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The Rosin Box Project; reimagining the way our artists and audiences connect with and experience dance.

The Rosin Box Project’s mission is to elevate and enrich the arts in the San Diego community and beyond through uniquely curated contemporary ballet performances from established and emerging world-class artists. We aim to encourage artistic growth and exploration by creating a platform in which professional artists can collaborate and amplify their voices, permitting our audiences new access to the transformative power of dance.


A rosin box is unique to dancers. We have them in our rehearsal studios and backstage at the theater used most often on pointe shoes to create more friction to prevent slipping. To Step Inside a rosin box is to step into our home and our world. We value, above all, dance as an art form and the power it has to impact dancers and audience members alike. At TRBP, every artist is united by the overwhelming drive to continue to create and share an art form that is so deeply rooted in each of us. Our project is to create space for our community to grow and connect, creating greater bonds, deeper understandings, and helping to strengthen the fabric of our society.

Founder and Artistic Director, Carly Topazio, founded TRBP in May of 2018 to present an original and innovative artist-driven view on contemporary ballet. For the past three seasons, these efforts have culminated in consecutive sold-out performances, national and international recognition, collaborations spotlighting female and LGBTQIA artists, the development of a cutting-edge digital performance season, new education and outreach programming, and officially transitioning TRBP into a nonprofit arts organization.


Despite the trying times presented in 2020 including navigating a tumultuous global pandemic, TRBP not only adapted to the 'new normal' but found several silver linings. Innovation and pushing boundaries enabled us to remain committed to our TRBP family - our loyal audiences and cherished supporters.



'None of this is what Topazio and the Rosin Box Project thought they

would be doing, but there is no question that it is exactly what they

are meant to be doing'

Karla Peterson, San Diego Union-Tribune

The Rosin Box Project artists invite audiences to STEP INSIDE our home and help support a creative that will continue to grow and explore the culture of the dance world with new works and exceptional performances.