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Mark Morris Dance Group holds its annual Open House

By Gia Kourlas
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The Mark Morris Dance Group kicks off the fall season with its free Open House on September 6. Festivities, which last from 9:30am to 5pm, includes a free sampling of its dance and fitness classes for all ages and levels, as well as a performance by the company featuring excerpts from Acis and Galatea and a student group in New Love Song Waltzes and Heyday. There’s also a beer garden sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery on the fourth-floor terrace (weather permitting) and live music by Richard Bennett’s Wildlife 3000. As Morris says in a release, “There’s plenty to do at Open House. Do it all. Watch my company perform. Take a tour of the building. Meet new people. Have a good time. Consider this your dance home. Enjoy it.” Indeed! Here is the schedule:

9:30am: Doors open. Coffee and pastries.

10–10:45am: creative dance (ages 4-6); ballet fundamentals (ages 6-8); stretch/core strengthening (adults).

11–1:45am: parent/toddler (ages 20 months–3 years); tap dance (ages 6-10); modern dance (ages 9-14); open ballet (teens and adults); Gaga (adults); music and singing (all ages).

Noon–12:45pm: modern fundamentals (ages 6-8); tap dance (teens and adults); Zumba (adults); Kukuwa (adults); dance with MMDG (all ages).

1–1:45pm: performance featuring the MMDG in excerpts from Acis and Galatea and a student company in New Love Song Waltzes and Heyday. Also, dance fundamentals for students with disabilities, ages 6-17; jazz/hip-hop (all ages), Simonson technique (adults).

2–2:45pm: creative dance (ages 4-6); boy’s hip-hop (ages 6-10); Soca dance workout (teens and adults); Dance for PD® (adult classes for those living with Parkinson’s disease); music and singing (all ages), dance with MMDG (all ages).

3–3:45pm: performance featuring the MMDG in excerpts from Acis and Galatea and a student company in New Love Song Waltzes and Heyday. Also, ballet fundamentals (ages 6-8); African dance (ages 6-10); Afro-Caribbean (adults); and 18th-century dance (adults).

4–4:45pm: modern dance (teens and adults); belly dance (adults); contemporary (adults).

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