84 Euclid Ave
Hackensack, NJ 07601
NJ TTY 800-952-7897
Center For Modern Dance
Non-Profit since 1962!
Awarded New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence
The Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) is a non-profit community arts organization with the mission to promote modern dance and related art forms and make it available to everyone while serving as a resource for the professional dance community. The Center seeks, through quality dance programs, to nurture talent and instill confidence in every student, and to preserve the legacy of modern dance and nurture its future. The Center believes that dance if for everyone, including individuals with disabilities, youth at risk, older adults, and people of all income levels. CMDE is a member of Dance New Jersey and the National Guild of Community Arts Education. CMDE is a current recipient of a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
CMDE is a Peace Site!
We have been selected as an official Peace Site by the New Jersey Peace Action because of our use of dance to promote peaceful communication. To celebrate, we are having a Peace Site Ceremony with original multicultural dance pieces created by faculty and students inspired by the theme of Peace Ceremony: Saturday, November 22nd at 5:30pm at our Hackensack studio.
Peace Ceremony Auditions
Budding choreographers are invited to participate in our “Peace Ceremony" on Saturday, November 22nd at 5:30pm at our Hackensack studio.
Choreographers should have music, prepared choreography and a working title for dance piece that can be no longer than 2 minutes.
Please call to schedule your audition time.
Instructor Spotlight: Shirley Ubell - CMDE Founder
CMDE Founder Shirley Ubell will be starting a new life in the new year, in California with her family.
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." ― A.A. Milne
I am indeed lucky to have something that makes goodbye so hard. I never dreamed when my late husband Earl and I founded a nonprofit organization in 1962 that it would become the truly amazing place it is today. I have seen the seed I planted grow and develop and touch more lives than I could ever have imagined....over and over again throughout the years, I have watched people of all ages, all backgrounds, and all abilities come together through what I have always called "the magic of dance".
As hard as it is to leave, my move is made infinitely easier by the knowledge that this wonderful organization will continue to live and thrive without me. Please take a moment to reflect on what CMDE has meant to you or your family, and help us continue the legacy with your ongoing support.
With much love and gratitude,
Founder, The Center for Modern Dance Education