Beyond his work on stage, Morris is an influential community leader in his area. Before he opened the doors to his dance school, there were few places for children to study ballet and modern dance in Brooklyn. When MMDG extended its activities to include a youth program, the response was enthusiastic. "We have a great building with seven studios," Morris said. "I have 800 little kids who are studying in our school. I couldn't dream of anything better than that." Despite a somewhat nonchalant tone in his voice, the effort necessary for MMDG to continue to blossom is clearly felt by Morris. "Keeping it all going is a lot of work. It takes a lot of energy to keep people going and to keep the quality high. I have to maintain a kind of dynamic energy that keeps people alert and engaged. And as you get older that gets harder," he explained.