Open Level Cunningham Technique®
Class Rate: $10
Cunningham 10 Class Cards available in-person: $100

September 11 – Carol Teitelbaum
September 12 – Brandon Collwes
September 13 – Carol Teitelbaum
September 14 – Andrea Weber
September 15 – Lisa Boudreau

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*Please note that Gibney Class Series credits may not be used toward Cunningham classes

The Merce Cunningham Trust was established in 2000 to hold and administer the rights to the work of Merce Cunningham, which encompasses more than 150 dances and over 800 Events created over the course of his 65-year career. Now based at New York City Center, the Trust offers a wide range of programs adhering to the mission to preserve, enhance and maintain the integrity of the choreographic and other artistic works of Merce Cunningham, and make such works available for the benefit of the public. Such programs include Cunningham Technique classes at locations throughout the city and the Fellowship Program, which supports the restaging of Cunningham dances.

    Instructors

  • Carol Teitelbaum

    Carol Teitelbaum, a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(CM), has over twenty five years of experience as a movement educator. A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Ms. Teitelbaum was the faculty chair of the Merce Cunningham School from 1998 until its closing in March of 2012. In addition to teaching technique classes and repertory workshops, she has staged many Cunningham dances for a variety of dance companies and schools, ranging from revivals for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to projects with the Ballet de Lorraine, State University of New York at Purchase College, Barnard College, Conservatoire de Paris, and Stanford University. Many years of working closely with dancers gives Ms. Teitelbaum a keen understanding of the physical demands of dance and a familiarity with the common solutions to these challenges, many of which impede performance or lead to injury. Ms. Teitelbam holds an M.F.A from the University of Michigan.

  • Brandon Collwes

    Trained at the Pittsburgh CLO in musical theater and jazz dance, at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater when he studied George Balanchine technique, the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh where he started making his own choreography, and the Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase for some college. He became a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in 2003 where he work closely and was trained by Merce Cunningham and Robert Swinston. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2006 where he danced up until the close of the Company in 2011 in the finale Legacy World Tour. He is currently principle dancer of the Liz Gerring Dance Company, Sally Slivers and Dancers and continues to teach dance across the globe while developing and performing his own work. Brandon is also a self taught abstract painter inspired by natural movement and the street working mostly with acrylic paint, canvas and salt.

  • Andrea Weber

    Andrea Weber was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 – 2011, performing roles in over 25 works. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique at New York City Center and at The Joffrey Ballet Trainee program. She has also taught at Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon. She has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Queen of the Night, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer and Charlotte Griffin.

  • Lisa Boudreau 

    Lisa was with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company 1994-2008.