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

Molly Lieber
Mon, Wed & Fri, Oct 24 – Nov 14 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class / Afro-Brazilian Dance: Samba-Afro

Joya Powell
Tue & Thu, Oct 25 – Oct 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Stuart Singer
Tue & Thu, Nov 1 – Nov 17 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Joanna Kotze
Mon, Wed & Fri, Nov 9 – Nov 18 10:00am–12:00pm

Fall Festival / State of Dancing: Conditional Contemplations

Keely Garfield
Tue & Thu, Nov 29 – Dec 1 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

luciana achugar
Mon, Wed & Fri, Dec 5 – Dec 16 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Tue & Thu, Dec 13 – Dec 22 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Jennifer Nugent
Mon, Wed & Fri, Dec 19 – Dec 23 10:00am–12:00pm
4 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.

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Tue & Thu, Sep 1 – Feb 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Sep 6 – Feb 28 2:00pm–3:15pm

Klein Technique™

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Sep 8 – Mar 2 10:00am–12:00pm


Barbara Mahler
Fri, Sep 9 – Feb 24 10:00am–12:00pm

Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Mon, Sep 12 – Feb 27 10:00am–12:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Sep 12 – Feb 27 6:15pm–7:30pm

Skinner Releasing Technique™

Karl Anderson
Tue, Sep 13 – Dec 20 7:30pm–9:00pm

Body, Mind and Image

K.J. Holmes
Wed, Sep 14 – Dec 21 10:00am–12:00pm

Alexander Technique

Adele Nickel
Wed, Sep 14 – Oct 26 2:00pm–4:00pm

Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance

Irene Dowd
Tue, Oct 4 – Nov 29 3:00pm–4:45pm


Rebecca Davis
Wed, Oct 5 – Oct 26 12:30pm–2:00pm

Voice as Movement

Peter Sciscioli
Wed, Oct 5 – Nov 9 6:00pm–8:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

Dana Davison


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Nov 2 – Nov 30 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Clare Maxwell
Wed, Nov 2 – Dec 28 2:00pm–4:00pm

Klein Technique™

Wally Cardona
Thu Nov 3 10:00am–12:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Dec 7 – Jan 25 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Sarah White Ayón
Wed, Jan 4 – Feb 22 2:00pm–4:00pm


Rebecca Davis
Feb 1 – Jan 25 12:30pm–2:00pm
14 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 Underscore

Underscore Facilitators
Aug 14 – Jan 21 2:30pm–5:30pm

Contact Improvisation

Sarah Konner
Wed, Sep 7 – Oct 26 6:30pm–8:30pm

The Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Sep 10 – Dec 17 11:00am–1:00pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Elise Knudson
Thu, Oct 6 – Oct 27 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Elise Knudson
Wed, Nov 2 – Nov 30 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Tim O'Donnell
Thu, Nov 3 – Nov 24 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Sarah Konner
Thu, Dec 1 – Dec 29 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

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

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Jan 4 – Jan 25 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Bradley Teal Ellis
Thu, Jan 5 – Jan 26 6:00pm–8:00pm

wall, floor, ceiling: composing in improvisation

Johanna S. Meyer
Sat, Jan 7 – Feb 24 11:00am–1:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Wed, Feb 1 – Feb 22 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Paul Singh
Thu, Feb 2 – Feb 23 6:00pm–8:00pm
8 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.

ritual/protest/action/concentrated circles/dreaming/doing/radical art making

Ni’Ja Whitson
Sun Nov 6 3:00pm–6:00pm


Abigail Levine
Sun Nov 20 3:00pm–6:00pm

The Alchemy of Objects or The Quest for the Universal Elixir

Patti Bradshaw, Christopher Williams, Nami Yamamoto
Sun Dec 18 3:00pm–6:00pm

Mushroom Molecule

Walter Dundervill
Sun Jan 29 3:00pm–6:00pm

Janet Panetta / International Dance Dialogues

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. 

Janet also created the International Dance Dialogues (IDD) program, designed to address the need for New York's dance artists to have meaningful interchange with their counterparts and potential mentors from Eastern and Western Europe. IDD is curated by Janet Panetta and administered by Movement Research. For more information visit internationaldancedialogues.org

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

Janet Panetta
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, Sep 1 – 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.

Practicing Being and Seeing

Melanie Maar
Sun, Sep 11 – Oct 30 11:00am–2:00pm

Experiments in Making and Describing

Pele Bauch
Sat, Nov 5 – Nov 19 3:00pm–6:00pm

Screening: Non-Dance, Dance Film

Brighid Greene, Kayvon Pourazar
Mon Nov 28 2:00pm–5:00pm


Jeremy Pickard
Wed Nov 30 10:00am–12:00pm

Fall and the Metal Energy: a Seasonal Workshop

Daria Faïn
Dec 10 – Dec 11 10:00am–3:00pm



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

Movement Technique and Performance

Gwen Welliver
Jan 2 – Jan 6 10:00am–12:00pm

An Eco-Poetic Approach to Dance Improvisation and Performance

Chris Aiken
Jan 2 – Jan 6 1:00pm–3:00pm

Improvising Choreography / Choreographing Improvisation

Ishmael Houston-Jones
Jan 2 – Jan 6 3:30pm–6:00pm


Vicky Shick
Jan 9 – Jan 13 10:00am–12:00pm

Joined at the Hips – Exploring the Hip Joints

Eva Karczag
Jan 9 – Jan 13 1:00pm–3:00pm

Social Dancing (aka Negotiation)

Keith Hennessy
Jan 9 – Jan 13 3:30pm–6:00pm

Technique Laboratory

Joanna Kotze
Jan 16 – Jan 20 10:00am–12:00pm

Alexander Technique: A Critical Practice

Shelley Senter
Jan 16 – Jan 20 1:00pm–3:00pm

What we do when we do the thing we do before we know what we are doing

Jeanine Durning
Jan 16 – Jan 20 3:30pm–6:00pm
6 additional events

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