Our Story


As humans, we are adept creatures genetically made up to experience a wide range of emotions. Dance is the one way in which we can translate, explain, discover, transcend, explore, and share those emotions with our community. TRBP allows for humanity in the San Diego community to grow and connect, creating greater bonds, deeper understandings, and strengthening the fabric of our society. We would like to continue to share and communicate the art of dance as it is a necessary component to that which we call life, not just for us, but for everyone.

The Rosin Box Project’s mission is to present high-quality performances of world-class dancers in a genuinely unfiltered atmosphere; helping keep the arts thriving in the San Diego community through creative and unique dancer directed, choreographed, and curated intimate performances. We aim to help encourage artistic growth and exploration to broaden the dance community via a platform in which professional dancers can share their own unique voice in a way they may not normally have the opportunity to., and allowing audiences to step inside the dance world to see and feel the collective heartbeat that makes up the pulse of a larger company.

The Rosin Box Project was created following the close of the City Ballet of San Diego’s 2017- 2018 season. In May of 2018, several of City Ballet’s Company members came together, spearheaded by Carly Topazio. 

  A rosin box is something most dancers only know about, we have them in the studios and backstage at the theater, used on pointe shoes to create more friction to prevent slipping. Stepping into a rosin box is like stepping into our home - our personal thoughts, ideas, and perceptions of our fellow dancers that might not ever be seen on stage as part of a larger company. We value, above all, dance as an art form, and the power it has to impact dancers and audience members alike.

 We are a small team, but the collective of dancers run everything from the artistic to the executive side of the company - choreographing, fundraising, marketing, directing, and outreach. Most of these artists are accustomed to working with one another as artists for City Ballet, but with TRBP, they are united by the singular and overwhelming drive to continue to create and share an art form that is so deeply rooted in each of us to ignite and inspire growth within our community and explore boundaries of new ideas and narratives.

 The inaugural 2018 season, TRBP was presented in the intimate black box theater of The Geoffrey Off  Broadway, to a sold-out house every performance. People requested to purchase tickets for standing room, and seating with obstructed views. Emails flooded in following the shows from patrons sharing their experience, admiration, and excitement. People who had never been to a ballet, nor ever wanted to go to one before, had asked when the next program was. The incredible amount of support and unsurmountable reception proved that The Rosin Box Project successfully did make a small, but powerful ripple in the San Diego community that maintained a buzz of commotion thereafter.

The Rosin Box Project artists invite audiences to step into our home and ask our community to help support a creative that will continue to grow and explore the culture of the dance world with new works and exceptional performance.

The Rosin Box Project is proud to be an affiliate company of City Ballet of San Diego, and fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas!