Dance Theater Workshop

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Dance Theater Workshop at 219 West 19th Street in 2010, before becoming New York Live Arts

Dance Theater Workshop, colloquially known as DTW, was a New York City performance space and service organization for dance companies that operated from 1965 to 2011. DTW merged with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to form New York Live Arts, which continues in operation as of 2023.


Located as 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, DTW was founded in 1965 by Jeff Duncan, Art Bauman and Jack Moore as a choreographers' collective.

In the fall of 1965, the Dance Theater Workshop produced a series of Monday evening concerts at the East 74th Street Theater, an Off-Broadway theater at 334 East 74th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.[1][2] In 1966, it hosted a subscription series devoted to modern and ethnic dance.[3][4]

From 1975-2003, DTW was led by David R. White, Executive Director and Producer. Under White's leadership, DTW became one of the most influential contemporary performing arts centers and artist incubators in the United States and abroad, responsible for identifying and nurturing some of the most important dance and other performing artists of our time, including: Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Susan Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Irwin, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Donald Byrd and John Jasperse, among many others.

In 2002 DTW opened its new Doris Duke Performance Center, which contains the 192-seat Bessie Schönberg Theatre.[5]

In 2011, DTW merged with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to become New York Live Arts[6] The move came out of a need for greater financial stability for both organizations, and a permanent home for the dance company, which had sought one for many years.[5]


More than 200 concerts and exhibits by some 70 contemporary dance, theater, music, visual and video artists were sponsored annually by Dance Theater Workshop. DTW presented notable artists including: Mark Morris, David Gordon, Bill T. Jones, Laura Dean, Susan Marshall, Ron Brown, Donald Byrd, H.T. Chen, David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, Molissa Fenley, Whoopi Goldberg, Lawrence Goldhuber, Margaret Fisher, Janie Geiser, Bill Irwin, LadyGourd Sangoma, Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, Michael Moschen, David Parsons, Lenny Pickett, Merián Soto, Pepón Osorio, Paul Zaloom and hundreds of others.

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  1. ^ Larry Warren (2012). Anna Sokolow; The Rebellious Spirit
  2. ^ Barnes, Clive (December 28, 1965). "Dances From Korea and Ghana Presented in 'Mondays at Nine'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ The Many Worlds of Music. Broadcast Music, Incorporated. 1966. p. 14.
  4. ^ Clive Barnes (January 4, 1966). "EAST 74TH ST. ENDS ETHNIC DANCE SERIES," The New York Times, p. 20.
  5. ^ a b Taylor, Kate (2010-12-01). "Dance Theater Merges With Bill T. Jones Troupe". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  6. ^ "About" Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine on the New York Live Arts website

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