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Heidi Latsky Dance Workshop

Center for Modern Dance Education to Receive

$10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for FY2019. 

Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to the Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE), to support a project with the NYC-based Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD), a physically-integrated company featuring dancers with and without disabilities.

A free open workshop, “A Way In,” will be offered on March 16, 10:30AM-12:30PM, at CMDE’s wheelchair-accessible studio at 84 Euclid Avenue in Hackensack.  The workshop, to be taught by members of the Heidi Latsky Company, will focus on preparing participants to take part in a showing of the “living sculpture” event ON DISPLAY at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 19, 2019.  ON DISPLAY will precede CMDE’s 2019 Danceathon that day, which this year will include a performance by members of HLD of an excerpt from Latsky’s work D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D.

The mission of Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is “to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance and discourse, employing performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences.” Both ON DISPLAY and D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. deal with perceptions of the body, including ability and disability. More info on HLD at  http://heidilatskydance.org/

Founded in 1962, CMDE is an award-winning nonprofit organization with the mission to make dance available to everyone, including individuals with disabilities, people of all ages, and people with low income.  More info on CMDE at www.cmde.org

The National Endowment for the Arts “Challenge America” grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  “The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news