Contemplative Dance Practice

"Contemplative Dance Practice is designed to hold and evolve personal and group awareness of body/mind. We create time and space to explore and integrate what we already know." -Barbara Dilley

March 13th marked the 80th birthday of Barbara Dilley, founder of Contemplative Dance Practice. On that day, sessions of CDP happened around the world to celebrate her work. On that day, in Burlington, we were met with car troubles, postponing the event to this new date.

This practice joins together the discipline of sitting meditation, with free movement inquiry and the practice of improvisation. It integrates inner and outer experiences, alone and together.

This 90 minute practice begins with 20 minutes of meditation, followed by 20 personnel awareness practice and then a group practice called Open Space, followed by discussion and observations.

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Liesje grew up in Vermont, studying dance by age 4. She received a BA in Dance at Naropa University and went on to study at Moving On Center in California and New Dance Development in the Netherlands. As a Rolfer, Liesje teaches functional movement to her clients, and teaching embodiment and dynamic movement at retreat centers and senior centers. She loves to make dance pieces.

Participating artists

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Vienna Austria, Stolzenhagen Germany, Baltimore, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the state of Vermont. In May 2017 Hanna founded the Vermont Dance Alliance, with a strong belief that the culture of dance will continue to flourish and expand throughout the edges of our beautiful state. Hanna serves as the Executive Director, both managing a statewide network of dance artists, partners and patrons, as well as producing and curating high-quality dance events and opportunities for the public. Hanna is as passionate for the form of dance as she is in connecting people to it. Hanna holds degrees and certifications in dance therapy, psychology, performance, choreography, vinyassa/yin/restorative yoga, non-profit management and arts integration. Hanna shares these passions as an intergenerational educator, interdisciplinary performer and collaborator, experimental curator and event producer. Join Hanna during this time of social distancing for movement classes online! Please email for more information.


May 30, 2018
7:15–9:15 PM


Free, by donation to pay for space


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Published April 20, 2018