Tuesday, September 26, 2017

East Village Dance Project is in danger of losing its space on Avenue C

East Village Dance Project (EVDP), a dance-development organization that offers programming for kids and adults, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Since January 2011, their home studio has been at 55 Avenue C at Fourth Street.

Unfortunately, EVDP is in danger of losing this space.

Bonnie Stein, the executive and artistic director of GOH Productions, which serves as EVDP's nonprofit umbrella organization, said that they need "to find a partner to share the rent and to occupy the lovely ground-floor office."

The previous tenant moved out (on good terms), and the deal for someone new to take the space fell through this past summer. Meanwhile, EVDP can't go it alone paying the full rent.

"Our program is strong," said Stein, referring to EVDP's after-school classes for ages 3 to 18. "But the rent is a big burden on the dance program."

Stein said that there is 400 square feet of office space available. (There's also use of the studio when EVDP is not holding its own classes.) The rent is about $1,800 to $2,000 per month, plus some minor utilities. The space is move-in ready.

Here are some more details via Stein:

Fully accessible ground floor

Dance Studio: 24 x 47 feet
Mirrors, ballet barres, windows, private bathroom in the studio

• Available studio hours are:
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. M-F, Saturday after 3 p.m. and Sunday all day.

• NOT AVAILABLE studio time when we have a youth dance program:
M-F 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Studio time cannot be after 9 p.m.) Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• OFFICE: 17 x 14, with large windows on the street level, lots of light.
Shared bathroom in lobby.
Can also be used as a small studio, with some modifications.

Rental is variable depending on need, office only, or office/studio combination.

Please contact Bonnie via email here.

"The timeline is pretty fast," Stein said. "We have about three months to really decide if East Village Dance can stay here or move."

Previously on EV Grieve:
A sneak peek at 'The Shell-Shocked Nut'


Anonymous said...

They should just apply for a liquor license

Anonymous said...

Would it kill the landlord to keep the rent affordable? Would keeping the rent affordable take food out of the mouths of the landlord's children?

Or is there one rich person in NYC - the kind who can pay millions to live in a condo in Alphabet City, perhaps? - who'd reach into their bank account and help this studio survive?

Does De Blasio give a rat's ass about this arts-based business at all?

Anonymous said...

maybe mayor de blastio and his new nightlife crew dept can rent out the space while we pay for it?

Gojira said...

Anon. 12:32, I think it's safe to assume that the answer to every question you asked is "No".

Anonymous said...

@1:37pm: I think that's a perfect idea: The nightlife mayor and co. should indeed pay fair market rent to use that space in the evenings and on Sundays.

Anonymous said...

I discovered this studio recently and fell in love with it. Not a dancer, just walking by. Exactly the kind of org we need in the E.V. Calling Carlina + Rosie - save our 'hood!!!

Anonymous said...

They need to sell or rent out their air space.

JQ LLC said...

De Faustio doesn't care about culture, arts, small businesses and the rent burdened and the displaced. He does care if you become homeless though, for it bolsters administrative salaries of his donor non-profits.

I like to add he doesn't care about black people, spanish people, white people or any people that want to live a normal life and be able to afford living in the 5 boroughs. He only cares about his predatory developer and equity donors and all the drunken imbibing pretentious dining high rent paying dopes with disposable incomes.

But there is hope that after he gets re-elected, the scandals will get outed.

My condolences to this dance collective, if I was able I dropped a couple large. Hey, where's Mr. Inclusive Alan Cumming? He likes to dance right?

Anonymous said...

DeFausto, DeBozio, DeBlase-o

His only reason for living as a two-term mayor is Trump.

Otherwise, he'd have been primaried out. No serious challenger stepped up cuz it'd look divisive.