Dancewave’s instructors approach their students as artists-in-the-making, seeking to impact the lives of New York City youth through pre-professional arts training. Classes for kids include pre-pointe, ballet, and hip-hip. Adults can flex through the poses of modern dance classes or work up a sweat in Pilates and Zumba classes. Dancewave also hosts summer intensives, as well as trains pre-professional ensembles that perform in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Flea Theater exalts off-off-Broadway experimentation by producing original and new works from emerging and established playwrights while hosting series, festivals and programs for artists throughout the year. Over the past 15 years, eyes have widened at works by established playwright and screenwriter Adam Rapp and edgy performances from Marisa Tomei, while others have tracked the skyrocketing success of choreographer Sarah East Johnson and other toddling innovators. A 40-seat black box and a 74-seat flexible theater house up to four events and one séance daily on The Flea's packed schedule, which adds to visiting performances with a rotating constellation of rising stars from resident company The Bats, Hollywood and Broadway legends like Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth, and Andre DeShields, as well as music and dance powerhouses like Kathleen Supove and Nina Winthrop. This season, The NY Goofs conduct a workshop and perform the eight-stooge riot Water For Clowns (August 4–14) in August, a remount of the Obie Award–winning political comedy Invasion! lands in September and stays until the audience surrenders, and in November, She Kills Monsters arrives, directed by the co-artistic directors of Brooklyn's Vampire Cowboys Theater Company.
Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work. It has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy.
Occupying the location of a Prohibition-era nightclub that hosted the likes of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Frank Sinatra, Theatre 80 got its start in 1970s as a film-revival house. Now a fixture of the East Village cultural scene, the space plays host to a diverse lineup of events, from world premieres of plays to dance exhibitions for the community.