A dance center grows in Brooklyn

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The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Cultural Affairs has announced a new "mixed-use" development in the BAM Cultural District, which adds up to very good things for dance.

Along with residential units, the plan for the proposed site—at Fulton Street and Ashland Place—will also house Danspace Project Inc., a nonprofit cultural organization focusing on the creation and presentation of contemporary dance. Laurie Uprichard, Danspace Project's executive director, says in a statement, "The dance center will provide a home for a diverse range of contemporary creators, allowing them to research, create, polish and present their work.... The center aims to address the well-being of the broad spectrum of dance within New York City."

Historic St. Mark's Church serves as Danspace Project's current digs; but for all its beauty, the sanctuary offers little flexibility for artists. The new space, at 39,000 square feet, will serve as the city's first contemporary choreographic center. Uprichard—whose support of individual artists is pretty much unparalleled in New York—has finally achieved her dream.

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