Tuesday August 24, 2021

Mark Morris Dance Center Launches New Schedule, Pricing, and Scholarships for In-Person and Online Dance and Fitness Classes for Adults

BROOKLYN, NY – The Mark Morris Dance Center is offering a robust Fall schedule of live and online dance and fitness classes for adults six days a week at its state-of-the-art facility in Brooklyn. Dance classes are offered in Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Haitian, ballet, contemporary, Dance Church®, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, modern, tap, and West African. Fitness classes include gyrokinesis, Kukuwa®, pilates, yoga, and Zumba®. Taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members and Mark Morris Dance Center faculty, and often featuring live musical accompaniment, these classes run 60 to 90 minutes and are designed for adult students (ages 14+) at the beginner,…
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Tuesday August 17, 2021

The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center to Resume 100% In-Person Classes this Fall for Children Ages 18 months to 18 years

BROOKLYN, NY – This Fall, The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center will resume its dance and music programs for children, teens, and families 100% in-person, with most classes also remaining available 100% online. These progressive, weekly classes will be held in the dance studios at the state-of-the-art Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn and feature live musical accompaniment. Programs include Early Childhood classes for children ages 18 months to age 6, as well as Children and Teen classes for children ages 6 to 18. At all ages and levels, The School offers classes in a wide range of…
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Monday August 16, 2021

Published in Jing Culture & Commerce

How Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Digital Accelerator Is Giving Arts Organizations A Digital Boost

An initial group of 46 cultural nonprofit organizations (in the UK and US) has been selected with each appointing a Bloomberg Tech Fellow. Jing Culture & Commerce spoke to four of them to hear their digital success stories from the past year, where technical support is most needed, and how they plan to use funds.
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Thursday July 8, 2021

Summer Cinema With The Mark Morris Dance Group To Showcase Archival Performances And Live Online Events With Past And Present Dancers And Collaborators

BROOKLYN, NY – This summer for two months only, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is bringing back its popular Video Vault series as Summer Cinema with the Mark Morris Dance Group, streaming two archival performance collections curated by Archive Project Manager Stephanie Neel. The collections will be available on-demand in July and August and will be complemented by two livestreamed conversations with dancers and music directors.   The first performance collection, “Bijoux and Double Through the Generations,” available July 7 through August 4, includes screenings of solos from both works performed by dancers of different generations. Bijoux is set…
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Wednesday July 7, 2021

Published in MDPI

Parkinson’s Disease Motor Symptom Progression Slowed with Multisensory Dance Learning over 3-Years: A Preliminary Longitudinal Investigation

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that has a fast progression of motor dysfunction within the first 5 years of diagnosis, showing an annual motor rate of decline of the Movement Disorder Society Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) between 5.2 and 8.9 points. We aimed to determine both motor and non-motor PD symptom progression while participating in dance classes once per week over a period of three years. Longitudinal data was assessed for a total of 32 people with PD using MDS-UPDRS scores. Daily motor rate of decline was zero (slope = 0.000146) in PD-Dancers, indicating no motor…
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Thursday July 1, 2021

Published in Jing Culture & Commerce

Mark Morris Dance Group On Its Year of Dancing Digitally

At the best of times, a dance aficionado in Santa Fe, Seattle, or indeed Sydney could expect to attend a performance from Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) every handful of years. Despite the disruptions wrought by the pandemic on performing arts organizations, one blessing for fans of one of America’s most pioneering and unpretentious modern dance groups has been the new lease of accessibility granted by digital programming.
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Sunday June 6, 2021

Dance for PD® Launches Its Adaptive Dance Program in Mandarin

BROOKLYN, NY – Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) launched its internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD® program in Mandarin this week, making its adaptive dance program for people living with Parkinson’s disease accessible to millions of Mandarin-speaking people with mobility concerns      globally. Presented in partnership with Queens Theatre, the free weekly classes will be available online via Zoom to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends, and care partners, as well as anyone with mobility concerns, beginning Sunday, June 6, 2021.   Dance for PD programming transitioned to a 100% digital format in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and…
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Friday May 14, 2021

The Mark Morris Dance Group Presents “Mark Morris On the Plaza”

BROOKLYN, NY – The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) will present a variety of dance performances, classes, and talks during Mark Morris On The Plaza – a weekend of outdoor programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland in Brooklyn, from June 11 to 13, 2021. Throughout the weekend, MMDG will perform a program comprised of seven Mark Morris dances, and the Mark Morris Dance Center will present dance classes for all ages and abilities, and Student Company performances of excerpts from Morris works, plus choreography by MMDG company members and Dance Center faculty.
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