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!



Friday, July 13th: Jazz
Holly Jones

'Jazz'n with Jones' on Fridays is a high energy, feel good class that draws inspiration from Jazz Masters: Fosse, Luigi, Mattox, Cole and more. The class includes elements of improvisation, modern, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater and classic jazz techniques. The class will investigate classical and contemporary jazz styles with a sense of humor and curiosity in a judgment free zone. The class begins with a structured warm up followed by center combinations and across the floor sequences culminating in a fun movement phrase and cool down. Let's dance!


Monday, July 16th
Wednesday, July 18th

Ballet for EveryBody
Kate Stephan

Ballet for the Older Body is a traditional ballet class designed for the mature dancer. All ages are welcome to attend the class. There will be a strong focus on joint mobility, supporting the body in balance, the body/mind connection and freedom of movement within the ballet lexicon. 




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Tuesday, July 17th
Thursday, July 19th

Improvisation and Composition
Lida Winfield

This class helps dancers and movers deepen their knowledge of personal movement patterns and develop and refine their individual creative expression. Class includes warm-ups that increase awareness of anatomical systems, followed by structured improvisations and movement studies. Learn how to allow your creative impulses and ideas the freedom to take an initial form, rework them, choreograph from them, and make dances in the moment with the help of your fellow movers.


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Friday, July 20th: Everyone Can Dance
Daniel Gwirtzman

This class is open to all lovers of movement. Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of dance? This class is for you. Rooted in Daniel’s contemporary choreography, this energetic master class challenges the dancer’s coordination, stamina, and speed. Known for a unique style blending modern dance, theater dance, folk and ballet, Daniel cultivates the physicality of the athlete and the expressivity of the artist. This fun technique class blends pedestrianism with virtuosity, casualness with precision. Rewiring the body to tackle rhythmic work and unexpected coordination challenges the dancer both physically and intellectually. The objectives: to gain an awareness of the entire body; to cultivate a versatility and range of expression; to aid in the development and proficiency of dance regardless of genre. Irrepressible in spirit and ultra-clear as a teacher, Daniel welcomes all on the Island to class to share the joy of dance. Open to all levels, abilities, and experiences. All are welcome!


Saturday, July 21st: Ballet
Caitlin Cook

Cook has taken ballet classes since she was 4 years old. She has found that her ballet technique informed her modern dance training and choreography no matter how far she ventures away from the pure form. In this class, we will utilize ballet techniques to bring awareness to the geometry of how we move in space and within our bodies. We can use the ballet form to face challenges in our individual bodies and dance with ease and strength and joy!





Monday, July 23rd: Contemporary
Jesse Keller Jason

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This class begins with a guided improvisation to get the body and mind moving. We then transition to a follow along warm-up that introduces dance skills used throughout the remainder of the class, culminating in a group combination that connects the movers sharing the space and leaves room for ones own choice and creativity. 




Tuesday, July 24th: Horton
Alison Manning

The class focuses on technical precision balanced with breath, and physical athleticism through the Horton vocabulary. The main focus of the class is always on moving – and moving expansively.  For all ages and backgrounds, students will experience the Horton technique as an exuberant form of dance that moves and breathes.  Each class flows through a structured warm up, into a learned combination, which draws on technical elements from the class.

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

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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.