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 may 22nd

May 23  -  Alan Good
May 24  -  Jennifer Goggans
May 25  -  Lisa Boudreau
May 26  -  Brandon Collwes

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


Cunningham Workshops Audition
Friday, June 9, 2017
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Check-in begins at 11:30am. Warm-up begins promptly at noon.
The audition is for the Fielding Sixes and Signals workshops listed below. If selected, you may be asked to participate in either one or both workshops and 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 these workshops based on the June 9th 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 June 8th.


“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


Cross Currents (1964) Workshop
led by Dylan Crossman (MCDC 2009 - 2011) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
May 15 - 19, 2017
Studio Showing: Friday, May 19th at 3:00pm and 4:00pm
Cross Currents was first performed in London on July 31, 1964.  Although the dance remained in the repertory for less than two years, it was performed in Events throughout the history of MCDC, including the company’s final performances at the Armory in 2011.  The title comes from the way the dancers’ paths intersected, and the coordination of their rhythmically distinct phrases.  The music was by Conlon Nancarrow, and the costumes were white tops with black leggings.
To make a reservation for the showing, please email with the preferred showing time (3pm or 4pm). Maximum two per person.
Sounddance (1975) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) and Meg Harper (MCDC 1968 - 1977)
June 5 - 23, 2017
(Rehearsals for the first two weeks will be at Juilliard, 10:30 am - 3:30pm)
Fielding Sixes (1980) Workshop
led by Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
June 26 - 30, 2017
Changing Steps (1973) Fellowship Workshop
led by Dylan Crossman (MCDC 2009 - 2011) and Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
July 31 - August 11, 2017
Signals (1970) Workshop
led by Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2007 - 2011)
August 14 - 18, 2017