Now in its 11th year, The Studio 210 Residency is a vehicle for Bay Area artists to hone their skills, experiment, and dive into making performance. The residency makes the rare offer of professional mentorship from Deborah Slater, financial support, and peer feedback, in addition to weekly rehearsal space and a culminating performance. 

Announcing Summer 2022 Residents

Xochipilli Dance Company/
Héctor Jaime


Héctor Jaime (They/She/He) was born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California, México. They began their training with Manuel Torres in El Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEART) and attended a couple of summer intensives in the US throughout high school. They were one of the recipients of The Herb Alpert Foundation Scholarship when they attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 2015. Héctor graduated from the Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet BFA Program in San Francisco affiliated with Dominican University of California. Post graduation, they had the opportunity to be a member of Sean Dorsey Dance, Dawson Dance SF, and have an appearance in the dance film titled “Falling Up” directed by Detour Dance Company and Maurya Kerr. Héctor has always been inclined to teaching and is now a ballet instructor at Stapleton School of Arts and a teaching artist with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s HeART with LINES program. Recently, Hector became part of the 2022 LatinXtensions Cohort, a 12-month program advises emerging Latinx dance artists in developing their professional artistic practice. Encouraging them to start their own company “Xochipilli Dance Company" based in the Bay Area.

Xochipilli Dance will use the Studio 210 residency to begin work on a new piece inspired by the film Like Water for Chocolate. Using this film and collaborating with Tajh Stallworth and Sydney Leong, they will explore how this piece of art can be an inspiration for choreography. The movement will investigate different themes such as romance, tenderness, and heartbreak.

Photo by Kegan Marling

Surabhi Bharadwaj/
Siddhi Creative


Surabhi Bharadwaj, Artistic Director of Siddhi Creative and Siddhi Dance Academy, is a seasoned Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher, and choreographer trained under eminent Gurus. Surabhi holds an MFA in Bharatanatyam from Sastra University, Thanjavur, and an MFA in Dance: Design and Production from Saint Mary’s College of California. Surabhi is an Empanelled Artist of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and is also recognized as a Graded Artist by Doordarshan (the National Broadcasting Channel of India). She has received accolades for her performances (both solo and ensemble) across India, the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. She has worked as the Principal Dancer of Punyah Dance Company and in Raadha Kalpa Dance Company (two leading Bharatanatyam companies in India) before moving to the USA in 2015. Apart from dancing, Surabhi also freelances as a lighting designer. She hopes to reach diverse communities through her work.

During her Studio 210 residency, she will work on the development of The Maze. The Maze is a dance exploration of mind and body navigating through inner constraints. The work also views society as a complex maze controlled by hegemonic ideologies that we all are constantly navigating. The journeys are different for some groups who often get trapped while others find their paths easily.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Mark your calendar for the residency performance:
July 29 & 30, 2022

About the Studio 210 Residency

The Studio 210 Residency supports Bay Area artists looking to develop a new project or deepen their practice by providing space to make their work, professional mentorship, an artist stipend, and a culminating performance to share their projects and connect with new audiences. The residency is intended as a vehicle for artists to hone their skills, experiment, and dive into making performance. It is currently open to dedicated artists of ALL performance disciplines (dance, music, theater,  etc.)
Each artist in residence receives:
  • Six hours of free rehearsal space a week for eight weeks (48 hours total) in Studio 210 located at 3435 Cesar Chavez in San Francisco;
  • Weekly one-on-one mentorship with Deborah Slater, Artistic Director of Deborah Slater Dance Theater. Slater will periodically attend rehearsals as desired by the Resident;
  • Two performances of 20 minutes or fewer per Resident with audience discussion and feedback. The final presentation does not have to be a completed piece. These performances can be explorations of ideas, a work-in-progress, or a showing of fragments of work. This is not a space for polishing existing work;
  • An artist stipend provided by DSDT.

Winter 2023 Residency Dates

Application Opens: Mid-August 2022
Application Due: October 2022
Residency dates: January - March 2023
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    Former Residency Artists:

    2022 Winter Residency: Isabel Umali & Preethi Ramaprasad

    2021 Summer Residency: Alyssandra Katherine Dance & Angela Arteritano

    2021 Winter Residency: Cynthia Ling Lee & Bahiya Movement/Afia & Nafi Thomson

    2020 Residency: Evan Johnson/Cosmic Elders Theatre Ensemble & Bhumi B. Patel/pateldanceworks

    2019 Residency: Emelia (Jubilee July) MartínezBrumbaugh & Nol Simonse with Miche Wong

    2018 Residency: Julie Crothers & Kuan-Hsuan Lee

    2017 Residency: 13th Floor & Sarah Cecilia

    2016 Residency: Tammy Johnson & Larry / Laura Arrington

    2015 Residency: Marina Fukushima & Beth Wilmurt

    2014 Residency: Emma Jaster, Erin Malley

    2013 Residency: Chris Black, Megan Finlay

    2012 Residency: Rosemary Hannon, Nol Simonse

    Julie Crothers, 2018 Resident, photo by Tim Isom
    Julie Crothers, 2018 Resident, photo by Tim Isom

    The Studio 210 Residency is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.  Learn more at