Our Belief


Leonardo Da Vinci says: “It should not be hard for you to stop something and look into the stains on walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places in which … you may find marvelous ideas.”

Montclair Academy and Laboratory of Dance, Drama, Drum was founded in September of 1998 by Artistic Director Maya Milenovic Workman (Interdisciplinary artist and writer, www.mayamilenovicworkman.com), Reggie Workman (Legendary Jazz Musician, educator) and Elizabeth Moser (Educator, performer).

Throughout the years, a partnership was cultivated between students, teachers and community.The ability to work creatively, find fresh inspiration in everything and inspire leaders is the goal. We believe in the creative work, especially during the critical early years when there is a window of opportunity for creative abilities to be cultivated and imagination to be unleashed.

We encourage Multiple Inteligence Theory

Every Individual has a different way of learning

Our students create and critically think and develop focus.

We are inspired by: John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Leonardo Da Vinci, Stanislavsky, Pina Bausch, Robert Willson, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Katheryn Dunham, Merce Cunningham, Pablo Picasso, Basquiat, Miro, Magritte, Charlie Mingus, Braxton, Ayler, Aborigines and Asian Music, Anansi The Spider (folk tale), Maya Angelou, Tony Morrison, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett, Ionescu, Bertold Brecht, Shakespeare, Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes and our own: Reggie Workman, Maya M Workman, Koko Jones, M’ten Halsey, Mary Chang and many others …