Traces: A Public Dance Happening

Come delight in the magic of Traces: A Public Dance Happening, presented by the Vermont Dance Alliance, on Saturday June 15th! Experience a full day of free outdoor dance performances happening throughout downtown Burlington, Vermont!

The day will feature pieces by dance artists from throughout the state, ranging in styles from Contemporary to Improvisation, Contact improvisation, Noyes Rhythm, and Ballet. You can also see the performances that were created in the Dance Expansion workshops on June 8th.

Begin your Traces Day of Dance experience at the Church Street Market Place in front of Burlington City Arts any time between 11am and 4pm. There you can meet artist members of Vermont Dance Alliance, pick up a performance map of the event, and be on your way. Or you can navigate your way with the digital map of the event (link in sidebar!).

All performances will take place outdoors from 11am until 5pm.

If you are interested in dancing, there are many opportunities:
-Join in an all-ages Freeze Dance! At 2:30pm in City Hall Park, VDA dancer Ashley Hensel-Browning will guide the community with a simple structure for you to jump in easily if inspired! More info in sidebar link.
-Join the Urban Dance Walk, 12:15pm! We will practice moving together and with our environment: improvisation, contact improvisation, and dance activism! Led by VDA member Alison Mott! More info in sidebar link.
-Join the Nelken Line, 4:30pm! Learn this simple movement created by Pina Bausch and Tanztheater Wuppertal. We will meet at the top block of Church Street at 4:30pm and Nelken Line our way down. More info in sidebar link.

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11am “The Phoenix” Emily Mott Dance Expansion Workshop showing. Waterfront Green by ECHO.
11:30am “Two, One and More” Liesje Smith Dance Expansion Workshop showing. Battery Park.
12pm “Site Specific Composition” Hanna Satterlee Dance Expansion Workshop showing. Sundial behind Skinny Pancake.
12:30pm “Urban Dance Walk” Led by Alison Mott. 1 Main Street. Meet at 12:15 to join in!
1pm “Waterfront Dances” Directed by Isadora Snapp. Waterfront Green by ECHO
1:30pm “Baaaaach!!” Willow Wonder & Co. Waterfront Green by ECHO
2pm “Pandora's Box: Risking Delight” Directed by Emily Mott. Waterfront Green by ECHO
2:30pm “Come us for an all ages freeze!” Ashley Hensel-Browning Dance Expansion Workshop showing. City Hall Park.
2:45pm "Swing Republic." Storm Dance Company. City Hall Park.
3pm “Symbiosis” Directed by Erin McDonough. Church Street by Homeport!
3:30pm “My Love Goes Free" & "Autumn” Directed by Ashley Hensel-Browning. City Hall Park.
4pm “SynRgy Dance Company” Directed by Rose Bedard. Folino’s.
4:30pm “Nelken Line” Directed by Jessie Owens. Top of Church Street. Join in!

Footprints, fingerprints, smudges on a mirror, dirt from shoes, indent on cushion, paint chipped off the railing. Photographs of the light that day, a thank you note, crinkled candy wrapper, business card secretly tucked into your pocket. We create traces constantly. Marking territory, dividing the invisible and visible, creating layers of history and memory for those to come. Simultaneously, our bodies are vessels, carrying traces of experience, knowledge, training and practice. As humans move through the world, we leave traces of ourselves behind, whether physical, material, environmental or energetic.

Special thanks to this season's sponsors: Northfield Savings Bank, Folino’s Pizza, Burlington City Arts, and Church Street Market Place

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Bringing Dance to Life! VDA proudly serves its members, cheering on their art and creating opportunities to feature their forms. Vda sends a free weekly e-newsletter to announce events throughout the state of Vermont, as events are always open to the public. Sign up at the bottom of this page to be included, and look for our emails! Dance Alliance members are featured here on our website, with tabs to view their upcoming events and drop-in friendly classes and workshops. More dance in more places, more of the time! We hope you will join us!

Participating artists

Recent owner and director of 2INSPIRE Dance LLC, and SynRgy Dance Company, Rose Bedard is a native Vermonter who offers dance classes, choreography, artistic direction, private lessons and more to studios and communities in the surrounding area. She has just completed her 3rd year at the Flynn Performing Arts Center where she teaches hip hop and jazz as well as being part of the education team for their Student Matinee Series. Rose is the twelfth year coach of the Mt.Mansfield Union dance team who recently won their fifth year in a row, jazz and hip hop championships in the Vermont Northern Athletic Conference and also just collected their 5th state championship title in hip hop. Her team also went on to place 3rd in hip hop at the New England level for the second year in a row. Recently, she has become, the creator, director of the her own adult dance company “SynRgy Dance Company” and continues to work and choreograph at local studios in Vermont as well as her very own, 2INSPIRE Dance Company. She also has volunteered her expertise for Rice Memorial High School’s Stunt Night, BFA St.Albans' "Mr.Bobwhite and Ms. Comet" senior scholarship contest,...

I've been dancing since I was wee! Mostly modern, some improv, some choreography.. I studied Ballet, Modern and Jazz technique as a young teen at the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Arts in NYC, Noyes Rhythm in Connecticut since a small child, and performed with Lida Winfield in multiple performances including dancing for Bess O'Brien's documentary All of Me, Heather Bryce and Joy Madden here in Vermont. In Vermont I was a founding organizer of the Burlington International Contact Jam (reboot) and a main organizer for the last 8 years, and also a founding organizer of Traces! with Hannah Satterlee last year -- second annual occurring here in a few weeks. Dance, nature, music are all essential for my life and I've made my days reflect that. I am venturing recently into Burlesque and the crossover into body acceptance and loving it.

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.

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (VT/WA) and 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. Now based in Burlington Vermont, Hanna is the current director of 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. In addition, Hanna teaches and performs on freelance basis. Join her for GARDEN DANCES this July and August at the Horsford Nursery in Charlotte VT! More info under the events tab on this website.

I am a native Vermonter who is passionate about all aspects of dance. I currently teach classes at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio in Montpelier - ballet, contemporary ballet, and modern. In addition to teaching, I am always developing my own choreography.

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.

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.


Burlington City Arts is dedicated to connecting community to the arts through creation, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. BCA offers exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, and many other activities in Burlington.

The Church Street Marketplace is Burlington's award winning pedestrian mall with over 100 stores and restaurants, year-round events, cart vendors, street entertainment and more! From a casual stroll to serious shopping, a light snack or a farm-to-table meal, you'll find it all within our four historic blocks.

Folino's Wood Fired Pizza originated in Shelburne, VT and recently opened a new location in downtown Burlington. Both locations are BYOB and offer gluten free and vegan options. They are known for their sourdough crust and New Haven style pizza. Attached to Fiddlehead Brewery in Shelburne and Stonecutter Spirits in Burlington, Vermont craft beer and spirits are just a few steps away. Dine in or take out today!

Northfield Savings Bank Locations throughout VT Sponsor of TRACES 2018 event!