The Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund

Please donate what you can to support the growth and future of students at BAX.

In 1991, I started BAX with the dream that there could be a space in Brooklyn that would be a haven for artists at all stages in their development.

It’s always been my belief that no matter at what moment in our creative lives, from a three-year-old taking their first dance classes to a seasoned veteran of the performing arts, we are influenced and inspired by gathering in one space. And here we are, entering 2016, celebrating our 25th anniversary season. Every day I see the evidence of this galvanizing idea — this early seed — and I realize we are making my dream, now our dream, happen.

Marya Warshaw
Founding & Former Executive Director


Dani Athena Nikas was a dancer, choreographer, and a treasured BAX faculty member.

Before she died in 2001 she spoke passionately about how important dance and young people were to her. Dani provided a truly meaningful learning process for her students that went far beyond dance. Totally in sync with BAX values, she incorporated politics, relationships, history and spirituality throughout her life and work. She was an inspiration to her colleagues, her students and her friends. She would be very proud and honored to know that part of her legacy lives on and would be especially pleased to know that financial hardship would not be an obstacle.



We offer over 40 arts education classes and workshops for toddlers all the way up through teens. Our Education program encompasses five core values that inform these programs: skill building, creative choice, collaboration, performance and community.

We offer many scholarships to help offset the costs of classes, and no student is ever turned away because of the inability to pay.


BAX has built one of the strongest, culturally responsive arts-in-education programs in the Brooklyn public school system.

BAX programs integrate the performing arts into school curriculum at NO COST to the student. The majority of our public school students live below poverty level (according to school statistics), 70% live with only one parent – 83% are minorities.


BAX’s Artist in Residence Program (AIR) provides up to 6 emerging NYC dance, theater and performance artists with up to two years of artistic, technical, and administrative support for the development of new work.

Annually, BAX offers Summer and Fall Space Grants to 6-7 performing artists which include ample free rehearsal space, performance opportunities and studio shares. Additionally, BAX provides a unique Parent/Artist Space Grant to several dance and theater artists each year as well as periodic Alumni Space Grants acknowledging artists who began their training as young students at BAX. In 2018/19 BAX offered Disabled Artist Space Grant Pilot Program in partnership with Cora Dance and thanks to the NYC DCA’s CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund.

But most importantly, supporting BAX helps our city.

It makes our neighborhood a vibrant hub for the arts, and a home for artists at all levels. Any amount you can give can help pay part of a dance class for a child who can’t afford it, or pay an artist’s stipend for an AIR resident, or help a teaching artist who needs to get supplies for his or her classroom. So please consider contributing to BAX today.

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Thank you so much for your help.

Please donate what you can to support the growth and future of students at BAX.