New York Live Arts was founded in 2011 by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop.
Now in its 29th year, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company has shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of over 140 works. Founded as a multicultural dance company in 1982, the Company was born of an 11-year artistic collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. Today, the Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world.
Founded in 1965 Dance Theater Workshop was a stalwart supporter of over 2,500 artists and companies. Originally founded as an artist collective, the organization was one of the few organizations in New York that provided direct support to artists through commissions and performance fees, international research and travel subsidies, rehearsal space and rental subsidies and touring support. With a record of over 45 years of innovation and service, Dance Theater Workshop furthered the development of dance and performance through original programming that addressed the ever-shifting needs of artists and audience members alike.