Making It:
At the senior centers

These classes are designed for all ages and abilities with an emphasis on supporting the Island's senior population. All bodies: able, chair-bound, old, and young, are welcome to share in inter-generational gentle movement.


The Yard's Making It initiative has been working with NYC based Dances For A Variable Population (DVP) bringing their MOVEMENT SPEAKS® programs to seniors and assisted living residences on the Island.  Working with DVP's Artistic Director and long time teacher of The Yard's Community Classes, Naomi Goldberg Haas,  DVP's MOVEMENT SPEAKS programs have been shown to build increased confidence among seniors in their physical health, improve their mental outlook, decrease social isolation and give them a mastery of new skills.

The Yard offers movement programs for seniors at local island senior centers and nursing homes. Participants are taken through a series of movements that can be done seated or standing that focus on expression, strengthening, and community. If you are interested in one of these movement workshops for your center, please contact Jesse Keller at

All of The Yard’s summer Community Dance Classes are open to individuals of all ages. Teens through seniors attend and are encouraged to move at their own level. 


Founded in 2005 by Naomi Goldberg Haas, Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) promotes strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. The organization’s programming includes: a multigenerational performance company  that engages community members as participants and audiences; Movement Speaks® and Dances for Seniors, free, community-based programs for culturally underserved older adults; performance and choreographic opportunities for older professional dance artists; and Variable Pop Method Expressive Dance and Fitness classes, offered year-round to adults of all ages and abilities. DVP’s site-related performances have been presented in some of New York City’s most iconic public spaces, including Times Square, Washington Square Park, and the High Line. DVP has also performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and internationally in Poland and British Columbia. Director Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film; performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet; and was awarded LMCC’s 2014 President’s Award for the Performing Arts.

Making It is The Yard's dance-making curriculum and creativity initiative that is available to all Martha's Vineyard Public, Charter, Home Schools, and The YMCA. Making It is a model that uses dance as an outlet to connect curricular themes, build student collaborations, spark creativity, and support critical thinking. The Yard achieves this through multi-week workshops with a team of professional staff members and nationally acclaimed visiting artists. All workshops are designed on a individual basis; discussions with administration heads and classroom teachers work closely with a Making It staff member to design the program for their specific classroom needs.  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, The Tower Foundation, Ford Fun, Permanent Endowment of Martha's Vineyard, Farm Neck Foundation, and The Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.