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
Mon, Mar 12 – May 21 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Jon Kinzel
Fri, Mar 30 – Apr 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Michelle Boulé
Tue & Thu, Apr 10 – Apr 26 10:00am–12:00pm

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Irene Hultman
Wed, Apr 11 – Apr 25 10:00am–11:30am

Morning Class

Lindsey Dietz Marchant
Tue Apr 24 10:00am–12:00pm

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Diane Madden
Wed, May 2 – Jun 6 10:00am–11:30am

Morning Class

Kai Kleinbard
Fri, May 4 – May 25 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Kayvon Pourazar
Tue & Thu, May 8 – May 24 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Tue & Thu, May 29 – Jun 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

John Jasperse
Mon & Fri, Jun 1 – Jun 15 10:00am–12:00pm

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Wed, Jun 13 – Aug 29 10:00am–11:30am

Morning Class

Joanna Kotze
Mon & Fri, Jun 18 – Jun 29 10:00am–12:00pm
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Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Movement Research partners with the Trisha Brown Dance Company to host weekly Company Class taught by a rotating cast of former company members. See Morning Class section above for current schedule.

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.

Body, Mind and Image

K.J. Holmes
Wed, Jan 24 – May 9 4:00pm–6:00pm

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Thu, Feb 1 – Aug 30 10:00am–12:00pm

Klein™/Barre: Klein Technique™ as related to dance

Barbara Mahler
Fri, Feb 2 – Aug 17 10:00am–12:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Feb 5 – Jun 18 6:15pm–7:30pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Feb 6 – Aug 29 2:00pm–3:15pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jaime Ortega
Wed, Feb 7 – Aug 29 10:00am–12:00pm

Qi Gong + Meditation with WellMan

Laurel Atwell, Tess Dworman
Mon, Mar 5 – Aug 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Mar 6 – Aug 16 10:00am–12:00pm


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Mar 7 – Apr 25 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Emily Faulkner
Wed, Apr 4 – May 30 2:00pm–4:00pm

Welcoming Spring with Plants and Ritual

Jill Sigman
Thu, Apr 12 – Apr 26 10:00am–12:00pm


Rebecca Davis
Wed, May 2 – Jun 27 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Rachel Bernsen
Wed, Jun 6 – Jul 25 2:00pm–4:00pm

Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Joanna Kotze
Tue & Thu, Jun 19 – Jun 28 10:00am–12:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Jul 4 – Aug 29 12:30pm–2:00pm
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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, Feb 10 – May 12 11:00am–1:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler

Contact Improvisation

Sarah Konner
Wed, Apr 4 – Apr 25 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Elise Knudson
Thu, Apr 5 – Apr 26 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

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

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Tim O'Donnell
Thu, May 3 – Jun 28 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Carly Czach
Wed, Jun 6 – Jun 27 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Jul 11 – Jul 25 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Bradley Teal Ellis
Thu, Aug 2 – Aug 30 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Bradley Teal Ellis
Thu, Aug 2 – Aug 30 6:00pm–8:00pm
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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. Currently on hiatus as of Fall 2017.

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, Apr 2 – Aug 31 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.

The Sounding Body: Voice As Movement

Peter Sciscioli
Wed, Apr 11 – Apr 25 6:30pm–8:30pm

Dancing magic and politics

Keith Hennessy
Mon, Tue & Wed, May 21 – May 23 10:00am–2:00pm

The Edge is a Field

Deborah Hay
Jun 7 – Jun 8 6:00pm–9:00pm



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

MELT–Morning Class

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

MELT–Contact Improvisation Practices

K.J. Holmes
Jul 9 – Jul 13 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT–Improvising Choreography / Choreographing Improvisation

Ishmael Houston-Jones
Jul 9 – Jul 13 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT–Inspired Movement Practice

Michelle Boulé
Jul 16 – Jul 20 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Irene Dowd
Jul 16 – Jul 20 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–Klein Technique™/stretch and placement

Barbara Mahler
Jul 16 – Jul 20 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT–Dance Making

Beth Gill
Jul 16 – Jul 20 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT–The Recording Body: Understanding Afrofuturist Movement Systems

André M. Zachery
Jul 23 – Jul 27 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–Weight, Breath and Center

Eva Karczag
Jul 23 – Jul 27 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT–Choreographic Shift

Tere O'Connor
Jul 23 – Jul 27 3:30pm–6:00pm


Miguel Gutierrez
Jul 30 – Aug 3 10:00am–1:00pm

MELT–fantasy feeling and the erotic

Jasmine Hearn
Jul 30 – Aug 3 1:30pm–3:30pm

MELT–This Body is Hallowed Ground

iele paloumpis
Jul 30 – Aug 3 3:45pm–5:45pm

MELT–Antonio Crisis

Antonio Ramos
Aug 6 – Aug 10 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT—Experiencing Technique/Support, Precision, Presence

Jennifer Nugent
Aug 6 – Aug 10 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT—Ineffable But We Practice

Wally Cardona
Aug 6 – Aug 10 3:30pm–6:00pm
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Our classes and workshops are located in a variety of studio spaces across New York.