Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Yard's Community Dance Classes are held during the summer season in our open-air barn studio. Classes are taught by Yard staff members (Alison Manning, Jesse Keller Jason, and Holly Jones), as well as by visiting guest artists, and range in style with consistent offerings in Horton, Contemporary, and Jazz.  Classes are open to all ages and dance abilities, providing a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. In a typical class, you will find The Yard’s summer interns, visiting artists, people in their sixties and seventies, professional dancers, teenagers, The Yard’s senior staff, among others. We hope you will join us!

Monday, August 20th-Friday, August 24th
Naomi Golberg Haas


Modern Dance for Life
Enjoy moving with full expression and purpose, the class integrates the thinking body with the emotional body. Opening stretching moves to standing center work, opening the spine with a combination of contemporary and traditional dance techniques. Emphases is on correct alignment, articulation and connected movement. Class also includes a floor work section informed by Pilates mat strengthening. Sessions are completed with adaptable large phrase movement across the floor.


Single class $15
5 Class Pass $70
10 Class Pass $130
20 Class Pass $240

Or purchase at The Yard with cash, credit or check

Gift Certificates now available

Gift Certificates can be redeemed for classes, performances, apparel and more! 
Limitations apply. Call 508.645.9662 for details.

How to prepare for class:

  • Wear warm layers as it is often cold at the beginning of the class and gets sweaty by the end of class

  • Socks advised. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes and bare feet are also fine. 

  • Don't forget your water bottle! 
MAKING IT is The Yard’s dance-making curriculum and creativity initiative with programs for all ages across the island in various locations. MAKING IT is a model that uses dance as an outlet to connect curricular themes, build collaborations, spark creativity, and support critical thinking. The Yard is committed to the success of MAKING IT and has pledged to absorb 100% of the program's cost. MAKING IT is currently supported by The Doris Duke Charitable Fund, Barr Foundation, The Tower Family Fund, Permanent Endowment of Martha's Vineyard, and The Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.