Carly Topazio - Artistic Director and Founder

Originally from Millis, MA, Topazio trained Boston Ballet, and at 14, she was accepted into the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she studied for three years. In 2011 Miss Topazio joined the Alabama Ballet under Artistic Director Tracey Alvey, where she performed in featured and soloist roles of repertoire from esteemed choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, and George Balanchine. Topazio has trained and performed internationally including a residency under Iratxe Ansa in Mexico City, IB Stage in Spain, and can also be seen performing as a ballet dancer in the Disney movie The Game Plan starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. In 2013 Topazio was a guest artist with Ballet Inc, Eglevsky Ballet, and Ballet Neo in New York City. Topazio joined City Ballet of San Diego in 2014 and is in her sixth season dancing with the company having the opportunity to perform soloist and principal roles in various classical and contemporary ballets, as well as having several roles originated on herself.

In addition to her professional dance career, Topazio has branched out to simultaneously pursue her other passions.

In 2015 Topazio earned her YTT 200 certification to lead and instruct yoga, in hopes to further her connection and understanding of the human anatomy, and putting physical care at the forefront of her priorities. Ever since Topazio has been leading vinyasa yoga at Spirit Yoga Studios in Pacific Beach.

In 2014 Topazio started her own freelance photography business, respectively named Carly Topazio Photography. Her work has been featured in publications such as the San Diego Tribune, The Voyager, Pointe Magazine, and various others, and some clients include Lululemon, Fitfit Activewear, Qualcomm, Integrative Om, and more.

Topazio is one of the main resident photographers at City Ballet of San Diego, and in 2017 was brought on as a Marketing Associate for the company, using her photography to aid in creating content, graphic designs, and promotional material for all major productions.

In early 2018 Topazio began to expand her photography business to also encompass videography as a new frontier she hopes to continue to explore.

Compelled by her all-consuming passion for the art of dance, creating art, and impacting others around her; in May of 2018, she founded The Rosin Box Project as the official artistic and executive director. Inspired by her peers, Topazio set out to create a collective of artists and curate a series of extraordinary performances, hoping to impact and influence the San Diego community just as profoundly as she herself was inspired. 

Now in the third season of The Rosin Box Project, following a formidable success of the first two seasons, Topazio looks forward to continuing to grow the project and continue to expand the boundaries and impact of the art of dance.