Improvisation Lab and Looking Deeper Workshops

Improvisation Laboratory led by Hannah Dennison and Lida Winfield, Saturday May 12 from 12-4 at Mahaney Center for the Arts - studio 110, Middlebury College. Open to ALL levels.

Come dance with Hannah and Lida who are celebrating the end of this season of Improvisation training by co-leading the workshop. They will focus on relationship and bring their particular experiences with improvisation skills to bear in creating and performing dances. Think big, dance bold, laugh a lot, learn more.

Looking Deeper workshop led by Susan Sgorbati, Sunday May 13 from 12-4 at Mahaney Center for the Arts - studio 110, Middlebury College. Open to proficient improvisers.

This workshop will practice composing pieces with improvisational structures. Susan’s World and the Landscape Form will be ensemble practices explored as ways of building developmental arcs for composition. Bring your solo improvisation practice to build material for emergent forms.

To sign up, go to If you need a scholarship from the Flynn, contact Sarah email:

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For nearly 40 years I have been making stage and site work in Vermont. Lately, I have refined my focus to creating large-scale, site specific projects in locations in the northern 1/3 of the state. These sites are the starting point and my primary partner.

Participating artists

Lida is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist. Since 2006, she has created original solo, duet and group work; merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that have taken place on and off the stage. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer and educator working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. In 2011, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. Lida develops and creates dances that are quirky, provocative, and physically honest. Lida challenges herself and her audiences to participate in dance as an open dialogue. Her art and her choreography are creations which tell stories, ask questions, explore limits, and celebrate beauty in what is awkward, raw, and vulnerable. She is inspired by the human capacity to cope, to imagine and to transform. Her work is informed by wilderness, socioeconomic divides, disabilities, access, the search for place or home, the magical and the quiet details of everyday life. Lida is currently teaching in the dance department at Middlebury College.


The Middlebury College Dance Program seeks to develop the creative artist and artist/scholar through critical study and regular practice in contemporary, world dance techniques; improvisation and choreography; history, theory, and cultural studies; experiential anatomy and kinesiology; and performance. Along with classes, the Middlebury Dance Program hosts a series of master classes and workshops that are free and open to the public. Artists are brought in from all over the world to share their perspective and put into practice the notion that Movement Matters.


The Flynn Center is a full-service home for the performing arts in the region; offers a wide range of cultural and educational experiences; and nurtures the creative development of performing artists.


May 12–13, 2018


Cost - $40 for one workshop, $70 for two.


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Published May 9, 2018