history 2018-05-05T09:13:05+00:00

Important events in the “history” of the BAC

On January 23, 2017, we had our first appointment to see the space that would become the Braswell Arts Center.

On February 16, 2017, we had our first meeting with the owners of the space to discuss our plans and beg them to give us a chance. Little did we know, there would be a lot more “begging” in our future!

On March 17, 2017, after waiting on pins and needles for some weeks, we had our final meeting with the owners and were given the “GO!”

On April 28, 2017, our wemakeit campaign was launched with a goal of CHF 35,000 to be raised in 40 days.

On May 11, 2017, we reached our goal of CHF 35,000. You guys ROCKED it in only 14 days!

On June 5, 2017, our wemakeit campaign ended with a total amount of CHF 35,725 raised by 137 donors. INCREDIBLE!

On June 12, 2017, an article was published in Swiss-wide Migros Magazine about our founder, Armando Braswell, and his journey from Brooklyn, New York to opening the BAC in Basel, Switzerland.

From June 15-18, 2017, we hosted our first “Open Door Days” at the BAC to showcase the work of 7 artists and to introduce ourselves to the local community.

On June 19, 2017, the BAC received a wonderful delivery—the gift of a grand piano made possible by the very generous donation of the Schild Family.

On June 26, 2017, the piano was played for the first time at the BAC for our weeklong summer workshop. We were so proud and literally cried watching the first class. It was truly a dream come true and something we will never forget!

On July 15, 2017, our dance floor was delivered! Finally!

On July 25, 2017, we hosted our first day of “Pop-Up” dance classes at the BAC. This idea was a spur-of-the-moment decision to give a day of classes during the summer holiday. Part of the reason why we’re so happy to have our own space is because of the flexibility we have to offer a class at any time! Our “Pop-Up” class series has “popped up” multiple times throughout the year.

On August 2, 2017, an article announcing the opening of a “neues Kunst-Zentrum in Basel” was published in Regio Aktuell magazine—the biggest magazine in Northwest Switzerland.

On August 7, 2017, an interview with Armando was published on the local online blog “Wie wär’s mal mit.

On August 14, 2017, we officially opened our doors for our first session of classes at the BAC. We went from 1 class in 1 studio in January 2016, to 4 classes in 2 studios in August 2016, to 6 classes in 3 different studios in January 2017, to 11 classes in 1 glorious space in August 2017!

On September 4, 2017, we hosted our second “Open Door Day” and offered an open Q&A session to the public as well as free dance classes for those looking to move a bit!

On September 13, 2017, our window installation was completed and has since become one of the most recognizable images associated with the BAC and a focal point within the local community.

On October 12, 2017, our BAC Kids program was partly sponsored by the Basellandschaftliche Kantonal Bank. Our first corporate donor to stand behind the BAC. Amazing!

On October 17, 2017, Armando and Lisa appeared on the SRF program, “Glanz und Gloria” to introduce the BAC to all of Switzerland!

On October 28-29, 2017, we hosted our first weekend workshop in the new space with world-renowned teacher, Rasta Thomas!

On November 11, 2017, an article introducing the BAC to the community was published in the Dialog magazine—a local magazine about happenings in the Bachletten neighborhood of Basel.

On November 18-19, 2017, we hosted our second weekend workshop of classes with guest teachers and musicians from all over Europe. We feel so lucky to be able to bring our extremely talented friends to the BAC and share them with the dance-lovers in our community. What a gift to us all!

From November 20-23, 2017, we kicked off our “Artist in Residence” program and hosted our first artist, Roderick George, and his beautiful dancers at the BAC while they rehearsed and prepared for a competition they were participating in. We ended their residency with a successful performance at the BAC followed by an open Q&A session between us, Roderick and the audience. It was a wonderful evening and we received some great feedback and suggestions for the future of this program!

On November 24, 2017, the BAC was transformed into an art gallery for a wonderful art exhibition organized by Front of Bicycle. FoB has since hosted a second art show in the space and will host another later this year!

In December 2017, our first session of classes slowly came to an end when we were approached by Theater Basel with an exciting opportunity! The BAC was invited to be a part of a Theater Basel performance project called, “Exklusiv für Alle.” Throughout the next 6 months, our students will be rehearsing in the theater with other groups of amateurs and professionals of different artistic disciplines to create a piece together that will be performed at the Theater Basel in June. We’re so grateful for the opportunity for the BAC to collaborate with the Theater Basel!

On January 2, 2018, our second session of classes began at the BAC. We increased our classes to 15 per week—now offering classes on Friday as well.

On January 19, 2018, an article about Armando was published in the “BebbiKids” magazine as part of the Basellandschaftliche Zeitung.

On February 1, 2018, an article introducing the BAC was published in Basel Life magazine—a local magazine in the English language.

From February 26-March 10, 2018, we hosted our second “Artist in Residence,” Kihako Narisawa, in the BAC for two weeks which ended with a public showing of her piece “Figurative.”

In March 2018, an article announcing a “Neuer Tanzort in Basel” was published in the prestigious Tanz magazine—the biggest and most respected dance magazine in Europe.

On March 7, 2018, BAC Kids was officially off the ground with a class of 15 children! These children bring such a different and welcomed energy to the space. We are so grateful!

On March 10-11, 2018, we hosted a third weekend of workshop classes taught by international ballet stars from the U.S., Germany and France.

On March 18, 2018, we hosted Arte Diversa Ensemble in the space for the first music concert to take place at the BAC.

On April 1, 2018, Armando was featured in the Juilliard Journal as part of their “Life After Juilliard” series in which he talked about his life post-Juilliard and the opening of the BAC.

On April 11, 2018, Armando’s face was plastered all over Basel as part of the Ramstein Optik ad campaign. So surreal to see him all over town!

On April 16, 2018, the BAC became a proud member of the KulturLegi Beider Basel—an organization under the Caritas umbrella—which offers heavily discounted classes and tickets to cultural and sport events to underprivileged children and adults in the Basel region.

On April 17, 2018, Armando and Lisa were interviewed on RadioX’s “The English Show” to talk about the BAC and, in particular, the BAC Kids program.

To be continued….!