Modern dance is a concert dance form that developed from ballet in the early 20th century. Our classes are accompanied by live music and draw from a variety of modern dance styles and techniques. Several classes are led by MMDG dancers who infuse Mark Morris’ choreography into their combinations. Classes begin with a floor and standing warm-up followed by center and traveling exercises that focus on proper technique, spinal articulation (including contractions and spirals), musicality, and movement quality.
• Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Leotard optional.
• Bare feet
For absolute beginners with little or no experience, this series is a perfect introduction to Cunningham Technique, a form of training designed to create strength and flexibility of both the body and the mind. Clarity of movement in the torso and legs is emphasized with these areas of the body used either in coordination or opposition to one another. You will learn about spatial awareness through exercising changes of direction, rhythmic precision, and dynamic movement in a fun and non-competitive environment with live musical accompaniment.
- Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move
Bare feet or socks
*THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT* Please add your information to the waitlist below. Filling out the waitlist form will not guarantee you a spot. If someone drops out, you may have the opportunity to join the series. If there is enough interest, we may add another class during this session. You could be contacted at any point from when you submit this form up until the first day of the series you show interest in.
This series of classes is designed for absolute beginners, teaching students the foundational movements of classical modern dance to live musical accompaniment. Students will focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time and force. They will also build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment.
• Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move
• Bare feet
Beginner Modern DanceView Detail
This class is a great opportunity for students to build on and improve their modern dance skills. Dancers will focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time, and force. They will also build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment. This class features live musical accompaniment and is for students who have taken the Intro to Modern Series or have some experience with modern dance.
Intermediate Modern DanceView Detail
A great opportunity to continue to hone and refine the skills developed in Beginning Modern dance. Mark Morris Dance Group company member Lesley Garrison teaches students more advanced classical modern dance vocabulary with live musical accompaniment. Students will focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time and force and build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment.
Open Level Duncan TechniqueView Detail
Join us once a month for an immersive workshop in the technique and repertoire of legendary dance innovator, Isadora Duncan. This rare opportunity to study the expressive movement vocabulary will focus on the distinct elements of her technique and relate the work to dance history and contemporary practice. An unconventional genius of her time, Duncan created works which have retained their vitality and relevance for today’s dancers. In each session, we will experience the full body flow of the technique and then explore dances from Duncan’s sensational and sensual repertoire.
For dancers with a minimum of 2 years dance experience. No prior Duncan training necessary.