Modern Dance Primitive Light Auditions and Call for Choreographers

Sunday, August 18, 2019 1PM – 3 PM
Open auditions for our annual winter show.. It will be structured like a modern class with choreographers stepping out to observe occasionally. Choreographers may approach dancers in person after auditions or by email. Rehearsals usually start in September, and the show is December 12, 13, and 14.

Intro To Contact Improvisation Series

“Contact Improvisation is an improvised dance form based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia.”

  – Steve Paxton, creator of Contact Improvisation

Mondays at 6PM
July 29, August 5, 12, & 19, 2019
Instructors Amelia Breed & Jeny Jones
$15 drop-in
$45 for the series

Click here for a sample video!

Summer Open House

Sunday, July 7th, 1PM – 3 PM
New in town? New to Circle? New to dance? Come enjoy a sampling of our dance classes in the Emporium Annex space. Come for the free class, stay for the free snacks, and return with an exclusive deal on a 2019 semi-annual class pass.

Keep an eye out for the event on our Facebook! 

Master Class – Modern Dance & Nontraditional Partnering

Circle Modern Dance is proud to welcome back Intersect Dance Theatre for another Master Class in Modern Dance & Nontraditional Partnering. Similar to the class in 2018, this workshop will focus on building kinesthetic awareness in dancers to improve physical “listening”, creating a better partnership and unified ensemble. 

Intersect Dance Theatre will lead us in a structured warm-up, strength-building exercises, improvisation, and nontraditional partnering techniques.

Class is $10 (+ fees) in advance or $15 at the event.
No experience required, ages 10 and up welcome.

Circle in the City

Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 9

Circle is back downtown this year! Take a break from the heat this June to get inspired by the art in the gallery space, grab a beverage from the bar, and enjoy an evening of contemporary dance and modern performance art. Circle Modern Dance presents fresh concepts from new local choreographers and guest artists Momentum Dance Labs and Riversong Dance Studio. Our next summer show won’t be until 2021, so you won’t want to miss this one!

Circle Modern Dance at Rossini Festival 2019

This year’s Rossini Festival is on April 13, 2019. This outdoor all-day festival features numerous regional and local performing arts groups, artisans, and street food vendors. Circle Modern Dance will be performing from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM at the Market Square Stage. Expect to enjoy our signature group improvisations and preview choreography that will be in our upcoming summer show.

All ages! ~ Free admission! ~ A Knoxville spring tradition!

Photo Credit: Tice Tansil ~ More info: KnoxvilleOpera.com

7th Annual Open House

Food and conversation. Free class sampling. Opportunity to purchase annual and semi-annual passes. 


January 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM 

Modern Dance Primitive Light

Join us for our annual winter solstice celebration. We are thrilled to return to the beautiful Laurel Theater for what will be our 27th MDPL. This year, you’ll see work by CMD company members and artists alongside the work of many brilliant guest artists. And all of it is set to Live Music, by our MDPL 2018 House Band. It’s a great show, we can’t wait for you to see it!

December 13, 2018 at 8pm

December 14, 2018 at 7 and 9pm

December 15, 2018 at 7 and 9pm

Holidays and Special Events


  • Labor Day weekend, Sunday September 1 & Monday, September 2, no classes
  • Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27th, no classes
  • Modern Dance Primitive Light, December 12, 13, &14