Dance Classes

Classes Offered

The following noncredit classes are offered. 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.


We will explore ballet as a medium for technical development, self-awareness and artistic expression. Barre is approached as an opportunity for the dancer to become technically and mentally grounded. Center and traveling combinations will be designed to encourage modulation of movement, flow, musical phrasing and use of space. Beginning and experienced dancers will be challenged at appropriate levels within the structure of the class. All are welcome.


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.

What to Wear

Modern (Women)

Attire should be close fitting yet allow a wide range of movement (no shoes). Proper attire would include stretch capris and camisoles-leggings-biker shorts-leotards and tights without feet-or unitard.

Modern (Men)

Attire should be close fitting yet allow a wide range of movement (no shoes). Proper attire would include exercise pants, or shorts and t-shirts or tanks.

Ballet (Women)

Black tank or camisole leotards, black or light colored tights, ballet slippers. Hair must be secured off the face.

Ballet (Men)

White t-shirt, black dance pants or tights, ballet slippers.

Schedule for Spring 2019 Semester


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30–5 p.m.
January 29 – May 2
Caplan Dance Studio, Mattin Center


Wednesdays, 4:30–6 p.m.
Fridays, 3–4:30 p.m.
January 30 – May 3
Caplan Dance Studio, Mattin Center

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

How to Sign Up

Email Eric Beatty, director of Homewood Arts Programs, at Be sure to include:

  • First/Last Name
  • Class (F, So, J, S or Grad)
  • Which classes and days you want to sign up for

About the Instructors

Marilyn Byers has been the leader of the JHU Modern Dance group for over 20 years.

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, contact Eric Beatty at .