Photo by Julie Rooney

Photo by Julie Rooney

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Wednesday, Creator’s Series
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Yard's adult 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, Holly Jones, and Kimberly Murry), as well as by visiting guest artists, and range in style with consistent offerings in Horton, Contemporary, Pilates, 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!

Creator Series

New in 2019! Every Wednesday, take class with renowned national and international dancers during their residencies at The Yard. 

Photo by Jordan Kunkel

Photo by Jordan Kunkel

2019 Summer Class Schedule

Mondays | 9:00am - 10:30am
Horton Technique with Alison Manning

Tuesdays | 9:00am - 10:30am
Contemporary Dance with Jesse Keller Jason

Wednesdays | 9:00am - 11:00am
Classes taught by visiting artists - see full schedule below!

Thursdays | 9:00am - 10:30am
Pilates with Kimberly Murry

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Fridays | 9:00am - 10:30am
Jazz Dance with Holly Jones

Creators Series Schedule

Wednesday, June 5 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Joanna Furnans “Thinking/Moving/Doing Fine”

Wednesday, June 12 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Joanna Kotze “Practicing Performance: Improvisational Practices and Composition”

Wednesday, June 19 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Leonardo Sandoval “Brazillian Rhythms”

Photo by Mallory Butler

Photo by Mallory Butler

Wednesday, June 26 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Betty Bootleg “Contemporary Heels”
Presented as part of Pride, Not Prejudice 6

Wednesday, July 3 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Taylor 2 Dance Company “Taylor Technique”

Wednesday, July 10 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Kimberly Bartosik “Community Engagement Practice”

Wednesday, July 17 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Pamela Vail of a canary torsi “Compositional Improvisation”

Wednesday, July 31 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Malpaso Dance Company “Malpaso Company Class”

Wednesday, August 7 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Ronald K. Brown “ContemporaryDance”

Wednesday, August 14 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Christina Montoya “Salsa Suelta”

Wednesday, August 28 | 9:00am - 11:00am
Subject:Matter “Beginner Tap”

Single class $15
5 Class Pass $70
10 Class Pass $130
15 Class Pass $188
20 Class Pass $240

Or purchase at The Yard with cash, credit or check.

Yard members wishing to redeem their discounted classes should email or talk to Yard staff in person ten minutes before the start of Community Dance Class.

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.