Church Space for Dance - Clinton Hill's Brooklyn Studios for Dance Reviewed by New York Times

This week started in surprisingly warm weather. On Monday I overdressed for the warmth. During this day off I sat on a bench outside of a pop-up shop in Lower East Side, watching the city traffic dance around me. Young professionals danced by with headphones plugged in some of their ears. The afternoon break crowds danced by sipping on cups of coffee. Children, families, and wayfarers danced by chasing after squirrels and fallen leaves. 

This week let us introduce Brooklyn Studios for Dance, a venue not far from Lotus on 210 Lafayette Avenue. Brooklyn Studios for Dance was featured in this month's New York Times Arts & Dance section as an innovative project that uses local church space for dance making. As an exchange to use Cadman Congregational Church's gymnasium for free, the studio's founder Mr. Fajans, choreographer and Sarah Lawrence College graduate, acts as custodian for the church. The result is the beautiful Brooklyn Studios for Dance that hosts art shows, dance performances, talks, and other events. 

A class at Brooklyn Studios for Dance (Credit: Ramsay de Give for the New York Times)

A class at Brooklyn Studios for Dance (Credit: Ramsay de Give for the New York Times)

Mr. Fajans surely knows how to make sustaining dance possible in the city. "More than anything, dance needs space. That’s the hardest thing in New York," he said. "I can do damn near anything. I hope this serves as a model for people to learn how to build things for themselves."

Pepper Fajans (middle) with David Vaughan (right) - former archivist for Merce Cunningham and Christ Green, Brooklyn-based designer, composer, and puppeteer. (Source: Facebook)

Pepper Fajans (middle) with David Vaughan (right) - former archivist for Merce Cunningham and Christ Green, Brooklyn-based designer, composer, and puppeteer. (Source: Facebook)

Check out some of Brooklyn Studios for Dance's events for upcoming weekends!