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Movement Lab


CCD’s Movement Lab offers an environment to learn choreographic thinking and movement methodology with teachers and stagers of the most influential dance makers of our day, such as Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite. Movement Lab is led by dance luminary Dominic Walsh. Dancers 16+ will explore the mechanics of process and movement invention. Whether the artist is an aspiring choreographer or simply wants to contribute more profoundly as a dancer, they will be supported to invent new ways of thinking, moving, and performing by going beyond familiar methodology of dance and posing new questions. Movement Lab runs from July 4-30, 2022 with a culminating performance on July 30, 2022. (July 4 will be a half-day.)

Tuition for Movement Lab:

4 Weeks: $2,215 (Paid in Full Before March 1 $2,104.25) includes performance fee, digital video, performance photos, and a summer t-shirt.


Please visit our Advanced Summer Intensive page under the Housing tab if you are in need of housing during your stay.


Courses for Movement Lab

Ballet Technique and Pointe: These classes are geared to the individual artist’s needs. Fostering a laboratory environment of curiosity and exploration, and a focus on efficiency of movement, dancers will explore their technique as a means of communication, while further developing their own artistic voice. 

Contemporary and Repertoire: This class will cover concepts of contemporary dance in addition to repertoire by such choreographers as Mats Ek, Dominic Walsh and Jiří Kylián, to name a few.

Movement Methodology: Through an in-depth movement experience, each facilitator will break down the intricate  pedagogical context and choreographic components and strategies used by current and past choreographers of renown. Through this work, dancers will explore and “break open” their own choreographic voice by both mirroring and distorting the tools they’ve learned. 

Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Response: This class takes a deep look at the power of vulnerability to build resilient, authentic artists in a world over-rife with perfectionism. This will be a moving class, a writing class, a thinking class, an asking class, and a creating class, and it will not look the same each week.

Improvisation: This class focuses on tools used in improvisation to explore and broaden individual movement vocabularies.

Wellness: This class will cover several modalities of movement and self-care including philosophies from Alexander Technique and Movement Therapy; Anatomy, and Kinesiology; and Somatic Awareness.

Film project – Summer Moving Project: Artists will work one-on-one with Dominic Walsh to create short films to be shown as part of Summer Moving Project.

New Creations – Summer Moving Project: Movement Lab hosts many guest choreographers representing a variety of genres, styles, and techniques of dance. These guest choreographers in collaboration with Movement Lab artists will create short works to be shown in the Summer Moving Project. 

Dancers participating in Movement Lab who are interested in participating in Nutcracker 2021 need to take 4 weeks of summer intensive (which includes 30 ballet classes; 10 minimum at CCD). Please see additional Nutcracker Participation Information here.

CCD’s Summer 2022 Newsletter

Missed an issue? Read past issues below, or sign up to receive the once a month Summer Newsletter.

June 2022 Edition: Featuring Chris Harris; CCD Faculty

May 2022 Edition: Featuring Sean Watson; CCD Faculty

April 2022 Edition: Featuring first time Guest Faculty Janelle Ayón

March 2022 Edition: Featuring Visiting Artist Kevin O’Keefe

February 2022 Edition: Featuring Summer Faculty Member Aubrey Klinger Fearns

December 2021 Edition: Featuring Summer Faculty Member David Barbour


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REMINDER: Spring Break is March 20-25, and there will be no conservatory or adult classes. CCD will be closed.
Classes and office hours resume Monday, March 27th at 11am. Happy Spring!