Breaking Ground – A Public Charrette organized by Dancing in the Streets is a site-specific choreography workshop that will be held in one of New York City’s most intriguing sites – Federal Hall National Memorial. Led by nationally acclaimed choreographer Joanna Haigood, the workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to work across disciplines to explore movement composition within the context of architecture, history, and public spaces.   Haigood offers tools to interact with this historic landmark and guides participants to create short studies in response to Federal Hall’s history and architecture. Participants will discuss architecture as object, its function and design, and its role as metaphor, as a stage, and as container of history. This is a 4-hour workshop to be held on November 12th, 10 am – 2 pm OR November 13th, 10 am – 2 pm.


  • A guided tour of Federal Hall with focus on its history and architecture
  • An overview of site-specific work
  • Choreographers, dancers, and architects work together in small teams to create short movement studies in response to the site


The workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

  • Each workshop is limited to 25 participants
  • Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis
  • To register, go to:*
  • Please specify which day you would like to take the workshop – November 12th OR November 13th.

*Registration for Thursday’s workshop has been extended until all 5 remaining slots are filled.

If registration for your preferred day is sold out, you can join the waiting list by emailing:

Please include the following information with your email;

* First & Last Name

* Email Address

* Home/Cell phone

* Which workshop you would like to attend—Thursday, Nov. 12th or Friday, Nov. 13th.

Dancing in the Streets will notify you if and when a slot becomes available.

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82 DECIBELS by Larry Keigwin for Breaking Ground – A Dance Charrette produced by Dancing in the Streets. Photo courtesy of Julie Lemberger.

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Ann Carlson in Breaking Ground – A Dance Charrette produced by Dancing in the Streets. Photo courtesy of Julie Lemberger.

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