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 31st

August 31  -  Holley Farmer
September 1  -  Dylan Crossman
September 2  -  Carol Teitelbaum
September 3  -  Andrea Weber
September 4  -  Jean Freebury


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


Trails (1982) Workshop Audition
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
City Center Studios, Fifth Floor
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
There is a complimentary technique class at 12:15pm recommended for those auditioning.
The Trails (1982) Fellowship Workshop is led by Dylan Crossman (MCDC 2009 - 2011) and Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011) and will rehearse from September 21 - October 2. Selected participants will receive complimentary class during the duration of the workshop as well as a week prior to better prepare for the work. The two-week workshop will culminate in two studio showings on Friday, October 2nd.
Familiarity with Cunningham Technique is preferred but not required.
To register for the audition, please email your resume to


“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


Trails (1982) Fellowship Workshop
led by
Dylan Crossman (MCDC 2009 - 2011)  Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011)
September 21 - October 2, 2015

MCDC at City Center (1982)
The most notable feature of Trails was a pair of duets, later included in materials for Events. For these Cunningham pursued the idea of having the two dancers perform different movements rather than the same ones---he choreographed their phrases separately. Cage's music, Instances of Silence, was a sound collage using pre-recorded tapes of such sounds as those of the traffic on Sixth Avenue outside the loft he and Cunningham shared. Lancaster's costumes were in combinations of red and gray, against a red backdrop.
Boston Conservatory  -  Boston, MA
Intensive Workshop: Cunningham Technique, Repertory and Composition
taught by Silas Riener (MCDC 2007 - 2011)
September 2 - 5, 2015
Franklin & Marshall College - Lancaster, PA
Technique and Repertory Workshop
taught by Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
September 18 - November 21, 2015
Harvard Dance Project - ICA, Boston, MA
Composition Workshop
taught by Silas Riener (MCDC 2007 - 2011)
September 22 - October 13, 2015
UNC School of the Arts - Winston-Salem, NC
Technique and Repertory Workshop
taught by Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
December 7 - 18, 2015


Conservatoire de Paris - Paris, France
Technique and Repertory Workshop
taught by Cheryl Therrien (MCDC 1993 - 2003) and Patricia Lent (MCDC 1984 - 1993)
September 2015