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 community events.


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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, martial arts, fitness, movement for special populations, and somatics workshops.  MAMGA is an inclusive, non-discriminatory place to move, regardless of dance experience, age, body type, race, sexual orientation, or disability.

MAGMA is venue for performances spanning dance, theater, performance art, and interdisciplinary practices. It is the host venue of the Live Arts Series, established in 2014, which produces performances of experimental dance, music, and performance art from local, national, and international artists. The series works in collaboration with Matthew Swift Gallery (formerly Trident Gallery) of Gloucester.



Sarah Slifer Swift


Kate Tarlow Morgan

Vincent Cacialano

Matthew Swift


Mestre Chuvisco

Sarah Fader

Nome Graham

Eric Lilienthal

Sandy Perez

Molly Tupper

Suzanne Sweeney

Sarah Slifer Swift

Lauren Mayhew

Linda WIlkes

Greg Coles

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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.

Class Schedule

Adult Classes: Zoom and In-studio

Purchase a monthly streaming membership  ($100/mo.) or buy an individual streamed class ($10) by clicking on classes below. Please try to sign in at least 15 minutes before class to get the codes on time. With the membership you receive Unlimited Streaming, access to the video library, plus linked classes from other studios!

In-studio classes: $15 Limited spots, pre-registration required



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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