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 5-day workshop, 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, children’s dance, and an introduction to adaptive dance programs like Dance for PD classes.
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, and MMDG’s Director of Education, Sarah Marcus, the program is conducted in three phases over 5-days with the option of an internship in programming at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Classes will meet at the Dance Center.
Application opens: January 2, 2020
Application closes: May 1, 2020
Participant selection notification: May 6, 2020
Confirmation of acceptance required: May 22, 2020
Participant Fee: $500 (Scholarships are available)
Program: June 9-13, 2020
Classes meet at the Mark Morris Dance Center on Tuesday-Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
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.
The Mark Morris Dance Group provides a limited number of full and partial, need-based scholarships per program term. Qualified applicants are accepted until the program is filled. Please download the scholarship application to submit separately from the program application.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Sarah Marcus, Director of Education, Mark Morris Dance Group
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.