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    Get What You Need (GWYN) has been a facet of the Philly dance community since 2015.

    This year GWYN is growing into a city wide platform and birthing a performance support residency (GWYNRes) for movement makers living and working in the Philadelphia area.

    Over the last two years I’ve had many conversations and did two official surveys about the needs of our community. The main complaint from Philly dance community was the lack of support for production and no presenters and paid work available.

    GWYNRes is my answer to this ongoing problem.

    What is it:
    Though an open application GWYNRes will be awarded to two movement based artists from the Philadelphia area. They will have the opportunity to show their work monthly (Nov.‘19 to May ‘20) at different locations in Philadelphia. Each showing will be FREE and open to the public and will have a different mentor to give feedback.
    So, as the artist gets lots of help producing a show, they also have the ability to grow their audience and invite presenters or future collaborators.

    Who with:
    Mentors will be Philadelphia’ own master choreographers, self-producers and performers; Keila Cordova, Silvana Cardell, Leah Stein, Megan Bridge, Terri Shockley and Amy Smith. Zornitsa (me) will be at all events and available as a resource as well.

    The Fidget Space in Fishtown, The Art Room in South Philly, 954 Dance Movement Collective in the Loft District, Cardell Dance Studio in Francisville, Community Education Center in West Philadelphia. The residency will culminate with a showing at The Performance Garage in May 2020, where both GWYNRes artists would present their full length work, get professional video and photo of the showing and be offered a stipend of $200 each.

    To apply to be a GWYNRes artist
    Applications due by October 14th, 2019 at midnight.

    Each GWYN event will also be open to one local nonresident artist to share their work. So, three artists will be showing at about 30 minutes each. Signing up for just GWYN is first come first serve and available a month before the show date. To get a spot, email If you think you might forget, follow us on facebook or instagram.
    Every GWYN showing is FREE and open to the public.

    The GWYN platform is made possible with the generous support of all of the above mentioned, who are donating space and their time and a generous stipend support from

    Its also FREE to participate for residents and nonresidents.
    Please help me keep it this way. There are costs associated with the final showing in May 2020, and every dollar is much appreciated.

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