Dance Classes

Classes Offered

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

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.

Schedule for Spring 2020 Semester


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5 p.m.
January 28–April 30
Caplan Dance Studio, Mattin Center


Wednesdays, 4:30–6 p.m.
Fridays, 3–4:30 p.m.
January 29–May 1
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


Questions? Email the director of Homewood Arts Programs.


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). Proper attire would include:

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


Conventional forms of ballet attire are welcome but 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.
Ballet slippers are essential. Students who do not have ballet slippers may bring nubby socks to wear for the first week. I will discuss how to determine the size of slippers during our initial classes. Students can be fitted in-person at Artistic Dance Fashions in Towson or may order slippers from Discount Dancewear or another on-line supplier.

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, email