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EAST VILLAGE DANCE PROJECT (EVDP), based in New York City, was founded in 1997 as a dance development program for youth age 4-adult, under the artistic direction of Martha Tornay. EVDP offers classes in ballet, pointe, modern, improvisation and beginning choreography. EVDP performs annually in New York and has been at La MaMa Moves! for three seasons. The program has been recognized for its innovative approach to dance and education, and for offering pre-professional classes to all, regardless of social or economic situation. EVDP Students have also performed at Pace University, NYU Skirball Center, Abrons Arts Center, Vanaver Caravan Dance Festival, with Keigwin + Company, and at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Past guest choreographers have included Nicole Wolcott, Ellen Cornfield and Molly Lieber. In January 2011, EVDP and GOH Productions opened Avenue C Studio as a permanent home.

At EVDP our mission is to provide dance classes to all, regardless of financial situation. We are thrilled to be able to offer options to help maintain affordable dance education to all. No one is turned away due to lack of funds.

The Charlotte Ruby Cantor Scholarship Program is suited for individuals and families who are unable to pay full price for dance classes. Find out more about these programs through our registration process.


Help us continue to support young dancers in the East Village by clicking Donate Now below.


Donors and Supporters

Private Donors, Don Trammel, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects, Harlequin Dance Floors, HBrickman & Sons Hardware, New York City Councilperson Rosie Mendez.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs



East Village Dance Project

Martha Tornay  Artistic Director, Chris Tornay Co-Founder, Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski  Assistant Artistic Director

Advisory Board

Bonnie Stein, Carey Barclay, Randi Halpern