Exit12 is Charlie-Mike, Continuing-Mission


EXIT12 is a contemporary dance company committed to creating and performing works of high cultural significance that inspire conversations about worldly differences and the lasting effects of violence and conflict on communities, families, and individuals. Through movement, we educate audiences about the reality of war, advocate diversity and mutual understanding through cultural exchange, and champion the humanity and dignity of all persons.
EXIT12 supports and advances the notion that art heals, and is devoted to serving those who have been touched by conflict by expressing their stories.

Founded by a US Marine Iraq War Veteran and two ballerinas in 2007, Exit12 is a pioneer in the genre of military veteran art.



Exit12 Dance Company has been profiled by The Village Voice, The New York Times, CNN, The Daily Beast, NBCUniversal, The National Endowment for the Arts Quarterly Magazing, Pointe Magazine, NPR’s All Things Considered, American Public Media and Reuters.

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Dance Art Journal


Artist Roman Baca talks stereotypes, Trinity Laban & his new work In-Trench

By Katie Hagan
July 11, 2019

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Military Times

This Marine went from the ballet to the battlefield — and back again

By Natalie Gross 
February 6, 2019

Dance Magazine

From Veteran to Choreographer

By Candice Thompson 
January 10, 2018



The Village Voice
A Dancer's Tour of Duty
Iraq changed Marine Sergeant Roman Baca — ballet brought him back
By Roman Baca as told to Jonathan Wei 
Wednesday, Feb 13 2013



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The Huffington Post
How One Former Marine Used Ballet to Spread Veterans' Stories Around the World
By Priscilla Frank 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015