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Benefit Concert


The Emergency Fund for Student Dancers


Dance Theatre of Harlem School, 466 West 152nd Street (between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues).


Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 3:00pm


reservations: tantulov@dancetheatreofharlem.org

The Emergency Fund for Student Dancers



FEBRUARY 28 at 7:30 PM and MARCH 1 at 3:00 PM



The Emergency Fund for Student Dancers (EFSD) announces our annual benefit concerts by advanced students of its member schools – The Ailey® School, Merce Cunningham Studio, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Limón Institute, Houston Ballet, and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.  The concert is on Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 1, 2008 at 3:00 PM at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, 466 West 152nd Street (between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues).


This annual event called by The New York Times “one of the happiest dance rituals in town,” brings together the best of the professional studio schools in New York and provides a rare opportunity to see a broad range of dance technique and choreographic variety in a single evening, while raising money to provide emergency support to these same students as they train for professional dance careers. 

The concerts feature original work by legendary choreographers and respected faculty from member schools.  Among the featured works are: Diversion of Angels by Martha Graham, performed by the Martha Graham Ensemble; an excerpt from Joplin Dances by Robert GarlandLowell Smith’s Fragments, and Peter Pucci’s Episode, performed by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble;MinEvent by Merce Cunningham, staged by Robert Swinston, performed by the Cunningham Repertory Group; an excerpt from A Choreographic Offering by Jose Limón, directed by Roxanne D’Orleans-Juste, performed by Professional Studies Program students of the Limón Institute; and 4 YOU, by Pedro Ruiz danced by the Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers of The Ailey School.  Program is subject to change.

The Emergency Fund for Student Dancers was established in 1990 to provide short term financial assistance to full-time dance students and faculty of member schools who are in emergency or crisis situations.  In order to make emergency loans and grants, EFSD has raised money by holding joint concerts annually.  In addition, EFSD developed provides workshops on topics relevant to students at professional studio schools, ranging from adjusting to living independently in NYC, to health and injury prevention, to making the transition from studio to stage.


For these benefit concerts, EFSD thanks all the people and organizations that have donated in-kind services and volunteered their time and skills.  It thanks The Dance Theatre of Harlem for performance space, the EFSD Executive Committee members, the choreographers, dancers, technical personnel and students who have generously volunteered of their time and talents to make these concerts happen.


Tickets for the both performances are 0.00 general admission and 5.00 student/senior; reservations can be made by emailing tantulov@dancetheatreofharlem.org and tickets are available at the door.  Seating is limited.

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