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.

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

September 11 - October 16, 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

October 30 - December 11, 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.

Beginner Modern Dance

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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.

Beginner Modern Dance

Mondays 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Beginner Modern Dance

Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Intermediate 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.

Intermediate 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

Thursdays 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 Improvisation

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Come play with us. Join the improvisational dance company The Lovelies in this stress-free class, where dancers will move to live music and try fun exercises that help them cultivate their unique voices as movers and artists.

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

This class takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month.

Intro to Improvisation

September 18, 2019 | 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

October 2, 2019 | 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

October 16, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Intro to Improvisation

November 6, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Intro to Improvisation

November 20, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Intro to Improvisation

December 4, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Intro to Improvisation

December 18, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 dancers develop their unique voices. Movers will dance as soloists, with partners, and in group forms.

This class takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.

Advanced Improvisation

September 11, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This class takes place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Teacher and schedule subject to change. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.

Advanced Improvisation

September 25, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced Improvisation

October 9, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced Improvisation

October 23, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced Improvisation

November 13, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced Improvisation

December 11, 2019 | Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

September 14, 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.

Open Level Duncan Technique

October 12, 2019 | Saturdays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Open Level Duncan Technique

November 9, 2019 | Saturdays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Open Level Duncan Technique

December 14, 2019 | Saturdays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Thursdays 8:30 am - 9:30 am

For upcoming instructors, see adult class schedule.

Gaga.People

Fridays 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Gaga.dancers classes take participants to new, unfamiliar places by expanding on the Gaga movement techniques established in the Gaga.people classes. In Gaga.dancers classes, teachers offer evocative instructions that each dancer is invited to respond to and explore in their own way. This more advanced class will enhance each dancer’s awareness of physical sensation and expand their palette of movement techniques.

Gaga.dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.

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.Dancers

Fridays 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

For upcoming instructors, see adult class schedule.