Fourth Arts Block Launches Dance Block Initiative

Posted on: December 16th, 2010 at 6:28 am by

Fourth Arts Block (FAB) is further expanding its reach, even beyond opening an artsy coffee shop.  Last week, FAB launched a new initiative called Dance Block, which aims to increase the amount of affordable rehearsal space throughout the East 4th Street Cultural District, East Village, and Lower East Side.  The pilot program assists studios with scheduling and booking empty space during the hard-to-fill off-peak hours.

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[Photo Credit: Fourth Arts Block]

Armed with a goal of creating an additional 100 hours of rehearsal time on East Fourth Street alone, Dance Block aims to expand its service to more neighborhood studios in the new year. Tamara Greenfield, Executive Director of FAB, feels this that the program will undoubtedly aid the local dance studios:

For a long time, I have been frustrated by the amount of quality space that sits empty during the day on East 4th Street and other neighborhood venues. Renting space is time consuming, and that makes it harder to keep it affordable. Dance Block will help spaces with limited staff or other infrastructure challenges take steps to get the most out of their available rental space.

Prices are ridiculously low, ranging from $10 to FREE; space is available on a first come, first served basis.  Visit the Dance Block website for scheduling. The pilot is funded by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

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[via Broadway World]

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