Our low-cost, ongoing, drop-in classes and workshops are led by established, progressive dance artists. During Covid-19, Movement Research is offering mostly FREE online classes through Zoom.

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  • Movement Research online programming is FREE, and we welcome donations of any size on our "Support" tab ^ Thank you!
  • Classes are open-level. New to a movement class? Welcome! Take a moment to review the class description and the faculty bio before class starts.
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Our Classes

Morning Classes

Morning Classes were once held everyday at 10am, but now happen throughout the week at various times of day. Classes offer the opportunity to experience an artist Faculty's movement practices, investigations, histories. Classes may include somatic, improvisation, and movement phrase exercises. If dance experience is recommended, it will be denoted on the class webpage.

[Virtual] Channels of Feeling

Justin Cabrillos
Thu, Jun 3 – Jun 24 10:30am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Love Letters 2 Your Body

Malcolm-x Betts
Tue, Jun 8 – Jun 29 10:30am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Anchoring in Space

Molly Lieber
Mon, Jun 21 – Jun 28 11:15am–12:45pm

[Virtual] Anchoring in Space

Molly Lieber
Fri Jun 25 1:00pm–2:00pm
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Physical Inquiry and Somatic Practices

A series of ongoing, weekly drop-in classes based in a variety of body practices, designed to expand one’s understanding and efficient use of the body. Classes are suitable for professional dancers and non-dancers alike.

[Virtual] BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Jan 4 – Jun 28 6:00pm–7:00pm

[Virtual] Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Thu, Jan 14 – Jun 24 1:00pm–2:15pm

[Virtual] Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jaime Ortega
Tue, Feb 2 – Jun 29 1:00pm–2:30pm

[Virtual] Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Fri, Feb 5 – Jun 25 10:00am–11:30am

[Virtual] Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, May 18 – Jun 29 9:00am–10:00am

[Virtual] Alexander Technique

Sarah White-Ayón
Wed, Jun 2 – Jun 30 9:00am–10:00am

[Virtual] Feldenkrais®

Jimena Paz
Wed, Jun 2 – Jun 30 12:30pm–1:30pm
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Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

In the wake of COVID-19, Movement Research partners with the Trisha Brown Dance Company to host a $10 online weekly Company Class through Zoom taught by a rotating cast of current and former company members.

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Melinda Myers
Wed, Jun 16 – Jun 30 10:30am–12:00pm

Dark Room Ballet

Hosted by Movement Research, Dark Room Ballet is taught by Krishna Washburn and designed specifically for the educational needs of blind and visually impaired people.

Click to learn about upcoming classes:

[Virtual] Dark Room Ballet: Open Level Class
[Virtual] Dark Room Ballet: Introductory Level Class

Improvisational Forms

Movement Research hosts a variety of classes in improvisational forms. Weekly Contact Improvisation classes take place in the evenings at Eden's Expressway and Gibney Dance 280 Broadway. The Underscore, developed by Nancy Stark Smith, is held monthly at Eden's Expressway on every second Sunday and led by a rotating roster of Underscore Facilitators. On Saturday mornings, K.J. Holmes leads Athletics of Intimacy, which explores dancing through the improvisational lenses of somatics, contact improvisation, and perceptual composition.

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Our Workshops


Workshops assist the pursuit of deeper levels of exploration into new dance processes, techniques, and ways of thinking and working, for faculty and students alike. Workshops are scheduled during MELT (Summer and Winter Intensives), in conjunction with the Movement Research Festival and at various times throughout the year.



Movement Research’s Winter and Summer intensives featuring the most innovative teachers and creators in dance today. Workshops include technique, composition, somatic practices, and improvisation as well as non-studio topics like lighting design, reading groups, and “movie” nights.

Learn more about MELT

[Virtual] Support and Suspension: We can all use a little bit of both

Fabio Tavares
Jul 5 – Jul 9 10:00am–11:30am

[Virtual] (re)treat yourself: staying in & coming out

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal
Jul 5 – Jul 9 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] Choreographic Shift

Tere O'Connor
Jul 5 – Jul 9 3:30pm–6:00pm

[Virtual] Dancing from our Spots, Together

Vicky Shick
Jul 12 – Jul 16 10:00am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Virtually Real Contact Practice

K.J. Holmes
Jul 12 – Jul 16 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] Solo/Duo Dancing: a workshop for improvised choreographies

Bebe Miller
Jul 14 – Jul 16 3:30pm–5:30pm

[Virtual] flying beyond four walls: dancing in the time of solitude

Eva Karczag
Jul 19 – Jul 23 10:00am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Klein Technique™

Barbara Mahler
Jul 19 – Jul 23 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] TRY/ING: Collaboration, contagion, and ______________.

TRY Team: Ishmael Houston-Jones, Keith Hennessy, Snowflake Calver (Yoeme, Mayan), jose e. abad, Kevin O’Connor​
Jul 19 – Jul 23 4:30pm–6:00pm

[Virtual] Starship Somatics

Petra Kuppers
Jul 26 – Jul 30 12:00pm–1:00pm

[Hybrid] Untitled (How Does it Feel?)

Ni’Ja Whitson
Jul 26 – Jul 30 1:30pm–4:15pm

[Virtual] Choreographies to Energize Our Feet and Hips

Irene Dowd
Jul 26 – Jul 30 3:00pm–4:30pm

[IN-PERSON] Shifting Concepts

Yoshiko Chuma
Aug 2 – Aug 6 10:00am–12:00pm


Miguel Gutierrez
Aug 2 – Aug 6 2:30pm–6:30pm

[Virtual] Dance and echology – towards a resonant antifascism

André Lepecki
Mon, Wed & Fri, Aug 2 – Aug 6 3:00pm–5:00pm
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Our classes and workshops are located in a variety of studio spaces across New York.