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July 18-22, 2022, 9.30am-3pm

Community Room at Central Presbyterian Church
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Tuition: $475
Registration is open through June 30th.

The Moving Architects Summer Teen Dance Intensive is a creative, collaborative, and dynamic week of dance with the professional dance company The Moving Architects.  This dance intensive focuses on developing the individual voice of each dancer through the combination of movement classes and multi-faceted approaches to choreography and performance.

Daily classes include Pilates/Somatics, Modern Technique, Topics in Dance, and New Choreography, led by Artistic Director of The Moving Architects Erin Carlisle Norton with guest artists and professional NYC-based company dancers.   

  • Pilates/Somatics: Develop physical awareness, strength, flexibility, alignment, and functional movement patterns through exercises drawn from Pilates, Barre Methods, and Laban Studies/Bartenieff Fundamentals.
  • Technique Class: Hone dance technique based in Modern and Postmodern dance techniques and Improvisation.
  • Topics in Dance with Guest Artists: Explore dance in connection to Drama, Visual Arts, Anatomy, and more.
  • New Choreography: Led by Norton, dancers will together create a new collaborative choreographic work, drawing from daily classes, choreographic tools, individual movement creation, and group experimentation.
  • Informal Group Showing: The intensive culminates with a Friday informal showing that includes a performance of new choreography created by the group, and a performance by The Moving Architects.


9.00-9.30am  Studio Open
9.30-10.45am Technique Class
10.45-11am   Break
11-12pm  Topics on Dance
12-12.45pm Lunch
12:45-1.30pm Pilates/Barre/Somatics
1.30-3.00pm New Choreography

This program is designed for teens entering 9-12 grade with at least 3 years of modern dance and/or ballet training.  Full tuition is $475 with financial assistance available. For more information and to register, please go to our Registration Form.

For questions: Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director,


Erin Carlisle Norton (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, administrator, and Artistic Director of The Moving Architects (TMA), an all-female dance company and nonprofit organization based in NJ/NYC.  With a movement vocabulary that emphasizes charged movement and feminine strength, Norton’s choreographic work links design and form to movement and space, often incorporating interactive costuming/props. TMA has a dynamic history of teaching, performing, creating, and touring regionally, nationally, and internationally, presented through company performance and teaching tours to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with the US Department of State and US Embassies, Morocco, and Guatemala, and widely at dozens of traditional and unconventional venues including NYC’s BAM Fisher, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Performance Mix Festival, Spring Break Art Fair, Ramapo College, The Dance Complex (Boston), Point Park University (PA), Columbus Dance Theater (OH), and 21C Museum Hotel (KY) among others. Erin has taught dance courses at The Ohio State University and Beloit College, and has enjoyed guest artist positions at dance studios, community centers, and universities including Valley Day School (PA), Kenyon College (OH), Pomerene Arts Center (OH), University of Chicago, and Gibney (NYC). Erin’s work has been supported by creative residencies including yearly at Wilson College (PA), Dancewave as the first artist-in-residence (Brooklyn), and currently at MOtiVE Brooklyn.  Receiving numerous awards and fellowships, she was selected for the 2021 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership in Dance and received a 2014 and 2020 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.

Erin has a BFA and MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, a Graduate-level Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago (GLCMA), and is a Certified Pilates and Barre Instructor. She currently leads the company’s pay-what-you-can movement program Community Movement Project in Northern NJ, and hosts and produces the company’s semi-monthly dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast.  Erin is also the Executive Director of Dance New Jersey, the statewide service organization for dance and dance education. 


Pilates/Barre Blend with Erin | Tuesdays 10-11am
Spring 1: March 8-April 12, 2022 (7 classes)
Spring 2: April 26-June 7, 2022 (7 classes)

Register for classes HERE!
Classes are pay-what-you-can with suggested donation $20/class

Community Room at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street Montclair, NJ 07042. Street parking available.(entrance into Education Building at door closest to Sanctuary between two campus buildings)

Mats, Pilates magic circles, bands, and balls are provided for classes, though participants may bring their own mats.

COVID Safety Protocols: Masks are optional. Due to the large class space, participants can readily spread out around the room and windows will be open for class as needed. All props are thoroughly cleaned after class.

Community Movement Project is a partnership between The Moving Architects and Central Presbyterian Church.

Questions? Erin at

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