MAGMA is a center for movement practices where people of all ages can discover, develop, and create in a broad curriculum of movement styles.

MAGMA’s dance classes focus on the actively evolving forms of dance as art. With an understanding of the past, and an eye to the future, we nurture students in the highest standards of dance education.

MAGMA also offers classes in somatics, martial arts, strength and conditioning, social dance forms, and more.

In addition to offering classes and workshops, we are a performance venue for house-produced events and available to rent.

MAGMA is also a performance venue for house-produced and guest events. Please inquire for rental rates.


MAGMA is a center for movement practices where people of all ages can discover, develop, and create in a broad curriculum of movement styles. We offer dance technique, improvisation-based classes, dance socials and jams, movement for special populations, and somatics workshops. MAGMA is an inclusive, non-discriminatory environment, and welcomes participation regardless of dance experience, age, body type, race, sexual orientation, or special needs.

MAGMA is a performance venue. It is the host venue of the Trident Live Arts Series, established in 2014, which produces experimental dance, music, and performance art from local, national, and international artists. The series works in collaboration with Trident Gallery of Gloucester. MAGMA is also the home base of Director Sarah Slifer Swift’s dance company, Meek Productions.

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Director Sarah Slifer Swift has been on faculty at Boston Ballet School, Salem State University, George Washington University, Amsterdam College of Art/School for New Dance Development, Scotland’s National Center for Dance (Dance Base), and Liza Indiciani Studio of Dance. Through the Gloucester Education Foundation, she created and taught two dance curricula for Gloucester Public Schools. Since 2014 she has directed the Trident Live Art Series @ Trident Gallery. She was Director of the Gloucester New Arts Festival (2005-2009) that specialized in site-specific art and performance.

Slifer Swift performed as a dancer with several dance companies and choreographers in the US and in Europe, seeking out radical, experimental work that challenged ideas about performance and aesthetics. Her choreography has been performed in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and in New England and has received several grants and awards, including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. Learn more about her choreographic work at www.sliferswift.com.

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11 Pleasant Street
Gloucester MA 01930

Phone number (978) 381-3494

Top Floor of the Brown Building
Handicap Accessible through Brown’s Mall

Sarah Slifer Swift, MAGMA Director