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 29th

August 29  -  Carol Teitelbaum
August 30  -  Silas Riener
August 31  -  Brandon Collwes
September 1  -  Jennifer Goggans
September 2  -  Andrea Weber

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“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 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



Walkaround Time (1968) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011) and Meg Harper (MCDC 1968 - 1977)
August 29 - September 9, 2016
Merce Cunningham and Dance Company in Walkaround Time, Photo by James Klosty
Walkaround Time premiered at State University College, Buffalo, NY, in March 1968, and remained in the repertory until 1972. The dance was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, commonly known as The Large Glass. As David Vaughan writes, "Cunningham's dance for this set differs from others of his works in that all the elements are related to a central idea -- a kind of homage à Duchamp." Jasper Johns designed the costumes, and conceived and supervised the decor. The seven transparent cubes placed on the stage become as much a part of the dance as the dancers. The music, ...for nearly an hour..., was composed and performed by David Behrman, and incorporated text from Duchamp's writing. In Merce Cunningham's words, "The main thing, I think, is the tempo. Marcel always gave one the sense of a human being who is ever calm, a person with an extraordinary sense of calmness...And I wanted to see if I could get that -- the sense of time."