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Improvisation @ Mark Morris Dance Center

Class is currently scheduled to resume on April 20th. Sending you Big Love from JKL ~ stay healthy, safe, and at home!

who we are :

"...not scared of time & humor" 

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"...this class is the most important aspect of my life here in Brooklyn." 


The Lovelies are a compositional improvisation dance company. We show up and pay attention.  What we do in the studios we take to the streets and beyond.  We laugh, we laugh so hard we cry, and we do it in the moment. We practice telling the truth in the midst of the awkward, the dramatic, the comical and the gems it all reveals. 

The Lovelies have been exploring the possibilities of compositional improvisation since 2013. We have had the honor of being presented at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, The Tank, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Shapeshifter Lab, in breweries, salons, parks, hotels and many other theatres and site-specific locations.

The Lovelies teach compositional improvisation at Mark Morris Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School and present a space residency and split bill series called The Lovelies Present: Slice & Dice. 

June 12, 2018

We've got Nattie & Hollis, Brendan Drake, a sic beat boxer and The Lovelies in couture. We'll see you at 6pm on July 1 for dances, drinks, dialog & cute boys in glamwear.

May 27, 2018

I just completed a 30-day phase of living that included eliminating lots of unnecessary things from my life…sugars, glutens, CHEESE, alcohol, all of those things that I was under the completely false pretense of being necessary until this month-long foray. At about the same time in my life, I had changed jobs, ended an unhealthy relationship and started to examine where else in my life I need to cut out the unneeded. It was an intense and beautifu...

May 20, 2018

What a world we live in right now. So much beauty. So much suffering. So much change. Always. But the planet feels like a different place then just one year ago. As a whole, we are being forced to look at a lot of things right now and nowhere is this more apparent than looking at the state of the planet. Business as usual is no longer working, the earth is literally (to put it mildly) screaming, Capitalism is reaching its limits, as systems of opp...

January 15, 2018

I was hoping to write something about "me too," but I'm not there just yet... 

If you don’t know, I recently got married to a wonderful person named Casey. When I was down in Atlanta getting married with my husband, I felt so loved and felt so much love in return that when I came back to NYC I kind of had a love withdraw. I started to feel really anxious, about… well everything. I was second guessing moving to New York, my financial choices, my car...

December 17, 2017

It is hard to believe that this is the last post of 2017. Wow. What a year. 2017 has been one of growth for the Lovelies and for me personally. It has also been one of eye opening heartbreak, overwhelm, and new terrain to navigate. With the amount of uncertainty on the local, national and global scale, we have an opportunity to practice this work in ways we’ve never practiced before: taking it outside the studio and applying it to all aspects of o...

November 26, 2017

Despite what is going on in my life, every thanksgiving I am reminded I have a lot to be thankful for. It is a day to gather with friends and families. A day to indulge and allow yourself that extra bite: a holiday to enjoy company & food without the expectation of presents, and a day to remind yourself of the million little things we are blessed with each day. Basically one of my favorite days of the year.

I always feel a strong sense of comfort...

October 28, 2017

The Lovelies spent the weekend in Northampton, Mass, after being invited to perform at the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought.

Being out of the city is always welcome. Being in a beautiful respite of fall colors, lakes and blue skies is always welcome.

And being one of the Lovelies with the rest of the crew there as the Lovelies was a welcome change I can get used to.

Change in our country’s leadership.

Change in our views of each other, belief s...

September 23, 2017

“Humans have been around for 200,000 years. For the first 99% of our history, we didn’t do much of anything but procreate and survive. This was largely due to harsh global climactic conditions, which stabilized sometime around 10,000 years ago. People soon thereafter discovered farming and irrigation, and they gave up their nomadic lifestyle to cultivate and tend stable crops. But not all farm plots are the same; regional variations in sunshine, s...

July 29, 2017

The Lovelies spend the month of July defining the work.                                                                  

What is Compositional Improvisation? As our wonderful mentor Pamela Vail said recently, "Compositional Improvisation is composing dances in the moment." The Lovelies impr...

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