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Classes | Composer’s Intensive : New York City Center

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

| $400

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


No auditions required, all levels welcome – must be able to read/write sheet music. Matthew AC Cohen will be tailoring the program for each individual composer based on skill level. 

Arch Contemporary Ballet‘s Summer Composer’s Program offers an unparalleled experience in first hand exploration of composing music for dance rooted with the philosophy of Artistic Director, Sheena Annalise and resident composer Matthew AC Cohen. Students are guided through a new way of thinking about music composition.

The curriculum values the creative minds of our participating students as Matthew AC Cohen takes them through music theory, composing for dance, and other facets of being a composer including marketing your work, creating contracts, and more. A culminating performance for our composer’s with their composition created on Arch Contemporary Ballet dancers will be performed twice on an NYC stage during ACB’s performance season.

Emphasis is placed on cultivating the composer’s ability to realize their full potential, express their individuality through composition, and learning to create work for dancers in a cross collaboration.

Designed for aspiring or seasoned composers of all ages, this intensive program supports the growth of the composer within. Students study at New York City Center Studios located in the heart of New York City at 130 West 56th Street. They have a unique opportunity to study with Award Winning composer and resident composer of ACB, Matthew AC Cohen.

2017 Summer Program

Monday, August 7th – Sunday, August 13th

$400 full session

Monday, August 7th – Thursday, August 11th 5pm-8pm
Saturday, August 12th 2:00 pm Showing with ACB at Sheen Center | Theatre Call time: 12:30 pm
Sunday, August 13th 2:00 pm Showing with ACB at Sheena Center | Theatre Call time: 12:30 pm

Students are given the opportunity to see their work on Arch Contemporary Ballet during their summer season performances at the Sheen Center. Additionally, students will receive a ticket to Arch Contemporary Ballet’s Summer Season Performance to watch the company perform on Sunday, August 13th at 8:00 pm followed by a reception.

Do you need assistance with housing?


Email admin@archballet.com.

There are many affordable hotels near center and student living hostels, let us know if we can send you a list of nearby places to reach out to!



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.



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


Arch Contemporary Ballet


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