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about us

The Rosin Box Project is primarily a creation-based contemporary ballet company led by Artistic Director and CEO, Carly Topazio. Founded in 2018 by Topazio, and officially incorporating to a 501(c)(3) arts nonprofit in 2020, The Rosin Box Project (TRBP) has been a rising leader and resource in the creation, production, and education of contemporary ballet in San Diego via innovative, authentic, and artist-driven work that allows for deeper human connection. The boutique contemporary ballet company continues to raise the bar and push the limits of how dance is experienced, quickly blossoming TRBP into San Diego's premier Contemporary Ballet Company. 

TRBP’s distinctive style and approach has made a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance locally and beyond. Attracting international talent, our dancers are a group of open-minded and curious artists, each unique for their dynamic movement while sharing an intuitive passion for their art form. We are a creative place and we work in a collaborative environment. We are a company that aims to create dance at its most essential: visceral, powerful, thought-provoking and transformative.

The company presents a diverse repertoire featuring more than 38 new works created since 2018 from both emerging resident choreographers, and nationally renowned guest choreographers, and is deeply committed to fostering creation and collaboration. 

TRBP is a leader and resource in the community through dance education opportunities, community, student, and audience outreach, and professional development programs, which serve to make dance as accessible as possible to all. Beyond the professional company's performance and season programming, TRBP hosts open adult dance classes and workshops at its home studio (The Rosin Box Studio) in ARTS DISTRICT, Liberty Station, with classes for individuals of all experience levels. TRBP also offers a variety of arts-integrated education and outreach programming around San Diego county and neighboring districts, serving more than 2000 students annually.

A rosin box is unique to dancers. We have them in our rehearsal studios and backstage at theaters, used most often on pointe shoes to create more friction to prevent slipping. To Step Inside a rosin box is to share our space in the most intimate way, and enter the creatively charged world we call home.



"...there is no question that this is exactly what they

are meant to be doing"

 - Karla Peterson, San Diego Union Tribune


Reimagining the way artists and audiences connect with and experience dance.



To elevate and enrich the arts in the San Diego community and beyond through;

  • A contemporary ballet company that encourages artistic growth and exploration, fostering a nurturing and equitable environment to amplify artistic voices reflective of our contemporary world, 

  • Uniquely curated and visceral performance experiences considering the human condition, presented in an approachable and accessible way,

  • Innovative artistic experiences presented to the greater San Diego audience and beyond that set new standards for artistic excellence, innovation, and creativity,

  • Educating and developing dance artists as well as enthusiasts to create a connected community of belonging,

  • An inclusion of a diverse community of voices and advancing equity in dance to captivate a devoted, supportive, continually growing, and diverse audience.

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