New York City Center
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New York City Center was among the first performing arts centers established in Manhattan. Mayor LaGuardia dedicated it in 1943. Its goal was to make the best of theatre, dance, and music more accessible.
These days, many distinguished companies call City Center their home. Some of them are the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. Furthermore, many guest artists and visiting organizations perform within its walls. Most noteworthy, however, is that City Center produces a slate of their own programming as well. The most famous of these is ENCORES, in which past Broadway musical gems are revitalized. In 2010, the series expanded to spotlight off-Broadway shows too (ENCORES Off-Center).

Dance is another important part of NYCC’s mission. Festivals, such as “Fall for Dance,” have been part of its identity since day one. In addition, the venue partners with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Sadler’s Wells Theatre (just to name two) to fortify their presentations even more profoundly.
And New York City Center is able to bring these presentations to over 9000 students each year. This is due to its robust education programs. Currently, it is working to enhance them by using the “alternative spaces” in the venue for talkbacks, workshops, and art exhibitions.
The building was renovated in 2011. This modernization of the historic theatre ensures that Mayor LaGuardia’s dream of giving the arts a home continues to come true.

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