The InterDance Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional dances from around the world. Through the sponsorship of educational, performance and training opportunities, InterDance seeks to increase awareness, create new audiences, and nurture the next generation of dancers whose artistry will help ensure that traditional dance remains a vital part of New York City's cultural landscape.
InterDance, formerly known as the Foundation for Ethnic Dance, was founded in 1967 by Carola Goya and Matteo, whose distinguished careeers in world dance earned the couple a place on the Dance Heritage Coalition's list of Irreplaceable Dance Treasures. For many years, the Foundation presented concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and master classes in the United States and abroad. It also sponsored the Ethno-American Dance Theater, which showcased a rich sampling of the world's traditional dances and toured the United States annually under the auspices of both the NEA and NYSCA's Artists-in-Schools program.
Foundation activities dwindled following the death of Carola Goya in 1994. However, in 2001 Matteo asked Gwendolyn Dunaif to take over the leadership and the organization moved to Brooklyn.
Recent initiatives include Diversity in Motion, a series of dance programs designed to introduce children of different ethnic backgrounds to the dance of other cultures (Escuela Bolera, 2002-03; Bharatanatyam, 2003-2005; traditional Korean dance, 2005). In addition, the Foundation has sponsored workshops and educational performances at Brooklyn Friends School, Saint Ann's School, Plymouth Church School, the Churchill School, and the 92nd Street Y. It also awards scholarships to emerging talent and grants to artists whose work seeks to preserve traditional dance forms.