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Classes | Composer’s Intensive : New York City Center

August 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - August 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm




Composer’s Summer Intensive for Dance
New York City Center : Studio 4
136 W 56th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

The Composing for Dance Summer Intensive offers an unparalleled experience in first hand exploration of music composition. Rooted with the philosophy of Arch Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director, Sheena Annalise, and resident composer Matthew AC Cohen, students are guided through a new way of thinking.

The curriculum values the creative minds of our participating composers as Matthew AC Cohen takes them through creating a composition for dance, music theory, technology, collaborating with choreographers and more. Resources such as guidance on marketing, creating contracts and more will also be at the participants’ disposal. Throughout the week composers will be creating a composition on Arch Contemporary Ballet dancers and will then be performed twice on a professional stage Aug 12th and 13th.

Designed for aspiring or seasoned composers of all ages, this intensive program supports the growth of the composer within.

No auditions required, all levels welcome – program is individually tailored based on skill level. 

2017 Summer Program

Monday, August 7th – Sunday, August 13th

$400 full session

$150 day pass (not eligible for work to be performed)


Mon, August 7th – Thurs, August 10th – New York City Center Studios
130 West 56th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues
5pm – 8pm Composing for Dance Intensive Class

Sat, August 12th 11:45am – 3pm – Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street, between Elizabeth and Mott Streets
11:45am – 1pm Tech
2pm Performance

Sun, August 13th 11:00am – 3pm – Sheen Center
11:45am – 1pm Run Through/Photo/Video
2pm Performance

Your composition will be performed on Sat, August 12th
and Sun, August 13th at 2pm. Friends and family are
welcome to purchase tickets of the performance.

Students will receive a comp ticket to an
ACB Summer Season Evening Performance
to see Arch Contemporary Ballet the company perform.

Do you need assistance with housing? Contact us.


Email admin@archballet.com.



Matthew A.C. Cohen has composed and performed around the globe and is a Remi Platinum Award winner for the short film@Social #Connection. He attended Hofstra University, where he got a B.S. in Music Theory/Composition, with special interests in Film Scoring, Jazz Improvisation and arranging, and orchestration, and went on to get an MFA in Scoring for Media from Columbia College Chicago. He writes for network television shows, including Reign and Vikings, studio films including Brick Mansions, The Funhouse Massacre, and Christmas Land, and triple A video game titles including Dragon Age: Inquisition. He is a versatile and inventive musician and composer.

Founded in 2013, New York Citys Arch Contemporary Ballet was established with a bold spirit and innovative vision to create an artistic process that enhances the connection between ballet and music. All of ACBs works are choreographed and completed in silence. Commissioned artists then create original music scores specifically for each repertoire program. In addition to her innovative way of joining movement and music, Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, challenges classicism with a cutting-edge approach to partnering, pairing women on pointe together as partners. ACB has performed across the country including the Paramount Theatre in Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, New York Citys Sheen Center, and more. Learn more at www.ArchBallet.com.

Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, at age 14, was honored to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in Equator Project, nurturing her choreographic talent. She quickly found a distinct voice by creating innovative body lines and exploring her fascination with the connection between movement and music. In her early work she began to play with creating her own tempos, accents, and pauses in her ballets without the limitations of existing music. Looking to accentuate her silent yet rhythmic choreography, she developed her artistic process of commissioning artists to create music specifically to each repertoire program. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants throughout NYC and has been named a Prodigy by The Womens Project.


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August 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
August 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Arch Contemporary Ballet
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New York City Center Studio 4
130 W 56th Street 4th Floor
New York, NY, NY 10019 United States
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