Gala Works in Progress Showcase #1

VDA will curate two works in progress showings (Sept 22, Dec 8) to assist choreographers along the path of creating a new work towards the Winter Dance Gala (Feb 16, 17).
This year's Gala Choreographers are: Jessie Owens, Isadora Snapp, Hanna Satterlee, Danielle Erb, Cyndal Ellis and Elizabeth Kurylo.
This showing will encourage both audience members to dive into the creative process, as well as the choreographers to connect while deep within their own creation. Come join us at Ballet Wolcott for an upbeat, informal gathering with a live panel of experienced choreographers who will guide the feedback session.
These showings are also our chance to fundraise for the Gala!

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Participating artists

Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez  received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. Before that, she studied at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and with the Chartiers Valley Arts Council Dance Company (later, The Carnegie Performing Arts Center), and Pat's Dance Studio.  Her dance education has focused on ballet, but also includes jazz, tap, modern, folk, and historical dance. Brandy's experiences took her to Frontiertown Western Theme Park in Maryland where she taught, created dances, and performed. Since moving to Vermont, she has been a member of the Vermont Dance Collective, taught at Johnson State College and dance studios around the state, and has collaborated with many local choreographers, teachers, and arts organizations.   Brandy has created original choreography for performances and community events as well as ballets and musicals. As Artistic Director of Ballet Wolcott, Brandy teaches classes, choreographs, and directs the Ballet Wolcott Youth Company, a group of passionate young dancers who perform throughout the community.

Born and raised in France, Elizabeth studied ballet, Russian character and modern dance in Paris. In France, she performed with Irina Grjebina’s Ballets Russes, the Theatre des Arts de Rouen and the Compagnie de Danse Ici et Maintenant. In the 80’s, she moved to New York City with a student visa from Merce Cunningham Studio at Wesbeth. After 15 years hiatus to raise a family and work as a physical therapist, she returned to her former passion. Since, she danced with the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble in Hanover, NH and What’s Written Within in Edgartown, MA. SheI choreographed most of her work with the latter with productions for Built on Stilts, The Yard and the Hebrew Center in Martha’s Vineyard. She is also a passionate of baroque dance and performed with Ken Pierce Baroque group in Boston MA. "My choreographies are the result of a close collaboration with the dancers. With them and depending on their skills and abilities, I shape what is first a concept into a finished product without ever favoring one style of dance. My inner motive is to bring out, with contrasting and incongruous images, some aspects of the tragicomedy of humanity."

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (VT/WA) and 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. Now based in Burlington Vermont, Hanna is the current director of 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. In addition, Hanna teaches and performs on freelance basis. Her current choreographic project is titled "FLOAT." CLASSES: Yoga at Sangha Pine, Burlington: Flow Mondays 4:30-5:30 & Wednesdays 9-10am Yoga at Evolution Yoga, Burlington: Vinyasa 1/2 Sundays 8:45-10am

I am a native Vermonter who is passionate about all aspects of dance. I currently teach classes at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio in Montpelier - ballet, contemporary ballet, and modern. In addition to teaching, I am always developing my own choreography.

Jessie Owens is the founder of Ergo Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a BA in Dance from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock, or non-traditional scholar. She is the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms.


Founder and Artistic Director of Erb Dance Company, Danielle Erb, was born and raised in Plattsburgh, NY. She started dancing at her mother's dance studio at the age of three, under the instruction of Philip Cole, Olga Bega, and Patty Cross. She later trained at Guibord's School of dance under the instruction of Debbie Guibord, Kathy Koester, and Alice Shoenbek. Danielle focused on the Cole Technique developed by Philip Cole, and continued her training with him in Montreal and at SUNY Plattsburgh. In 2001, Danielle began her training in the dance program at the University at Buffalo. She studied there for three years before transferring to Fordham University, where she trained at the Ailey School, as well as Steps on Broadway. Upon graduation, Danielle lived and worked in the Boston Area for six years, where she taught and choreographed for a variety of dance programs and musical productions. She relocated back to Plattsburgh to raise her family in 2012, and in 2015, joined Bryce Dance Company in Burlington, VT, where she danced prior to choreographer Heather Bryce's relocation to New York City in 2016. Danielle founded Erb Dance Company in 2017, and...

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 three performance groups who present seasonal performances on site and throughout the region. SoBo Players use comic dance theater to pose questions about ourselves and society. Al Amal Belly Dance Company celebrates community and belly dance heritage through family friendly performances. Adventures with Super Bee presents dance performances for kids in kid friendly spaces.


September 22, 2018
7:00–9:00 PM


$15-30 at the door


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Published August 12, 2018