Space Where Inspiration Lives and Imaginations Open

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.



Now in its 20th year, the DN Silo Guest Artist  Residency is a vital part of how DN 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 while helping to introduce this PA community to a 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 $250 for a weekend residency to $700 for a two-week residency. The residency program is open to all artists on a first-come, first-served basis.


For residency guidelines and 

Teaching Artist Series

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. DANCE NOW provides the 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 chance to experience a vast and diverse array of dance styles.


“Great partnerships such as the one we have formed with DANCE NOW 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

If you are interested in teaching during the 2019-2020 School year, please contact Robin Staff at


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.

Location and Directions

Directions to the farm will be provided upon booking a residency or teaching artist series. 

DANCE NOW NYC is a 501c3 non-profit organization



Photos by Yi-Chun Wu