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Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program

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 will train 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 will be 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: May 1
Application closes: May 23
Participant selection notification: May 26
Confirmation of acceptance required: June 8
Program: June 22-August 10, 2017; 9:30-11:30am at CBA / Mark Morris Dance Center


Contact Sarah Marcus, Director of Education, Mark Morris Dance Group



The application process for the second phase of this program opens May 1, 2017.

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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 is funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's 2015 Leadership Grants Program for Dance and Friends of MMDG.

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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