Mark Morris Dance Group

Years 7 to 12 dance
Creative Resource Dance
Tags: Disability, Inclusive opportunities, Teacher professional development (PD)

In 2016, a 3-part series featuring the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) was filmed as a collaboration between The Arts Unit and the Sydney Opera House. MMDG dancers (teaching artists) ran sessions with student dancers from the NSW Public Schools Dance Ensembles, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Mackellar Girls Campus, Westfield Sports High School and the Learning Support Unit at James Busby High School. 

This series provides insights into:

  • contemporary training techniques used by MMDG
  • creative movement exercises based on choreographic elements to use in the classroom
  • training and creative movement generation for dance students with intellectual disability.

About the Mark Morris Dance Group

The Mark Morris Dance Group was founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the dance group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the dance group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Centre in Brooklyn, New York.

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community. Propelled by core values of community, access, excellence, and creativity, MMDG is committed to ongoing work on inclusion, equity and diversity to ensure its programs are welcoming and accessible to all.