Adult Classes

Word Dance Theater offers adult classes in the Washington, DC area. Classes feature the Duncan technique, focusing on natural movements, inspired by beautiful music, poetry, and art in a nurturing dance environment.

Movers of all abilities are welcome. No experience is required. 

Regular drop-in classes:

  • Tuesdays at 12:15-1:45 at Joy Of Motion Friendship Heights. Register directly at Joy of Motion online or in person when you arrive at class.

  • Mondays at 6:30-8:00 pm at Center for Hellenic Studies. Email to register.

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Word Dance Theater houses choreography from the late Isadora Duncan. Each dance can be classified by composer, time period, and theme.  Dance demonstrations can be packaged with any of the program offerings to accomplish the objectives of the desired lesson plan.

Historic Isadora Duncan Choreography housed by Word Dance Theater

Photo by Theo Kossenas

Photo by Theo Kossenas



  • ONE WEEK: Word Dance Theater's ONE WEEK RESIDENCY consists of multiple technique classes and rehearsals resulting in the creation of a 30-45 minute “Salon” performance by the students.  The Salon can be performed on campus or off site in museums, galleries, etc.  This residency also includes the possibility of two (2) outreach programs offered by Word Dance Theater for the community via master classes, lecture/demonstrations, etc.   

  • SEMESTER: The SEMESTER RESIDENCY provides students with the opportunity for evening length, multi-disciplinary dance/theater works such as Once Wild: Isadora in Russia or Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin to be set on students and/or faculty.  Through the performance of these productions, Dance, Theater and Music Departments have the opportunity to collaborate on one production.  Ideally Word Dance Theater directors would have a one week intensive to begin the process and then several weekends to continue to refine the production before its premiere.



The following are general descriptions of the Word Dance Theater Workshop formats.  Each format can be further customized to to tailor an ideal experience for your dance program.  

  • HALF DAY:  In a 1.5 hour technique class and a 2 hour rehearsal, Word Dance Theater will set one original Duncan dance from our repertory on your students or faculty.  The dances learned can be selected by the presenter and Word Dance Theater based on technical difficulty as well as thematic content and length.

  • FULL DAY: The day begins with an explanation of the art and significance of Isadora Duncan.  Next students will have a 1.5 hour Duncan technique class. The remainder of the day, exclusive of breaks, will consist of students learning an original Duncan dance OR a contemporary Word Dance Theater choreography created in Duncan technique.