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Dance News: Meet CUNY Dance Initiative's 2019−20 Residency Artists

Dance News: Meet CUNY Dance Initiative's 2019−20 Residency Artists

Published on March 12, 2019
Photo: Abdul Latif - D2D/T.

13 CUNY Colleges To Host 24 Emerging & Established Artists

The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a groundbreaking residency program for independent New York City choreographers and dance companies on CUNY campuses across the five boroughs, announces 24 awarded artists for 2019–20 residencies. 

From July 2019 to June 2020, 13 CUNY colleges will host 24 emerging and established artists representing a range of dance styles (complete list below), selected from a pool of 186 applicants. An incubator for the New York City dance field, CDI is an innovative answer to how the needs of dance artists can intersect with those of a college community. CDI taps underutilized studios and theaters on CUNY campuses to provide rehearsal and performance spaces for dance makers to work on new or existing projects, and creates new avenues for dialogue between local artists and the university system. Residencies include public events such as work-in-progress showings and performances, plus master classes and open rehearsals specifically for CUNY students and faculty to create a framework for cultivating new dance audiences at CUNY performing arts centers.

Alethea Pace. Photo by Whitney Browne.

“The CUNY Dance Initiative has supported more than 100 choreographers and dance companies since it began five years ago,” says Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Queens College and CUNY Chancellor-Designate. “It has also brought dance—as an art form that is an essential part of the intellectual and cultural fabric of New York City—into the lives of 11,500 audience members throughout the boroughs. We’re proud that Queens College plays such a significant role in this process by serving as CDI’s home base.”

Now in its fifth year, CDI is expanding its support for NYC choreographers, and was recently awarded a three-year grant to offer current and former CDI artists additional rehearsal hours via Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CDI is celebrating this and its growing impact on the dance field with a 5th Year Fest, March 20–23, at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Details on the artists featured on the two showcase programs and ticket information are at:

This upcoming 2019–20 residency cycle will be CDI’s sixth, and details on fall 2019 performances and public events will be announced this summer.

Photo credit: Gabrielle Lamb / Pigeonwing Dance.


2019–20 CUNY Dance Initiative Resident Artists


Baruch College: Baruch Performing Arts Center

  • Abdul Latif - D2D/T
  • Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre


BMCC: Tribeca Performing Arts Center

  • ColemanCollective


Brooklyn College: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

  • Wild Rhythm
  • Chuck Wilt / UNA


The City College of New York: City College Center for the Arts

  • As Arts NY Dance
  • Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez Flamenco Company


College of Staten Island: Department of Performing and Creative Arts, in partnership with 

  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center
  • Kinesis Project dance theatre


Hostos Community College: Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture

  • Alethea Pace
  • Sidra Bell Dance New York


John Jay College: Gerald W. Lynch Theater

  • Gabrielle Lamb / Pigeonwing Dance
  • Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC


Kingsborough Community College: On Stage at Kingsborough

  • Dance Heginbotham
  • Tom Gold Dance


LaGuardia Community College: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

  • Edgard Toro
  • Patrick O’Brien Dance Project


Lehman College: Department of Dance and Theatre

  • AnabellaLenzu/DanceDrama
  • Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project


Queensborough Community College: Dance Program

  • Gierre J. Godley / PROJECT 44 
  • Kayla Hamilton


Queens College: Kupferberg Center for the Arts & Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance

  • Alonso Guzman Danza
  • Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup


York College: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center

  • Pony Box Dance Theatre
  • Vissi Dance Theater

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