Dance Classes

Schedule for Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 Semester – Virtual

Spring 2021 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. No previous experience required. Those with less experience are encouraged to sign-up and attend both weekly Ballet and/or Modern classes, but it is not required. Come one, come all!

Ballet for EveryBody

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5 p.m.
Jan. 26 – April 29, 2021

Ballet 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.
Jan. 27 – April 30, 2021

Modern Dance 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.


Students must be able to arrive/log-in to class within 15 minutes of the start of the class time. The beginning of the class incorporates important warm-ups and other instruction. Allowances are made for occasional instances or emergencies, and advance email notification is appreciated, but timely attendance throughout the semester is required.

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