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 & Thu, Jun 4 – Jun 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

luciana achugar
Mon, Jun 10 – Jun 24 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Angie Pittman
Fri, Jun 14 – Jun 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

Mariah Maloney
Wed, Jun 19 – Jun 26 10:00am–11:30am
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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 at Movement Research's new home at 150 First Avenue. All classes $14 unless otherwise noted. MR Class Cards are applicable at Eden's Expressway, and MR, 122CC only.

Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Thu, Sep 6 – Aug 29 10:00am–12:00pm

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

Barbara Mahler
Fri, Mar 1 – Aug 23 10:00am–12:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

Martha Eddy
Mon, Mar 4 – Jun 24 6:15pm–7:30pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Mar 5 – Aug 27 2:00pm–3:15pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Jen Harmon
Wed, May 1 – Jun 26 10:00am–12:00pm


Rebecca Davis
Wed, May 1 – Jun 26 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Alice MacDonald
Wed, May 15 – Jun 26 2:00pm–4:00pm

Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Jun 4 – Jun 20 10:00am–12:00pm

[SUB] Klein Technique™/Stretch and Placement

Wally Cardona
Tue & Thu, Jun 25 – Jun 27 10:00am–12:00pm

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®

Lise Brenner
Wed, Jul 3 – Jul 31 10:00am–12:00pm


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Jul 3 – Jul 31 12:30pm–2:00pm


Wed, Aug 7 – Aug 28 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 Underscore

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

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Tim O'Donnell
Thu, May 2 – Jun 27 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Carly Czach
Wed, Jun 5 – Jun 26 6:30pm–8:30pm

The Athletics of Intimacy

Johanna S. Meyer
Sat, Jun 15 – Jun 29 11:00am–1:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Jul 3 – Jul 31 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Carly Czach
Thu, Jul 4 – Jul 25 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Bradley Teal Ellis
Thu, Aug 1 – Aug 29 6:00pm–8:00pm
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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, Feb 28 – Aug 30 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.


Summer MELT 2019

July 8-August 9,2019

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

MELT–Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Jul 8 – Jul 12 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–Contact Improvisation Practices

K.J. Holmes
Jul 8 – Jul 12 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT—i, abject: queer objectivities, or the art of ma(s)king dances

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal
Jul 8 – Jul 12 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT Reading Group: the body that loses its chair

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal
Thu Jul 11 7:00pm–9:00pm

MELT – Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Irene Dowd
Jul 15 – Jul 19 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–Inspired Movement Practice

Michelle Boulé
Jul 15 – Jul 19 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT—Advanced Releasing into Scores

Yvonne Meier
Jul 15 – Jul 19 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT–Choreographic Shift

Tere O'Connor
Jul 15 – Jul 19 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT–BIG BODY: Experimental J-Sette Performance Workshop

Jermone Donte Beacham, Jumatatu Poe
Jul 22 – Jul 26 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–Klein Technique™/stretch and placement

Barbara Mahler
Jul 22 – Jul 26 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT – Imagining Liberation - A Conversation, A Game, A Study, A Process, A Meeting, An approach to making dances

Marjani Forté-Saunders
Jul 22 – Jul 26 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT–Dance Making

Beth Gill
Jul 22 – Jul 26 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT–listening to pleasure at the boundary

Jasmine Hearn
Jul 29 – Aug 2 10:00am–12:00pm

MELT–The Sounding Body: Voice as Movement

Peter Sciscioli
Jul 29 – Aug 2 1:00pm–3:00pm

MELT–Dancing Text/Texting Dance

Ishmael Houston-Jones
Jul 29 – Aug 2 3:30pm–6:00pm

MELT–Moving, Dancing & Performing: Some Strategies

Neil Greenberg
Aug 5 – Aug 9 10:00am–12:00pm


Miguel Gutierrez
Aug 5 – Aug 9 1:00pm–5:00pm

MELT–Feldenkrais Method

Jimena Paz
Aug 5 – Aug 9 1:00pm–3:00pm
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Our classes and workshops are located in a variety of studio spaces across New York.