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 march 19th

March 19  -  Andrea Weber
March 20  -  Jennifer Goggans
March 21  -  Carol Teitelbaum
March 22  -  Patricia Lent
March 23  -  Lisa Boudreau

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


Cunningham Workshops Audition
Sunday, May 6, 2018
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Warm-up begins at 12:30pm
The audition is for the How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965) and the Rune (1959) workshops listed below. If selected, you will receive daily technique class 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 May 6 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 May 4.


“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 Lisa Boudreau, Jennifer Goggans & Carol Teitelbaum
New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, Studio 5
March 28 - 30, 2018
Workshop dancers. Photo by Janelle Jones 2016
Join us for a three-day repertory workshop and have the opportunity to learn solo and group material from a wide selection of work. Participants should be able to commit to all three days. 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.
Workshop Schedule
March 28 - Carol Teitelbaum (MCDC 1986 - 1993)
March 29 - Lisa Boudreau (MCDC 1994 - 2008)
March 30 - Jennifer Goggans (MCDC 2000 - 2011)
To register, please email by March 26.
Travelogue (1977) Fellowship Workshop
led by Andrea Weber (MCDC 2004 - 2011) & Marcie Munnerlyn (MCDC 2004 - 2011)
April 9 - 20, 2018
Travelogue reunited Cage, Cunningham and Rauschenberg who made his first design for sets and costumes since 1964. The decor was entitled Tantric Geography. The structure of Travelogue was similar to Antic Meet that being a series of turns as in vaudeville. It had bits of ballroom dancing, Balanchinian tangles, and a high-stepping cakewalk. The music used recordings of bird song by Norman Robinson. The program also listed telephone numbers that were dialed during the performance (according to a chance process).
MCDC in Travelogue. Photo by Jack Vartoogian 1977
The two week workshop will culminate in public studio showings on Friday, April 20 at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. To RSVP for a showing, please email with the preferred showing time and number of guests. The 4:30pm showing will also be live-streamed here
Pictures (1984) Weekend Intensive
led by Rashaun Mitchell (MCDC 2004 - 2011), Silas Riener (MCDC 2007 - 2011) & Jamie Scott (MCDC 2009 - 2011)
April 21 - 22, 2018
Saturday 1:30pm - 6:30pm & Sunday 11am - 5pm
Alan Good, Rob Remley, and Victoria Finlayson in Pictures. Photo by Lois Greenfield 1984
This weekend intensive workshop incorporates technique class, repertory and an examination of Merce’s choreographic ideas. Chosen for its meditative use of the still image and shape, participants will learn the underlying structures and excerpted movement material from the dance Pictures. With the accompanying choreographic notes and some exercises for practical use of chance procedures as a starting point, participants will create their own short dances in response.
To register for the intensive, please email by April 20.
How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965) Workshop
led by Daniel Roberts (MCDC 2000 - 2005)
June 25 - 29, 2018
Rune (1959) Fellowship Workshop
led by Banu Ogan (MCDC 1993 - 2000)
July 2 - 13, 2018