About this Event
This social hour is to enjoy cabaret-style performance, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, raffles, and a brief information session about ETD's mission and upcoming programming.
What has ETD been up to?
After devastating losses from the pandemic, we bounced back bigger, better, and stronger, with a robust programming schedule, new work development, and educational and enrichment opportunities supporting the company’s core mission and vision. ETD overcomes challenges through steadfast determination and loyalty from arts community advocates like you.
ETD has resumed the rapid growth we were on the trajectory for in 2019 and surpassed it. We have welcomed new dancers, staff, collaborators and board members, bringing fresh energy and ideas to ETD, including two new full-time administrators, the Company Manager & ETD Administrator, Savannah Gaillard, and Liyiya England, ETD Outreach Administrator. Thanks to this leadership team helmed by Artistic Director Eryc Taylor, ETD and ETD Outreach are thriving, expanding, and setting higher ambitions for the future.
Recent highlights include EARTH, ETD’s ecological crisis alarm call presented at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and on PBS/WNET “Climate Artists,” and Uncharted Territory, ETD’s award-winning, critically acclaimed first dance film created by Eryc Taylor in collaboration with the dancers during the pandemic, screened at national and international film festivals.
ETD Outreach, our community service program founded in 2007, empowers underserved communities lacking access to the arts, dance, physical education and expression. ETD Outreach workshops are held in 14 sites in 10 Districts across NYC, with ten instructors teaching 20+ workshops per week. “I had knee surgery and am in recovery from cancer. It helps me exercise and move, even when I don’t want to. It’s fun! I love to dance!” - Deborah (ETD Outreach Acacia Participant)
ETD’s annual New Choreographers Grant program provides opportunities for early-career choreographers to showcase their work and perfect their craft. Emerging choreographers receive funding, mentorship, and opportunities to develop and present their work publicly. In 2023, ETD expanded its NCG program to include four recipients, prioritizing underrepresented choreographers (LGBTQ+ female, POC) who address pressing topics. In 2024, ETD will offer five new and five returning recipients opportunities for an “All-Star” extravaganza to celebrate NCG’s 10th anniversary. “Eryc Taylor Dance has given me access to an artistic freedom I’ve been waiting for.” - Robert Jamie Mason (NCG 2023 recipient).
In 2022, ETD developed and presented Factory|Refractory, its first new evening-length dance work since the pandemic, to a live audience and significant acclaim. The cabaret-style, multi-media, multi-sensory dance odyssey addresses addiction, mental health, recovery, and destiny through dance styles as eclectic and diverse as our performers and the communities they represent, from Ballet and Modern to Jazz and Voguing. It premiered at SLATE NY in November 2022, had multi-show residencies in NYC in the winter/spring of 2023, and toured Provincetown in the summer of 2023.
What’s next for ETD? Thanks to the success of ETD’s performances in Provincetown in the summer of 2023, plus the need and demand for quality dance programming in that region, ETD is partnering with the nonprofits Provincetown Public Art Fund and Provincetown Arts Society to co-produce/present and curate a summer dance festival offering cultural exchange and collaboration between NYC and Provincetown performers. The debut NYPT Festival is slated for the summer of 2024.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
121 E 2nd St, 121 East 2nd Street, New York, United States