Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program
The Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program highlights the importance of music in the dance studio and elevates dance accompaniment as a viable profession. This program aims to create a set of standards for dance accompaniment and ensure a baseline of competency.
Over the course of eight weeks, the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program trains 8-10 advanced to professional musicians—pianists, percussionists, and other instrumentalists—to accompany ballet and modern technique classes and assist them in securing employment in the field.
Known to be “undeviating in his devotion to music” Mark Morris is committed to live music at every performance of his company, creating the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996. He brings this philosophy and passion to his arts-in-education programming, providing live music in every class and workshop, at the Dance Center and through Access/MMDG community programs in New York City and around the world.
Under Morris' tutelage and led by pianist, composer, and Barnard College Music Director Robert Boston with MMDG Music Director Colin Fowler, the program is conducted in three phases over eight weeks and includes an internship at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Classes will meet at both the Dance Center and the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University (CBA) and will run two hours per session.
Application opens: February 1, 2018
Participant selection notification: April 6, 2018
Confirmation of acceptance required: April 16, 2018
Program: April 27 - June 15, 2018
Classes meet at CBA on Thursdays, 10am - 12pm.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Sarah Marcus, Director of Education, Mark Morris Dance Group
To apply, simply complete the online application and submit a cover letter indicating relevant experience. Please be prepared to provide a link to a sound file or video.[Applications opening soon]
The Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program is a partnership between Mark Morris Dance Group and the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.
The pilot phase of the program was funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's 2015 Leadership Grants Program for Dance and Friends of MMDG.