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Merce Cunningham Studio faces possible closure

By Cindy Brett

Almost 4,000 people signed a petition opposing the closure of New York’s Merce Cunningham Studio and requesting a new and expanded Merce Cunningham Center. Students grew concerned over the Studio’s fate when The Cunningham Dance Foundation announced its Legacy Plan following Cunningham’s death in July 2009. According to the petition, 25% of technique classes have been cut in the past year and students have been told they may not be able to finish their certificate programs. The Foundation has responded to the petition and outlined the goals of the trust as set up by Cunningham.

Sign the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-the-merce-cunningham-studio.html

Read a response from the Merce Cunningham Trust: http://studentsforcunningham.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/response-to-the-petition/

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