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Celebrate Dance and Music
e m o c l We In response to COVID-19 and in commitment to our Core Values of Community, Access, Artistic Excellence, and Creativity, we will offer our fall Children & Teen programs 100% online through our interactive and synchronous platform. We have created a robust dance and music program that continues to bring our high-quality, inclusive programming to students of all ages, with and without disabilities. Our schedule includes a wide variety of dance styles and community and family workshops all filmed from our home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, located in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. In addition to our response to COVID-19, our fall planning process has also focused on acknowledging and dismantling systemic racism within the broader dance community. At the Dance Center, we have recommitted ourselves to the work of developing an action plan for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) and ensuring that when we do open to the public all members of our community feel welcome and safe in their dance home. We have and will continue to lean into, learn from, and lift the voices of our diverse community to become the anti-racist organization we strive to be. We will launch our fall program with a Virtual Open House, scheduled for Saturday September 19, 9AM-3PM, which will allow students and families to try out classes in the virtual space, meet and greet our Education staff,
and learn about additional opportunities of engagement.
Throughout, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. In January 2021, we hope to enter stage two of our reopening, which will introduce a hybrid format blending in-person and online classes. With this model we look forward to dancing together again, in-person at the Dance Center! I am thrilled to welcome Alexandra Cook as our new Youth and Family Programs Director. Alex brings her passion and deep knowledge of dance education to our School programs and will be an excellent leader in these challenging times. Finally, I want to thank each of you for continuing to be a part of our Mark Morris Dance Group family. We are glad you are here. This has been and undoubtedly will continue to be a challenging time for all in our community. Our ability to dance together will see us through! As you sign up for classes, please consider making a special donation to our Dance On! Recovery Fund. Your gift of $10, $25, $50 or more will provide vital support as we continue online education and prepare for reopening. Thank you for joining us!
Sarah Marcus, Director of Education
The School Mission The School reflects the spirit of the Mark Morris Dance Group in its celebration of dance and music. We believe that the study of various dance forms and music is essential to a childâ€™s education and development. We offer a diverse range of classes for all ages, with and without disabilities and strive to be a center of creative activity for children, community residents, and professional dancers.
CORE VALUES Access
We are committed to providing access to dance and music education for students of all ages with and without disabilities in Brooklyn, New York City, and on tour throughout the world. We work creatively towards removing barriers that prevent historically excluded communities from having meaningful dance and music experiences.
We are committed to providing meaningful artistic experiences with our community wherein all programs meet the high artistic standards of Mark Morris by committing to live music, a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where all students are encourage to set goals and take-risks, a cohesive and progressive pedagogy, and supporting the continued professional growth of the Dance Center community and the field at large.
Creativity We foster an environment that promotes the embodiment of individual creative expression, imagination, and collaboration. We believe the study and practice of various dance and music forms is an essential tool for anyone.
Community We welcome all to share our passion for dance and music. We serve as a hub for creative activity, build collaborative and sustainable partnerships with our diverse communities, and provide enriching dance and music programming.
SCHOLARSHIPS A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to qualifying students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families should fill out only one scholarship application per student, and will hear directly from The School if they receive a scholarship. Applications are available on our website at
Creative Dance Creative Dance is the perfect introduction to the future study of all dance techniques. Unique to The School, these classes blend movement, music, improvisation, and basic dance steps. Students learn dance fundamentals and concepts, with live musical accompaniment while improving motor skills, selfexpression, confidence, imagination, and social development.
Jazz Born out of African dance, American tap dance, ballet, and theatre, Jazz dance is inherently related to popular music and has evolved alongside it. Our classes draw from a variety of jazz styles both historical and contemporary ranging from Broadway and commercial to funk and classical techniques. Students begin with a high energy warm-up, progress to across-the-floor exercises, and learn choreography to various music styles. All levels emphasize strength, isolations, rhythm, and precision.
Jazz Fundamentals A/B
Jazz Level 1/2
Jazz Level 3/4 | Open Level Teen Jazz
Hip Hop Established in the 1970’s in New York City, Hip-Hop dance as an element of the Hip-Hop culture has become a popular and innovative movement style around the world. Our classes begin with a community building warm-up, followed by improving skills in large and small groups. Students learn and build on choreography, culminating in a cypher-style improvisation. In all levels, students explore their personal voice through freestyle and a wide range of codified styles, including breaking, popping, and locking.
Hip Hop Fundamentals A
Hip Hop Fundamentals B
Hip Hop Levels 1/2
Hip Hop Levels 3/4
Open Level Teen Hip-Hop
Ballet Ballet is a classical dance form that originated in the 1500’s. Our classes are accompanied by a pianist, and follow a traditional structure. Class begins at the barre, progresses to the center, and culminates with travelling exercises across the floor. Terminology, alignment, balance, artistry, and musicality are emphasized at each level.
Ballet Fundamentals A
Ballet Fundamentals B
Ballet Levels 1/2
Ballet Levels 3/4 | Intermediate Teen Ballet
Beginner Teen Ballet
Ballet Level 5 | Advanced Teen Ballet
Modern Dance Modern dance is a form that began in the United States in the early 20th century as a response to classical ballet. Our classes include live musical accompaniment, and draw from a variety of techniques. Students begin with a warm-up that combines floorwork and standing exercises while focusing on proper technique, musicality, and spinal articulation. This is followed by varied combinations in the center and across the floor, as well as improvisation and composition skills.
Modern Fundamentals A/B
Modern Levels 1/2
Modern Levels 3/4
Open Level Teen Modern/ Contemporary
Student Company I Modern* Ages 13+
Student Company II Modern*
*Student Company Modern classes are available by audition only. For more information, please see the Student Company page.
Tap Dance Tap Dance is a percussive style that originated in the United States in the 1700’s. Using shoes with metal plates to create sound, students develop coordination, precision, rhythmic skills, and musicality. Our classes draw from both the Broadway and contemporary Rhythm-Tap styles and begin with a foot isolating warm up, and progress to rhythm and step-based skills in both the center and across the floor. Students will learn choreography and improvisation.
Tap Fundamentals A/B/ Level 1
Tap Levels 2–4
Open Level Teen Tap
West African Dance West African Dance explores the fundamentals of West African culture and tradition through music and dance. The musicality, traditions and various techniques introduced in these classes will connect with dance techniques of Africa and its diaspora including, but not limited to, the dances of Mali, Guinea and Senegal, afrobeat, afro house, and more. Students learn to execute polyrhythmic patterns and practice multiple types of call & response cues performed both verbally and physically. Our classes explore the use of weight, body isolations, and dancing with the drummer.
Open Level West African Dance
Music and Singing In Music & Singing classes, students explore the joy of singing while developing musicianship skills, such as ear training and sight reading. Our classes draw from folk, classical, Broadway, and contemporary songbooks with a focus on breathing and vocal technique, rhythm, melody, song interpretation, and creativity. All levels balance working together as an ensemble and individually as soloists.
Music & Singing Level 1/2
Music & Singing Level 3/4
Student Company I & II The Student Company of The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center exemplifies the progressive, comprehensive, and musically-driven approach of Mark Morris’ work. Student Company focuses on modern dance training, prioritizing the experience of performing works of influential choreographers in the field while utilizing understandings of other dance techniques to support diverse approaches to performance quality. Student Company I & II dancers are selected by audition each fall. The Student Companies are not accepting new members for the 2020-2021 academic year; there will be no audition in fall 2020. The year culminates in public performances at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
REQUIREMENTS Student Company I • Must be a minimum 13 years of age and have 5 years of formal dance training. • STUDENT COMPANY I MODERN REHEARSAL • TECHNIQUE CLASS OF APPROPRIATE LEVEL IN ANOTHER DANCE FORM
Student Company II • Must be a minimum 10 years of age and have 3 years of formal dance training. • STUDENT COMPANY II MODERN REHEARSAL • TECHNIQUE CLASS OF APPROPRIATE LEVEL IN ANOTHER DANCE FORM
Student Company I Modern
Student Company II Modern
In addition to class tuition for quarters 3+4, Student Company members pay a flat fee of $200.
Special Kids Dance The School is committed to bringing the joy and benefits of dance and music to students with disabilities. While all the classes in The School are fully inclusive, our Special Kids Dance classes are kept small to allow for a more intimate learning experience and optional parent / caregiver participation. All with live music. No experience necessary.
Dance Fundamentals A
Parent & Toddler Movement These workshops for children and their parents/caregivers introduce movement by incorporating singing, musical instruments, and games, accompanied by live music. Full participation of the adult with the child supports bonding, modeling, language, and movement development through great fun and play.
Parent and Toddler
Parent and Toddler
Age 18 mos.– 3 years
Age 2–4 years
s g n i r e f f O l a n o i t i d d A Private & Group Lessons Private lessons offer the opportunity to get personalized instruction and corrections in an intimate environment. Private lessons are booked directly by contacting the faculty listed at mmdg.org/private-lessons. Additionally, the Mark Morris Dance Center welcomes student groups year-round. Information regarding group lessons can also be found at mmdg.org/private-lessons.
Family Fun Series This series of classes is designed for the whole family to learn fundamentals of dance, fitness, and music genres together in a fun and encouraging environment. All workshops are 60 minutes long. No experience necessary. More information regarding this year’s Family Fun offerings can be found by visiting https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/dance-center/the-school/family-classes/ family-fun-series/
Dance with MMDG Fun for the whole family, our free Dance with MMDG class is taught by members of the Mark Morris Dance Group and accompanied by live music. Each class focuses on a different dance in Mark Morris’ repertory. No experience is necessary. We encourage participants of all ages with and without disabilities to attend. More information regarding this year’s Dance w/ MMDG offerings can be found by visiting https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/dance-center/theschool/family-classes/dance-with-mmdg/
Community En gagement Arts in Education We offer a wide range of arts-in-education programming for all grade levels, collaborating with each schoolâ€™s administration and faculty to tailor residencies, workshops, and classes to meet the needs and aspirations of its students. Each program is hands-on, interactive, and reflects the diversity of the dance world. Programs are available throughout the school year, during or after classes, and in the summer. For more information about bringing MMDG to your school, contact Community Education Liaison Calvin Rollins (email@example.com) or visit mmdg.org/community
Arts Immersion Fellowship Arts Immersion Fellows are selected via an application process. Four to five creative, self-motivated dance students will meet once a week, while also participating in individual experiences to develop expertise in a track of their choosing. The Arts Immersion Fellows will ultimately collaborate to produce a culminating event. Applications are anticipated to open in January 2021.
Calendar 2020 2021 SEP
Sept 29–Nov 30, 2020
Dec 1, 2020–Feb 8, 2021
REGISTRATION STARTS AUG 17 REGISTRATION/CHANGE ENDS OCT 6
REGISTRATION STARTS NOV 3 REGISTRATION/CHANGE ENDS DEC 8
Feb 20–Apr 24, 2021
Apr 26–Jun 26, 2021
REGISTRATION STARTS JAN 11 REGISTRATION/CHANGE ENDS FEB 27
REGISTRATION STARTS MAR 22 REGISTRATION/CHANGE ENDS MAY 3
Important Calendar Dates Sept 19
First day of Qtr 3
First Day of Qtr 1
Mar 27–Apr 4
Indigenous People’s Day*
Mar 29–Apr 2
Spring Break Dance Camp for registered students
Last day of Qtr 3
Last day of Qtr 1
First day of Qtr 4
First day of Qtr 2
Eid al Fitr*
Dec 22–Jan 3
May 28–Jun 1
Memorial Day Break*±
New Year’s Day*
Last day of Qtr 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day*
Last day of Qtr 2
* Bold indicates no Children & Teens classes
Jun 28, 30, Jul 1 Reserved for Snow day make-up ±
± Reserved for Snow Day make-up classes
Parents’ Observation Days In the unique environment of this year, we will be holding Parent Observation Days on the last day of each quarter. More information will be sent to registered families over the course of the semester.
Tuition LENGTH OF CLASS
COST (per quarter) Registration Notes
All students will need to reregister for each quarter. There are no options for priority registration.
Fee There is a $10 quarter registration fee per quarter per family.
Multiple Class Discount
Students registered for more than one class in a semester will receive a 10% discount.
Sibling Discount Siblings receive a 10% discount.
Withdrawal and refund policy Tuition is refundable within the first week of each quarter, less a $15 processing fee, the prorated cost of classes taken (whether attended or not), and any applied discounts. Please note: Schedule and/or teachers are subject to change
For information and details on dress code and recommendations on where to buy items, please visit mmdg.org/school-dress-code
School Contact Information Sarah Marcus Director of Education Alexandra Cook Youth and Family Programs Director Jessica Pearson Adult Programs Manager Lily Khan School Administrator Janelle Barry Student Company Director Calvin A. Rollins II Community Education Liaison