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 june 19th

June 19  -  Daniel Roberts
June 20  -  Jean Freebury
June 21  -  Jennifer Goggans
June 22  -  Carol Teitelbaum
June 23  -  Jean Freebury

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


Changing Steps Fellowship Workshop Audition
Saturday, July 15, 2017
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Check-in begins at 12:30pm
The audition is for the Changing Steps 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 July 15th 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 July 14th.
Second Hand Fellowship Workshop Audition
Sunday, August 6, 2017
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Registration will open on July 5, 2017.


“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


Sounddance (1975) Fellowship Workshop
led by Jean Freebury (MCDC 1992 - 2003) and Meg Harper (MCDC 1968 - 1977)
June 5 - 23, 2017
Showing: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 3:00pm and 4:30pm
Cunningham created Sounddance upon his return from spending nine weeks at the Paris Opera (building Un Jour ou Deux). In direct opposition to the rigidity of the classical dancers in Paris, Cunningham wanted to choreograph a fast and vigorous piece. The foot and torso movements in Sounddance were so complex, that it was as if the dancers were performing under a microscope. The entrances and exits took place through a tent-like opening upstage, and as the finale concluded, the dancers were swept back into it, as though they were being sucked into a wind tunnel. David Tudor’s powerful score for Sounddance provided an energetic accompaniment to Cunningham’s fast pace choreography. Mark Lancaster designed the costumes, which were light yellow and gray, and the opening contraption at the back of the stage was sand colored.
To make a reservation for the workshop showing, please email specifying which time slot (3pm or 4:30pm) and how many seats to hold (max 2 per person). The 4:30pm showing will be live-streamed here.
Fielding Sixes (1980) Workshop
led by Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
June 26 - 30, 2017
Cunningham Repertory Workshop
led by Holley Farmer, Carol Teitelbaum, and Jamie Scott
July 12 - 14, 2017
Join us for a three-day repertory workshop during which participants will have the opportunity to learn solos and phrases Rune, Scenario, Nearly Ninety and more. Participants should be able to commit to all three days. Rehearsals will be from 2:30pm - 5:30pm each day at Juilliard following the regularly scheduled 12:15 - 1:45pm class at City Center. Technique class will be complimentary and required for participants on the days of the workshop.
Wednesday, July 12  -  Holley Farmer (MCDC 1997 - 2009)
Thursday, July 13  -  Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
Friday, July 14  -  Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)

Open registration, no application needed, please email by July 13th.

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
Second Hand (1970) Fellowship Workshop
led by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
August 21 - September 1, 2017
American Dance Festival  -  Durham, North Carolina
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
led by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
June 19 - July 29, 2017