Story based movement workshop focused on changes in the landscape that affect the health of the river.
This workshop is open to all ages and all abilities, families welcome! The story of the river will be used to create a dance response of our own. We ask all attendees to wear a mask at all times, and keep a 6 foot distance from those not in your pod.
Michele Braun - Executive Director of The Friends of the Winooski River
Michele Braun was delighted to take the helm in 2018 of the watershed organization for which she was the founding president twenty years earlier. In her prior role as the planner for the Town of Northfield, Michele was responsible for the acquisition and demolition of 18 homes damaged in Tropical Storm Irene. Following that buyout, she coordinated a multidisciplinary project team focused on restoring the floodplain to reduce flood risk and enhance downtown recreation opportunities. Previously, she worked as an environmental policy analyst, responsible for managing projects, designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops for city and state governments, US EPA, watershed organizations, environmental health associations, and multi-partner collaborative environmental planning projects. Michele has a Master of Science in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont, and she earned her bachelor of arts degree in Government & Legal Studies and Romance Languages from Bowdoin College. She served on the Board of the Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools for seven years, and looks forward to more opportunities to serve her Montpelier community as her children leave the nest.
Mary Chris DeBelina - Dance Artist and Educator
Mary Chris DeBelina, born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, discovered her love of dance as a toddler but it wasn’t until she attended Dartmouth College that she started to imagine it as a career. MC graduated from Dartmouth with a BA in biology and went on to Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MFA in dance. At Sarah Lawrence MC began to weave together her interest in science and dance. In 2005, MC founded the Children’s Creative Dance program at Dartmouth. Shortly after getting her MFA, MC got married and moved around with her husband while he attended medical school and residency. Although MC’s focus during those years was her family, she continued to teach creative dance and began to teach Dance for Parkinsons. MC lives with her husband, four kids, and dog in Montpelier, Vermont. She teaches at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio and is a regular guest choreographer for the Juventas New Music Ensemble based in Boston. In addition to creating her own work, MC dances with Willow Wonder and Hannah Dennison and is a member of the Vermont Dance Alliance. When she is not dancing, MC can be found hiking up or skiing down mountains or folding mountains of laundry.
Traces at Montpelier will take place at North Branch Nature Center. The Nature Center is a 28 acres forest and field preserve with the main buildings along the Winooski River. North Branch Nature Center is not currently wheelchair accessible. The workshop and 2 of the performance spaces will be accessible to those with limited mobility. In order to access the workshop space and facilities, audience members must either be able to walk up a short flight of stairs or navigate a grass pathway. It is possible to drive to close to 1 of the other performance spaces but it does include a short walk on a grass pathway. Each performance area will have a few chairs and/or a bench available.