Our low-cost, ongoing, drop-in classes and workshops are led by established, progressive dance artists, frequently those seminal in the contemporary field of movement and other arts disciplines, which attract local, national and international students.

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Our Classes

Morning Classes

Daily morning classes are held at 10am and led by a rotating roster of Movement Research faculty. All classes $14. MR Class Cards are applicable.

19 additional events

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Movement Research partners with the Trisha Brown Dance Company to host weekly Company Class taught by a rotating cast of former company members. See Morning Class section above for current schedule.

Physical Inquiry and Somatic Practices

A series of ongoing, weekly drop-in classes based in a variety of modalities and body practices, designed to expand one’s understanding and efficient use of the body. Classes are suitable for professional dancers and non-dancers alike and are held throughout the year at Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center through a partnership with Gibney Dance, and at the historic Eden’s Expressway, and at Movement Research's new home at 150 First Avenue. All classes $14 unless otherwise noted. MR Class Cards are applicable at Eden's Expressway, and MR, 122CC only.

[Virtual] BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Mar 30 – May 25 6:15pm–7:30pm

[Virtual] Feldenkrais®

Tasha Taylor
Wed, Apr 1 – Apr 29 12:30pm–1:30pm

[Virtual] Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Fri, Apr 3 – May 29 10:00am–11:30am

[Virtual] Alexander Technique

Emily Faulkner
Wed, Apr 8 – Apr 29 2:00pm–3:00pm


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Jul 1 – Jul 29 12:30pm–2:00pm
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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.

[Virtual] The Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Apr 4 – May 16 11:00am–1:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Chisa Hidaka
Wed, Jul 1 – Jul 29 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Carly Czach
Thu, Jul 2 – Aug 27 6:00pm–8:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Jul 12 2:00pm–6:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Jul 26 2:00pm–6:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Aug 9 2:00pm–6:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Aug 23 2:00pm–6:00pm
12 additional events

Janet Panetta Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

Janet Panetta teaches Ballet for Contemporary Dancers four days a week ongoing. She has trained dancers in many of the major American companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, as well as many European companies such as ROSAS and Pina Bausch.

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.

[Virtual] The Sounding Body: Full and Empty

Samita Sinha
Wed, Apr 1 – Apr 8 6:30pm–8:00pm

[Virtual] The Sounding Body: Speaking in Tongues

mayfield brooks
Wed, Apr 15 – Apr 29 6:30pm–8:30pm
2 additional events


Summer MELT 2020

January 13-August 15

Registration details coming soon.

About MELT: 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

Our classes and workshops are located in a variety of studio spaces across New York.