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Meet Carly Topazio of The Rosin Box Project in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Topazio.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am originally from Millis, MA, and I began studying ballet at the Boston Ballet School when I was 11. At 14, I was accepted into the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where I studied for three years. In 2011 I joined the Alabama Ballet under Artistic Director Tracey Alvey, where I performed in featured and soloist roles of repertoire from esteemed choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, and George Balanchine. I am lucky to have been able to train and perform internationally including a residency under Iratxe Ansa in Mexico City, IB Stage in Spain, and I can also be seen performing as a ballet dancer in the Disney movie The Game Plan starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. After two seasons with Alabama Ballet, in 2013, I moved to New York City and spent a year freelancing as a guest artist with Ballet Inc, Eglevsky Ballet, and Ballet Neo. I ended up auditioning for City Ballet of San Diego and in 2014 joined the company which brought me out to the west coast. In 2015 I started my own photography business, naturally called Carly Topazio Photography, and specialized in fine art portraiture, as well as dance photography… naturally!

In May of 2018, I founded The Rosin Box Project, a collective of dancers to present an original view on contemporary ballet. I wanted to create a space for dancers and choreographers to collaborate and develop their own artistic visions, which they may not normally have the opportunity to. Serving the community through art and dance by expanding its reach and deepening the understanding of, and connection to, the art form.

Our first two performance seasons were presented in small, intimate black box theaters around San Diego, and to my surprise, we performed to exclusively sold-out houses every performance! Following our second season, I decided to incorporate TRBP into an official non-profit arts organization. I expanded our team and brought on Thom Dancy as the company’s first Managing Director, and together we assembled an inaugural board of directors. Now we are in our third season, and the sky is the limit!

Has it been a smooth road?
Haha, is there a word count on this? There definitely have been a ton of struggles and challenges, but that is to be expected with anyone starting a business. This journey has been filled with trial and error, but at the same time, we have been met with an absolute abundance of support and encouragement along the way.

I think one thing I have definitely learned is to be ok with pivoting away from our original plans, say when something like a global pandemic arises! However, I do truly enjoy problem-solving, and we have such an extraordinary team that finding new creative paths has become half the fun, and twice as rewarding! We’re getting used to it!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Rosin Box Project – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Rosin Box Project is a non-profit contemporary ballet company based in San Diego, CA, presenting world-class dancers and original choreography through innovative and intimate performances.

The mission of our company is really two-fold; To create a space for artistic growth and exploration by offering dancers and choreographers the opportunity to collaborate and develop their own artistic visions, of which they may not normally have the opportunity to. As well as to serve the community through art and dance by expanding its reach and deepening the understanding of, and connection to, the art form through unique programs that invite audiences to STEP INSIDE, granting new access to the transformative power of dance.

What we believe makes us different, is that we value human connection above all else. TRBP is made of real people, with real emotions and thoughts, and we hope to find real channels to transcend and share those elements with others and vise versa. We are most proud of our innovativeness and forward-thinking approach to each endeavor we undertake, and believe it makes us truly unique.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
It is pretty tough to find anything not to like about San Diego! Since moving here over six years ago, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. That being said, as with anywhere, I do think there is an opportunity for San Diego to become an even greater artistic hub!

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Image Credit:
Carly Topazio Photography, Jim Carmody

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