Teen/Adult Dance

Exploration of the many faces of movement


Intro to Modern Dance

Dates:  Tuesdays
Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust & guest teachers
Price:  $18 drop in, $160 for class card.  Register here>

This introductory class will explore the basics of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and mobility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.  No experience necessary. Comfortable clothing and bare feet please.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com


Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust & guest teachers
Price: $18 drop in, $160 10-class card. Register here>

Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com for more details.


Improvisation and Choreography

Dates: Thursdays (no class October 10)
Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Instructor: Kate Gamble and guests
Ages: 12 and up (younger students with dance training and approval from teacher may join the class)  
Price: $18 drop in, $160 10-class card.  Register here>

Through improvisational tools and structures we will create short solo and group studies taking time to get and give constructive feedback.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com


Movement: Your Body’s Voice

Date:  Tuesdays and Thursdays
Instructor: Marie Fourcaut
Price:  $20 drop in, $180 for 10-class card. Register here>

”Movement: Your Body’s Voice” is the result of years of exploration and practice with dedicated upper valley community members.

In this class we'll learn to:
Walk to discover and create Space
Connect with each other and learn to Listen
Perform for each other and appreciate the resonances as we Converse

Each participant will practice finding comfort in Stillness, and from Stillness develop their own movements, gestures, and acts through exploration of specific themes. Music, poetry, and images will inspire us to connect with our own unique body’s voice, and with others. Come with comfortable clothes and an open mind. Marie Fourcaut, born in Algeria and raised in France, began her professional dance career in Paris at the age of 16 and has worked with leading international modern dance companies around the world. For nearly 30 years Marie has taught dance, pilates, and yoga to thousands of students of all levels, from novices to professional dancers. Marie brings her passionate presence and intuitive intelligence of the body to all her movement work.

For questions, email Marie at mariefourcaut@gmail.com.

Dance for People with Parkinson’s and Other Neuromotor Challenges


Instructor: Kate Gamble BFA, MSPT
Date: TBD
Price: Sliding scale: 0-$15.

The class is built on principles from the Dance for PD® teaching method (https://danceforparkinsons.org/about-the-program/mission)  which is built on a “fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD". Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body, and emotion on movement; they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears, and touch to control their bodies.” Class will integrate movement from modern dance, ballet, improvisation, and choreographic repertory to engage the participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancing's sake.

Kate Gamble trained with David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Company in the dance for PD Curriculum. She's the founder of Open Door and has been a professional dancer and physical therapist for over 25 years.

Full payment can be paid online or at the door. We are interested in not having financial concerns be a barrier to taking the class. If $15 is not feasible, donations will be accepted at the door.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com