How We Came to Be


MA DLOM is a non-profit performing arts laboratory dedicated to the creative development of each student through drumming, music, dance, theater, spoken word, and video. We strive for a creative and developmentally appropriate, rewarding and joyful process for each student, with an emphasis on artistic literacy, creative expression, leadership and  self-confidence. We are dedicated to enriching the lives through the arts.

MA.DLOM offers classes for students of all ages, needs and abilities in a non-competitive, collaborative environment, including integrated classes for special needs students.

Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music was founded in 1998 by Artistic Director Maya Milenovic Workman (interdisciplinary artist/choreographer/director, Reggie Workman (Legendary Jazz Musician, educator) and Elizabeth Moser (Educator, performer). Throughout the years, a partnership was cultivated between students and teachers. The ability to look creatively at anything and find fresh inspiration in everything is a goal of our work. 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.” MA.DLOM believes in the creative work with students, 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 are encouraged by (1)

We are encouraged by (1) Multiple Inteligence Theory (2) Every individual has a different way of learning (3) Our students create and critically think

We are inspired by: Leonardo Da Vinci, Stanislavsky, Pina Bausch, Robert Willson, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Katheryn Dunham, Merce Cunningham, Picasso, Basquiat, Miro, Magritte, John and Alice Coltrane, Mingus, Braxton, Ayler, Aborigines music, Asian Music, Anansi The Spider; Maya Angelou, Morisson, Baldwin, Beckett, Ionescu, Brecht, Shakespeare, Sonia Sanchez and Langston Hughes; and our own Reggie Workman, Maya M Workman etc…