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Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE)

Dance for Everybody!

Important Announcements

Shirley Ubell on stage reaching out her hand

Center for Modern Dance Education is saddened to announce the passing of our Founding Director, Shirley Ubell. When she founded CMDE in 1962, her mission was to make dance training available both to talented young people with professional aspirations, as well as to people of all ages and abilities who danced just for the fun of it. She believed that people should have equal access to the arts regardless of their financial situation. We will honor Shirley at our 60th Anniversary celebration next year. If you would like to make a donation please visit donate here

Our Modern Dance Kids, Teens, Young Adults w/ Different Disabilities on Saturdays is currently suspended.


We are temporarily closed until it is safe for us to reopen.

The Center for Modern Dance Education will be offering regular youth and adult classes through ZOOM.

These classes are FREE.

Thanks to the generous support of our many individual contributors as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bergen County Department of Human Services Youth Services Commission; Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund; Levitt Foundation, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and New Jersey Economic Development Authority Emergency Assistance Grant.

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Non-Profit since 1962! Awarded New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence!

The Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) is a 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 is for everyone, including individuals with disabilities, youth at risk, older adults, and people of all income levels. CMDE is an inclusive, diverse oasis for non competitive artistic engagement. FREE TRIAL CLASSES!

You can also find more pictures on our Facebook, CMDE Photos Page, Vimeo Album Danceathon 2018, Vimeo Album Danceathon 2019, Vimeo Danceathon 2020, Instagram, Twitter and our YouTube Channel. Also be sure to read our new Blog!!!

Contact Us

CMDE Building

The Center for Modern Dance Education
84 Euclid Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-342-2989
NJTTY relay number for hearing impaired: 1-800-952-7897
Fax: 201-342-8209

Public Transportation

You may take the NJ Transit train to Anderson Street Station in Hackensack or you can take the following NJ Transit bus lines to Main Street and Clinton Place in Hackensack: 165, 168, 751, 755, 762.

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