Community Events

Guest Series

Community programs that meet multiple times

Photo courtesy of Roberta Kirn

Photo courtesy of Roberta Kirn

Community Sings with Roberta Kirn

Update 8/6: Due to inclement weather, Community Sings on 8/6 will be postponed until August 13th.

June 11, July 2, and August 13
5:00 - 6:00 pm
The Yard’s Shell Area
All voices and experience levels are welcome!

Roberta Kirn is a singer, percussionist, and dancer who believes that everyone can sing and that singing together brings us to a deeper connection with ourselves and each other. She has traveled the world sharing and collecting easy to learn songs and chants including songs from the African, African-American, and folk traditions as well as songs in French, Creole, German, Chinese, Sanskrit, and more. Please join us for an evening of song!

Photo courtesy of Kate Stephan

Photo courtesy of Kate Stephan

Ballet for Every Body Class with Kate Stephan

July 13 and August 31
11:00am - 1:00 pm
The Yard’s Rehearsal Studio

Ballet for Every Body is a traditional ballet class designed for the mature dancer. All ages are welcome to attend the class. There will be a strong focus on joint mobility, supporting the body in balance, the body/mind connection, and freedom of movement within the ballet lexicon.

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Multi Method Modern Dance Class with Naomi Goldberg Haas

July 22 - 26
August 19 - 23
9:00 - 10:30am
The Yard’s Rehearsal Studio

Retreat Experience
August 23
West Tisbury Library

Enjoy moving with full expression and purpose in Multi Method Modern Dance Class! This class integrates the thinking body with the emotional body.  Barre work moves to standing center opening the spine with a combination of contemporary and traditional dance techniques. Class also includes a floor work section informed by Pilates mat strengthening.  Session is completed with adaptable large phrase movement across the floor. Emphasis is on correct alignment, articulation, and connected movement.

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July 24
West Tisbury Library

The Yard presents a taste of MOVEMENT SPEAKS® the signature class of the NYC-based organization, “Dances For A Variable Population”. This class, led by Naomi Goldberg Haas, promotes strong and creative movement for adults of all ages and abilities to improve mobility, balance, strength, connection, joy, and creative mastery.

All ages and abilities are encouraged to attend this class!


Lectures & Discussions

Engage with artists and scholars on a range of topics


"DANCING ON THE PAGE: Three Centuries Worth of the Writer's Eye on Dance" with dance writer Mindy Aloff

Co-presented with The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival
August 2
The Yard’s Shell Area

Mindy Aloff’s essays, reviews, profiles, and interviews on literature and the performing arts have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies internationally, including The New Yorker and The New York Times. The editor of several other books, including the Agnes de Mille reader, Leaps in the Dark: Art and the World (2011), Aloff is also the author of Dance Anecdotes: Stories From the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom, and Modern Dance (2006), Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation (2009), and Night Lights (1979), a collection of poetry. A former fellow of the Woodrow Wilson and John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundations and a Whiting Foundation award-winner, she teaches dance criticism and history and a personal essay course for freshmen at Barnard College.

Courtesy of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Courtesy of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

“An Artist Talk with Ronald K. Brown”

August 13
The Woods Hole Public Library

Ronald K. Brown founded EVIDENCE in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works and other choreographers and artists.  Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company,  Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and Ballet Hispanico. He choreographed and won an AUDELCO Award for Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns.  Brown has won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony-winning The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks.  Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Fellowship, and The Ailey Apex Award for teaching.  Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Learn more about Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE’s performances at The Yard.



Special community-focused performances by DanceTheYard, The Yard’s resident dance company

DanceTheYard at Built on Stilts

Festival Dates:
August 8 - 11
August 17 - 18
Time TBD
The Union Chapel Oak Bluffs



Learning opportunities that incorporate dance

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

DEL 92Y @ The Yard
Facilitated by Deborah Damast

Open to all educators!
July 20
11:00am - 2:00pm
The Yard’s Campus

Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Workshop - hosted by Deborah Damast and Yard Director of Education and Community Programs Jesse Keller Jason - is open to all educators looking to spice up their lesson plans with fresh and exciting ideas rooted in dance.

To RSVP, email

Photo by John Smith on Flickr

Photo by John Smith on Flickr

“Dance and the Thermal Physics of the Universe”
Led by Dr. Larry Pratt and Alissa Cardone

August 17
11:00am - 2:00pm
The Yard’s Rehearsal Studio

Thermodynamics can be a subtle and frustrating subject for nearly everyone, even those with degrees in physics. In this three-hour movement workshop, participants will explore how physics’ enigmatic second law intersects and overlaps with dance and choreography in numerous ways, from movement generation to the arrangement of bodies on stage.  Whether the participant is a seasoned dancer or a beginner, they will leave this workshop with a better intuition of how thermodynamics fits into dance practice, life, and the life of the oceans that surround Martha’s Vineyard. Among the specific concepts the workshop will explore through movement, are energy transformations within the body, movement efficiency, reversible and retrograde phrases, and order vs. disorder in choreographic arrangements. Participants will view, discuss, and/or embody examples from the choreography of people such as Elizabeth Streb and Jose Limon.

This workshop is open to dancers with all level of experience, including no experience. There will be some science discussion, but the workshop will mainly introduce the basic concepts through movement sequences and dance making in small groups.

Alissa Cardone is an interdisciplinary movement artist, choreographer, teacher and co-founded the intermedia performance lab Kinodance with filmmaker Alla Kovgan and set designer Dedalus Wainwright.  She has taught and toured nationally and internationally in Russia, Armenia, Belgium, France, and Japan. A core member of Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works (1998-2003), she has worked with Victoria Marks, Xavier Le Roy, Ann Carlson, Elaine Summers, Yoshito Ohno, and Nora Chipaumire and recently has been collaborating in Boston with Larry Pratt,  Nell Breyer, Lorraine Chapman, and theatre director David R. Gammons. On faculty at Longy School of Music from 2005-2008, she has taught at UCLA, Connecticut College, BU, Keene State College (NH), Marlboro College (VT), and Agnes Scott College. She holds a MA in Performance Studies from NYU (2003) and an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures (2011). Alissa is currently Associate Professor of Dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Dr. Larry Pratt is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutions and a faculty member in the WHOI/MIT Joint Program. In addition to his MIT classes on ocean physics, he has also co-taught art/science classes at the Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design, the Boston Conservatory Dance Division, and at MIT. Pratt’s research focuses on the physics of ocean circulation and climate, and he is co-author of the graduate text Rotating Hydraulics. Pratt also engages in projects with visual and performance artists leading to museum exhibitions and dance performances inspired by ocean physics.

past community events

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

“Global Water Dances”
DanceTheYard in collaboration with PathwayARTS

June 15
2:45 - 3:15pm pm
Waban Park Oak Bluffs

Photo by Simon Courchel

Photo by Simon Courchel

“The People to Come: Performance lecture with artist Yanira Castro and interdisciplinary group, a canary torsi.” with Yanira Castro

July 16
2:00 - 4:00pm
The Chilmark Free Public Library

This performance lecture with artist Yanira Castro mashes up the history of viewing performance with the history of audience environments in Castro’s work with the interdisciplinary group, a canary torsi. It proposes audience as citizen and makes the case for live performance and how we “see” and participate inside it as inherently political. She will discuss two works that are being presented on Martha’s Vineyard: AUTHOR at Featherstone Center for the Arts and CAST at The Yard.

Learn more about Yanira Castro | a canary torsi’s performances at The Yard

Photo by Andrew Eccles

Photo by Andrew Eccles

“Histories of the Invisible: an Artist Talk” with Ain Gordon, as part of Pride, Not Prejudice 6

June 25
The MV Hebrew Center

As a theater-maker, Ain Gordon’s work interrogates the ways in which traditional-form history has been a ruthless editing machine. Gordon seek to annotate the cultural record by historicizing the invisible and the lost; figures swept or forced to the margins of public forgetting. This has led him to a range of disparate subjects including the first “free” African-Americans to build their own home in mid 19th century Lexington, Kentucky; the gay psychiatrist who stood up to the medical establishment to insist homosexuality was not a disease in 1972; and the work Gordon and Josh Quillen will perform at The Yard, Radicals In Miniature, which tributes a collection of personal icons from the 70’s and early 80’s.

Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor and Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. His work has been presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival, New York Theater Workshop, the Flynn Center, The Krannert Center, Performance Space 122, and Dance Theater Workshop, among many others.

Learn more about Ain Gordon and Josh Quillen’s performances at The Yard


Dance Theater Workshop with Company SBB Stefanie Batten Bland

April 2nd, 4-7PM

Take the workshop, create a mural, and if you'd like, volunteer to be in the show!

Open to participants 16 years old and older.

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DanceHall: Public Dancing Allowed!!!
with Red Baraat

Friday, February 22nd
The Chilmark Community Center

The Yard is hosting a public dance party with Red Baraat! Come dance to hot bhranga music from what NPR calls "The Best Party Band in Years"!

Photo by Bill Parsons

Photo by Bill Parsons

Lecture: The Wondertwins

Monday, August 14th
The Woods Hole Public Library

Join The Wondertwins, Billy and Bobby McClain for a free public talk at The Woods Hole Public Library about their unique style, their upcoming performance of Black, and their lives in hip hop. 

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Dances for a Variable Population with Leah Crosby

Monday, August 13th
The West Tisbury Council on Aging


Making It with Leah Crosby: Literature Inspired Dance

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Tuesday, August 14th
The Chilmark Library
Ages 6 - 12

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Community Sing with Roberta Kirn

Thursday, August 30th
All ages and voices welcome

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Ice Skating with Le Patin Libre!

Thursday, August 2nd
The MV Ice Arena
A Skating Workshop open to all ages and levels will be led by the company.

Saturday, August 4th
The MV Ice Arena
Free Open Skate Party

Photo by Deborah Damast

Photo by Deborah Damast

Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Workshop

Wednesday, August 8th
The Yard
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hosted by Deborah Damast and Making It Director Jesse Keller Jason, joined by DEL App designers, Barry Blumenfeld and Henry Holmes

Still from Secret of the Waterfall by Douglas Dunn and Charlie Atlas

Still from Secret of the Waterfall by Douglas Dunn and Charlie Atlas

Douglas Dunn + Dancers Secret of the Waterfall
Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, June 12th
Chilmark Public Library, 3:00 - 5:00pm


Love, Laughter, and Literature
A H.O.W. Jr. Pride event

Saturday June 16
The Yard Nanon Theater and Barn Studio, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sandglass Theater Puppetry Workshop

Friday, January 19th, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, January 20th, 1-3:30pm

Free Event


Stefanie Batten Bland "Embarked"


Friday, September 29th at 3PM
Saturday, September 30th at 3pm



Community Sings with Roberta Kirn
Tuesday | 9/12

5pm at The Yard
Free Event



Climate Barge
A floating artwork by Heather Theresa Clark with DanceTheYard and Christen Lien



Built on Stilts
August 19-21, 8pm
at the Union Chapel, OB | Free event

August 20 & 21


Moving For Life and BodyMind Dancing
Movement workshops and discussion
with Martha Hart Eddy

August 15 - 17


Ragamala Dance Company Lecture
Tuesday, August 15, 7:30pm
at the Woods Hole Public Library | Free Event

Mother and daughter co-directors of Ragamala Dance Company Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy discuss contemporary works within the Bharatanatyam tradition.


Intergenerational Hip-Hop Round Table with Raphael and Sokeo
Wednesday, August 9, 6pm
at the Edgartown Public Library | Free Event

Raphael Xavier and Sokeo Ros discuss the culture of hip-hop and how break dance changes over time with the maturing body.


Raphael Xavier Lecture
Xavier's work over 4 decades
Tuesday, August 8, 7:30pm
at the Woods Hole Public Library | Free Event

Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Raphael Xavier will discuss his work over four decades.


Pride, Not Prejudice DanceHall
with DJ Vyagra Fallz

Saturday, July 29, 8-10pm at The Yard
18yr + | $10 General Admission

Public Dancing Allowed!


"Mr. Gaga" Film Screening
Sunday, July 23 at 7:30pm at the MV Hebrew Center, VH | $10


Camille A. Brown & Dancers Round Table
Tuesday, July 11, 6pm at the Oak Bluffs Public Library | Free Event

An interactive discussion with Camille A. Brown & Dancers and other African American community leaders.


The Yard at Sargent Gallery
The Influence of Thomas Hart Benton on Dance

Performance and Artist's Talk:
Anthony Benton Gude
Reception and pop-up performance: Friday July 7, 6-8pm

Sargent Gallery, 32 State Road, Aquinnah MA 02535


DanceTheYard and Friends
at Mytoi Gardens

Hosted by The Trustees of Reservation

Saturday, June 3, 1-3pm
Free Event


Prince/Bowie DanceHall Event with DJ Christopher Anderson

Friday June 2, 8pm at The Yard
(doors open at 7:30pm)


Defining Creative Practice Workshops
Improvisation with David Brick - 3 session participation encouraged

May 23, 24, 25 | 9-10:30am
at The Yard's open-air studio


HT Chen Performance and Residency

May 19th | 6:30pm
Performance suggested donation $15


Godfrey Muwulya &
Roberta Kirn

Song & Dance exchange at the Oak Bluffs Public Library

Thursday, April 6th, 6-7:30pm



Saturday, October 29


Film Series

Free Event
Friday, August 12th, 2016


Community Sing

with Roberta Kirn
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016