photo by Matthew Karas

Irene Dowd

Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education since 1968, while being a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has choreographed for solo dancers in US and Canada, including Peggy Baker and Margie Gillis. Irene is recipient of the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, 2015 Juilliard John Erskine Faculty Prize, 2016 Dance Science & Somatics Educators Lifetime Service Award, and 2018 Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her digital archive of choreographic training materials is viewable at:


MELT Faculty

Past Classes & Events

[In-person] Horizons

Jul 11 – Jul 15, 2022

[Virtual] SPIRALS©

Jan 3 – Jan 7, 2022

[Virtual] Choreographies to Energize Our Feet and Hips

Jul 26 – Jul 30, 2021

[Virtual] MELT – A Dance for Centering and Balancing in a Small Space

Aug 3 – Aug 7, 2020

MELT – Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Jul 15 – Jul 19, 2019

MELT – Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Jan 2 – Jan 4, 2019

MELT–Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Jul 16 – Jul 20, 2018

MELT—Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Jan 2 – Jan 5, 2018

MELT - Choreography for Warming-up to Dance

Jul 31 – Aug 4, 2017

Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance

Tue, Oct 4 – Nov 29, 2016

MELT—Choreography for Warming Up to Dance

Jul 11 – Jul 15, 2016