The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI) is a new residency program that opens the doors of CUNY campuses to New York City choreographers and dance companies. Developed in response to the shortage of affordable rehearsal space in New York City, CDI aims to support local artists, enhance college students’ cultural life and education, and build new audiences for dance at CUNY performing arts centers.
In 2016, 12 CUNY colleges in all five boroughs are hosting 23 artists, from emerging choreographers to established dance companies. In addition to providing space for artists to create work, the residencies include master classes and open rehearsals specifically for students, plus showings and performances for the public.
Open Schools to Priced-Out Artists (Daily News, November 2015)
Building Bridges through Vacant Spaces (Grantmakers in the Arts, summer 2015)
CDI in CUNY’s “Salute to Scholars” Magazine (Body Moves: 19 Choreographers at 10 Colleges Dance, Dance, Dance! (CUNY Salute to Scholars Magazine, winter 2015)
Realizing Cross-Sector Collaboration in the Arts: CUNY Offers a Case Study (Huffington Post, August 2014)
Pick a Borough, Any Borough (Dance Magazine, August 2014)
CUNY Sets First Round of Dance Initiative Residencies (BWW Dance World, July 2014)
How the New York Community Trust Helps College Choreographers Find Practice Space (Inside Philanthropy, May 2014)
A Burst of Support for NYC Dance (Dance Magazine, April 2014)
CUNY Launches New Dance Program (Dance Informa, April 2014)
EtM, “We Make Do,” and the CUNY Dance Initiative (Exploring the Metropolis, April 2014)
City University of New York Announces Dance Initiative(The New York Times, April 2014)
More Floors for City Dancers (The Wall Street Journal, April 2014)
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The CUNY Dance Initiative receives major support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Community Trust and the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.