PIZARTS

Dance Gap Year

About

Dance Gap Year offers dancers the chance to explore movement, creativity, collaboration, community and personal development while traveling the world. Pizarts, the founding company of Dance Gap Year, located in New York, helps dancers, teaching artists and dance educators produce community events, international teaching tours and public performances.

Pizarts offers a Dance Teaching Fellowship in the summer a paid 4 week program for selected participants to tour and teach their own works in Argentina. Applicants have either completed the Dance Gap Year (New York and Argentina) program or have fulfilled a college degree or certificate program (2 years in length) from an accredited institute

Pizarts connects with Latin American countries to offer experienced professionals short term immersive projects promoting dance education worldwide

Founded
2014

Reviews

Ako
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such a wonderful experience on this gap year program.I really wanted to know another country's dance community but I didn't have any connection. And one day I found this program.

Since I cannot speak fluent Spanish so I was a little bit worried to go to Argentina but I had a great support from the program and ended up with the most amazing trip ever in my life. It was a pleasurable moment to communicate through dance even though we cannot communicate verbally, and we were able to share a love of dance each other. If you already know what you love and if it's 'dance', this is the program you should choose. The memory of communicating and expressing yourself through dance (universal language) will be the treasure of your life!

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Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a great time meeting new people who love dance. The folklore dancing especially the partnering Samba is so beautiful with scarves. Buenos Aires is cool very spread out and Cordoba is cool because you can walk around the city center. The dance and circus classes have really cool spaces. Classes have different levels and there are always live shows around the city. Food is really good especially if you like meat and pasta. The nature side is so beautiful and tranquil. It was a good time and I met some cool people.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked to have more free time and maybe having more options of stay. I was a home stay but would have liked to be in a place with a group of others traveling.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Dominique Robinson

Job Title
Director
Dominique Robinson is an American performer, choreographer and dance film director. In 2014 she brought to both the dance and gap year community Pizarts Dance Gap Year. She has traveled to countries Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Canada having taught thousands of people in vast cultural settings. Robinson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in Choreography and a Master of Arts from New York University in Dance Education.

What is your favorite travel memory?

It was a beautiful fall day in New York City and a group of Dance Gap Year (DGY) students took the birth of Hip Hop tour. On the trip we visit the the Bronx Documentary Center, the gallery space El Fogon, and the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a long standing non-profit that presents live events and classes proliferating the history and preservation of music created in the Bronx.

After passing through several iconic areas of South Bronx (So Bro), we have lunch in So Bro's La Cocina Boricua for an authentic Puerto Rican meal. I really love this trip because Hip Hop has resonated with so many people around the world and the chance to give students a look into Hip Hop's backyard is a visceral experience.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have met so many incredible people who have linked me with amazing artists from all walks of life and we have created some beautiful dance works together. As a member of the Dance Gap Year team I get the chance to give that experience and more to our students.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A student on the New York trip was at a workshop in downtown Manhattan. At the time of her trip she had only been a student never having performed. She was asked at the workshop to demonstrate the choreography in front of everyone.

Although she was terrified she couldn't get herself to say no, so she stood up and did her thing. She later shared that that moment in the city helped her overcome a fear.

Since then she has blossomed into an amazing teacher and performer.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique because we give trained dancers the chance to experience a gap year combining daily practice in self, community and dance making.

I was extremely proud of my team when a Dance Gap Year (DGY) student was able to co-teach at an international festival with a DGY staff member. We were able to introduce this student to different elements of dance and a few years later she excelled as a teacher and choreographer.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Our company is successful because we work with different communities who all contribute to the development of our programs and we continue expanding projects with the help of previous DGY students who have become members our team.

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