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.

Our Classes

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, Jan 4 – Jun 28 6:00pm–7:00pm

[Virtual] Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Thu, Jan 14 – Jun 24 1:00pm–2:15pm

[Virtual] Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Emma Fitzsimmons
Tue, Feb 2 – May 11 9:00am–10:00am

[Virtual] Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jaime Ortega
Tue, Feb 2 – Jun 29 1:00pm–2:30pm

[Virtual] Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Fri, Feb 5 – Jun 25 10:00am–11:30am

[Virtual] Releasing

Yvonne Meier
Mon, Mar 1 – Apr 19 10:00am–11:00am

[Virtual] Alexander Technique

Emily Faulkner
Wed, Mar 17 – Apr 28 9:00am–10:00am

[Virtual] Feldenkrais®

Tasha Taylor
Wed, Apr 7 – Apr 28 12:30pm–1:30pm

[Virtual] Releasing

Julie Mayo
Mon, Apr 26 – May 24 10:00am–11:00am

[Virtual] Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, May 18 – Jun 29 9:00am–10:00am
10 additional events

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.

[Virtual] Morning Technique Laboratory

Joanna Kotze
Tue, Mar 30 – Apr 27 10:30am–12:00pm

[Virtual] small space morning class

Vicky Shick
Thu, Apr 1 – May 27 10:00am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Resiliency Motions, Decisive Actions

Zavé Martohardjono
Mon, May 3 – May 24 11:15am–12:45pm

[Virtual] mapping pleasure in my/your body

Jasmine Hearn
Tue, May 4 – May 11 10:30am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Channels of Feeling

Justin Cabrillos
Fri, May 7 – May 28 1:00pm–2:15pm

[Virtual] mapping pleasure in my/your body

Jasmine Hearn
Tue Jun 1 10:30am–12:00pm
6 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.

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Patrick McGrath
Wed, Apr 14 – Apr 28 11:30am–1:00pm

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Amanda Kmett'Pendry
Wed, May 5 – May 19 10:30am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Kimberly Fulmer
Wed, May 26 – Jun 9 10:30am–12:00pm

[Virtual] Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Cecily Campbell
Wed, Jun 16 – Jun 30 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.

[Virtual] The Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Jan 16 – Jun 26 11:00am–1:00pm
1 additional events

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] Moving Bodies in Frame

Andrea Lerner
Fri, Mar 5 – Apr 23 1:00pm–2:30pm

[Virtual] BodyPortals/ CuerpxPortales

Marielys Burgos Meléndez
Mon, Apr 5 – Apr 27 11:15am–12:45pm



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.