The Dance Expansion Project!

The Vermont Dance Alliance has created a new project called the Dance Expansion. This is an initiative to create opportunities for new-comers to experience dance making and dance performance. We will be curating a day of open-level dance making workshops to take place on June 8th, 2019 at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater, with the option for participants to perform their creations the following weekend at Traces on June 15th! Please arrive 15 minutes before your workshop begins. Workshops will be 90 minutes long, and performances at Traces will be 10 mins or less. Come to one or come to all! Free/By Donation! Please tell your friends! Try out dancing!

10:30-12 Families Dancing with Ashley Hensel-Browning
Participants will move, play, learn, and make dances with each other, exploring how dance can be used as a source of expression, connection, and joy across generations. "Family" can be as broad as possible - young people and caregivers of any kind! Dancers who are able will have the option of sharing their work the following Saturday during VDAs Traces event.

12:30-2pm Site Specific Composition with Hanna Satterlee
Join choreographer Hanna Satterlee for this site-specifc performance making workshop on the Sundial platform on Battery Street! With guided structures for creating group, solo and duet work, we will use the landscape and the environment as our key inspiration and active collaborator. We will meet in the black box theater, but travel to our outdoor site for creation. Please wear sneakers and layers, and bring protection from the sun!

2:30-4pm Dancing with Injuries: a Movement Healing Practice with Liesje Smith
Structural injuries either inhibit our choosing to dance or we dance with the risk of creating further injury. Functionally informed movement can strengthen the joint tissue of the body. Accompanied with carefully picked expressive music, this class can also strengthen our souls, deepen our connections with fellow movers and lift our optimism-all very healing when dealing with an injury. In this fun and spirited class, we will learn optimal movement choices that cultivate support, adaptability, tensegrity (tension with integrity) and wholism. If you have no injuries, this class can still help you cultivate a wider range of quality movement.

4:30-6pm Nature-Based Dance: Creative Reflections of the Elements with Emily Mott
For all bodies and levels of dance experience, this session begins with a deeply-relaxing and aligning movement sequence based on the techniques of Noyes Nature Rhythm (a 100-year-old practice). Guided nature imagery and inspiring music will inform both gentle and wild improvisational movement. Our movement will reflect different elements: water, earth, fire, air. We will also explore a deep theme in a myth--where human/ animal stories and Nature meet. A short series of group patterns within a loose score will be shared on June 15th. This work is healing, fun and accessible.

Special Thanks to our Host Sponsor:
The Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center

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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...

Emily Arwen Mott is a musician, dancer, and massage therapist. She has taught the Noyes Rhythm movement system to adults for 15 years and is now a program director for the Noyes School of Rhythm in Portland, CT. Emily is fascinated with the deep creativity and healing that comes from awakening the body’s intelligence. She expresses her love for the world through teaching, touch and composition. Emily runs a private music instruction studio, music and movement classes for children, and is certified as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor. CURRENT CLASS SERIES: Noyes Rhythm all-levels: Sundays at 2pm starting June 14th (virtual) "Forest Breathing"

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

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.


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