Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving our Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Program to a virtual program. Join us from anywhere! This virtual yet interactive and synchronous format will give musicians the opportunity to train and work directly with Mark Morris, Dance Group members and principal faculty both in group settings and one-on-one.


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.

Summer 2021 dates to be announced soon.


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.