Our low-cost, ongoing, drop-in classes and workshops are led by established, progressive dance artists. During Covid-19, Movement Research is offering mostly FREE online classes through Zoom.

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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.
  • New to Zoom? So are we. Review our MR Zoom Class Etiquette Guidelines posted on a class webpage before class begins.
  • Automated closed captioning will be available for all Movement Research MELT workshops and classes that take place via Zoom!

Our Classes

Morning Classes

Morning Classes were once held everyday at 10am, but now happen throughout the week at various times of day. Classes offer the opportunity to experience an artist Faculty's movement practices, investigations, histories. Classes may include somatic, improvisation, and movement phrase exercises. If dance experience is recommended, it will be denoted on the class webpage.

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Physical Inquiry and Somatic Practices

A series of ongoing, weekly drop-in classes based in a variety of body practices, designed to expand one’s understanding and efficient use of the body. Classes are suitable for professional dancers and non-dancers alike.

[Virtual] BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Sep 13 6:00pm–7:00pm

[VIRTUAL] Topf Technique /Dynamic Anatomy with Jen Harmon

Jen Harmon
Tue, Sep 14 1:00pm–2:30pm

[Virtual] Alexander Technique with Alice MacDonald

Alice MacDonald
Wed, Sep 15 9:00am–10:00am

[ Virtual] Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Thu, Sep 16 1:00pm–2:30pm

[VIRTUAL] Topf Technique /Dynamic Anatomy with Jaime Ortega

Jaime Ortega
Tue, Oct 12 – Dec 15 1:00pm–2:30pm

[Virtual] Alexander Technique with Fabio Tavares

Fabio Tavares
Oct 13 9:00am–10:00am

[Virtual] Feldenkrais® with Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis
Wed, Oct 13 – Nov 11 12:30pm–1:30pm
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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.

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class with Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath
Wed, Sep 29 10:30am–12:00pm

Dark Room Ballet

Hosted by Movement Research, Dark Room Ballet is taught by Krishna Washburn and designed specifically for the educational needs of blind and visually impaired people.

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[Virtual] Dark Room Ballet: Open Level Class
[Virtual] Dark Room Ballet: Introductory Level Class

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, Oct 16 – Nov 20 11:00am–1:00pm
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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] Do It Yourself Shiatsu: Self-treatment in time of Isolation

Ori Flomin
Mon, Oct 4 – Nov 2 11:15am–12:30pm



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.