Arts Immersion Program

Arts Immersion Program

For: 13-18 year olds, with a passion for dance and an interest in arts administration and production. Students are selected via a written application and letters of recommendation.  
Length of program: 36 weeks, including a 3-week summer performance lab
Application opens: May 1, 2018
Application Deadline: September 28, 2018
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 5, 2018.

Program begins: October 16, 2018
Students accepted into the program must commit to a weekly Arts Immersion class which meets on Tuesdays 5-7PM and an elective class of their choice in the Children & Teen or Adult programs.
The program concludes with a Summer Performance Lab which meets daily from 12-4pm for the month of July.


Questions? Contact

Alexandra Rose, Community Education Programs Manager, by email or
Rachel Merry, Education Programs Coordinator, by email

Download 2018-19 program flyer

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Current Participants

This free program is designed for 13-18 year olds interested in dance, production, and arts administration. Students will delve deeply into each of these fields, gaining valuable experience and exposure in New York City’s performing arts arena. Participants, selected through application, meet weekly with faculty and staff at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Artistic Director Mark Morris, and Dance Group company members.  Each week focuses on the study of modern dance technique as well as a dance elective and developing practical skills in arts administration.  The program culminates in a 3-week summer performance lab that is student-driven, created, and produced, leading to a final performance in the James & Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Students will also have the option to continue their study through myriad opportunities with MMDG and beyond. 

Areas of Focus:

EDUCATION: developing curriculum and syllabi, creating lesson plans, articulation, and directing movement

PRODUCTION & MARKETING: Required personnel for production, performance language & etiquette, lighting/sound design, costume/make-up, scheduling, branding, audience building, digital presence

PERFORMANCE & MOVEMENT GENERATION: composition skills, music, improvisation, collaboration, critique/feedback, field trip to see MMDG perform, student choreography and student driven, inspired, and produced performance


The Immersion Program will hold planning meetings prior to the beginning of each School Year with the Program Coordinator, the Lead and Assistant Teaching Artists, and select participants and determine the experts in the fields of arts administration and production.  Together they will create an overarching program plan for the year and set the master schedule. At the end of the Summer Performance Lab, Immersion faculty and staff will have a reflection session to review that year’s program and complete assessment and evaluation forms.  The Program Coordinator will compile the assessment forms for reporting purposes.

This free program is made possible with support from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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