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.

Morning Class

Joanna Kotze
Mon, Wed & Fri, Sep 18 – Sep 29 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

luciana achugar
Fri, Oct 6 – Dec 22 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Kayvon Pourazar
Mon & Wed, Oct 9 – Oct 25 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Kai Kleinbard
Mon & Wed, Dec 4 – Dec 20 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Mina Nishimura
Tue & Thu, Dec 5 – Dec 21 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Stuart Singer
Mon, Wed & Fri, Jan 15 – Jan 26 10:00am–12:00pm
6 additional events

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 Randy Warshaw Studios. All classes $14 unless otherwise noted. MR Class Cards are applicable at Eden's Expressway, and Randy Warshaw Studio only.

Klein Technique™

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Feb 2 – Aug 18 10:00am–12:00pm


Barbara Mahler
Fri, Feb 3 – Aug 25 10:00am–12:00pm

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Tue, Mar 7 – Aug 29 10:00am–12:00pm

Alexander Technique

Rachel Bernsen
Wed, Jun 14 – Jul 26 2:00pm–4:00pm


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Jul 5 – Jul 26 12:30pm–2:00pm

Qi Gong

Laura Bartczak
Mon, Jul 24 – Jul 31 10:00am–12:00pm


Jessica Winograd
Fri Jul 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Klein Technique™

Antonio Ramos
Tue Aug 1 10:00am–12:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Aug 2 – Aug 30 12:30pm–2:00pm

Klein Technique™

Jimena Paz
Thu Aug 3 10:00am–12:00pm

Klein™/Barre: Klein Technique™ as related to dance

Barbara Mahler
Fri, Sep 1 – Feb 23 10:00am–12:00pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Sep 5 – Feb 27 2:00pm–3:15pm

Skinner Releasing Technique™, Introductory Level

Karl Anderson
Tue, Sep 5 – Dec 19 7:30pm–10:00pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jaime Ortega
Wed, Sep 6 – Feb 28 10:00am–12:00pm


Rebecca Davis
Wed, Sep 6 – Sep 27 12:30pm–2:00pm

Klein™ Technique – for movers of all kinds

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Sep 7 – Feb 27 10:00am–12:00pm

The Athletics of Intimacy

Bradley Teal Ellis
Sat, Sep 9 – Dec 16 11:00am–1:00pm

Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Mon, Sep 11 – Feb 26 10:00am–12:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Sep 11 – Feb 26 6:15pm–7:30pm

" Sound As Movement: The Embodied Voice

Wed, Nov 8 – Nov 29 6:30pm–8:30pm
24 additional events

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.

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Jul 5 – Jul 26 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

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

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Bradley Teal Ellis
Thu, Aug 3 – Aug 31 6:00pm–8:00pm

Sunday Process Labs

Sunday Process Labs are a series of three-hour, low-cost sessions on Sunday afternoons, providing an opportunity for a substantive peer exchange in a lab-type setting. Sessions are facilitated by movement-based artists who share their individual creative practices and process.

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.

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

Janet Panetta
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, Aug 14 – Dec 22 12:00pm–2:00pm

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.

Workshopping Corbeaux (Crows)

Bouchra Ouizguen
Tue Sep 26 6:00pm–6:30pm

The Olympias: Asylum Project

Petra Kuppers, Stephanie Heit, The Olimpias
Sat Oct 7 11:00am–4:00pm



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

MELT - Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Jul 24 – Jul 28 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT - Advanced Releasing Into Scores

Yvonne Meier
Jul 24 – Jul 28 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT - Dance Making Strategies

Neil Greenberg
Jul 24 – Jul 28 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT - Witchcraft: A Corporeal Practice – Initiating from the Heart and Moving Through Fear

iele paloumpis
Jul 24 – Jul 28 4:00pm–6:00pm

MELT "Movie" Night

iele paloumpis
Tue Jul 25 7:00pm–9:00pm

MELT - Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Irene Dowd
Jul 31 – Aug 4 9:45am–11:45am

MELT - Physical Scaling

André M. Zachery
Jul 31 – Aug 4 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT - Deepening Technique, Explorations in Body-Mind Centering®

RoseAnne Spradlin
Jul 31 – Aug 4 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT - Practicing Courage

Levi Gonzalez
Jul 31 – Aug 4 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT "Movie" Night

André M. Zachery
Tue Aug 1 7:00pm–9:00pm

MELT - Embodied Rebellion (becoming uncivilized)

luciana achugar
Aug 7 – Aug 11 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT - Feldenkrais®

Jimena Paz
Aug 7 – Aug 11 1:00pm–3:00pm


Miguel Gutierrez
Aug 7 – Aug 11 2:00pm–6:00pm

MELT - Making Dances: Using Dance as the Question and Answer

Donna Uchizono
Aug 7 – Aug 11 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT "Movie" Night

luciana achugar
Tue Aug 8 7:00pm–9:00pm

MELT Reading Group

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Thu Aug 10 7:00pm–9:00pm
13 additional events

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