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 29th

June 29  -  Jean Freebury
June 30  -  Daniel Roberts
July 1  -  Melissa Toogood
July 2  -  Lisa Boudreau
July 3  -  Jennifer Goggans


For more information about classes at City Center contact Jennifer Googans at

“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 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


American Dance Festival  -  Durham, NC
Cunningham Technique and Repertory
taught by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
June 11 - July 25, 2015

Landrover (1972) Workshop
led by Sandra Neels (MCDC 1963 - 1973)
July 6 - 17, 2015
Showing: July 17, 2015 at 3:00pm and 4:30pm
Cunningham said that his image for Landrover was, "people moving in different landscapes. American, perhaps in the sense that we move in our country - across varied spaces - with varied backgrounds." His original idea was to change the dancing area, or to perform the piece in front of a film projecting a continuously changing landscape, although in the performance there was no decor. Jasper Johns designed the costumes, which were tops and tights in various colors. Similar to Signals, the music was a collaborative effort by Cage, Daivd Tudor, and Gordon Mumma.
Locale (1979) Fellowship Workshop
led by Kimberly Bartosik (MCDC 1987 - 1996) and Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
July 20 - 31, 2015
Columbia College  -  Chicago, IL
Summer Session Courses
Cunningham Technique, Repertory and Composition
taught by Banu Ogan (MCDC 1993 - 2000) and Bonnie Brooks
June 29 - July 17, 2015



Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Roma)  -  Torino, Italy
Scramble  (1967)
staged by Susana Hayman-Chaffey (MCDC 1968 - 1976)
 July 6, 2015
Association Coline  -  Istres, France
Workshop: Cunningham Technique and Repertory
taught by Louise Burns (MCDC 1970 - 1971, 1977 - 1984)
 July 7 - 17, 2015