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

Stuart Singer
Tue & Thu, May 16 – May 25 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Lindsey Dietz Marchant
Mon, Wed & Fri, May 22 – Jun 9 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Tue & Thu, May 30 – Jun 29 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Kayvon Pourazar
Mon, Wed & Fri, Jun 12 – Jun 30 10:00am–12:00pm

Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Fri Jun 16 10:00am–12:00pm
1 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.

Klein Technique™

Barbara Mahler
Tue & Thu, Feb 2 – Aug 18 10:00am–12:00pm


Barbara Mahler
Fri, Feb 3 – Aug 25 10:00am–12:00pm

Qi Gong

Laurel Atwell
Mon, Feb 6 – Jul 31 10:00am–12:00pm

BodyMind Dancing™

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

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers

Johanna S. Meyer
Tue, Feb 7 – Jun 27 2:00pm–3:15pm

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis
Tue, Mar 7 – Aug 29 10:00am–12:00pm

Alexander Technique

Emily Faulkner
Wed, Apr 5 – May 31 2:00pm–4:00pm

The Sounding Body: Voice as Movement

Peter Sciscioli
Wed, Apr 26 – May 24 6:30pm–8:30pm


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


Jimena Paz
Wed, Jun 7 – Jun 28 12:30pm–2:00pm

Alexander Technique

Rachel Bernsen
Wed, Jun 7 – Jul 26 2:00pm–4:00pm


Tasha Taylor
Wed, Jul 5 – Jul 26 12:30pm–2:00pm


Antonio Ramos
Wed, Aug 2 – Aug 30 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 .
Feb 12 – Jun 11 2:30pm–5:30pm

The Athletics of Intimacy

Bradley Teal Ellis
Sat, Apr 8 – Jun 10 11:00am–1:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Elise Knudson
Wed, May 3 – May 31 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Tim O'Donnell
Thu, May 4 – May 25 6:00pm–8:00pm

Contact Improvisation

Peter Chamberlin
Wed, Jun 7 – Jun 28 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis
Wed, Jul 5 – Jul 26 6:30pm–8:30pm

Contact Improvisation - The Basics

Bradley Teal Ellis
Thu, Aug 3 – Aug 31 6:00pm–8:00pm
3 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.

Sunday Process Lab [RESCHEDULED: DATE TBA]

Hadar Ahuvia
Sun Jun 18 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, Feb 2 – Jun 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.



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

Technique: Dancing Deeply

Juliette Mapp
Jul 10 – Jul 14 10:00am–12:00pm

Contact Improvisation Practices

K.J. Holmes
Jul 10 – Jul 14 1:00pm–3:00pm

Improvising Choreography/Choreographing Improvisation

Ishmael Houston-Jones
Jul 10 – Jul 14 3:30pm–6:00pm

See Hear Here

Mariana Valencia
Jul 10 – Jul 14 4:00pm–6:00pm

Inspired Movement Technique

Michelle Boulé
Jul 17 – Jul 21 10:00am–12:00pm

Klein Technique™

Barbara Mahler
Jul 17 – Jul 21 1:00pm–3:00pm


Jennifer Monson
Jul 17 – Jul 21 3:30pm–6:00pm

Morning Class

Vicky Shick
Jul 24 – Jul 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Advanced Releasing Into Scores

Yvonne Meier
Jul 24 – Jul 28 1:00pm–3:00pm

Dance Making Strategies

Neil Greenberg
Jul 24 – Jul 28 3:30pm–6:00pm

Witchcraft: A Corporeal Practice – Initiating from the Heart and Moving Through Fear

iele paloumpis
Jul 24 – Jul 28 4:00pm–6:00pm

Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Irene Dowd
Jul 31 – Aug 4 9:45am–11:45am

Physical Scaling

André M. Zachery
Jul 31 – Aug 4 10:00am–12:00pm

Deepening Technique, Explorations in Body-Mind Centering®

RoseAnne Spradlin
Jul 31 – Aug 4 1:00pm–3:00pm

Practicing Courage

Levi Gonzalez
Jul 31 – Aug 4 3:30pm–6:00pm

Embodied Rebellion (becoming uncivilized)

luciana achugar
Aug 7 – Aug 11 10:00am–12:00pm


Jimena Paz
Aug 7 – Aug 11 1:00pm–3:00pm


Miguel Gutierrez
Aug 7 – Aug 11 2:00pm–6:00pm

Making Dances: Using Dance as the Question and Answer

Donna Uchizono
Aug 7 – Aug 11 3:30pm–6:00pm
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Our classes and workshops are located in a variety of studio spaces across New York.