The Mark Morris Dance Group is proud to call Fort Greene, Brooklyn its home and fulfills its mission to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community by offering the following dance and music opportunities. For more information, contact Outreach Director Eva Nichols via email or at 718.624.8400.
In cooperation with the New York City Housing Authority, the MMDG/NYCHA Partnership provides free dance classes to youth and senior residents of Brooklyn public housing with the goal of increasing the residents' interest and comfort with the arts. Weekly classes taught by MMDG teaching artists serve children and teens by creating an opportunity for consistent contact with the arts and professional artists. Seniors are led through professional dance techniques by MMDG company member Joe Bowie, and are accompanied by a pianist in bi-monthly classes.
Mark Morris Dance, Music & Literacy Project
MMDG conducts in-school residences to introduce Brooklyn school children to the performing and visual arts using one of Mark Morris' most acclaimed evening length works - L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Mr. Morris created his dance by "collaborating" with three long-dead artists: the composer G.F. Handel, the poet John Milton, and the artist William Blake. This creative effort, spanning 350 years, is a perfect starting point for learning about the interaction of words, music, and dance.
Working with live musicians, MMDG teaching artist, Mireille Radwan-Dana Obert guides students through the poems, the music, and the choreography. Students learn to dance sections of the piece and also learn to create original dances. The residency culminates with a visit to the Mark Morris Dance Center for a private performance and conversation with the Dance Group.
MMDG collaborates with faculty from each host school to shape the residency, which emphasizes "curriculum connections" with English, the arts, music, social studies, and math. MMDG provides faculty with a study guide, books, and videos, and confers with them throughout the process.
Dance for PD®
The Dance for PD® program offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, The Juilliard School in Manhattan, and through our network of partners and associates, in more than 40 other communities around the world. An on-going collaboration between MMDG and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group the program also provides teacher training, offers master classes in other cities as part of MMDG's touring outreach program, and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available.
View PBS Newshour special that aired 12/9/10.
For more information about Dance for PD®, and for all inquiries about classes, training workshops and other resources, please visit danceforpd.org
Once a year, the Mark Morris Dance Center opens its doors to the general public for a full day of activities. Community members are invited to tour the building and participate in free dance classes.
Performances are held throughout the day by the student company as well as members of the Mark Morris Dance Group and others, plus raffle prizes, refreshments, films and music concerts attracted over 1,000 guests in 2011.