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.

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Press Coverage

BWW Dance Review: Caleb Teicher & Company (Oct 2016)

4 Projects Making Real Estate Cheaper for Artists (March 2016)

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)

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.

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