Dance Block is returning September 21!
Dance Block Reopening
Minimum 2 hour rental
Morning Rental Blocks: 10am-12pm or 10am-1pm
— all morning rentals must start at 10am
Afternoon Rental Blocks: 2pm-4pm or 2pm-5pm
— all afternoon rentals must start at 2pm
Soft Open: September 21 – 29
Open 3 days (Tues-Thurs), morning rentals only
**We won’t be offering rental times on Thursday the 30th because it’s the date of our 20th benefit!
Afternoon Rental Blocks Available Starting October 5th
To uphold our collective safety and align with the New York City mandate, Dance Block will require proof of full vaccination for individuals 12+.
Upon arrival at 70 E 4th, FAB staff will check proof of vaccination of all dancers who will be a part of the rehearsal. Proof can be via the NYC Excelsior Pass or physical copy of vaccination card (ID required to verify).
Until further notice, masks / face coverings are mandatory at all times in all Dance Block studios.
Please note that late dancers will first need to check in at 70 E. 4th Street to verify proof of vaccination and will then be escorted to their rehearsal studios.
FAB’s COVID-19 Vaccine Policy is subject to change based on changes in City, State, or Federal law; updates to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines; or changes in other Dance Block policies.
FABnyc’s mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side. Dance Block is a core strategy in our efforts to sustain a vital, diverse, creative community here. A vibrant cultural life isn’t possible if artists can’t afford to work, grow, and develop their craft in a neighborhood. Affordable workspace is therefore a critical element in not only supporting Lower East Side artists but drawing artists from all parts of the city to create new dance on 4th Street.
Dance Block, now in its eighth year, makes over 5,000 hours of affordable rehearsal space available annually to over 550 choreographers, engaging thousands of dancers. Participants are racially and ethnically diverse, and work in a broad range of dance genres, from modern to hip hop to tap. Through collaborating with five local studio spaces, FABnyc has been able to craft a collective program offering workspace to dance artists at $10/hour, nurturing new creative work, and keeping the East Village/Lower East Side an important center of artistic activity.
The Dance Block program is open to all choreographers or dance companies rehearsing new or repertory works which are not a part of commercial production.
To begin booking with Dance Block please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes the following information and answers:
- First Name and Last Name.
- Email Address.
- What you need the space for.
- Are you are currently an enrolled student at a school or university?
- Are you are 18 years of age or older?
- Are you are rehearsing for your own independent project? If not what are you rehearsing for?
Your email must include answers to all six points. Once you send your email please allow 48 hours to process. Our staff will email you back with information about what spaces you are eligible for and a link to sign a contract online. After you submit your contract please allow another 48 hours to process. We will get back to you with a link to our online booking portal and instructions about how to book space.
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Your subsidized hourly rate was supported in part by Dance/NYC. Please take a moment to fill out their survey!
Dance Block is a subsidized space rental program for dance from FABnyc. This program is made possible with generous support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, Dance/NYC, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with participation from The City Council.