Dance New Amsterdam Continues to Seek Partners As Well As Long-Term Plan to Support the 30,000 Artists It Serves
Dance New Amsterdam, DNA
For three decades Dance New Amsterdam, Inc. (DNA) has been NYC's foremost progressive dance education and performance center, celebrated for its welcoming atmosphere, groundbreaking programs, and roster of award-winning dancers and choreographers. On September 12, 2013, DNA reached an agreement with its landlord, Fram Realty, that allows DNA to remain at its current location through October 14th. DNA has agreed to leave 280 Broadway after that date and may then need to permanently close. The agreement was approved by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on September 13, 2013. Fram Realty has also agreed, in good faith, to continue to listen to any viable proposals presented by DNA that would allow it to stay in its current home.
Classes and rentals will be running through October 13th. Students who have purchased pre-paid class cards are encouraged to use their class cards before that date. The upcoming 2013-2014 DNA Presents season is currently on hold.
Earlier this year, on May 27, 2013, DNA filed for Chapter 11 protection with the goal of developing a long-term plan to restructure the 29-year organization, which moved to its current location at 280 Broadway after 9/11 to help revitalize the area. Despite a history of support from government grants, Bloomberg Philanthropies, elected officials, community leaders and thousands of artists, teachers, students and audiences, DNA has not been able to secure long-term strategic partnerships or substantial donations that would allow DNA to meet its business responsibilities and remain at 280 Broadway.
"What has been amazing is the outpouring of financial and moral support from individuals, which have allowed us to make it this far. We continue to work devotedly to find a way to support our constituents regardless of where we work, dance, teach, create and perform," stated executive director Catherine Peila. "We are keeping the lines of communication open between teachers, students, artists, our peers and community supporters while looking for ways to keep programs alive."