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April 18, 2019   |   By The New York Community Trust
Sharing Space: Dance Groups Use Houses of Worship to Rehearse and Perform

ROOM TO MOVE: Brian Sanders’ JUNK dance company rehearses in a church through a partnership arranged by Partners for Sacred Places. Photo by Ted Lieverman

In a city of high rents and tiny spaces, dance groups on tight budgets find themselves without a permanent home—rehearsing and performing in the Bronx one day and in Brooklyn the next.

For decades, a handful of troupes have rehearsed and performed in churches, including Movement Research in Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village and Danspace in St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. With our funding, Partners for Sacred Places will connect more dance groups with the City’s historic houses of worship.

In the coming year, Partners will work with Dance/NYC and the New York Landmarks Conservancy to pair an estimated 20 arts groups interested in sharing space with congregations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

This program ensures that New York’s unique historic sites are not only preserved but used to bolster the arts today.
—Kerry McCarthy, vice president for philanthropic initiatives at The Trust

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