Dance is one of those arts that I am in no way gifted. Sure, I took ballet until I was about 10 and then again in college for an arts credit, but my turnout is awful and I don’t have proper balance and coordination to truly dance, at all.
One thing I do know, though – dancers need space – lots of space – to rehearse. That kind of space isn’t easy to come by in a place like Manhattan. HourSpaces is here to help (I feel like there should be some sort of superhero introduction for that line, or HourSpaces should have a cape, or something). But in all seriousness, we do our best to find rehearsal spaces in NYC that are not just typical stages. We look for something more. Something different and unique.
We have already talked about the theater at Dance New Amsterdam but their presence bears repeating. Most intriguing about DNA is perhaps the stage itself. Not only are there the quite visible columns, but the ceiling is itself lower, which forces ingenuity on the part of the dancers and choreographer. Not a bad thing, at all. DNA is a self defined ‘jumping-off point’ for artists – from innovative dancers and choreographers to actors, singers and musical theater groups, all are welcome.
Why not head over and check out one of their classes, their gallery, their various certification programs, or if you’re lucky, their free class day?
As for the BARN (pictured left) it’s in Ridgewood, but it’s a great open loft space for dancers to rehearse in. 1000 square feet of elbow room. An hourly rental for rehearsals of only $10! (For that rate I’d go much farther afield…) The BARN is a collective run by Milka Djordjevich, Beth Gill and Anneke Hansen. It’s not some faceless corporate space – it’s an accessible space with accessible people running it.
Like I said, I’m no dancer – but with spaces like these and the many, many others that HourSpaces has currently listed – I’m tempted to break out my tutu and see if I can still get in first position without falling flat on my face. Ah, well.
Take the time to browse what spaces we have to offer for hourly rentals – there is quite a bit more than these two spaces on tap, never fear – and there should be many more to come!
photo courtesy of DNA Dance, BARN.