Mark Morris Dance Center classes

Mark Morris Dance,Music & Literacy Project

MMDG/NYCHA Partnership

In cooperation with the New York City Housing Authority,the MMDG/NYCHA Partnership provides free dance classes to youth and senior residents of Brooklyn public housing with the goal of increasing the residents' interest and comfort with the arts. Weekly classes taught by MMDG teaching artists serve children and teens by creating an opportunity for consistent contact with the arts and professional artists. Seniors are led through professional dance techniques by MMDG company member Joe Bowie,and are accompanied by a pianist in bi-monthly classes.

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Mark Morris Dance,Music & Literacy Project

MMDG conducts in-school residences to introduce Brooklyn school children to the performing and visual arts using one of Mark Morris' most acclaimed evening length works - L'Allegro,il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Mr. Morris created his dance by "collaborating" with three long-dead artists: the composer G.F. Handel,the poet John Milton,and the artist William Blake.Open HouseThis creative effort,spanning 350 years,is a perfect starting point for learning about the interaction of words,music,and dance.

Working with live musicians,MMDG teaching artist,Mireille Radwan-Dana Obert guides students through the poems,the music,and the choreography. Students learn to dance sections of the piece and also learn to create original dances. The residency culminates with a visit to the Mark Morris Dance Center for a private performance and conversation with the Dance Group.

MMDG collaborates with faculty from each host school to shape the residency,which emphasizes "curriculum connections" with English,the arts,music,social studies,and math. MMDG provides faculty with a study guide,books,and videos,and confers with them throughout the process.

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Open House

Once a year,the Mark Morris Dance Center opens its doors to the general public for a full day of activities. Community members are invited to tour the building and participate in free dance classes.

Performances are held throughout the day by the student company as well as members of the Mark Morris Dance Group and others,plus raffle prizes,refreshments,films and music concerts attracted over 1, 000 guests in 2012.


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2005-12-29 08:05:43 by cloudyskies

Pros:
-TONS of classes, most of which are pretty good (I've done yoga, pilates mat, spinning, step, stretch, belly dancing at various locations and they were mostly pretty solid with helpful, well-informed instructors)
-Many locations all over the city, so if you get the membership that allows you to go to more than one branch, it's really convenient
-Lots of machines & free weights
-Pretty helpful staff
-Clean equipment and locker rooms
-Saunas and steam rooms in many branches
-Updated web site with class info for all branches, so you can easily check online where a particular class you're in the mood for that day is

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