Dance New Amsterdam on the Brink of Eviction

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Friday, August 20, 2010

These days are a time of economic paradox in New York City's arts community. For every story of monster ticket sales—like the Metropolitan Opera's earlier this week—there are more stories like this one about Dance New Amsterdam (DNA). The group faces eviction from its downtown space for one simple reason: the organization can't pay its $70,000 monthly rent.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan delves into this story with the executive director of DNA, Kate Peila, and Wall Street Journal Arts Reporter Pia Catton.

DNA told WNYC that the landlord of its space, Fram Realty, is amenable to restructuring the terms of its lease, but that the owner of its space at 280 Broadway, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), is not. Neither DCAS nor the city's Lower Manhattan Development Corporation wished to comment on WNYC's story.

WNYC did, however, receive this comment from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs: "The Department of Cultural Affairs continues to support DNA and its programs. While DNA’s lease is with Fram Reality and the City is not directly involved in the organization’s issues with their landlord, nevertheless, we have actively sought to assist DNA to address this serious problem."

DNA has until August 26 to pay its rent.

Dancers fight to save Dance New Amsterdam's downtown studio space by dancing on the steps of City Hall.

Choreographer Oliver Steele leads hundreds of dancers in a protest on the steps of City Hall in July.

The exterior of Dance New Amsterdam's current studio space, located at 280 Broadway at Chambers Street.
Elle Chyun

The exterior of Dance New Amsterdam's current studio space, located at 280 Broadway at Chambers Street.

Dance New Amsterdam's spacious lobby.
Mark Stephen Kornbluth

Dance New Amsterdam's spacious lobby.

Dance New Amsterdam's bright, sunny space featuring floor to ceiling windows.

Dance New Amsterdam has six naturally lit studios, including this bright, sunny space featuring floor to ceiling windows.

Here, dancers are taking advantage of the ample space at Dance New Amsterdam's current home.

Here, dancers are taking advantage of the ample space at Dance New Amsterdam's current home.

Dance New Amsterdam performs Laura Peterson's
Elle Chyun

Dance New Amsterdam performs Laura Peterson's "Forever."

Guests:

Pia Catton and Kate Peila

Hosted by:

Kerry Nolan

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson

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