dancenownyc.org