BodyMeld – new choreographies Contemporary dance, choreography and dance workshops by Zornitsa Stoyanova

Dance Programs and Presenting Series

BodyMeld and choreographer Zornitsa Stoyanova create and organize programs to educate and support fellow independent artists. We actively look for partners in creating situations that reflect our values of multidisciplinarity and support the making of original contemporary movement art in Eastern Europe and the US.

Since 2006 Zornitsa Stoyanova as BodyMeld has partnered with many organizations to present professional development programs in dance and choreography as well as forums for exchanging performance, ideas around performance, and research on new choreographies.

We have had partnerships with Movement Research, NYC; Arts Stations Foundation, Poland; and in Philadelphia with Mascher Space Cooperative, Fringe Arts (then known as Philadelphia Live Arts), The Fidget Space, The Iron Factory, and others.

BodyMeld’s programs and presenting series are ever-expanding as now we work both in Philadelphia, USA, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Stay tuned for announcements on new education platforms coming to Sofia and the continuation of the Get What You Need residency in Philadelphia.

BodyMeld Performance Research Academy, Sofia Bulgaria – professional international training in dance, working with text, and using the voice. March – June 2023 OPEN CALL coming soon.

Female Bodies in the Digital – international art video exhibit in May 2023 in Sofia, Bulgaria. OPEN CALL coming soon.

Get What You Need Residency – launched 2019 – a platform part of Get What You Need that supports the ongoing creation of movement-based performance in Philadelphia.

Alternative Stage Festival, Pancharevo, Bulgaria – outdoor performance festival in 2022.

We present professional-level dance and choreography classes and workshops as well as dance on camera and understanding the digital frame for choreographers. Please, check upcoming events for more information.


International Dance Improvisation Intensive in Bulgaria – Performer. Maker. Self – a way into presence – July 19th to July 24th in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Jeanine Durning in Philadelphia for 3 day workshop intensive. July 6th, 7th and 8th,  2020.

RESIDENCY: Polish Dance Artists visiting Philadelphia (2018 and 2019) – a week-long residency in collaboration with Movement Research in NYC and Arts Stations Foundation in Poland.

Deborah Hay – a week-long workshop in Philadelphia (June 2018) – in collaboration with Mascher Space.

RESIDENCY: Moms Make Art (2016/17) or Birthing Bodies Birthing Art – residency for mother movement artists, created and organized by Zornitsa Stoyanova in partnership with Mascher Space. 

Move Dance Think Fest (May 2015) a mini-festival in collaboration with Kristen Shahverdian and Jacelyn Biondo – 3 shows, 2 workshops, 1 lecture, an artist talk, conversations and a community dinner. Supported by Headlong Studios, Philadelphia.

Susan Rethorst, Making Your Best Work Workshop–  2010 we presented a week long choreography workshop with Susan Rethorst. Collaborated with Dance Advance at the Pew Charitable Trusts and Live Arts Festival (now Fringe Arts) in inviting Susan to Philadelphia.

Current: an evening of dance and art (2007 until 2011) was a performance series merging all mediums of art connected to movement and the human body. The goal of this series is to present varied contemporary performing art forms in the same place and time with the intent of bringing together artist and art lovers. This series are presently on hiatus as Zornitsa focuses more on researching her work.

Dance Cinema Projects – screenings of dance videos presented in different locations in Philadelphia, 2007/08.