Merce Cunningham Trust



City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street
Monday – Friday
12:15 – 1:45 pm
Open Level

Taught by Jennifer Goggans, Carol Teitelbaum, Andrea Weber and other former Cunningham dancers.


Teaching Schedule

week of AUGUST 3rd

August 3  -  Andrea Weber
August 4  -  Lisa Boudreau
August 5  -  Holley Farmer
August 6  -  Lisa Boudreau
August 7  -  Andrea Weber


For more information about classes at City Center contact

“Quite simply, my motivation for training in this technique is that it has made me a stronger, smarter dancer for all my other projects. Beyond the functionality as a physical warm-up, the class structure is embedded with ideas central to Cunningham’s artistic legacy.”

Christiana Axelsen
Independent choreographer; dancer for Beth Gill, Molissa Fenley, Michou Szabo, and zoe | juniper

“For a working dancer in the city I have yet to find an environment as connected as the one surrounding these classes. The dancers who attend as well as those who teach provide a connection to our field that is incomparable.“

Christiana Axelsen
Independent choreographer; dancer for Beth Gill, Molissa Fenley, Michou Szabo, and zoe | juniper




“I feel that the work has challenged me to be precise and efficient. It has challenged me to be rhythmically clear and exact. I really appreciate that there is never anything extra to be 'put on' or added, and I have to find my own meaning in dancing. It feels like each piece I've learned requires me to step into a different realm.”

Benny Olk
Freelance dancer, currently working with Moriah Evans and Daniel Roberts; graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts

“People often wonder what is the best way to support and foster the development of emerging artists. I think the workshops are a great solution. What could be better than working to improve technique and learn prestigious repertory under the direction of insightful and interested coaches? It is a great introduction to the NYC dance scene.”

Andrew Harper
Independent choreographer;graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Locale (1979) Fellowship Workshop
led by Kimberly Bartosik (MCDC 1987 - 1996) and Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
July 20 - 31, 2015
Showing: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 3:00pm and 4:30pm
The 4:30pm showing will be live-streamed here.

MCDC in Locale, Photo by Nathaniel Tileston (1980)
Cunningham's first dance for film, Locale, was filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio in January and February of 1979, and was first publicly screened in New York on February 24, 1980. Working closely with Charles Atlas, Cunningham wanted the camera to move not only along with, but around and among the dancers, at various speeds. The piece is broken up into several sections, with a reprisal of everyone's material in the finale. Charles Atlas designed the costumes, using hues, "as are seen on the television adjustment color-bars, and combining these with gradations of the corresponding gray-based tones used in tuning black and white television monitors." Takehisa Kosugi composed the music, entitled Interspersion.
To make a reservation, please email with the preffered time (3:00pm or 4:30pm) and number of seats to hold (max. 2 per guest).
CRWDSPCR (1993) Fellowship Workshop
led by Marcie Munnerlyn (MCDC 2004 - 2011) and Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
August 3 - 21, 2015
Boston Conservatory  -  Boston, MA
Intensive Workshop: Cunningham Technique, Repertory and Composition
taught by Silas Riener (MCDC 2007 - 2011)
September 2 - 5, 2015