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More Room to Move

Pairing dancers with spaces and students at CUNY schools

ON CAMPUS: Jennifer Weber (front row, left) of Decadancetheatre teaches a master class at Hunter College as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative. Photo by Ian Douglas

“Having a fantastically big space for rehearsals was huge for the development of our show ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker.’”

—JENNIFER WEBER, artistic director of Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn

Dance troupes struggle to find affordable rehearsal and performance space. So when Kerry McCarthy, our senior program officer for the arts, heard LaGuardia Community College was offering space to dancers, she figured this model was worth replicating. “More CUNY campuses could offer space in exchange for classes and performances,” says McCarthy. “That’s the definition of a win for everybody.”

Working with the Queens College Kupferberg Center for the Arts, The Trust helped start the CUNY Dance Initiative: Professional choreographers and dance troupes get residencies that include rehearsal and performance space, artist fees, and production costs. The dancers give back by conducting master classes and lectures and bringing high-caliber performances to college audiences. It has expanded to 11 CUNY campuses.

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