Modern Dance

Modern Dance

We are proud to be Brooklyn’s home for modern and contemporary dance. Our weekly classes offer students the opportunity to work with a stellar faculty of experienced teachers, innovators and musicians. Students can deepen their understanding of the foundation and traditions of modern dance by working directly with MMDG dancers who infuse Mark Morris’ classic choreography into their combinations. Students can also be a part of the cutting-edge contemporary movement, learning from artists who are shaping the future of modern dance today.

Join us for conveniently-located, moderately-priced training in a warm environment that nurtures dancers to reach their full potential.

Contemporary Dance Styles:

With the guidance of artists from the New York City dance scene, students engage in improvisation, floor work and technical exercises to improve their full-body fluidity, artistic expression and dynamic specificity using vocabulary that is relevant in today’s contemporary world.

Modern Dance Styles:

Drawing on many styles of classical modern dance, these classes focuses on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time and force developing technical proficiency, musicality, rhythmic accuracy.

Suggested Attire:

• Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Leotard optional.
• Class is taken barefoot.

Intro to Modern Workshop

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An ideal class for beginners, this class teaches students the rudimentary movements that are the foundation for 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.

Suggested attire:

•    Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move
•    Bare feet

Intro to Modern Workshop

April 17 - May 22, 2019 | Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Intro to Modern Workshop

June 29 - August 3, 2016 | Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Beginner Modern Dance

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Beginner Modern Dance

December 3, 2018 | Mondays 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Beg./Int. Modern Dance

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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.

Beg./Int. Modern Dance

Thursdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Beg./Int. Contemporary

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Explore movement drawn from a variety of contemporary styles in a fun environment that develops musicality, technical proficiency, and a sense of confidence. Technical exercises are designed to engage and gently challenge students’ minds and bodies, while across-the-floor phrases emphasize dynamic specificity and full-bodied fluidity. Classes my have either live or recorded musical accompaniment.

Beg./Int. Contemporary

Thursdays 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Int./Adv. Contemporary

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A great opportunity for students to explore movement drawn from a variety of contemporary styles in a fun environment that helps students develop musicality, technical proficiency and a sense of confidence. Technical exercises are designed to engage and gently challenge students' minds and bodies, while across-the-floor phrases emphasize dynamic specificity and full-bodied fluidity. Classes may feature live music accompaniment at the request of the instructor.

Int./Adv. Contemporary

December 6, 2016 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Intro to Improvisation

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Come play with us.

In this stress-free class, you will move to live music, trying fun exercises and loose structures that help you cultivate your unique voice as a moving body and artist.
No prior improvisation or dance experience necessary.

Seasoned improvisers welcome.
No prior improv or dance experience necessary.

Intro to Improvisation

April 2, 2019 | Tuesdays 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This class takes place first Tuesday of every month. Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Advanced Improvisation

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Seasoned improvisers can expect to play, move freely and compose dance in the moment with live musicians. Improvisational scores are given to help develop students’ unique voices as a moving bodies and artists. Students will improvise as a soloist and in partner and group forms.

Advanced Improvisation

April 16, 2019 | Tuesdays 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This class takes place third Tuesday of every month. Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Open Level Duncan Technique

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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.

Open Level Duncan Technique

April 13, 2019 | Saturdays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Class takes place the second Saturday of every month. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Beg. Simonson Technique

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Simonson Technique, created and developed by master teacher Lynn Simonson, is an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware. The goals of Simonson Technique training are to eliminate the pre-disposition to injury from previous mis-alignment patterns, develop and support the body in a way that allows efficient and free movement, and, to experience the joy of dance with longevity and wellness. Hailed as an intelligent and logical method to prepare the body for dance, the Simonson Technique has received recognition throughout the world since 1970 and is taught by certified faculty in 20 countries worldwide. This technique comprises a complete dance technique which trains dancers, equally well, to work with jazz, modern and other dance vocabularies. 

Beg. Simonson Technique

Tuesdays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Adv. Simonson Technique

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Simonson Technique, created and developed by master teacher Lynn Simonson, is an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware. The goals of Simonson Technique training are to eliminate the pre-disposition to injury from previous mis-alignment patterns, develop and support the body in a way that allows efficient and free movement, and, to experience the joy of dance with longevity and wellness. Hailed as an intelligent and logical method to prepare the body for dance, the Simonson Technique has received recognition throughout the world since 1970 and is taught by certified faculty in 20 countries worldwide. This technique comprises a complete dance technique which trains dancers, equally well, to work with jazz, modern and other dance vocabularies.

Adv. Simonson Technique

Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin in Israel to help dancers (and non-dancers alike) reconnect to the way they move. In Gaga.people classes, teachers offer evocative instructions that each dancer is invited to respond to and explore in their own way. Rather than a rigid set of exercises and techniques, Gaga.people classes offer a creative framework in which participants can reconnect with their bodies, explore their imaginations, increase their stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting environment.

Open to all experience levels.

Led by Gaga faculty with guest Batsheva Dancers.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Late entry is not permitted in Gaga classes. The first few minutes of Gaga is very important due to the physical and mental awareness it creates for the class environment. Please plan accordingly.


Photo by Gadi Dagon

Gaga.People

Mondays 8:30 am - 9:30 am

For upcoming instructors, see the adult class schedule.

Gaga.People

Wednesdays 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For upcoming instructors, see the adult class schedule.

Gaga.People

October 1, 2017 | Thursdays 8:30 am - 9:30 am

For upcoming instructors, see adult class schedule.

Gaga.People

October 1, 2017 | Fridays 8:30 am - 9:30 am