Live Auction & Annual Report Party

It's that time again, for the annual VDA Live Auction Fundraiser at the Light Club Lamp Shop! Come stock up on holiday gifts from many local Vermont artisans, healers, businesses and makers! This year will feature a very special performance by our live auctioneer Phinn Sonin, who will PERFORM highlights from our Annual Report! The evening will also feature dance performances by VDA artists. All in support of dance in Vermont!

7pm SHARP! Till 9pm :)

This year we are auctioning off:

Pottery by Ellen Urman (A funky and unique animal pitcher, an olive tray and a fish plate that can be mounted on wall or used to serve!)
Pottery Bowl by Rory Shamlian
2 ceramic mugs with pine tree etchings by Alana June
Jewelry by Courtney Reckord
A beautiful one of a kind handmade scarf
Two 16" X 20" color photos by Annie Tiberon, "Martha's Vineyard Sunset" & "Alaskan Mist"
"The Ladies" Art Prints by Jen Berger
Crow Bookshop Bundle, includes T shirt, Tote Bag, 2 mugs/cups

Gift Certificate to Sarducci's Restaurant in Montpelier
Gift Certificate for Pizza at Folinos! Either location (Shelburne or Burlington or Take out!)
4 Merrill Roxy Movie Tickets and 4 Popcorn/drink vouchers
4 tickets to Pilobolus, Feb 21st 7pm at Lyndon Institute
4 tickets to Malpaso Dance Co, Feb. 29th 8pm at the Flynn
2 Tickets to Chicago, May 12th 7pm at The Flynn
Expressive Arts Gift Certificate that entitles the holder and 5 participants of their choosing to attend a 2 hour custom designed expressive arts workshop
Subscription for one to the "One and Only Series: A Celebration of Solo Performance" at the Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Vermont. Includes one ticket per show and there are 12 shows happening between January and April 2020

Cynthea Spa Gift bag: Body scrub, Dry Brush, $80 GC toward any service at Cynthea Spa in Burlington
90 Minute Session with Jessie Owens of Fulcrum Massage and Bodywork
75 minute Rolfing Structural Integration session with Liesje Smith
60 min session of cranio-sacral and massage therapy with Chris Woodland
60 Minute Massage with Joy Madden of Firefly Massage
60 Minute Myofascial Massage with Jared Green Therapeutics
60 Minute Reiki session with Marissa Lueders of Align
$40 Toward an initial consultation with Brooke Moen, Accupuncture
5 class pass to Zenith Studio in Montpelier
2 Weeks Unlimited Pass to All Wellness Studio in Burlington
Two new pairs of Fabletics leggings
An Ayurvedic Bliss package! Includes a gift certificate for (1) 75m session in Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching, Ayurvedic Acupressure, Ayurvedic Massage -or- Private yoga session from Blossom Ayurveda. Plus (1) 2oz Tridoshic MJH Body Oil!

AND there will be a raffle for 2 tickets to the VDA 2020 Gala at Middlebury Town Hall Theater on April 24th and 25th!

Cash and credit card payments accepted!

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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, or follow her on instagram @hannasatt

Isadora has been teaching, performing, and creating work in Central Vermont since 2010. Based out of Barre, she teaches classes in Montpelier at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio and has taught at several other Vermont studios over the years. Those studios include Dance Works Academy, Ballet Wolcott, and Stowe Dance Academy. Her main focus as a teacher has been Ballet for the past several years. She is passionate about bringing the artistry and discipline of classical ballet to non-ballet focused dancers. In addition to classical ballet, she teaches contemporary ballet, modern, and jazz. As a mover and choreographer, modern is her true home. Isadora is a co-founder of the Montpelier Movement Project, a collaborative group that has continued to shift and adapt as needed. She is also a Co-Director of the Teen Jazz Company, which the student company affiliated with the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio - along with Rosemary Leach. In addition to teaching, she enjoys collaborating with other artists to create evening-length dance works. These have included: With Women, DUST, Catching a Glimpse, and Thursdays from 7:00-9:00. Considering the current times, her practice has shifted dramatically. Classes have shifted to virtual offerings that are open to the public. These...

Jessica Brown teaches and performs under the stage name Mahsati Janan and is an instructor, performer, choreographer, and workshop instructor based in Burlington, VT. Since 1996, she has studied and performed throughout the U.S., specializing in the stage and folkloric dances of the Middle East and North Africa. Mahsati is available to teach workshops as well as private or group classes in Egyptian raqs sharqi, Middle Eastern Folkloric, and other related styles derived from the dances of the MENAT region. Mahsati's educational background focuses on cultural traditions. Her anthropology background and research emphases are also strongly represented in her classes and performances honoring the the history and traditions of these dance forms.

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.

Joy Madden is a choreographer, performer and bodyworker. She has performed throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2001 she co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an innovative performing arts incubator in Boston, MA. She served as the Managing Director of Boston Dance Alliance from 2000-2003. Since moving to Vermont in 2007, her work has been presented by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington Dances, Arts Riot, The Burlington Fringe Festival, UVM, and The Philly Fringe, among others. In 2014 and 2015, she served as Community Mentor for Stephan Koplowitz’s online course, Creating Site Specific Dance and Performance Works, by California Institute of the Arts. Joy joined the VDA Board of Directors in 2019.

Julian Barnett is a performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. He creates performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Northern California, Julian has lived and worked in New York (as well as the Netherlands and Germany) for the past 18 years and continues to keep a strong connection there. He is thrilled to be in Burlington, joining the faculty at the University of Vermont's Dance Program and interacting with the community of artists. Prior to UVM, Julian was on faculty at Middlebury College, and has also taught at Princeton, NYU Tisch, Juilliard, CalArts, and other contexts. As a student, Julian earned his BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Julian's life in dance has been guided by the strong mentorship from choreographers he has had the privilege of working with including, Steve Paxton, Jeanine Durning, Wally Cardona, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Kota Yamazaki, Johannes Wieland, and others.

Julie Peoples-Clark, originally from Baltimore, MD, has been a go-go dancer in a cage in a night club, a showgirl in Atlantic City, a backup dancer for Richard Marx, a magician’s assistant, a teeny bopper in 3 John Waters’s films, a tap dancing book on television, creator of dance programing for at-risk youth through the Drug Enforcement Administration and a professional modern dancer. She moved to Vermont 12 Years ago with her husband Dave and daughter Ella. She is on the dance faculty at University of Vermont teaching contemporary, ballet, tap, musical theatre dance and pilates. She is part of Dance Tramp a collective of Vermont-based experimental dance artists. Most importantly, she is mother to Ella the Great and Emanuel Blessing.

Kim has been dancing on and off since the age of 2. She has performed throughout VT with the Spielpalast Cabaret, Rue Mevlana and Ergo Movement.

Paula Higa, a native of Brazil, has been creating works, teaching and performing for more than 30 years. In 2011, she joined the UVM Dance Program, where she has been teaching dance theory, movement, and performance. She earned her MFA in Dance from UWM, a BS in Chemical Engineering in Brazil, and she is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. In 2016, she founded her own dance company, PH Dance & ErS as well as Encounters - an improvisational work of music and dance, in collaboration with trumpeter Arthur Brooks, and double bass player Anthony Santor. In the U.S., Higa has performed in the works of Mark Morris, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Larry Keigwin, Jennifer Monson, Tiffany Rhynard, Clare Byrne, among others. Higa is the recipient of NEFA - New England Dance Fund Grant, and UVM - Coor Collaborative Fellows Award. Recently, she had the honor to take part as one of the panelists of Martha Graham - Eve Project, Women in Dance - Here and Now.


December 6, 2019
7:00–9:00 PM


Free to enter. Donations greatly accepted beyond auctioned items!


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Published November 13, 2019