Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio


Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique

July 5:  5:30 – 6:45, Contemporary/Modern Technique Dance;  $15.

Chloe Carlson


We will focus on the joy of moving and on individual artistic expression as we explore spacious, vigorous dancing and engage in a movement community.  Class includes a structured warm-up leading to longer phrases in center and across the floor.  Some previous dance experience recommended; senses of playfulness and openness encouraged! 


“Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”~Pina Bausch


Animal Farm is Coming

Come come to Animal Farm!
This Saturday, June 24, at 4 pm – a one time only event!
Donations welcome
All ages.
At the Dragon’s Egg.

Eggclouds Park in the far field, and come along the designated path to meet Major and Squealer and Snowball and Napoleon and Boxer and Mollie and Benjamin and Muriel and the chickens and dogs and cats and other pigs of the farm!

Chickens The performance will then take place inside the Dragon’s Egg, and should run about an hour or so..By donation.
Pigs The book by George Orwell is our springing off place, and then the dancers and artists involved do a 5 minute or less each “riff” on the text. 


The Mystic Paper Beasts will provide some literal beastie intervals to help tell the tale!  Please do join us!
xo namaste, marya

the Seven Commandments

Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy
Whatever goes upon four legs, or wings, is a friend
No animal shall wear clothes
No animal shall sleep in a bed
No animal shall drink alcohol
No animal shall kill any other animal
All animals are equal

Kundalini at the Egg

June 28: 5-6 pm at the Egg!


Kundalini Meditation.

Kundalini: An hour long dynamic meditation from Rajneesh, including shaking, dancing, slow motion, and relaxation. It is an amazing release of energy. Suggested donation: $5

Marya Ursin (BA, MA, MsT, RYT500) is the Director of the Dragon’s Egg, co director of the Mystic Paper Beasts, and is on faculty of the National Theatre Institute and of Conn. College. She has been dancing/performing since age 3, and doing yoga since age 19. She has been teaching yoga since 1981. www.dragonseggstudio.org

RSVP so we know if the class is a “go” or not!  my beasts@aol.com

Dan’s Kickstarter Update

We are 76% there, and counting! Only 11 days to go! Please do share this project, and help us to be fully funded so that we can re build a studio for Dan. Thank you so much, all of you, for your support and generosity and interest.

And thank you to the most recent donors:

Kathleen Pickard, Rebecca Davis, and two “guests”.

And, if you are local, do come to Animal Farm this Saturday, June 24th, at 4 pm, at the Egg! A one time only performance! Much fun will be had by all!

Also, NB that Nicky Checker will be doing a dramatized reading from his novel, Druids, on 7/15 at 4 pm, at the Dragon’s Egg, to benefit the rebuilding project.

Thank you all, so much! I am deeply touched, over and over again. xo marya



Animal Farm at the Egg

Animal Farm!


June 24th at 4 pm at the Dragon’s Egg Studio, a one time only event!  there will be dance and theatre, monologue and song, beasts and commentary!   Come one, come all!  It will be a lark!  or a pigsty!  This show is for all ages, by donation, or free.  The show should last about an hour, give or take, and begins with a mise en scene in the woods approaching the Egg.   You park in the far field, and enter the farm, meet the animals, and then get ushered into the Egg.

This year’s Narrative Project will use Animal Farm by George Orwell as its jumping off point.  A prompt is sent to the performers and each creates a five minute maximum “riff” on the text.  These reflections on the story, character, themes, are then linked by the “beastie bits”, more literal intervals involving Mystic Paper Beasts costumes and masks.


Past projects have included Dante’s Inferno, Romeo and Juliet, the Ramayana, Peter Pan, Orpheus, Alice in Wonderland.  George Orwell wrote his allegory in 1945.   Marya, who assembles the narrative projects, thought it might be an interesting examination this summer.

Do come join us!

We wish you peace and well being.  

Mars in Crazy J

See you on Saturday!

Quality of Touch Workshop

  • Quality of Touch to Composition: a two-part workshop with setGO
    Saturday, June 17 at 10 AM – 5 PM
    Dragon’s Egg, CT

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    In this open-level workshop, we will build a foundation of skills through Contact Improvisation practices and solo movement generation and then, in the afternoon, move into group scores for composing in the moment.  You can register for either the morning or afternoon, or, even better, join us for the whole day.  

setGO is a Contact Improvisation research and performance ensemble founded in 2016 by dancers Shura Baryshnikov, Aaron Brando, Bradley Teal Ellis, Paul Singh, and Sarah Konner.  The group shares a love for whimsical, whole-hearted, virtuosic improvisation; they have been dance-making together since 2009. 

In a time when we are increasingly detached and technologically dependent, what type of communication humanizes us? What kind of communication establishes and reinforces bonds rather than isolates us? When we practice Contact Improvisation, our primal faculties are on display, which can remind us of the pure essence of human communication. Each dancer is relying on their own body, the most complex operating system we have access to, using the body as a human landscape and exploring movement in the relation to earth’s physical laws as well as a partner. We believe that CI challenges our overwhelming acceptance of media ecology, offering a respite from our dependence on virtual information. Contact Improvisation is analog versus digital. It is subversive in a time with so much digital dependence. The practice of Contact Improvisation provides an opportunity to zoom into the ecology of the body and then out to experience composition, community, and culture. We are simultaneously negotiating shared choice-making with another human, creating new languages and mode of communication with every dance. When examining the etymology of the word communication, we learn that it literally means “to make common.” With this non-verbal language, we build community through communication. 

$30 Morning Contact Improvisation session: 10am – 1pm 
$30 Afternoon Composition session: 2pm – 5pm
To register email: setGOdance@gmail.com
Please pay through paypal: setGOdance@gmail.com

If you’d like to send a check, let us know by email and we’ll send you the mailing address. 

For more info on setGO visit


Shura Baryshnikov
Co-Founding Artistic Director of Doppelgänger Dance Collective

Trinity Teaching Associate 
Department of Theatre Arts and Performances Studies, Brown University
Dance & Movement Instruction, Brown/Trinity MFA in Acting and Directing

Dance Program Coordinator 
Moses Brown School

Past Lives Perspective Workshop

Past Lives Perspectives Workshop will be at the Egg on July 22, from 10 – noon.  $40. 
Please pre register with Robert Baird (see below) and copy Marya on your email so that she, too, will have a record of registrations. Thank you! 

Robert is a Reiki Master Teacher and a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists. His practice includes working with individual and corporate clients.
The Past Lives Perspective workshop offers a guided hypnotic journey through time designed to witness previous life times. Information from the past often sheds light on challenges or awakenings in this lifetime. 
Unlock the key to this lifetime when you experience life from the past employing techniques to activate or remove memories.  It a very enlightening experience.
Registration in advance is required; please call Robert at 860-245-9176 or if you questions please email us at pastlivesmatter@gmail.com.

Ecstatic Dance at the Egg

Ecstatic Dance – an introductory workshop – will be at the Egg on June 14, from 6:45 – 8 pm.  The fee will be $20.  Best to rsvp with marya at mybeasts@aol.com.

Movement Medicine Workshop with Melissa Cokas and Haley Sharack

Find ultimate freedom through synchronizing breath, movement + music, transforming the mundane into the divine.  Together we will find our authentic movement, exploring expansion + vibration, while overcoming ego.

Haley Sharack


As a yoga and holistic (Ayurvedic) lifestyle consultant, Haley Sharack is dedicated to helping people soothe, strengthen and rejuvenate their busy minds and bodies to achieve the best versions of themselves. 
In addition to holding a 200-hour yoga teachers certificate, Haley has completed extensive hours of advanced certification training in Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga(r) as well as Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consulting through the Global School for Living Yoga. In addition to various depth of Prana Vinyasa flow, her trainings have included pre/post natal yoga as well as yoga trance dance. At the School, Haley was fortunate to work with renowned yoga instructor Shiva Rea, who she credits, among a handful of other skilled teachers, with revealing to her many of the nuanced treasures & techniques of this ancient, self-illuminating practice.
Haley was first inspired by the yoga lifestyle in 2004 while living in India, leading her to be drawn to the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, a famed spiritual master and yoga leader from India, also known for founding Integral Yoga(r). In 2010 she completed a month-long “Living Yoga Training” program based around the teachings of Satchidananda. 
After many years of traveling and satisfying her global curiosity, Haley is honored to return to her roots and teach her passion to those in Connecticut and beyond.
In her life, yoga has grown to not only serve the vitality of Haley’s being, but the way she sees and relates to the world while through its practice, it unfolds the layers to self discovery and the nourishment of her authentic self and heart.
In addition to guiding people on their yoga journeys, she enjoys helping clients design lifestyles of optimal health and divine balance with ayurveda and creative living, as well as creating plant based, medicinal kitchen alchemy. She is a lover of nature, dance, discovery, creativity and entrepreneurship, and has a playful yet soulful spirit!

Melissa Cokas
Melissa has been teaching various modalities of yoga and movement since becoming 200-hour certified in 2001 through her month-long intensive at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.  

As a life-long dancer, her practice began in early childhood and since, she has studied many forms of dance including jazz, modern, improvisational, temple, and West African, the form she has focused on for the past 13 years.  As an avid participant in the circus community she has been learning, playing + teaching acroyoga + hoop dance for over 10 years.  Beginning 7 years ago she developed a love for aerial silks or “ tela” and now incorporates the flow of various fabric forms into her movement.   

After a transformational experience in 2011, realizing the awesome healing + contemplative power of dance utilized in her own growth and evolution, she set out on a journey to help others bring it’s potency into their own lives.  With a passion for ancient cultural movement and ritual she has gladly accepted any chance to travel the world and steep within these sacred forms.    Her early life’s focus on mathematics informs her movement.  Exploration of exotic time signatures + polyrhythms as a meditation to release thought + ego, creating an opening through which the absolute can manifest.    

Melissa lives in a geodesic dome homestead with her husband and 3 children.  She has a degree in Environmental Engineering and loves to share her passion for nutrition, homeopathy and the environment with any who wish to explore.

Mystic Paper Beasts in Norwood

Skytails5The Mystic Paper Beasts will be performing Sky Tails at the Cleveland School in Norwood, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, May 23rd.  


This is a performance that is organized by YAMa, Young Audiences Massachusetts, for which they are a listed troupe.  We are looking forward to offering these amazing tales of the sky and earth to an audience of lower school adventurers in life!

Marya Earth skytails

EarthDay was Lovely

Earth Day is Every Day


was a wonderful, sweet, event of community gathering, music playing, poetry being shared.  


There were vendors and people swinging, bacci on offer, lots of conversation and sitting on the deck.  


There was a nature walk led by Laurie.


There was poetry and hooping!


And there were Radishes – huge, to go with sun tea.  

It was lovely, and I thank all who were involved in any way.  Come again come again come again!