Class Descriptions


JULY + AUGUST ACTING CONTINUE, with AYANA WORKMAN – Shakespeare coach  (ages 9 and up) starts June 29, continue through end August, inquire
JULY DANCE, with Ms. MAYA  (9 and up) * starts July 6 through August 6


DANCE AND DRUM AND DRAMA (group) OUTSIDE: August 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Ms. MAYA, Mr. M’TEN, AYANA, GRANT (Madlom alumnus), GARRETT (Madlom alumnus), AND WILLIAM (Madlom Alumnus)! 55 Montclair Avenue, Lawn, St. John Church (corners of Chestnut and Montclair Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042)

THURSDAYS AUGUST (13, 20, 27) DANCE (Loose clothes, sneakers – or bare feet, no flip flops)

3-4:00(ages 4 -6)    4-5:00 (ages 7 – 9)    5-6:00 ages (9 and up)     6-7:00 DRAMA (9 and up)

FRIDAYS AUGUST (14, 21, 28) DRUM (Please bring your drum, or the one you borrowed and a chair, sneakers)

3-4:00 (ages 4 -6)    4-5:00 (ages 7 – 9)     5-6:30 (9 and up)

Fall semester COVID details TBA 8/17

Plan 1 is to have classes outside, and socially distanced + masks inside!

Plan 2 is to combine the above with ZOOM

Two semesters per school year (15 classes)




We Follow Montclair Public School Calendar & COOP Blackout days. Details:


Madlom Team:






Modern Dance 1 & Ballet Elementary 1 & Choreography 1, Intro Physical Theater 1

Ages 6 to 9
Maya 5:00 – 6:00

Explore the space, spatial orientation, direction, levels; Observing Visual Art. Modern dance training (Based in Graham and Cunningham), basics of ballet , storytelling through movement. (timing and images; Picasso, Magritte, Kandinsky, Dali, and Basquiat). We encourage the development of individuality, creative & critical thinking, improvisation, imagination, teamwork, and communication. (Bare feet, ballet shoes are optional, loose clothes). Parents are encouraged to visit the open class. INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THEATER STARTS IN SPRING SEMESTER

Modern Dance 2 & Ballet Elementary 2 & Choreography 2 (Level 2)

Ages 9 to 13 (mixed level)
Maya 6:00 – 7: 20

Explore the space, engage, and reason through a specific thought process. Critical and creative thinking in a friendly and safe space. Modern dance training (Based in Graham and Cunningham,)  and choreography! Leadership and directing inspired by visual art in short class studies. Ballet barre and ballet center work. The class offers a strong base to alignment and development of modern dance, theater, and ballet Students develop and ability to make decisions and lead. We encourage the development of individuality, creative & critical thinking, improvisation, imagination, teamwork and communication; creative & critical thinking; strengthening and stretching, confidence, movement memory, and teamwork communication).  We will introduce improvisation, physical theater, explore the characters. (Bare feet, ballet shoes are optional, loose clothes)



Creative Moves & Story project & Pre-Elementary Ballet for the youngest team!

Ages 3 to 6
Maya 4:00 – 4:45 2 parts (Creating Stories with movement, Understanding Space, Pre-Elementary Ballet)

Imagine and create, observe paintings, and listen to stories; develop inner strength through the joy of movement. Discover the space. Introduce the timing & rhythms & dance steps. The goal is to encourage creativity, confidence, strength, bodily-kinesthetic awareness, dance steps, and teamwork. We will read and imagine Anansi The Spider, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf as well as ‘make the paintings alive’.  (Bare feet, ballet shoes are optional, loose clothes)

Ballet Elementary 3 & Ballet for Actors

Ages 8 – 15 (Mixed level)
Maya and guests
4:45 – 6:00

Ballet placement, speed of movement, how to work from the core
This class works within ballet vocabulary: ballet barre, center and across the floor. The positions of the feet and arms define standard placements of the feet (in combination with arms). The class encourages control and poise while teaching arm and leg coordination. Building flexibility and strength are encouraged. This class is recommended for boys and girls and is essential to develop a stronger modern dance technique.
(Dress code; black or pink combination, ballet slippers, hair must be neatly secured in a bun or twist).

Modern Dance & Choreography & Performance (Level 3)

Ages 12 -18
Maya  6:00 – 7:30

(1) This class is all about creativity, invention, and originality. Students & the teachers collaborate! Students develop abilities to lead, direct and examine performance. They also work under Maya’s leadership. (3) The development of individuality & critical thinking is emphasized. (3) Students are required to write their impressions. (4) The class performs six times per year (5) Modern dance, based in Graham and Cunningham and improvisation, strengthening and stretching is practiced. (Bare feet & loose clothes)



Beginning Djembe Drum 1, G Clef Story, Movement (Level 1)

Ages 3 – 7

Maya 4:00-4:45

(1) The students are encouraged to create own rhythms, poems, and participate in African Djembe Drumming & movement. (2) Introduce the story of Ms G Cle & read the music. Students get a chance to put movement and rhythm & patterns into the space. (3) Rhythm is in everyone; it can be brought out through focused learning. (Goal is to help youngest learners to focus and create)

Ballet (Intermediate)

Ages 10 – 18
Guests and Maya
Wednesday 4:45-6:00

The students continue work at the ballet barre, center and across the floor. Body alignment is the key (Feet, hips, shoulders, head) to further turnout (rotation outward) and extensions. Positions of the arms and legs, as well as 9 basic directions of the body, are explored. Small jumps transferring to larger jumps across the floor are practiced in every class. Movement memory is developed. This class is for boys and girls.  (Dress code black and pink combination, ballet slippers, hair must be neatly secured).

Physical Theater & Acting & Improvisation
(Level 2)

Ages 9 – 16
Mike Barton, Ayana Workman, Maya & Guests
Thursday 6:00 – 7:30

(2) This class will offer Level 2 to Physical Theater, drama and acting. We will create a THEATER PLAY, analyze the characters derived from the world’s literacy, and evolve the beginning, middle, and end. The student is encouraged to come up with their own ideas! We will work with Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen in Verona.   (Dress code loose clothes, bare feet, yoga mat)



Every drum class starts with warm up, the levels are mixed, please inquire about the placement at

Djembe Drum 2 & Poetry & Movement (Level 2)

Ages 6 -10

Friday 5-5:50

Maya, William, Guest students New School

(1) The students work on their djembe drumming skill (2) Creation of poems and rhythms is welcomed. (3) Basic music notations and how to create rhythm, poetry is encouraged. (4) An added benefit of drumming is emotional regulation, the development of focus, and pre-literacy skills. Children are exposed to African rhythms (Kuku, Mwana, Funga, Isokota).
(Dress code: loose clothes)

Djembe Drum 3 & (Poetry & Movement, Level 3)

Ages 10 -18
M’ten Halsey, Maya & William, Guest students New School
Friday 5:50 – 6:50

(1) Polyrhythm’s (each hand plays one side)  (2) faster speed of playing (3) This class is excellent to encourag focused learning. The students continue to create their own poems and rhythms in addition to learning African rhythms such as Kuku, Lamba, N’Kwanga, Funga, Yembala, Samba, Funky Madlom, etc.  The group is encouraged to perform.
(Dress code: loose clothes)

Djembe Drum & Dun Dun 4 (Level 4)

Ages 10 – 18
M’ten Halsey, & William, Grant visiting, Guests (New School)
Friday 6:30 – 7:20

(1) We explore advanced levels of rhythms and drumming. Participants must be invited by teachers. On this level, drumming becomes a skill. This class is excellent to help focus on learning. It encourages discipline and strong listening skills. The group is encouraged to perform as leaders of the drum ensemble.

(Dress code: loose clothes)