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 october 24th

October 24  -  Carol Teitelbaum
October 25  -  Jennifer Goggans
October 26  -  Lisa Boudreau
October 27  -  Jennifer Goggans
October 28  -  Brandon Collwes

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


Beach Birds (1991) Fellowship Workshop Audition
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 2:00pm
The audition is for the Beach Birds workshop listed below. If selected, you will receive complimentary daily technique class. Rehearsals will begin shortly after class in the afternoon for three or four hours beginning at 2pm. A limited of MCT Stipends will be awarded for these workshops based on both the audition as well as previous participation in classes and workshops. To register, 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 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



Cunningham Repertory Workshop
led by former company members Lisa Boudreau, Dylan Crossman, Jennifer Goggans, Carol Teitelbaum, and Melissa Toogood
Week One: October 12 - 14, 2016
Week Two: October 26 - 28, 2016
Please join us for two, three-day repertory workshops during which participants will have the opportunity to learn solos and phrases from BIPED, Canfield, Changing Steps, eyeSpace, Nearly Ninety, Rondo, Scramble, Split Sides, Un Jour ou Deux and more. Participants can attend one three-day workshop, or both. Rehearsals will be from 2:00 - 5:00pm each day, immediately following the regularly scheduled 12:15 - 1:45pm class. Technique class will be complimentary and required for participants on the days of the workshop. 
Jennifer Goggans, Lisa Boudreau, and Andrea Weber discussing the Ocean Fellowship Workshop. Photo by Tiarnach Mooney (2014)
Workshop Schedule
October 12 - Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
October 13 - Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
October 14 - Lisa Boudreau (MCDC 1994 - 2008)
October 26 - Dylan Crossman (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
October 27 - Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
October 28 - Melissa Toogood (MCDC 2008 - 2011)
To register for Week One, Week Two, or both weeks, please email specifying which dates you can commit to. For Week One, please register by October 7th. For Week Two, please register by October 21st.
Beach Birds (1991) Fellowship Workshop
led by original cast members Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993) and Alan Good (MCDC 1978 - 1994)
November 28 - December 9, 2016
Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Beach Birds, Photo by Michael O'Neill (1991)

Cunningham said of his choreography for Beach Birds, “It is all based on individual physical phrasing. The dancers don’t have to be exactly together. They can dance like a flock of birds, when they suddenly take off.” A work for eleven dancers, the rhythm for Beach Birds was much more fluid than other Cunningham dances, so that the sections could differ in length from performance to performance. John Cage composed the music, and painter Marsha Skinner provided the costumes and décor. The dancers were dressed identically in all white leotards and tights, with black gloves. Skinner’s backcloth was a white scrim on which the light varied in color and intensity, decided by a lighting plot that was devised using chance methods. While the timings did not relate to the dance structure, the gradual changes of light have been interpreted to imitate those that might occur from dawn to dusk on a beach. Beach Birds was adapted for film and called Beach Birds for Camera.