The Dance, the Manhattan club on Lafayette St opened by Baby's All Right owner Billy Jones, is closing less than five months after it opened. With astronomical Manhattan rent and a lack of overnight profits, investors allegedly got cold feet and have pulled the plug. It was rumored that last night (Sunday, February 9th) would be the final night, but they're staying open for select events through the U.S. Girls show on February 18th (tickets). All shows after that are being moved to Baby's All Right and other venues. Dry Cleaning with Control Top was moved to Saint Vitus, and Pottery was moved to Elsewhere Zone 1. Other upcoming shows that will move: former Can vocalist Damo Suzuki, Yumi Zouma, and Liturgy.
UPDATE: The Dance has released a statement:
We were invited into this project by a team that we felt, like us, were dedicated to proving Culture could live and thrive again in Manhattan. It was a long, hard, and complicated development process for everyone involved. When we finally opened to the public in October, we were already facing many significant challenges, both logistical and financially.
In spite of those challenges, we set about in making The Dance something truly special. Over its short lifespan, The Dance felt like an incredible moment of creativity and rejuvenated nightlife in a borough that desperately needed it. Unfortunately, the ownership group has respectively decided to pull the plug on this dream and go in another direction, thus ending The Dance as it is known today. We’re personally devastated about all of this because we, along with so many artists, promoters, agents, and staff, have put so much time, energy and heart into this labor of love.
We’re very sorry for the inconvenience it caused all the acts and parties that were scheduled and the fans who were excited to come to The Dance especially those that never got a chance. We will do everything we can to make things right.
On February 18th, The Dance will have it’s last dance with US Girls. Beyond that who knows what will happen next?
And that, my friends, is indeed The Dance of Life.♂️
Ironically, this past weekend was a banger. Some of the small NYC club's first events were parties for the fall edition of Fashion Week. Yesterday/Sunday's show was a NY Fashion Week show for Hillary Taymour's Collina Strada line featuring a live performance by Hayley Williams of arena headliners Paramore. You can watch video from that below. The last public show at The Dance was a record release show for Brooklyn band Native Sun on Saturday that also featured Public Practice, Pure Adult and a DJ set from Fontaines DC.
In The Dance's short run, it hosted shows by Whitney, Wavves, Wiki, Beach Fossils, DIIV, Twin Peaks, Show Me the Body, Shannon & The Clams, a Winter Jazzfest show with Jaimie Branch and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, and more.
There is a restaurant in The Dance's upstairs that was set to open later this year, and that is probably still happening.
We can truly say, The Dance we hardly knew ya and wished we had gotten more time together.