Gia Kourlas, dance editor of New York culture and lifestyle magazine Time Out New York (TONY), has resigned amid her section’s merger with the publication’s theatre section. An e-mail announcing Kourlas’s resignation circulated on April 17, in which publicist John Wyszniewski of Blake Zidell & Associates decried the “elimination of dance as a stand-alone section” and encouraged recipients to “send letters ASAP” to the magazine’s masthead, “telling them how essential dance is to New York City cultural life, and how important — and trusted — TONY’s coverage of dance has been.” The news coincides with TONY’s transition from a paid to a free distribution model on April 15, as reported by New York Post media columnist Keith J. Kelly earlier this month. That change in strategy will more than double the publication’s print run, from 132,246 to over 300,000 copies.
Yet contra Wyszniewski’s claims that the publication’s coverage of dance is now “much-abbreviated” (consisting of “one page with just eight listings and no photos”), TONY maintains that the section’s folding is part of an overall increase in dance-related material. “Dance continues to be a very important part of Time Out New York. In print, it has joined forces with theater to create one killer section (‘Theater & Dance’) highlighting the best events around the city,” Time Out New York editor Terri White told ARTINFO in an e-mail, adding that the subject will remain a “stand-alone vertical” online. To wit: “Our vibrant, authoritative dance coverage in TimeOut New York will continue to flourish across all of our platforms!”
White also confirmed Gia Kourlas’s resignation and stated that the publication is “actively recruiting for a new Dance editor.” Kourlas declined to comment.
— Mostafa Heddaya (@mheddaya)