Dance Classes

Schedule for Fall 2020 Semester – Virtual

The following noncredit dance classes are offered and open to all JHU students including graduate and non-Homewood students. Classes are for the full semester and free of charge.

Modern Dance

Contemporary modern dance will be explored in rigorous movement sessions emphasizing technical skills and creative expression. The technical component will focus on alignment, breathing, balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance, patterning, conditioning and agility. The creative component will focus on movement experimentation, individual expression, translating ideas into movement, and performance artistry.

Ballet for EveryBody

Ballet for EveryBody approaches ballet as an immersive mind/body practice. Accept yourself as you are while striving toward greater ease, efficiency, and expansiveness of movement. Enjoy the beauty of ballet as you experience mental and physical flow and musical expressiveness within the community of a supportive mixed-level class. This is an inclusive class. Humans of different abilities and levels of experience are all welcome.

Schedule for Fall 2020 Semester – Virtual

Fall 2020 Class Registration

*Grad students: if you are unable to register on Hopkins Groups via the links below please email

Students may register for one or all weekly sessions. Those with less experience are encouraged to do sign up for both of a dance-type, but it is not required. Experience not required. Come one, come all!

Ballet for EveryBody

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5 p.m. Sept. 15 – Dec. 3.

Tuesday class registration here.

Thursday class registration here.

Virtual Classes: recommended 8×8 feet of space for movement, with minimal distraction, if possible. A hardback chair can be a substitute ballet barre. See below for clothing/shoe indications.

Modern Dance

Wednesdays, 4:30–6 p.m, Fridays, 3–4:30 p.m., Sept. 15- Dec. 4

Wednesday class registration here.

Friday class registration here.

Virtual Classes: recommended 8×8 feet of space for movement, with minimal distraction, if possible.

Classes will not be held on any JHU holidays, during Fall Break, or during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks.

Class Details

Class Size

Approximately 25 students maximum.
Classes are for students only. They are not open to faculty, staff or non-JHU affiliates.

* If you are an absolute beginner, it is highly recommended that you take both classes each week in the style you want to study. If you are more advanced, you can sign up for just one class per week.

Dance Attire


Attire should be close-fitting yet allow a wide range of movement, no shoes, and jewelry not recommended. Long hair should be tied back and out of the way. Proper attire can include:

  • Stretch capris and camisoles-leggings-biker shorts-leotards and tights without feet-or a unitard.
  • Exercise pants, or shorts and t-shirts or tanks.


All close-fitting, flexible clothing is acceptable as long as the line of the body is discernible. This includes clothing such as yoga pants, leggings, and close-fitting t-shirts.
If you will be dancing on a wooden floor, it is recommended that you wear ballet slippers or dance in bare feet. If you will be dancing on a carpet, try wearing textured socks instead of ballet slippers. Ballet slippers can be ordered from several online sources, including Discount Dance Supplies.

About the Instructors

Marilyn Byers has been the leader of the JHU Modern Company group for over 20 years and has worked as an artistic director, choreographer and educator across the region.

Lisa Green Cudek teaches ballet at Peabody and Loyola University. While in Philadelphia, she taught at the University of the Arts and Temple University.


Classes are sponsored by the Homewood Arts Programs. For more information, email