The following represent organizations that offer subsidized rehearsal space to dance artists through the New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program from January 2019 through December 2021. Administered by Dance/NYC and made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the purpose of the program is to make affordable rehearsal space available to dance makers whose dance work has been publicly presented and are in critical need of space for the creation and development of their work, while also fostering a more inclusive and fair dance field, with a focus on accessibility, geography, and the demographics of artists served. Learn more at Dance.NYC/programs/funds.
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Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
For more than a century, Abrons Arts Center has been a home for artists to explore, experiment, investigate, and create. The need for affordable and professional spaces to make work is clear in NYC. With the support of Dance/NYC, we are offering accessible rehearsal space to dance makers at a subsidized rate, reducing financial barriers to the creative process.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: abronsartscenter.org/rentals
167 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
Host your next rehearsal at Ballet Hispánico. Avoid Midtown traffic, and rent our state-of-the-art studios conveniently located in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Close to parking garages, numerous local restaurants, food and beverages allowed, hardwood and marley flooring, high ceilings and full-length mirrors.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: ballethispanico.org/studio-rentals
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018
BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov to build an arts center in New York City that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. Located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan, BAC comprises a total of 20,000 square feet, including the Jerome Robbins Theater, Howard Gilman Performance Space, and four column-free studios. BAC serves approximately 700 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually through presentations and artist residencies.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: bacnyc.wufoo.com/forms/z85yox705dyuy2
CPR - Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1, Brooklyn, NY 11211
CPR – Center for Performance Research is dedicated to supporting the development of new works in contemporary dance and performance. Curated programs focus on rehearsal and residency support, generating time and space for research and dialogue, and providing public presentation opportunities. Over the last decade, CPR has supported more than 1700 artists in the development of dance and performance projects, while exposing local audiences to contemporary artistic process through performances and work-in-progress showings, salon style discussions, and symposia.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: cprnyc.org/studio-rentals
CUNY Dance Initiative
A groundbreaking residency program that opens the doors of CUNY college campuses to professional choreographers and dance companies, the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI) supports local artists, enhances the cultural life and education of college students, and builds new dance audiences at CUNY performing arts centers. CDI was developed in response to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s 2010 report, “We Make Do,” which cited how destabilizing the shortage of affordable rehearsal space in New York City is to the dance field, and was officially launched in 2014. With the support of Dance/NYC's Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, CDI is offering current and former resident artists the opportunity to rent additional rehearsal space on partner CUNY campuses.
CUNY Dance Initiative is offering subsidized rehearsal space to current and former CDI artists.
37-24 24th Street, Suite 211, Long Island City, NY 11101
Green Space, home of resident company Valerie Green/Dance Entropy is a cultural front-runner in Long Island City, Queens; the spacious 1800 square-foot studio and performance venue is an incubator: a place for dancers, choreographers, teachers, and community members alike to gather and experience dance where it’s created. As a 24/7 resource, Green Space aims to provide an affordable, welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performance opportunities. Come dance with us!
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: greenspacestudio.org/space
182 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Founded in 1995 by Artistic/Executive Director Diane Jacobowitz, Dancewave's unique model combines rigorous training with artistic integrity in a supportive environment. Dancewave launches its next era of service in arts education and youth development in its brand new Gold LEED-certified and ADA compliant dance and community center located near downtown Brooklyn in the growing Gowanus community. Available to dance artists at a subsidized rehearsal rate, the 1,400 sq foot studio features full-length mirrors, sprung Marley floors, natural light, and acoustic curtains that can convert the space into two separate studios.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: dancewave.org/studio-rentals
Dance Theatre of Harlem
466 West 152nd Street (between Amsterdam and St. Nicolas Avenues), New York, NY 10031
Located in the Sugar Hill neighborhood since 1969, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Everett Center for the Performing Arts houses four dance studios, a conference room, classroom, locker rooms and restrooms, and outdoor terrace for interested rental clients. All studios have recently upgraded sound systems and a new dance floor was installed in January 2019. In addition subsidized physical therapy services are available for eligible nonprofit dance companies.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, contact: [email protected]
70 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
Dance Block is a program of FABnyc. Between four to six independent studios collectively make subsidized rehearsal space available to independent professional dance artists.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: fabnyc.org/danceblock
Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street), New York, NY 10007
Gibney has been making space for dance in New York City since its founding in 1991. The organization is proud to be a steward to two beautiful facilities in Lower Manhattan: Gibney Choreographic Center at 890 Broadway and Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway. Both facilities make up a vibrant performing arts complex comprised of 23 studios and five performance spaces.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: gibneydance.org/rentals
Mark Morris Dance Group
3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community. MMDG has offered its professional dance studios to the community at subsidized rates since opening its Dance Center in 2001 and is proud to support over 330 dance companies and individual artists each year. MMDG also offers extensive free and low-cost dance training for all ages and abilities, including internships, fellowships, and a work/study program.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: markmorrisdancegroup.org/dance-center/space-rental/subsidized-rental-program
122 Community Center: 150 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Eden’s Expressway: 537 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012
Movement Research has two gorgeous studio spaces with natural light and sprung wood floors covered with marley at the 122 Community Center for rent through the New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy program. Located on the ground floor in an ADA compliant building, the Courtyard Studio is 960 sq ft. (approximately 21.5' x 43’) and the Ninth Street Studio is 2250 sq ft. (approximately 26' x 86’). Additionally, Movement Research offers rehearsal space for rent at Eden's Expressway (subsidized by NYSCA), a beautiful, well maintained column-free space (35’ x 40’) with an excellent sprung wood floor, partial mirrors (curtains can be drawn) and bright light in SoHo. Eden's Expressway is located in a building that is not fully ADA compliant. All Movement Research studios are available to rent for dance rehearsals at $10/hour.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: movementresearch.org/studio-space
New York Live Arts
219 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10010
Located centrally in Chelsea, New York Live Arts houses two state-of-the-art studios that are rented on an hourly basis for rehearsals, classes/workshops, auditions, and informal showings, as well as commercial ventures. The studios are open daily from 10am-10pm and space must be booked online in advance through MindBody.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: clients.mindbodyonline.com
RIOULT Dance NY
34-01 Steinway Street (entrance on 34th Avenue), Long Island City, NY 11101
The brand new RIOULT Dance Center, opened in October 2018, offers 11,000 square feet of beautiful, large, airy, and accessible studio space in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria. Each studio is fitted out to accommodate the specific needs of dancers and choreographers with sprung Harlequin flooring, mirrors, ballet barres, pianos and audio system. Conveniently located, take the R or M train to the Steinway Street stop. No walking required; we are across the street from the station.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: rioult.org/studiorental
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building G, 2nd Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301
The Dance Center at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Building G includes three expansive, state-of-the-art dance studios available for classes, rehearsals, residencies and other related programming. Our spacious studios include two with 30’ x 40’ hardwood floors, and one 30’ x 40’ with marley flooring and ballet barres; all are well lit with natural light, and shower and restroom access on the floor. The Dance Center is located on Snug Harbor’s historic 83-acre grounds, converted from a 19th century rest home for sailors to a regional arts center with 28 historic buildings, 14 distinctive botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, wetlands and park land on a unique, free, open campus.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: snug-harbor.org/dancecenter
55-03 39th Avenue, Woodside, Queens, NY 11377
TOPAZ ARTS is a 2,500 sq. ft. dedicated creative development space founded in 2000 by artists Todd B. Richmond and Paz Tanjuaquio. Our Space Rental Program offers affordable space to the dance community with subsidized rates of $10/hour. Primarily for contemporary dance rehearsals, TOPAZ ARTS maintains a clean, spacious 1,250 sq. ft. studio with a marley-laid, sprung, radiant-heated floor; 13-ft high ceiling with a large skylight; full-length mirrors; equipped with audio/video monitor, free WiFi; and kitchen amenities & gallery area.
To book subsidized rehearsal space, visit: topazarts.org/artist-services