CUNY Dance Initiative Announces 2017 Winter-Spring Residencies

The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a university-wide residency program heading into its fourth season, is awarding 15 choreographers/dance companies residencies at 12 CUNY colleges in the first half of 2017. CDI, led by New York City's public university system, is a unique model for collaboration. By opening the doors of CUNY campuses to New York City choreographers and dance companies, CDI aims to support dance artists, enhance college students' cultural life and education, and build new audiences for dance at CUNY performing arts centers.

Between January and June 2017, 12 CUNY colleges in all five boroughs will host a total of 15 residencies. In addition to providing space for artists to create work and rehearse, all of the CDI projects include programs for students and faculty (master classes and open rehearsals), along with public events such as work-in-progress showings and performances. CDI directly assists colleges with artist fees, rehearsal expenses, and marketing efforts. Artists are selected through an open application process, and each campus chooses its residency companies. The list of 2017 winter/spring residencies follows.

In 2017-18, CDI will transition from a calendar year cycle to one that aligns with the academic year and the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College will join CDI as a new partner. Accordingly, from October 4-25, CDI is holding an open call for applications for 2017-18 residencies. Established and emerging New York City choreographers and companies working in a variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional forms, are encouraged to apply.

CDI is holding an application information session on Monday, October 10, at 6:30pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center. The application and guidelines are available on the CDI website:

Winter/Spring 2017 Residencies

Baruch College: Baruch Performing Arts Center

Urban Bush Women

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Andrew Nemr

Brooklyn College: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Dance Caribbean Collective

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

Zullo/Raw Movement

College of Staten Island: Department of Performing and Creative Arts

Melissa West/mw dances

Hostos Community College: Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture

Sekou McMiller Dance Company

John Jay College: Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Tom Gold Dance

Kingsborough Community College: On Stage at Kingsborough

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

LaGuardia Community College: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Elisa Monte Dance

Miki Orihara

Lehman College: Department of Dance and Theatre

Sidra Bell Dance New York

Queensborough Community College: Department of Health, Physical Education, and Dance

Jenni Hong Dance

Tiffany Mills Company

Queens College: Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Divine Rhythm Collective

Jiva Dance


The CUNY Dance Initiative is a residency program providing rehearsal and performance space to New York City choreographers and dance companies. CDI was developed in response to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's 2010 report "We Make Do," which cited the critical need for affordable dance rehearsal space in New York City, and mentioned underutilized performing arts centers and other spaces on CUNY campuses. A successful pilot project in 2013 supporting choreographic residencies and performances on four CUNY campuses prompted CDI to expand its scope. Since then, CDI has subsidized and facilitated a total of 67 residencies.

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.

For more information about the CUNY Dance Initiative, visit or follow CDI on social media.

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