Call for Dancemakers: NACHMO is coming to Vermont in January 2020!

Call for Dance makers!
Through the Vermont Dance Alliance, NACHMO (National Choreography Month!) is coming to Vermont in January 2020!


The January Challenge is the foundation to all that is NACHMO. It is our annual challenge to inspire dancers, choreographers, and movement enthusiasts to choreograph by providing a month-long deadline to complete their work and connect it to a community of peers. 

For one month each year, we put aside our excuses and hesitations to work intensely on making dance. Through the online community of fellow NACHMO participants, social media, the blog, and live events, we provide opportunities for individual artists to network and collaborate. All dance genres welcome. 

Join us for our inaugural NACHMO Vermont!
Register by January 5, 2020:

Entrance fee to perform:
Free for VDA members
$15 for non-members.
Not a VDA member? Join for $6/month

Event details:
Social mixer at Deli 126 on January 15th, 5:30-7:30pm!
Performance of new work will be held at Karma Bird House in Burlington on February 12th at 7pm. This informal performance will be a chance to share your newly made dances with the public and receive structured feedback. $10-$25 suggested donation from the audience.

Contact Regional Director Joy Madden with questions:

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Joy Madden is a choreographer, performer and bodyworker. She has performed throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2001 she co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an innovative performing arts incubator in Boston, MA. She served as the Managing Director of Boston Dance Alliance from 2000-2003. Since moving to Vermont in 2007, her work has been presented by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington Dances, Arts Riot, The Burlington Fringe Festival, UVM, and The Philly Fringe, among others. In 2014 and 2015, she served as Community Mentor for Stephan Koplowitz’s online course, Creating Site Specific Dance and Performance Works, by California Institute of the Arts. Joy joined the VDA Board of Directors in 2019.

Participating artists

Annalisa Ledson is thrilled to be joining the Vermont Dance community after recently moving to the state from NYC. Annalisa is the co-artistic director of Current Harbor and a choreographer, performer and teaching artist. Collaborator with DanceBARN Collective since 2017 as a participant, guest choreographer and artist in residence. In NYC she has created and performed in new works at; BAM Fischer Hall, HERE, Frieze Arts, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, The Tank, Mark Morris and Triskelion. Regional venues in Minnesota, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey. She is National Choreography Month’s Regional Director Coordinator, Producer for NYC and NACHMOx. Currently pursuing M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Vermont. |

Bringing Dance to Life! VDA proudly serves its members, cheering on their art and creating opportunities to feature their forms. Vda sends a free weekly e-newsletter to announce events throughout the state of Vermont, as events are always open to the public. Sign up at the bottom of this page to be included, and look for our emails! Dance Alliance members are featured here on our website, with tabs to view their upcoming events and drop-in friendly classes and workshops. More dance in more places, more of the time! We hope you will join us!


December 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020


Free to register with NACHMO, entry fee to perform is free for VDA members, $15 for non-members


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Published December 16, 2019