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 October 16th

October 16  -  Carol Teitelbaum
October 17  -  Lisa Boudreau
October 18  -  Jennifer Goggans
October 19  -  Andrea Weber
October 20  -  Patricia Lent

Class Rates

Single Class: $15
Professional Rate: $10
Student Rate: $10
10-Class Card: $100
Payment by cash or check only.

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


Torse (1976) Workshop Audition
Thursday, October 26, 2017
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Check-in begins at 11:30am
The audition is for the Torse workshop listed below. If selected, you will receive daily technique classes free of charge. Regular attendance in class is required and rehearsals are at City Center Studios unless otherwise stated. A limited number of MCT stipends will be awarded for this workshop based on the October 26th audition as well as previous participation in classes and workshops. To register for the audition, please complete an application here and send it to by October 25th.


“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 Lucinda Childs Dance Company, 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


Exchange (1978) Workshop
led by Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993) and Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
October 2 - 20, 2017
Showing: Friday, October 20th at 3:00PM & 4:30PM
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
Divided into three parts, Exchange began with half of the company in the first part, the other half in the second, and the entire company closing out the third. Cunningham himself was the only dancer appearing in all three sections. When asked about his inspiration for this piece, Cunningham said, "I've often been struck by the idea of recurrence, ideas, movements, inflections coming back in different guises, never the same; it's always a new space and a changed moment in time. So I decided to use it in Exchange." Cunningham used chance operations to determine the sequence of movement phrases in each part, and to decide whether a phrase in one section would reoccur in another section. Whenever a phrase was repeated, it was altered in some way. Exchange had an urban milieu. The décor and costumes were by Jasper Johns, featuring gritty grays, draping the stage in colors of soot and grime. David Tudor's music, Weatherings, sounded like industrial noises. 
To make a reservation, please email with the preferred showing time (3:00pm or 4:30pm). The 4:30pm showing will be live-streamed here
Torse (1976) Workshop
led by Ellen Cornfield (MCDC 1974 - 1983) and Alan Good (MCDC 1978 - 1994)
November 13 - 17, 2017
Wexner Center for the Arts  -  Columbus, OH
OSU Department of Dance performs 
Wexner Center MinEvent (2017)
staged by Karen Eliot (MCDC 1983 - 1987) and Daniel Roberts (MCDC 2000 - 2005)
October 20 & 21, 2017