Community Belly Dance Class!

Belly dance is not only an ancient tradition of healing, fertility, and celebration - it's also a feminist act. Join Cyndal Ellis and Toni Nagy (Directors of Sobo Studio in Brattleboro VT) during the day long festival of dance presented by the Vermont Dance Alliance and UVM Dance Department! Learn the basics of belly dance, enjoy the organic movement of your body, and gift yourself with the opportunity to learn about another culture.
Open to all bodies, ages, levels and abilities.

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Toni Nagy is a hip hop, modern, and belly dancer. She started dancing in the club scene of Boston and New York City in the mid 90's - house dance and hip hop. She then attended Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in philosophy and dance. Toni spent her 20's continuing her study of dance at some of the most acclaimed institutions in New York City including Peridance, Broadway Dancer Center, Steps, and 180 Broadway. She got to learn from some of the best teachers this country has to offer and has taken that knowledge to Brattleboro Vermont. Toni is the proud owner of SoBo studio with her business partner Cyndal Ellis. Toni has performed her own choreography throughout the Vermont area, including the Vermont Dance festival for the past 4 years. Toni's choreography is a blend of all the styles she has been exposed to including her own personal flair. Toni's work is often driven by messages of social consciousness and political activism.

SoBo is a community dance center committed to keeping dance accessible, non-competitive, and a vital part of our social fabric. SoBo hosts daytime and evening classes focused mostly on adults, with some options for children. Participants of all levels, abilities, and ages are welcome! SoBo offers flexible payment options, scholarship and work study opportunities, and maintains a family friendly environment. Our playroom is always open for children to explore while parent’s dance, with free supervision provided during select classes. SoBo is home to Adventures with Super Bee, presenting dance performances for kids in kid friendly spaces, and Change the Channel, an improv and sketch comedy troupe. Cyndal Ellis is Co-Director of SoBo Studio. She teaches fusion belly dance, modern dance, and Dunham Technique at SoBo and at schools throughout southern VT. In 2017, Cyndal received a Certification through the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and dance from Smith College. She has over 20 years of dance experience. She has taught at Jacob’s Pillow, Smith College, Landmark College, and grade schools throughout New England. She was a member of The Sovereign Collective with which she performed and taught nationally. She was also one of the co-directors of Firekeeper Productions...

The Dance Program at The University of Vermont provides the opportunity to develop and expand technical, creative, and theoretical dance knowledge and facilitates rich and meaningful interaction between students, faculty, guest, and community artists. The heart of the program lies in the practice and theory of modern/contemporary dance, but multiple styles and approaches are offered, including African dance, ballet, Brazilian dance, Capoeira, composition, hip hop, improvisation, site performance, somatics, and more. The Dance Program is part of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and enjoys a close working relationship with the Department of Music as well. UVM Dance offers multiple performances, master classes, and workshops throughout the academic year, often in partnership with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.