Funded by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the Music Residency provided by SOPAC pairs a music teacher in the community and their students with a professional musician in order to provide a musical education experience unlike any other for the Orange School District.
With the generous help from several funders and individual donors, SOPAC has been able to partner with AileyDance Kids (a program of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation) to offer a Dance Residency at the South Orange and Maplewood middle schools.
The Dance Residency began in September, 2018. It offers one class per week in each of the two middle schools for a period of 16 weeks, taught by Ailey teaching artist D. Demazi Williams accompanied by live percussionist Sean Clements. The program also includes culminating presentations at SOPAC by the students for family and friends.