About Us


childMass Motion Dance (MMD) offers high quality dance education, to students of all ages, through a wide variety of dance classes. Founded in Sturbridge, Massachusetts in 1983, under the direction of Terri Gordon, MMD has proven its excellence in dance training. Ms. Gordon, a former member of the Boston Ballet Company and Tanz Forum, the modern dance company of Cologne, Germany, is passionate and driven to develop each student’s technique to its highest level. In 2003, MMD proudly announced the opening of the Boston studio under the direction of Irada Djelassi. In 2010, MMD North opened its doors in Peabody and in 2014, at the Manchester Athletic Club (MAC) in Manchester-by-the-Sea  to students under the direction and ownership of Katherine Hooper.

Whether a student’s goal is fitness and recreation or a future career in dance, at MMD dancers will find classes that fit their objective as well as their schedule. Students may choose from a broad range of dance idioms such as ballet, modern, tap, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, Irish step and more. MMD strives to teach the strongest technique to each student, in a positive setting, allowing each dancer to find their passion for the art and sport of dance. With three locations and over 27 years of experience it is easy to see how students develop into enthusiastic, passionate and powerful dancers.

Qualified professional MMD Faculty is dedicated to ensuring proper training in a positive and personal learning environment. MMD Faculty works as a team and takes great pride in their commitment to providing an unparalleled dance education to each and every student. The highly qualified staff of professionals at MMD has extensive teaching and training backgrounds.


Annual Performance

Each location produces an end of year production in the month of June. Mass Motion has become highly recognized and respected for the musical style recital at the end of the year. This is not your average dance recital! Dance is a performing art and participation in the recital offers students the opportunity to experience the performance aspect of their training, while at the same time demonstrate their progress to friends and family in the audience. Participation in the annual recital is not mandatory but highly recommended.


Holiday Performance

Mass Motion Dance produces an annual holiday performance with students in intensive study programs from all three of the studio’s locations.


danceproject
The Dance Project at Mass Motion Dance is a community service student group committed to sharing the art of dance to a wide variety of local venues. This pre-professional performance group offers students the opportunity to take their dance training outside of the classroom.  The Dance Project also allows teen dancers the opportunity to fill some of their community service requirements through the art of dance.


bosoma
A professional contemporary modern dance company in residence at Mass Motion Dance.  Founded by Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper in 2003, BoSoma is under the artistic direction of Katherine Hooper.  BoSoma Dance Company produces high energy, athletic and stimulating performances with its own signature of vibrant, vital movement. www.bosoma.org