Meet and Move

In January 2020, the Hopkins Center for the Arts is thrilled to present the Martha Graham Dance Company’s “Appalachian Spring” and its EVE Project, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and investigating the relationship between gender and power.

In the spirit of the EVE project, the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Vermont Dance Alliance are partnering to host this special Meet and Move event on Saturday, January 18th that will bring dancers together to celebrate women in our region who are strengthening and innovating the field of dance.

This two-part event will take place at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 4 East Wheelock Street in Hanover, NH and will include a movement workshop and social reception:

Movement Workshop: Power in Motion
4:00-5:00pm, Hop Garage 131

Through a balance of structured sequences and improvisational moments, participants will develop short sequences that highlight experimentation and multiple perspectives and encourage reflection on Graham's transformative investigations of female power through movement. This workshop is intended for movers from a range of backgrounds, genders and abilities.

Facilitated by community-based dancer and educator Ashley Hensel-Browning.

Reception: Dancers Meet-and-Greet
5:00-6:30pm, Faculty Lounge

Connect with other dance-makers about their work and upcoming projects as you enjoy some light refreshments!

This event is free for Vermont Dance Alliance Members with a $5 suggested donation for nonmembers (collected at the door), RSVP required. For more information and to RSVP, please visit

Following Meet and Move will be a free pre-show panel from 6:30-7:15pm at the Top of the Hop featuring inspiring female dancers and choreographers who are transforming dance in our area, moderated by the Hop’s Dance Ensemble co-director Rebecca Stenn.

Also, VDA Members can use the promo code HOPVDA to book $25 tickets (excluding A-scale seats) to either the matinee or evening Martha Graham Dance Company performance on January 18th! Purchase your tickets at

*If the performances on Jan. 18th are sold out online, please email Ally Tufenkjian at to inquire about being placed on the waitlist.

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Participating artists

Ashley Hensel-Browning works as a dance educator, community artist, and choreographer. She has received multiple grants for her work in public schools and community sites and is a Juried Teaching Artist on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Roster. Her work focuses both on curriculum and community development through movement. Recent projects have included a teacher training and residencies incorporating math in movement, making music and making dance, choreography residencies, library programs that integrate literature and movement, work with youth in restorative justice programs, and work as a teaching artist with the Community Engagement Lab. Past projects have included work at Boston Ballet's CityDance, dance in correctional facilities, and family dance classes. Ashley is an established choreographer and performer who has performed in works by Trisha Brown, Agnes DeMille, Elizabeth Bergman, Amie Dowling, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, and Nell Breyer in venues such the International Festival of Art and Ideas, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and MassMOCA. She regularly choreographs for local schools and community events in Vermont. She choreographed for many years with the Opera Theatre of Weston including productions of The Secret Garden, Noye's Fludde, The Magic Flute, The Little Prince, Die Fledermaus. She directed Hansel and...

CHRISTAL BROWN (performer, choreographer, educator, activist, mother, disciple of Christ)  is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance and Faculty Director of MiddCORE at Middlebury College. Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers accompanying her mother to NAACP meetings and performing at Black Caucus rallies. This early exposure to social responsibility innately produced a strong desire in Brown to put her gifts to work for the good of the communities she inhabits.  Brown earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MFA in New Media Art and technology from Long Island University. Browns professional journey has been shaped through working with and learning from icons such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, Blondell Cummings, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Bebe Miller.

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.

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The Hopkins Center's mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for the arts within Dartmouth and its greater community and to provide the core educational environment for the study, creation and presentation of the arts.


January 18, 2020
4:00–7:15 PM


Meet and Move: Free for VDA members,$5 suggested donation for nonmembers at the door, Preshow panel Free!


This event has already occurred.

Published December 18, 2019