Mark Morris Dance Center: 20 Years in Brooklyn

The Mark Morris Dance Center is turning 20 this year! Since 2001, the Dance Center has not only been home to the Mark Morris Dance Group, but it has also been a vibrant hub for dance and music education for people of all ages, with and without disabilities, in Brooklyn and beyond. 

We’re kicking off the festivities with a day-long celebration on September 18, followed by several other exciting anniversary events through 2021 and into 2022. 

Dance for PD® 20th Anniversary Day

October 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET


On the day our Dance for PD program started 20 years ago, we’ll be hosting an online celebration class taught by founding teachers David Leventhal, John Heginbotham and Misty Owens. The class will feature an introduction from co-founder Olie Westheimer and will be followed by a live Q&A at 4:15 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

Dance, Music and Literacy Special Event

December 8 & 9, 2021 and January 26 & 27, 2022


Our acclaimed Dance, Music, and Literacy program (DML) introduces students to the performing and visual arts through a Mark Morris masterwork, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, featuring the music of George Frideric Handel, poetry of John Milton, and paintings of William Blake. Students explore the interplay of these art forms and gain a basic understanding of dance vocabulary through Morris’ choreography. The residency culminates with a visit to the Mark Morris Dance Center to watch the Mark Morris Dance Group and perform excerpts from the work with them, followed by a Q&A session. More details on this special event are coming soon.

Year-End Performance

June 2022


Our Student Company I and II will be joined by members of the Dance for PD group for a memorable joint performance to celebrate 20 years with our community and to showcase that, truly, Dance is for Anybody. More details to come.

Past Events

Mark Morris Dance Center: 20 Years in Brooklyn

Kick-off Event

September 18, 10:00am-4:00pm ET


We’re hosting Mark Morris Dance Center: 20 Years in Brooklyn to commemorate two decades of dance and performing arts education in the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural district, and to kick-off our year-long 20th anniversary celebrations. This FREE event will include performances by the Dance Group, classes, meet & greet with the School staff and faculty, and more on The Plaza at 300 Ashland.