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

Vicky Shick
Tue, Oct 1 – Nov 19 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Jennifer Nugent
Thu, Oct 3 – Nov 21 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

John Jasperse
Mon, Nov 4 – Dec 16 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Lindsey Dietz Marchant
Fri, Nov 8 – Nov 15 10:00am–12:00pm

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Kyle Marshall
Wed Nov 13 10:00am–11:30am

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Jamie Scott
Wed, Dec 4 10:00am–11:30am

Morning Class

Kayvon Pourazar
Tue & Thu, Dec 10 – Dec 12 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

mayfield brooks
Fri, Dec 13 – Dec 20 10:00am–12:00pm
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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.

BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Sep 9 – Feb 24 10:30am–11:45am

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Sep 10 – Jan 28 2:00pm–3:15pm

Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Sep 17 – Feb 27 10:00am–12:00pm


Barbara Mahler
Fri, Sep 20 – Feb 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Witchcraft - a Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Thu, Sep 26 – Feb 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jaime Ortega
Wed, Oct 2 – Nov 27 10:00am–12:00pm


Rebecca Davis
Wed, Nov 6 – Nov 20 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Clare Maxwell
Wed, Nov 6 – Nov 20 2:00pm–4:00pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jen Harmon
Wed, Dec 4 – Dec 18 10:00am–12:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Dec 4 – Dec 18 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Clare Maxwell
Wed, Dec 4 – Dec 18 2:00pm–4:00pm


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Jan 8 – Jan 29 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Alice MacDonald
Wed, Jan 8 – Jan 29 2:00pm–4:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Feb 5 – Feb 26 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Fabio Tavares
Wed, Feb 5 – Feb 26 2:00pm–4:00pm
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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.

The Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Sep 14 – Feb 29 11:00am–1:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Elise Knudson
Wed, Nov 6 – Nov 27 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Tim O'Donnell
Thu, Nov 7 – Nov 21 6:00pm–8:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Nov 24 2:00pm–6:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Dec 4 – Dec 18 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Carly Czach
Thu, Dec 5 – Dec 19 6:00pm–8:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Dec 8 2:00pm–6:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Sun Dec 22 2:00pm–6:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Carly Czach
Wed, Jan 8 – Jan 29 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Elise Knudson
Thu, Jan 9 – Jan 30 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

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

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Funda Gul
Thu, Feb 6 – Feb 27 6:00pm–8:00pm
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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, Sep 2 – Feb 28 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.

The Sounding Body: Moving Energies and Voice Magic

Marisa Michelson
Wed, Oct 23 – Nov 13 6:30pm–8:30pm

Delicious Movement Workshop

Eiko Otake
Nov 16 – Nov 17 11:00am–4:00pm

embodiment and sound

Jasmine Hearn and slowdanger
Nov 20 – Nov 22 10:00am–1:00pm

Fall Festival | The Body Remembers: Breathwork for Radical Presence

Jennifer Patterson
Thu Dec 5 4:00pm–6:00pm

Fall Festival | LIMINAL BODIES: Internal Practices for Unwinding Empire

Zavé Martohardjono
Sun Dec 8 11:00am–2:00pm
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Winter MELT 2020

January 6-24, 2020

Registration opens Tuesday, October 29.
EARLYBIRD discounts available through November 15 at 8pm.

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

MELT – An Eco-Poetic Approach to Dance Improvisation and Performance

Chris Aiken
Jan 6 – Jan 10 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT – Honing Bodily Intuition

iele paloumpis
Jan 6 – Jan 7 12:30pm–4:30pm

MELT – We Got Soul: Improvising While Black as Movement Practice

mayfield brooks
Jan 6 – Jan 10 5:00pm–7:00pm

MELT – Creating Your Biomythography: An Interdisciplinary Performance Lab

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Jan 8 – Jan 10 12:30pm–4:30pm

MELT – Practicing Dancing

John Jasperse
Jan 13 – Jan 17 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT – Alexander Technique: A Critical Practice

Shelley Senter
Jan 13 – Jan 17 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT – the body lo(o)ses the score

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal
Jan 13 – Jan 17 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT – TUNING SCORES Laboratory - Composition, communication, and the sense of imagination

Lisa Nelson
Jan 20 – Jan 24 10:00am–2:00pm

MELT – Contemporary dance technique as Transformation Practice (training utopia)

luciana achugar
Jan 20 – Jan 24 2:30pm–5:00pm
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Our classes and workshops are located in a variety of studio spaces across New York.