Somatic Explorations and Art for Culture Shift with Neva Cockrell

Vermont Dance Alliance, in partnership with the Pride Center of Vermont, presents:
Somatic Explorations and Art for Culture Shift with Neva Cockrell

In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore the overlap of somatic practice and art for culture shift. We will begin by looking at how oppression / oppressive systems live in the body and, in turn, how our bodies create our collective culture. Through embodied exercises we will move through a gentle process of how we can learn to identify these patterns within our own bodies, and then start to shift them. The second hour will be a guided creative session on how we can use our art for culture shift. Art creates culture, and culture drives legislation. So as artists, we have a potent role in shifting our society towards justice, wellbeing, and reverence for life. In this portion of the workshop, we will explore how the art we make impacts culture, and practice expressing ourselves in ways that move towards individual and collective healing. We will each create, share our work, and have discussion about the pieces.

For: Artists who are interested in embodiment. Embodiment practitioners who are interested in art. Anyone looking to walk an embodied, creative path towards individual and collective freedom.


Neva Cockrell is a dancer, director, and movement instructor. She tours internationally with Pilobolus (China, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Dubai, Mexico, Israel, and US) and directs new dance-theater works in the US, Dubai, and Europe with her company Loom Ensemble. When she isn't directing or performing, she is teaching her own movement technique, Catalyst Training, which she developed in 2016. She is based at the Art Monastery in Springfield, VT. Her life path is deeply ground in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice.
If you need special accommodations, please note VDA will need at least two weeks notice before the class start date. We will do our best to accommodate all needs.

How to Register: Click on “Get More Info” to register for this class, or any class in our fall Resilient Dancing Series! If you need assistance filling out the form, please call 410-458-3672.

Payment: VDA member and Non-VDA member pricing is listed in the registration form. To make your payment please visit, or use our paypal address as listed on the form.

If you are planning to call in as a group, with two or more people sharing one screen, email us to set up a scaled payment to fit your specific needs.

If money is a barrier for you, please email a scholarship request letter detailing your interest, class dates, and amount of support needed.

Thanks to our Scholarship Fund sponsors: Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. (lead sponsor) Northfield Savings Bank, Vermont Federal Credit Union, and City Market Onion River Co-op (participating sponsors) for helping us to provide access to all.

We are pleased to announce that this project is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of Vermont Humanities Council.

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Published August 2, 2020