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 trains 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 is 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: January 2, 2019
Application closes: February 6, 2019
Participant selection notification: February 13, 2019
Confirmation of acceptance required: February 27, 2019

Participant Fee: $800 (Scholarships are available)

Program: March 11 – April 29, 2019

Classes meet at CBA or the Dance Center on Mondays, 10am – 12pm.


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.

Scholarship Application >


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

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