For over two decades, NYIDE has trained individuals from around the region, country, and globe for their careers using Performing Arts Based Programming and the Applied Study Program created by Sean McLeod. The Applied Study Program simultaneously teaches business, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills that allow candidates to be equally comfortable and formidable in a corporate environment, as they would be in an artistic one. This supportive practice has placed graduates of the program in some of the top colleges and universities in the country, such as North Carolina School of the Arts, New York University, Syracuse University, New World School of the Arts in Miami, Purchase Conservatory of Dance (SUNY Purchase), and Juilliard.
McLeod Technique (MT) is Sean McLeod’s codified dance technique based in emotional development and blends Classical Ballet, the modern foundations of Limón, Graham and Horton, Martial Arts principles, African Dance, Latin influences and Urban Social Dance. The step-by-step, easy to learn technique, created at the New York Institute of Dance Education, was developed to train dancers by engaging their emotions to facilitate honest movement and encourage good mental health. McLeod Technique has a vast movement range, an emotional vocabulary, and a process that inspires dancers to be happy people!
Originally conceived as a technique for women to survive the destructive nature of many dance classes, McLeod Technique® has matured into a movement of self-assurance, forgiveness, and fulfillment. As most dancers do, Sean McLeod had come to hate his every imperfection early in his career, because of the unforgiving, yet beautiful, experience of dance. However, he recognized that it was always worse for the girls! Sean focused MT® to help dancers, especially women, learn and acknowledge their value, and then lock that understanding into their bodies and souls through movement.
MT® is a comprehensive study in the rudiments of Modern or Contemporary dance. In practice, MT® redefines traditional methods of teaching dance. It emphasizes healthy dance physiology and teaches proper technique through the revolutionary Reinforced Motor Function® System. Unique also, MT® integrates a third "Emotional vocabulary" to nurture happy, inspired,and engaged dancers. As a result MT® dancers experience "Emotional and Personality Development" through movement.
Reinforced Motor Function® (RMF®) is a simple-to-understand alignment, strength, and flexibility system developed by Sean McLeod. This anatomy-centered, hands-on science guides clients through exercises using aligned resistance to reinforce movement into correct healthy postures. RMF® develops safe movement habits to improve technique & alignment, arrest injury, and reshape the body. RMF® is the perfect complement to classical ballet, dance and all movement studies. In sports and physical therapy, RMF® increases the client's awareness of physiology and teaches joint-healthy alignment.
RMF® for Ballet Application is designed to allow a dancer at any age to achieve maximum flexibility, strength and alignment. The system has proven effective in extremely diverse applications, achieving incredible results in clients with mild to chronic scoliosis, knee/ankle injuries, pulled or torn muscles, and hip displacement. It is praised by professional dancers in NYC for noticeably improving range, technique, and understanding after just one session.
MT Afro Hip Hop is a dynamic style of Hip Hop dance developed by American Choreographer and music maker Sean McLeod. MT Afro Hip Hop combines the soul of traditional African dance, with the groove and freedom of Urban Social Dance. This exhilarating class includes traditional Jazz and Street Dance styles, and creates a strong sense of rhythm and timing. MT Afro Hip Hop speaks to all demographics through movement allowing them to embrace learning valuable life skills during this interactive class or workshop. Clients learn to accept failure as a mechanism for learning versus being embarrassed for frightened by missteps. All classes or workshops end with a McLeod Technique Talk Around where each individual speaks about what they learned that has nothing to do with dance - tying the skill-sets from the class into their day-to-day life.
MT Training for Athletes (TFA) is a unique physical enhancement program. TFA empowers an athlete by developing their movement abilities to the highest level possible. By using the foundational elements of movement study that include Martial Arts, Dance, Core Strength Training, Mastery of Rhythm, and emotional control plus traditional combat strategy taken from Martial Arts. Athletes will gain understanding and physical control that when combined make dynamic physical results and movement strategy immediately possible, and most importantly, accessible at will.
MT Apparatus is a user-friendly exercise and body alignment workout system that uses engaged motor function for amazingly fast full body results. Great for the beginner or advanced enthusiast, MT Apparatus is incredibly easy to do, with over 150 exercises, but gives a heck of a workout from the core out. Using simple progressions to inspiring music, MT Apparatus will have you grooving and twisting your body to a healthy state. Created with the home doorway chin-up bar (sometimes identified as an Iron Gym) movement expert Sean McLeod has taken an existing exercise tool to new heights.
You won’t believe it, but you’re going to love this workout! 10 minutes or an hour, MT Apparatus is a highly enjoyable and physically beneficial daily workout!
MT Groove is an incredible soul stirring Cardio, Body Shaping and Stress relieving dance workout that will blow your mind because it’s so fun and exciting! Created from the foundational "Groove" of a MT Afro Hip Hop class, MT Groove combines the soul of traditional African dance, infectious club music, and "Life Changing Inspiration" with the freedom of every day Urban Social Dance. This exhilarating class uses rhythm and timing to shape the body and wake up the soul! With easy to understand walking patterns this arm shaping, abdominal working, booty shaking class will help you enjoy getting healthy! The class was developed at the New York Institute of Dance and Education by American Choreographer and Producer Sean McLeod.
“The Next Step” Musical Theater Workshops bring our awesome brand of Motivation, Character Education, and Life Practice Drills into the High School and Middle School environment through Musical Theater Workshops. Working in concert with Character Education Programs, Parent Groups, and Drama and Music Directors, Award Winning Producer and Motivation Expert Sean McLeod reaches students while offering lessons in Musical Theater Dance, Acting Evaluation, and Vocal Performance.
“I am a Triple Threat” Musical Theater Workshops are produced by multiaward winning Producer, Director, and Choreographer, Sean McLeod. These workshops include 3 specially designed- interactive Master Classes to help interested performers and their parents honestly reflect and evaluate their year of performance opportunities and the personal growth they gained! “Where do I really stand with my talent? How good am I? What do I do next!”