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.

In the wake of Covid-19, Movement Research is offering FREE online classes through Zoom. Sign up for classes by following the registration link on individual class pages. Our Calendar offers a week-to-week view of online class offerings.

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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

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] Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Fri, Apr 3 – Jun 26 10:00am–11:30am

[Virtual] Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Thu, Apr 9 – Jun 25 1:00pm–2:15pm

[Virtual] BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, May 4 – Jun 29 6:15pm–7:30pm

[Cancelled] Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue Jun 2 2:00pm–3:15pm

[Virtual] Feldenkrais®

Rebecca Davis
Wed, Jun 3 – Jun 24 12:30pm–1:30pm

[Virtual] Alexander Technique

Fabio Tavares
Wed, Jun 3 – Jun 24 2:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Jun 9 – Jun 30 2:00pm–3:15pm
7 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.

[Virtual] The Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Apr 4 – Jun 27 11:00am–1:00pm

[Virtual] Contact Improvisation: The Basics

Gabrielle Revlock
Thu, Apr 16 – Jun 25 6:00pm–7:00pm
2 additional events

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.

[Cancelled] Morning Class

Molly Lieber
Mon Jun 1 11:15am–12:30pm

[Cancelled] Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Tue, Jun 2 – Jun 16 10:00am–11:45am

[Virtual] Morning Class

luciana achugar
Fri, Jun 5 – Jun 19 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Tue, Jun 9 – Jun 16 10:00am–11:45am
4 additional events

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. See Morning Class section above for current schedule.

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Kyle Marshall
Wed Jun 3 10:30am–11:45am

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Cecily Campbell
Wed, Jun 10 – Jun 17 10:30am–11:45am

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Kyle Marshall
Wed Jun 24 10:30am–11:45am

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] Summer MELT 2020

July 6-August 8

Registration opens June 1.

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

[Virtual] MELT – Releasing

Yvonne Meier
Jul 6 – Jul 10 11:00am–12:00pm

[Virtual] MELT – Imagining Liberation Part 2 - A Conversation, A Game, A Study, A Process, A Meeting, An approach to Making Dances. Prayerfully, an approach to "Shaping Future".

Marjani Forté-Saunders
Jul 6 – Jul 10 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] MELT – Making ourselves a utopian body by becoming uncivilized with a practice of being in pleasure

luciana achugar
Sat, Jul 11 – Aug 8 12:00pm–2:00pm

[Virtual] MELT – small space morning class

Vicky Shick
Jul 13 – Jul 17 10:00am–11:45am

[Virtual] MELT – Virtually Real Contact Practice

K.J. Holmes
Jul 13 – Jul 17 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] MELT – make me a home

Jasmine Hearn
Jul 20 – Jul 24 10:00am–12:00pm

[Virtual] MELT – Touch in the Time of Distancing

Eva Karczag
Jul 20 – Jul 24 1:00pm–3:00pm

[Virtual] MELT – Complexity

Tere O'Connor
Jul 20 – Jul 24 3:30pm–5:30pm

[Virtual] MELT – Languaging the Dance

Ishmael Houston-Jones
Mon, Tue & Thu, Aug 3 – Aug 13 6:00pm–8:00pm
7 additional events

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