DNA, Dance New Amsterdam, Building Blocks to Recovery
Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), NYC's foremost progressive dance education and performance center, announced three new funds today as part of the organization's Building Blocks to Recovery plan. Launched in conjunction with the organization's end-of-year individual giving campaign, the funds highlight key components of the organization's unique programs and offerings – the heart of DNA. Donations can be made to each fund and well as a general single, monthly, or annual giving pledge.
The following three Building Blocks to Recovery funds have been set up to target specific components of DNA, allowing donors the opportunity to support their favorite programs and play a larger role in reaching the goals of DNA's building blocks initiative:
Studio to Stage - DNA provides funding to more than 10 artistic development programs, impacting thousands of artists yearly. DNA also provides 120 weekly classes at close to one-third the market rate and provides competitive rental rates. The Studio to Stage fund will allow DNA to keep class and rental prices low, create innovative programs to expand opportunities for dancers, and provide youth and teen training to develop the next generation of artists. This fund also supports specific "studio to stage" programs, including Choreographic Investigation Course, Works In Progress, Visa Voices, Performance Project, RAW Directions and RAW Material.
o Backstage Pass - DNA has presented over 380 performances since the launch of DNA PRESENTS in 2006. Known for supporting artists who explore and expound upon existing boundaries, DNA's artist residency opportunities give the freedom andopportunity to create and refine their work at all stages. The Backstage Pass fund benefits the artists presented in DNA's theater as well as the avid theater-goer. This fund will keep ticket prices low, provide rehearsal space for artists, and support the hard-working theater apprentices and crew. In addition, this fund will support audience development, a programming and ticket subscription, and innovative ways to develop an interactive relationship between the audience and artists.
o Community Club - DNA relocated to Lower Manhattan to be part of the post-9/11 revitalization efforts and provide the community with a central hub for high-quality dance education and performance opportunities. At the center of DNA is a strong community that focuses on quality cultural development and cares about interacting with its local community. The Community Club fund will support outreach events, community engagement and opportunities to increase exposure of DNA classes and performances – starting with local initiatives and growing to encompass DNA's worldwide community.