84 Euclid Ave
Hackensack, NJ 07601
NJ TTY 800-952-7897
Center for Modern Dance Education
84 Euclid Ave
Hackensack, NJ 07601
NJ TTY 800-952-7897
The Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) is a non-profit community arts organization with the mission to promote modern dance and related art forms and make it available to everyone while serving as a resource for the professional dance community. The Center seeks, through quality dance programs, to nurture talent and instill confidence in every student, and to preserve the legacy of modern dance and nurture its future. The Center believes that dance if for everyone, including individuals with disabilities, youth at risk, older adults, and people of all income levels. CMDE is a member of Dance New Jersey and the National Guild of Community Arts Education. CMDE is a current recipient of a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Creative Modern Dance for Pre-Schoolers
Classes for young children focus on movement, music, and creativity! Teachers are sensitive to different learning styles and personalities, and use age-appropriate exercises and activities - including props, musical instruments, creative imagery, and storytelling, - to help pre-schoolers exercise their bodies and their imaginations, while learning basic dance vocabulary. A wide variety of music is used.
Modern Dance for Elementary School
Elementary school children are ready to take a more structured dance class and learn the purpose of each part, while still having fun! Classes start with a warm-up and conditioning exercises to prepare their bodies, followed by moving "on the diagonal" to practice steps, and ending with a cool-down to stretch their muscles. In between, students learn set chorography, while also having ample opportunity to improvise and make up their own dances. The concept of a basic dance structure - "beginning-middle-end" - is introduced, and children also begin to learn basic performance skills and dance vocabulary.
CMDE Junior Repertory Dance Company
The Company consists of dancers 8-13 who love to perform and have had some previous dance training. A simple audition process of taking a modern dance class is required. It is strongly recommended that participants in the Junior Repertory Company take at least one additional technique class. There is a simple contract that company members and their parents are asked to sign, making a commitment to regular attendance and participation in rehearsals and performances.
Hip-Hop for Kids
Age-appropriate music and moves are taught in this all-American urban dance and music style. Please wear sneakers.
Modern Dance for Teens
Middle-school classes follow the traditional dance-class structure, and more technique is introduced. CMDE does not favor one style of modern dance; staff members have studied a variety of techniques, including Graham, Ailey, Cunningham, and Limon, and teach an eclectic combination of styles. A variety of dance concepts - levels, force, speed, sharp, flowing, repetition, canon, unison, etc. - are explored, and students continue to work on their performance skills. Instructors continue to encourage creativity, both through the use of exercises to guide students in the development of their own movement combinations, and by supporting students' creation of their own dances.
CMDE Repertory Company
The Company consists of advanced teen dancers, selected by audition, who wish to improve both technique and performance skills. The company emphasizes modern dance, but other choreography styles are also used, and the company performs several times throughout the year. Students in the Repertory Company must take at least one additional technique class, and consistent attendance in class and at the performances is extremely important. There is a basic contract agreement signed be the student and a parent or guardian.
Teen Dance Crew
The Teen Dance Crew is a free, multi-level performance group for teens who love to dance, perform, and make up choreography.
Modern Dance for Adults
Discover or rediscover the modern dancer in you! Eclectic music and dance styles are used. Technique and improvisation are included in our multi-level classes. Increase flexibility, improve posture, and grow stronger and more graceful while expressing yourself through movement.
Hip Hop for Teens and Adults
A high-energy dance work-out! Learn the moves used in music videos! Please wear sneakers.
Middle Eastern Dance for Teens & Adults
Although it is sometimes called "belly dance", this name is inaccurate, as Middle Eastern Dance uses all parts of the body! This dance form involves isolating different parts of the body with a focus on using core muscles to produce signature movements such as shivers, shakes, shimmies, and undulations. Done in bare feet; you may bring your own dance skirt or borrow one from us.
African Dance / African Family Dance
High-energy, traditional West African dance. The Family Dance class is a multi-level class free to any adult(s) and child(ren) who come together dance as a family!
Ballet (mixed levels)
Learn basic ballet terms and technique while getting a good stretch.
Dance Exercise for Adults and Seniors
A low-impact class combining elements of Modern Dance, Jazz, and Yoga to increase flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination in a relaxed atmosphere.
Yoga for Teens and Adults
Yoga is the union of body, mind, and spirit. A non-contortionist relaxing practice that encourages self awareness, self-acceptance, increased flexibility, strength, balance, and concentration. Physical practice, controlled breathing, imagery, and simple meditation techniques are taught to infuse students with a peaceful state of being. Adaptable for all levels, including individuals with disabilities.
CMDE is committed to a mission of inclusion, and strives to make dance training, performance opportunities, and concert attendance available to everyone.
If you need information on scholarship and work-study opportunities, please contact us to learn about available opportunities.
The main level of CMDE's facility, including it's large studio which doubles as an informal performance space, the office, one restroom, and the parking-lot, are all wheelchair accessible. All CMDE classes can accommodate wheelchairs, as well as other physical disabilities, including but not limited to mobility impairments, vision, and hearing impairments. (Please note: a small number of weekend classes are held in the downstairs studio, which requires navigation of stairs; please check the schedule and call us if you have questions.) CMDE also makes every effort to select accessible venues when presenting performances.
CMDE runs Moving Experience classes for students with developmental disabilities, and people with developmental disabilities can also take regular classes, as appropriate to their skill and experience level.
Large-print and electronic versions of documents are available upon request.
CMDE's philosophy of inclusion also extends to older adults, adult beginners, and other "non-traditional" dance students. We have dancers of all ages, sizes, and ability levels, and can assist you in finding a class suitable to your individual needs.
CMDE also offers specialized outreach programs for various populations, including seniors, people with disabilities, youth at-risk, people with special health concerns, and others.
Please contact us if you have any questions about accommodations, need help finding the right class, or provide more information about outreach programs.