Merce Cunningham Trust




Cunningham Technique® in New York City

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 for the week of August 18th

August 18 - Robert Swinston
August 19 - Andrea Weber
August 20 - Carol Teitelbaum
August 21 - Jennifer Goggans
August 22 - Lisa Boudreau


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.

Joshua Tuason
Dancer for Stephen Petronio Company, and Ian Spencer Bell Dance

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




Workshops - NYC

Thomas Caley and Jeannie Steele in Ocean
Photo (c) Fabrizio Constantini 1994
Ocean (1994) Fellowship Workshop

led by Lisa Boudreau (MCDC 1994 - 2008) and Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
August 11 - 22, 2014

Rebus (1975) Workshop
led by Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011)
August 25 - 29, 2014

Crises (1960) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
October 2014


Workshops - International


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

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
Dancer for Sarah Michelson;
graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts