In 1973, dancer and choreographer Patricia Nanon envisioned what she would later call “a playground without walls.” She invited a few choreographers for the summer, auditioned dancers, and looked for a place to rehearse on Martha’s Vineyard. Ten years later, Nanon bought the property on Middle Road that is now The Yard‘s permanent home. By then, The Yard was known in the dance world. Its mission, and Patricia‘s vision, had not changed – it was a retreat dedicated to supporting choreographers by giving them freedom and the opportunity to work uninterrupted – and The Yard‘s residencies now had a reputation as the plum of the dance world for choreographers.
Today The Yard offers residencies, classes, workshops, modern dance, theater, music, opera, yoga, ballet, zumba and kids creative theater for a variety of skill levels and ages.