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 on the outside Sundial platform behind the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. 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.
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
June 8, 2019
10:30 AM–6:00 PM