Work/Study Program

*Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2020 Work/Study Term*


Do you love talking to people?

Are you interested in being part of the MMDG Dance Center community?

Do you want to take dance and somatic technique classes for free?

If you answered yes to all three, you’re a perfect candidate for our Work/Study team!


Application Period: October 21 – November 22
Term Dates: January 2, 2020 – May 30, 2020 (end date flexible)
Orientation Date (Mandatory): December 15th 12:00pm-3:00pm

The Mark Morris Dance Group’s Work/Study team serves as the first point-of-contact to almost 4,000 Dance Center visitors each week. Work/Study are essential members of our Operations team, providing customer service and support for our daily programming.

  • Work/Study are hosted year-round for Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer terms.
  • Applicants must be 18+ and authorized to work in the US.


Participants are required to work two 4-hour shifts per week at MMDG’s Front Desk.


Work/Study participants receive:

  • One free adult dance or somatic technique class at the Dance Center for every two hours
    worked (four classes per week).

    • Classes may also be used to pay for:
      • Up to 50% of MMDG’s Summer and Winter Intensives, GAGA’s Summer and Winter Intensives, and MMDG’s Teacher Training Program
      • Up to 100% of BAM’s Next Wave Artist Labs at the Mark Morris Dance Center, MMDG’s Shared Space application fee, and any single-day workshop.
  • Access to subsidized rehearsal space at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
  • Access to professional development opportunities offered at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

1 person needed per shift

7:30am – 11:30am

8:30am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 4:30pm
3:00pm – 7:00pm

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Welcome and direct Dance Center visitors, students, and renters
  • Assist with adult class check-in
  • Confirm participant count in adult classes
  • Clean and organize school supplies
  • Wash towels and sheets for MMDG’s Wellness Center
  • Complete regularly scheduled building walk-throughs and provide feedback to the Front Desk
  • Provide general assistance to the Operations team at the Front Desk

You are a great candidate for our Work/Study Program if you:

  • Have customer service experience and love talking to people
  • Are adaptable, attentive and have great interpersonal skills
  • Are seeking an affordable way to take class regularly
  • Interested in working with our vast community of learners (from 18months – 92 years)



The internationally-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). Founded in 1980, the Dance Group performs the repertory of choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), whose work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and opera companies around the world.

The Mark Morris Dance Center, founded in 2001, is the home of the Dance Group, and the hub of dance and music education in Brooklyn. The seven-studio building, which includes the James and Martha Duffy Performance Space, provides affordable classes in multiple genres for people of all ages, levels, and abilities, accompanied by live music. The studios and ancillary spaces are available to the community and to nonprofit organizations at subsidized rates. MMDG also rents space to health practitioners in its Wellness Center. The Dance Center serves over 4,000 people each week with programming centered around access, community, creative choice, and artistic excellence.

In addition to 19 full-time dancers, the organization employs 45 full-time staff, and more than 100 parttime staff, teaching artists, and musicians.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.


What’s a typical shift like?

Work/Study are stationed at our Front Desk and supervised by our Front Desk staff, who are responsible for greeting, directing and providing customer service for all Dance Center visitors. During a typical shift, Work/Study assist with Wellness Center laundry, adult class check in, and general building walkthroughs to ensure that the Dance Center continues to run smoothly. Though each shift varies slightly in day to day responsibilities, it is understood that Work/Study are willing and able to jump in where there’s a need.

What is the time-commitment?

Though the Work/Study commitment is only 8 hours per week, we find that participants who set aside an additional 4-8 hours per week to take class get the most out of the experience.

Who is eligible?

Beyond the time commitment, the only eligibility requirement is that you be 18 or older.

How many applicants are accepted per term?

We have 10-12 Work/Study positions each term. Several of these positions may be filled by Work/Study continuing from the previous term. The rest will be filled by new candidates. Therefore, the number of positions available each term will vary.

When should I apply?

Term dates generally run from January-May, June-August, and September-December. The application window generally opens two months prior to the start date of a term.

How/when will I find out if I am accepted into the program?
Once the application period has closed, we will review all applications and schedule interviews with potential candidates. We will send offers to join the program via email approximately one month prior to the mandatory Orientation.

What can I expect at Orientation?
Orientation consists of an in-depth introduction to the Dance Center, basic training, and overview of daily responsibilities.

What if I cannot commit to the full term?
You may be considered for our waitlist for the following term if you cannot commit to the full term you initially applied for. To keep our Dance Center operational, we rely on full Work/Study coverage throughout the duration of each term.

Can I participate in multiple and/or consecutive Work/Study terms?
Absolutely. Many of our Work/Study stay with us for several consecutive terms or return to us after leaving for time in between. Based on your success in the role, the Work/Study Coordinator will let you know whether there is an option to continue before the next term’s cohort is selected.

Can I apply for both the Work/Study and Internship Programs for the same term? What is the difference between the two programs?
Yes, you are welcome to apply to both programs. However, we do not place applicants in both programs concurrently. To briefly compare the two programs, Work/Study participants make an 8 hour per week commitment and work with our Front Desk staff in exchange for free classes, while Interns make a 20 hour per week commitment and work with a specific administrative department to gain training and work experience in arts administration.