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Tiny and grimy though it was, Fazil's was a very significant rehearsal space in NYC for dance forms that weren't welcome on regular floors... Occasionally as a videographer I'd be called there to watch a rehearsal, and it was such a rich experience... one of those hidden NY world types of things... studio ringing out with the sounds of middle east dance competing with flamenco guitars in the studio across the hall.... I wonder where these groups will rehearse now... Ballet Hispanico?

This is a ballet newsgroup, but in the interests of those who follow other forms of dance as well and don't regularly read the NY Times... here's an article on the studio's closing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/arts/dan....html?ref=dance

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Tiny and grimy though it was, Fazil's was a very significant rehearsal space in NYC for dance forms that weren't welcome on regular floors... Occasionally as a videographer I'd be called there to watch a rehearsal, and it was such a rich experience... one of those hidden NY world types of things... studio ringing out with the sounds of middle east dance competing with flamenco guitars in the studio across the hall.... I wonder where these groups will rehearse now... Ballet Hispanico?

This is a ballet newsgroup, but in the interests of those who follow other forms of dance as well and don't regularly read the NY Times... here's an article on the studio's closing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/arts/dan....html?ref=dance

I think the connection to Gelsey alone warrants this posting on Ballet Talk--Fazil's was truly an eclectic space in the best sense of the word, its closing yet another sign of the diminishment of NY's diverse dance culture.

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Thanks for the link, Amy. I had read this article in the print edition. Very sad news.

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This is a casualty of the "improvement" of Times Square. Now the real estate is too valuable to waste on rehearsal studios.

Some improvement!

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This makes me so sad -- we're undergoing a similar real estate development boom in my part of the world, and it's displacing artists right and left.

"tap dancing in ice skates"

I'm desolate that I missed this.

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