Made in NYC

New York Formed Traditions & Stories

Made in NYC is an expansive interdisciplinary, intergenerational and inter-community project that focuses on next generation traditional music and dance practitioners who are ‘inheriting the city’ with increasingly ‘New York formed’ traditions and stories. Programming also seeks to share CTMD’s unique history of promoting and advocating for the traditional arts of immigrant New York that have now become integral parts of the City’s soundscape.


With events in a diverse range of community-based and high profile venues curated in collaboration with community partners, Made in NYC looks at three major themes: 1) Musical masters and orchestrators of NYC cultural movements that CTMD has had a significant relationship to and role in promoting over the past 50 years; 2) Transmission of tradition within communities; and 3) Next generation practitioners who are ‘inheriting the city,’ and are in many cases products of these founding father groups. From the celebrated legacy artists to those who are just bursting on the scene, all of these stories and talents are in fact ‘made in NYC’ and it is the NYC story that makes them and CTMD’s work so significant.


Folk Dance Fridays: 50 Years of Social Dance in NYC

Folk Dance Fridays teach and share vernacular/social dance traditions integral to CTMD’s work over the past five decades.

Made in NYC: Next Generation Traditions

Interactive community-based programs that blend performance, workshop, scholarship, and discussion to tell stories of NYC - formed traditions throughout the five boroughs.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events
Special Event

December 16, 2018

11:00 AM

Bukharian Jewish Community Center

A walking/bus tour of several fascinating neighborhoods in Queens, NY; also known as Registan Park (Rego Park) and Bukharian Broadway (Forest Hills). Learn about the Jewish community that has lived along the Silk Road for over 2000 years, in cities such as Samarkand, Dushanbe and Tashkent. Now largely resettled in diasporic enclaves in Queens and...

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CTMD Concerts

November 14, 2018

7:30 PM

Pregones Theater

An interactive performance and cultural conversation moderated by Dr. Cesar Colon Montijo will explore Nuyorican community history, diasporic sounds, transmission of tradition and next generation practitioners gaining momentum within the community and beyond.

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CTMD Concerts

October 4, 2018

6:30 PM

Museum at Eldridge Street

This vibrant musical evening celebrates one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world – Bukharians. Hailing from the Uzbek city of Bukhar, this tight-knit community has resided in Central Asia from over two millennia. Today, 70,000 Bukharians have immigrated to the United States – and 50,000 have settled in Queens.

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CTMD Concerts

August 5, 2018

5:00 PM

Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center

DJ Rekha—the visionary behind NYC’s legendary Basement Bhangra parties—oversees the Heritage Sunday dance party around the Revson Fountain.

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CTMD Concerts

August 5, 2018

1:00 PM

Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center

For this 50th birthday celebration, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods.

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CTMD Co-Founder Ethel Raim Named 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow

By | June 20, 2018 |

CTMD is proud to announce that its Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Ethel Raim has been awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes artistic excellence and continuing contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage! Ethel has been one of the leading pioneers in researching and presenting immigrant...

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CTMD Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Heritage Sunday: Made in NYC

By | June 6, 2018 |

For this 50th birthday celebration, CTMD calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Among the guests are klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, the groundbreaking Afro-Colombian band GRUPO REBOLU, and the...

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