Sustaining Cultures
Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is proud to announce our program series Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund and the Scherman Foundation. This online series celebrates the artistry of fifty of  New York City’s […]

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The Mariachi Academy of New York

The Mariachi Academy of New York is devoted to preserving the rich heritage of Mariachi to youth in New York and performances for community-based and general audiences. The organization works to develop the participants’ skills in musical training, discipline, creativity and self-esteem while strengthening language, team working skills and a strong sense of identity.

Sharing Traditions
Reclaiming Heritage: Traditional Arts Workshops for Older Adults

CTMD's Su-CASA program Reclaiming Heritage: Traditional Arts Workshops for Older Adults

CTMD Touring Artists
Sounds of Korea

The mesmerizing “Fan Dance” and “Drums of Ecstasy” are among the dazzling and engaging repertoire of Sounds of Korea, whose repertoire spans a vast range of styles and settings, from classical court music and dance traditions, to theatrical masked dances and solo instrumental folk genres.

CTMD Touring Artists

Shashmaqam is a vibrantly colorful ensemble that performs the highly compelling and centuries old musical traditions of Central Asia. The ensemble presents a panorama of the classical and folk music of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as well as the liturgical repertoire of Bukharan Jews.

Information on COVID-19 for Artists

Stay up to date with information, resources, and links during the COVID-19 pandemic for artists. We hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions, staying safe and healthy!

COVID-19: Important Messages from the Mayor and City Hall

Dear Partners: See below the latest COVID19 updates from the Mayor. Please also take a few minutes to share the resources below and reach out with any questions or concerns. Share Important Messages from the Mayor and City Hall Watch: Message from the Mayor. Watch the mayor talk about how we keep supplies going to […]

Yiddish New York Returns for the Fifth Year

Yiddish New York returns for its fifth year in the LES.

Culture and Community
JetLAG: The Largest Russian Music Festival in the USA

Former CTMD staff Samantha Shokin recently had this article published in Tablet Magazine about the annual JetLAG festival, an amazing gathering in upstate New York which celebrates Russian diaspora culture in the US.

Visit to the Sri Lankan Art & Cultural Museum NY

As part of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s ongoing partnership with the New School Eugene Lang College’s Civic Liberal Arts initiative, Global Voices is a recurring course offering, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Spring semester 2018’s course focused on community-based culture work and the vital music and dance traditions practiced in NYC’s […]

Master Artist Profiles
Remembering George Caba: Banat Romanian Violinist

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of George Caba on February 17th, 2010. Our heartfelt condolences go out to George’s sons Craig and Patrick and to his sister Dorothy. We first met George when he came as a spectator to the Tribute to the Tamburashi program that Martin and Ethel […]

Mission & Impact

Founded in 1968, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) assists New York City’s immigrant communities to preserve the vitality of their distinctive performing arts traditions and promotes cross-cultural understanding by sharing these art forms with audiences across the city.


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FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela de Danza y Musica Announce New Program Series!

November 25, 2020

FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela de Danza y Musica and Queens Community House are excited to announce a virtual Colombian music and dance program series for students throughout the Queens community. We are thrilled to continue our educational mission to share knowledge and grow awareness in expressive Colombian and Latin cultures. An affiliate of the Center for Traditional […]

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