IMAGINE: A Contemporary Dance Performance

Enjoy an afternoon showing of contemporary dance created by celebrated local dancers and choreographers including Sara McMahon and Movement for Parkinson’s Dancers, Hanna Satterlee, Laurel Jenkins, Clare Byrne and Liesje Smith.

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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 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: Vigorous Vinyasa, Mondays 4:30-5:30 Flow, Wednesdays 9-10am Yoga at Evolution Yoga, Burlington: Vinyasa 1/2 Sundays 8:45-10am

Laurel Jenkins choreography has been presented by the Getty Center, Automata, REDCAT, Danspace, and in Berlin, Coventry, and Tokyo. Jenkins has been commissioned to choreograph for L.A. Contemporary Dance Company and The Wooden Floor. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2007­-2012) and performs in Vicky Shick’s dances and in the opera Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms directed by Peter Sellars. Jenkins holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA from UCLA, and is the recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Grant.

I'm interested in: what defines a body? How do our bodies relate us - to each other, the world? My training and experience includes a wide breadth of contemporary, improvisational, and adaptive styles, with a childhood foundation in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. I have studied with integrated companies such as AXIS Dance, Stopgap, Candoco, as well as individual teachers, choreographers, and experienced performance mentors. My performance history ranges from yoga studios in small Vermont towns to Danspace St Mark's in New York City to festivals in the UK and Germany. I am available to teach - dance topics, adaptive strategies, and more; to perform; or to engage in the creation of new work.

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September 6, 2017
1:00–2:00 PM




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Published August 21, 2017