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

Vicky Shick
Tue, Oct 2 – Nov 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

John Jasperse
Thu, Oct 11 – Nov 29 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

luciana achugar

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Shelley Senter
Wed, Nov 7 – Nov 28 10:00am–11:30am

Morning Class

Beth Gill

Morning Class

Angie Pittman
Fri, Nov 16 – Nov 30 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Jasmine Hearn
Mon Nov 26 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Jasmine Hearn
Tue & Thu, Dec 4 – Dec 18 10:00am–12:00pm

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Sandra Grinberg
Wed, Dec 5 – Dec 19 10:00am–11:30am

Morning Class

Kayvon Pourazar
Fri, Dec 7 – Dec 21 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Mina Nishimura
Mon Dec 10 10:00am–12:00pm
18 additional events

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.

Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Sep 4 – Feb 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Sep 4 – Feb 26 2:00pm–3:15pm

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Thu, Sep 6 – Feb 28 10:00am–12:00pm

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

Barbara Mahler
Fri, Sep 7 – Feb 22 10:00am–12:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Sep 10 – Feb 25 6:15pm–7:30pm

Qi Gong + Meditation with WellMan

Laurel Atwell, Tess Dworman
Mon, Sep 17 – Feb 25 10:00am–12:00pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jen Harmon
Wed, Nov 7 – Dec 19 10:00am–12:00pm


Rebecca Davis
Wed, Nov 7 – Dec 19 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Alice MacDonald
Wed, Nov 7 – Dec 19 2:00pm–4:00pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jaime Ortega
Wed, Jan 2 – Feb 27 10:00am–12:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Jan 2 – Feb 27 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Sarah White-Ayón
Wed, Jan 2 – Feb 27 2:00pm–3:00pm
28 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 Athletics of Intimacy

K.J. Holmes
Sat, Sep 15 – Dec 22 11:00am–1:00pm

The Underscore

Underscore Facilitators, Lucy Mahler
Oct 14 2:00pm–6:00pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

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

Contact Improvisation

Elise Knudson
Wed, Dec 5 – Jan 30 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Carly Czach
Thu, Dec 6 – Jan 31 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Feb 6 – Feb 27 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Elise Knudson
Thu, Feb 7 – Feb 28 6:00pm–8:00pm
12 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. 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, Sep 3 – 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.

dialoguing dance – / process as guide /

Melanie Maar
Mon, Oct 22 – Nov 26 3:00pm–5:00pm

The Sounding Body: Speaking in Tongues

mayfield brooks
Wed, Nov 7 6:30pm–8:30pm

Immediate minutes/ Minuets

Jennifer Monson
Dec 1 – Dec 2 10:00am–2:00pm

Shifting Concepts: from Poem to Body

Yoshiko Chuma
Dec 12 – Dec 14 6:00pm–9:00pm

MELT – Prepare/Perform

Gwen Welliver
Jan 2 – Jan 4 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT – Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Irene Dowd
Jan 2 – Jan 4 1:00pm–4:00pm

MELT – Secret Journey: Rove

Pat Catterson, Yoshiko Chuma
Jan 5 – Jan 6
Jan 7

MELT – Workshop with Thomas F. DeFrantz

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Jan 7 – Jan 11 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT – The Transgressive Body

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Jan 7 – Jan 10 12:30pm–3:30pm

MELT – Workshop with Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson
Jan 12 – Jan 18 10:00am–1:00pm

MELT – Workshop with Paloma McGregor

Paloma McGregor
Jan 14 – Jan 16 2:00pm–5:00pm
8 additional events


Winter MELT 2019

January 2-25, 2019 – Registration is OPEN!

Register before November 26 at 6pm to receive 20% EARLYBIRD discount.

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

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