The Junction Dance Festival is cancelled

In consideration of the coronavirus sustained threat, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel the festival. We feel that there are too many uncertainties in the near future to safely produce the event. The Junction Dance Festival will be rescheduled in 2021.

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Born and raised in France, Elizabeth studied ballet, Russian character and modern dance in Paris. In the 80’s, she moved to New York City and study with Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber, Maggy Black. After 15 years hiatus to raise a family and work as a physical therapist, she returned to her former passion. Since, she danced with the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble in Hanover, NH and What’s Written Within in Edgartown, MA. She choreographed most of her work with the latter with productions for Built on Stilts, the Yard and the Hebrew Center in Martha’s Vineyard, and for the 2019 Vermont Dance Alliance Winter Gala . She is a passionate of baroque dance and performed with Ken Pierce Baroque group in Boston MA. My choreographies are the result of a close collaboration with the dancers. With them, and depending on their skills and abilities, I shape an initial concept into a finished product by using simple step phrases and modifying their patterns, directions, timing and speed, resulting in a multilayered composition. My motto? "Everyone can dance"

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Julie Frew grew up dancing in the Washington, DC area before attending Kenyon College as a Drama major and Dance minor. She then spent several years immersed in the NYC modern dance scene before transitioning to the Upper Valley to attend medical school. She currently studies and performs ballet and modern dance in the White River Junction area and serves on the board of The Junction Dance Festival (cancelled for 2020; stay tuned for new dates!). Julie has enjoyed dipping her toes into the world of Gaga movement during the Covid-19 pause thanks to the online Gaga classes offered during the pandemic. While she has appreciated many hours of Zoom dance and yoga over the past few months, she has been savoring recent opportunities to dance outdoors with others.

BA Smith, MA Lesley, EdD Teachers College, Columbia U.. Studied with José Limon, Merce Cunningham, Louis Horst, Murray Louis, Bill Evans, Sydelle Gomberg. • Principal dancer 10 years w. Concert Dance Company, Boston, performing works by Bill Evans, Rudi Perez, Doris Humphrey, Bill T. Jones, Anna Sokolow across northeast and in NYC. • Director of Modern Dance, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, 10 years. • Choreographer/ director CHOREO, INC., with works performed across northeast and abroad; recipient of 11 years of Merit Aid grants. • Founded Moving Spirit Dancers in Brunswick ME 2004, performing in 24 different venues across the state; featured in MPBN's Incredible Maine. • Moving Spirit-Vermont founded in 2012, performing at North Universalist Chapel Society of Woodstock, and other Upper Valley venues.


OPEN DOOR MOVEMENT STUDIES Exploration of the many faces of movement: Somatic and Creative movement classes and workshops. Kate Gamble, BFA, MSPT Open Door Founder, Kate Gamble, is a physical therapist, dancer, choreographer, and teacher who is engaged in the exploration of the many faces of movement. She has a BFA from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and an MS in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences. Her combined training as a modern dancer and physical therapist allows her to facilitate movement experiences that are safe and transformative. Kelly Armbrust - DIRECTOR OF DANCE PROGRAMMING Kelly holds a BA in Dance and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy. She danced with Anonymity in Charleston, SC and Still Moving Ensemble in Boulder, CO and has taught modern dance in a variety of settings including as an artist-in-residence in public schools. She believes that dance can connect us more deeply to ourselves and our world, and strives to awaken a growing curiosity and authenticity in her students, leading to greater depth and dimensionality in the dance.



August 28–29, 2020




Published June 11, 2020