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Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and 
the Harkness Foundation for Dance Launch Season With
 “Harkness Dance Access Night” – 
All Seats $5.00 on March 7 – An Additional Night of Dance Added to the 2017 Season of 
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance

February 10, 2017

A special performance on March 7 – Harkness Dance Access Night, sponsored by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, has been added to the 2017 Season of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance (PTAMD) at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. All seats to the performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company will cost just $5. Tickets to the performance, featuring Paul Taylor’s classics Airs, Black Tuesday and Syzygy, will go on sale Monday, February 13 at 10am. There are no facility fees or convenience charges for these tickets.

“Mr. Taylor and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance are proud to have The Harkness Foundation for Dance as our sponsoring partner for this year’s specially priced night of dance,” said John Tomlinson, PTAMD Executive Director. “The Harkness Dance Access Night makes a magical night of Mr. Taylor’s dances available to friends and fans, old and new.”

The Company continues to offer tickets for the entire New York Season for as little as $10. Other ticket prices range from $30 to $175 (visit www.boxoffice.dance). Premium $175 seats include an invitation to the Patrons Lounge during intermissions.

“The Harkness Foundation is proud to support PTAMD’s efforts to make it affordable for everyone, regardless of means, to come to Lincoln Center and experience the excitement of these brilliant Taylor masterworks,” said Joan Finkelstein, Executive Director of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. “We hope that this welcoming initiative brings new audiences to modern dance.”


The Harkness Foundation for Dance Announces $5M in Major Grants, the Largest Sum to Be Given in the Foundation’s History

January 12, 2015

Over the next decade, The Harkness Foundation for Dance will contribute $1 million each to five organizations of prominent importance to the dance field. The grantees are the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the 92nd Street Y (92Y), and NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), which houses the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The funding will provide leadership support for dance presentation in BAM’s three theaters, which include the Howard Gilman Opera House, the BAM Harvey Theater, and the BAM Fisher. The grant will also contribute to an annual Harkness Dance Residency at the BAM Fisher.

The Joyce Theater will inaugurate a new performance series entitled American Dance Platform, dedicated to the late Theodore S. Bartwink, the Foundation’s former longtime Executive Director and both a Harkness and Joyce trustee, who passed away on December 3, 2014. In addition, funds will support the Joyce Unleashed program of off-site performances featuring small dance companies, piloted successfully in the 2013-14 season.

New York City Center will complete renovations on its three studios, naming the Harkness Studio (4th floor), and a new Harkness Fund for Dance will enhance City Center’s resources for dance presenting, commissions, live musical accompaniment, and festivals.

The 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center will reshape and expand its educational and presenting programs, dedicating the annual 92Y Harkness Dance Festival to Mr. Bartwink, whose encouragement and the Harkness naming gift inaugurated the festival in 1994. The Y will also initiate a three-tier dance artist residency program, supporting a mid-career artist, a legacy company, and an emerging artist.

At the Hospital for Joint Diseases a new boardroom —named in honor of William A. Perlmuth, the Foundation’s Chairman and a former Chairman of HJD—will function as a state-of-the-art, central hub for education and networking for the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and the hospital. The boardroom will serve as a virtual home for a think tank of experts in dance medicine, and, via its audio-visual connection with the operating suite, will be used to train orthopaedic residents in dance-specific surgical techniques. A comprehensive new series of online courses on dance injury and treatment will also be developed and made available at low cost to medical professionals, dancers, parents and dance teachers.

Mr. Perlmuth and Mr. Bartwink, the Foundation’s other trustees Jody Gottfried Arnhold and Etta Brandman, and Executive Director Joan Finkelstein decided to significantly increase Harkness’ sustained support to these five longstanding partner organizations because their high quality work addresses the historic mission of the Foundation‘s founding patrons Rebekah Harkness and William Hale Harkness: to invigorate the art form by supporting dance creation, dance presentation, dance education, and dance medicine.


Theodore S Bartwink JPEGIn Memoriam: Theodore S. Bartwink, 1928-2014

December 4, 2014
The Harkness Foundation for Dance deeply mourns the passing of its longtime beloved Executive Director and Trustee Ted Bartwink on December 3, 2014. A graduate of Long Island University and Brooklyn Law School, he accepted a position as business manager for Rebekah Harkness and assisted in establishing the Foundation, which he led from 1968 until his retirement last year in significant projects and grant making to support the dance field. During his tenure, he oversaw operations of the Harkness Ballet, the Harkness Theatre, and Harkness House for Ballet Arts, and initiated programs such as the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival. He was a board member of the Joyce Theater Foundation and board president of the Early Stages Program for Children of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; held numerous dance organization advisory board positions; and was a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the League of American Theaters and Producers. Mr. Bartwink received honors from Ballet Hispanico, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Career Transition for Dancers, the Dance Library of Israel, the 92nd Street Y, and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, and will be honored by Dance Theatre of Harlem in February. The Foundation extends sincerest condolences to Ted’s wife Barbara and his family. His wisdom, humor, kindness and dedication to the dance art form will be profoundly missed.

Susan-Goldman-cropIn Memoriam: Susan C. Goldman, 1953-2016

February 13, 2016
The Harkness Foundation for Dance mourns the death of Susan Goldman, who passed away on February 12, 2016. Susan served the Foundation faithfully and with distinction for 25 years as assistant to the Executive Director, bookkeeper and office manager. Her welcoming manner, competence, intelligence and wit were well known to our many grantees. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family. She will be deeply missed.


Harkness Foundation Executive Director Theodore S. Bartwink Announces Retirement

January 29, 2014

The Harkness Foundation for Dance announced the retirement of its beloved long-time Executive Director, Theodore S. Bartwink as of January 31, 2014. Mr. Bartwink, 85 years old, is continuing physical therapy and rehabilitation from the grievous injuries suffered when run down by a car near his home in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY in February 2013.

Mr. Bartwink has served as Executive Director and a Trustee of the Foundation since 1968. He will continue to be a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition to his affiliation with the Harkness Foundation, Mr. Bartwink serves on the Board of Directors of The Joyce Theatre Foundation and the Early Stages Program for Children of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. He also is on the advisory board for a series of other non-profit arts organizations including Career Transition for Dancers and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He has been honored by Ballet Hispanico, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Library of Israel, The 92nd Street Y and Career Transition for Dancers.

William Perlmuth, the Chair of the Foundation’s Board said “Ted’s retirement is indeed a sad day for the entire dance community, which admired his knowledge of dance and his experience in providing support for dance companies, choreographers and venues of all sizes and styles of dance. He did so with understanding, good humor, compassion and grace. We look forward to Ted’s continuing participation as a Trustee.

Our sadness over Ted Bartwink’s retirement is mitigated by our good fortune in having recruited Joan Finkelstein as his successor beginning April 7th of this year.”

From 1992-2004 Ms. Finkelstein (BFA, MFA, NYU Tisch) was the Director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, supervising classes and performances for children and adults, as well as the Harkness Dance Festival professional performance series, the Breaking Ground dance lectures, and the Dance Education Laboratory teacher training program. Since 2004, she has been the Director of Dance for the New York City Department of Education, overseeing the creation of the NYC Dance Blueprint standards and implementing ongoing citywide professional development programs. Ms. Finkelstein is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Dance USA and serves on the “BESSIES” New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. She received NDEO’S Leadership Award in 2009, and was honored by La Mama in 2011 for her contributions to the dance field. She danced professionally with a number of modern dance companies and on Broadway and has received numerous choreographic commissions and awards. She has taught dance to all age groups both locally and nationally for many years. Mr. Perlmuth added, “Ted and I have known and worked closely with Joan for many years, since she became the Director of what is now known as the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, which we have helped fund. We are confident that she will continue to enhance the Harkness Foundation name and reputation as the leading supporter of dance in the New York area”.

The Harkness Foundation for Dance is the successor by merger to the Harkness Ballet Foundation formed in 1959 by Rebekah Harkness, the generous and well-known dance patron who died in 1982, and the William Hale Harkness Foundation (named for her late husband). The Harkness Foundation for Dance makes annual contributions to most of the major dance venues in the New York City metro area, including the 92nd Street Y, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, Lincoln Center and Jacob’s Pillow; to dance service organizations, such as the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and Career Transition for Dancers; to youth programs at the School of American Ballet, National Dance Institute and Dancing Classrooms; and to over 100 dance companies. Over the last ten years, such contributions have totaled in excess of $10 million dollars.