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

luciana achugar
Fri, Oct 6 – Dec 22 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

Morning Class

Molly Lieber
Tue & Thu, Feb 13 – Mar 1 10:00am–12:00pm
7 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™/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

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Thu, Sep 7 – Feb 22 10:00am–12:00pm

Klein™ Technique – for movers of all kinds

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

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

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jen Harmon
Wed, Oct 18 – Dec 20 10:00am–12:00pm

Alexander Technique

Clare Maxwell
Wed, Nov 1 – Dec 20 2:00pm–4:00pm


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


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Jan 3 – Feb 28 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Sarah White-Ayón
Wed, Jan 3 – Feb 28 2:00pm–4:00pm

Body, Mind and Image

K.J. Holmes
Wed, Jan 17 – Feb 28 4:00pm–6:00pm
29 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.

The Athletics of Intimacy

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

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators .

Contact Improvisation

Sarah Konner
Wed, Nov 1 – Dec 20 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Elise Knudson
Thu, Dec 7 – Dec 28 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Jan 3 – Jan 31 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Carly Czach
Thu, Jan 4 – Jan 25 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Sarah Konner
Thu, Feb 1 – Feb 22 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Tim O'Donnell
Wed, Feb 7 – Feb 28 6:30pm–8:30pm

The Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Feb 10 – Mar 3 11:00am–1:00pm
9 additional events

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 – Feb 23 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.



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—Composition/Physical Relationships

John Jasperse
Jan 2 – Jan 5 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT—Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Irene Dowd
Jan 2 – Jan 5 1:00pm–3:30pm


Daria Faïn
Jan 8 – Jan 12 1:30pm–4:30pm

MELT—Deconstructing Perceptions

Thomas F. DeFrantz, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Jan 10 – Jan 14 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT—This Body is Hallowed Ground

iele paloumpis
Jan 15 – Jan 19 10:00am–12:00pm

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

Chris Aiken
Jan 15 – Jan 19 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT—Watch Me Watch You

Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis
Jan 15 – Jan 19 3:30pm–6:30pm


Yoshiko Chuma, Jodi Melnick
Sat Jan 20 10:00am–10:00pm

MELT—Embodied Rebellion (becoming uncivilized)

luciana achugar
Jan 22 – Jan 26 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT—Alexander Technique: A Critical Practice

Shelley Senter
Jan 22 – Jan 26 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT—Standing In

Jen Rosenblit
Jan 22 – Jan 26 3:30pm–5:30pm
8 additional events

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