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The school at Fort Greene’s Mark Morris Dance Center has expanded its traditional offerings by adding new adult classes: "capoeira," Afro-Brazilian martial art; belly dance; and "rhythm and motion," a workout routine using jazz, African, Latin and modern dance forms as its inspiration.

The Saturday, open-level Afro-Caribbean class, "Dance & Movement," taught by Pat Hall, is pictured at left. According to Mark Morris Dance Group Marketing Manager Laura Wall, the center’s dance classes - except belly dance - offer live musical accompaniment.

The center is home to Mark Morris - the choreographer who has collaborated with everyone from ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov to cellist Yo-Yo Ma - and his award-winning Mark Morris Dance Group, whose members serve on the faculty of the dance school.

Classes are taught in three large dance studios that are drenched with natural light, column free and have wood sprung floors. The facilities, which opened in 2001, feature men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers and a lounge.

The Mark Morris Dance Center school offers adult classes in ballet, tap, yoga, West African dance, modern dance and Pilates, a series of stretching and strengthening exercises with focused breathing patterns. Fitness-oriented classes are offered on a drop-in basis, while dance techniques are taught in six weekly, 90-minute sessions. Intensives such as the Mark Morris Repertory Workshop run for five consecutive days, two hours each day.

Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave. at Flatbush Avenue. Adult classes are $12 for one session, $75 per series. To register, stop by, call (718) 624-8400, or visit the Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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