Center for Traditional Music and Dance

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. Nationally renowned for programs that combine research, documentation, presentation and education, CTMD assists immigrant communities in passing traditions to new generations. Formerly known as the Balkan Arts Center and the Ethnic Folk Arts Center, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance has worked closely with dozens of diverse communities over the past forty years in creating a number of leading ensembles, festivals and community-based cultural organizations. Each year, CTMD serves thousands of New Yorkers through a full calendar of programs that provide unique opportunities to experience and participate in the City’s rich cultural traditions. T
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