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: 32 weeks, including a performance in late June
Application opens: May 6, 2019
Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 4, 2019.
Program begins: October 15, 2019


Students accepted into the program must commit to a weekly Arts Immersion class which meets on Tuesdays 5-7PM (October-June).
Weekly Arts Immersion rehearsal which meets on Saturdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm (February- June)
Weekly elective class of their choice in the Children & Teen or Adult programs.

Questions? Contact

Alex Cook, Community Programs Director by email

Download 2018-19 program flyer

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Current Participants

Arts Immersion is a free program, provided by the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), in which students delve deeply into all aspects of dance, production, and arts administration and gain valuable experience in New York City’s performing arts arena. Twenty to twenty-five participants, selected through application, meet twice weekly at the Dance Center with faculty and staff, choreographer Mark Morris, and Dance Group company members and take part in a performance lab culminating in a final show that is student-driven, created, and produced. Participants also have the option to continue their study through myriad opportunities with MMDG and beyond. Arts Immersion is made possible with support from Friends of MMDG and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

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 Community Education Programs Manager, the Lead 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 Education department will compile the assessment forms for reporting purposes.

Teaching Artists:

Calvin A. Rollins II Nicole Restani

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