Parent Organization: Student Activities Commission
The JHU Modern Dance Company is a modern dance oriented performing arts group.The Modern Dance Company was founded in 1981 at Johns Hopkins University. It has been led by Ms. Marilyn Byers since its founding. It is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students in addition to some faculty/staff members. Participation in weekly classes is open to anyone affiliated with JHU, regardless of dance experience/ability. Classes are free and are held twice weekly, Tuesday and Thursday nights 7-9pm.
The Modern Dance Company is also affiliated with the afternoon daytime non-credit classes offered by the Homewood Arts Program which are taught by Marilyn Byers to teach technique and expression to both beginners and those looking to hone their skills.
Performing with the group is not a requirement for taking classes. The performing company is a separate entity and will rehearse in addition to taking weekly classes. During the spring semester especially, it is an extreme commitment, and mandatory rehearsals may be held up to five times each week. We try to work around members' schedules because we feel strongly that academics comes first, but deciding to perform is time intensive.
The performing Company has studied in New York with the Nikolais-Louis Foundation for Dance. Typical performances throughout a given school year are: Orientation dance showcase (organized by the Company, annual event since 2005), Chinese Moon Festival, Fall Festival, Cultureshow, Spring Fair, various benefit concerts, the Mattin pARTy, and our annual spring concert.