A dance-making and movement problem-solving initiative in the schools and across island generations and cultures! 

upcoming events


Will Brown and Brandon Ilaw

December 18th - 21st
Capoeira Masterclasses

Instructor Will ‘Gato’ Brown has studied the art of capoeira with Maestros in Brazil and with a select group of Maestros in the United States. The cultural influences of this martial art/dance form are rooted in the ideas of growth and individual empowerment. Building community is the main focus of the classes he teaches. This is Will's third on-island engagement with The Yard.
Brandon Ilaw is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and currently holds the 2016-2018 fellowship as percussionist in Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect. He won 2nd prize in the 2014 TROMP International Percussion Competition and has appeared as guest soloist with Asko|Schönberg, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Brandon holds a B.M. from Boston Conservatory where he was awarded the Arthur B. Whitney Award for highest academic rank and an M.M. from The Juilliard School where he was the recipient of the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership. Ilaw will join Brown for this exciting series of classroom workshops!

Sandglass Theater

January 16th-21st
Puppet Workshops

Sandglass Theater will work for a week with students from the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School to create and develop narrative stories through puppets that the students will build themselves.
The Theater will also offer a workshop for adults and an evening performance.

Herve Koubi

January 23rd-26th

Herve Koubi will present a lecture demonstration version of their piece "What the Day Owes the Night" designed specifically for in-school audiences. This performance will be offered at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, where students will have an additional opportunity to connect with the dancers in a small, informal, conversational setting.



past events

HT Chen & Dancers

Chen Dance Center worked with the Chilmark School students to create a movement piece inspired and influenced by their course material surrounding early Chinese Settlers in America.
The residency culminated in a formal evening performance at The Yard where students performed alongside professional company members in an evening of work that kicked-off The Yard's summer season.
Spring, 2017. 

Stefanie Batten Bland

Stefanie Batten Bland and Company worked with island schools in classroom settings to create, explore movement patterns, and learn about environmental responsibility through dance.
Company SBB also spent time with island community members exploring and researching the African American Heritage Trail, and working with the intergenerational improvisational dance group What's Written Within. 

Godfrey Muwulya

Godfrey Muwulya, dance educator, was on island for four amazing and creative weeks. He worked extensively with The Charter School's 5th and 6th grade classroom, syncing his teaching with a social studies unit on Africa. The children learned three traditional African dances from Uganda and Rwanda, had discussions about Ugandan culture, constructed traditional raffia skirts, and performed for the entire school and their parents! While on island, Godfrey also taught one day workshops for The Edgartown School and Bridge Program, Chilmark School, Home Schools, and Oak Bluffs School.

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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.