Traces: A Public Dance Happening

Come delight in the magic of Traces: A Public Dance Happening, presented by the Vermont Dance Alliance, coming up on Saturday June 16th! Experience a full day of free outdoor dance performances happening in downtown Burlington, Vermont!

The day will feature 15 dance pieces by dance artists from throughout the state, ranging in style from Contemporary to Improvisation, Contact improvisation, Noyes Rhythm, Ballet, Hip Hop, Dancehall, World Jazz, Lyrical Jazz and more!

Begin your Day of Dance experience at the Church Street Market Place in front of Burlington City Arts any time between 10am 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 use the digital event map through the link in the side bar.

All performances will take place outdoors from 10am until 5:45pm. Then join us at Skinny Pancake at 6pm for refreshments and celebration! All performances are free for the public, donations gratefully accepted.


If you are interested in dancing, join the Urban Dance Walk from 10am-11am! To kick off TRACES, we will practice moving together, with our environment, with other people, some contact improvisation, some dance activism! Led by VDA member Alison Mott! Starts at the top of church street. Arrive by 9:45am.

Special thanks to this season's sponsors: Northfield Savings Bank, Sap! Maple Soda, Cabot Cheese, Healthy Living, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington City Arts, and Skinny Pancake.


10am “Urban Dance Walk” (Improvisation, Contact Improvisation)
Starting at the top of Church Street and moving down

11am “Flowers and Vessels” (Contemporary)
The fountain at Battery Park Extension

11:30am “Union” (Contemporary)
Waterfront Park, Near Echo

12pm “We Speak for the Trees” (Improvisation, Contact Improvisation)
City Hall Park

12:30pm “The Fates” (Noyes Rhythm)
Waterfront Park, Middle Green

1pm “Omphalos” (Contemporary)
City Hall Park

1pm, 1:15pm, 1:30pm “Cultured Elegance” (Contemporary)
1 pm Waterfront Park, Near Echo; 1:15pm Middle Green; 1:30pm Far Green

2pm Ballet Wolcott “Flitter” (Contemporary)
Waterfront Park, Far Green

2:30pm “Hello Dolly” and “Nightmare” (Contemporary)
Waterfront Park, Far Green

3pm Lamoille Valley Dance Academy "Senbonzakura" and "Me Too”
City Hall Park, Church Street Side

3:30pm “Traveling Trees” (Contemporary)
City Hall Park

4:30pm “All of Us” (Improvisation)
City Hall Park Steps

5pm Swan Dojo Dancers
Church Street, Top Block, Near Swan Dojo

6pm Celebration at Skinny Pancake!
60 Lake Street

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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

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.

I'm a visual artist using the natural landscape as both canvas and medium. Since most of my pieces are absorbed back into nature I started exploring photography and film as a way of capturing and sharing the work. I enjoy collaborating with dancers and movement artists.

what is alive in your body? what is alive in my body? how does it move you? how do you move it? trained in somatic bodywork and movement therapy. human being, mother, constant improviser, activist, artist, business owner, dancer.

Elizabeth M. Seyler, PhD, is a dancer, writer, editor, and instructor. Since 2002, she has specialized in dancing and teaching gender-neutral Argentine tango. Her latest love is loosely structured movement improvisation for play and performance. Elizabeth works as an assistant editor and proofreader at Seven Days, an associate editor at Dance Chronicle, a freelance writer, and a part-time tango instructor. She holds a PhD in dance from Temple University, an MEd from the University of Vermont, and a BA from Cornell University.

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 -August 2 (virtual) "Forest Breathing" Meeting ID: 868 5499 4472

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

Isadora has been teaching, performing, and creating work in Central Vermont since 2010. Based out of Barre, she teaches classes in Montpelier at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio and has taught at several other Vermont studios over the years. Those studios include Dance Works Academy, Ballet Wolcott, and Stowe Dance Academy. Her main focus as a teacher has been Ballet for the past several years. She is passionate about bringing the artistry and discipline of classical ballet to non-ballet focused dancers. In addition to classical ballet, she teaches contemporary ballet, modern, and jazz. As a mover and choreographer, modern is her true home. Isadora is a co-founder of the Montpelier Movement Project, a collaborative group that has continued to shift and adapt as needed. She is also a Co-Director of the Teen Jazz Company, which the student company affiliated with the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio - along with Rosemary Leach. In addition to teaching, she enjoys collaborating with other artists to create evening-length dance works. These have included: With Women, DUST, Catching a Glimpse, and Thursdays from 7:00-9:00. Considering the current times, her practice has shifted dramatically. Classes have shifted to virtual offerings that are open to the public. These...

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.

Joy Madden is a choreographer, performer and bodyworker. She has performed throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2001 she co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an innovative performing arts incubator in Boston, MA. She served as the Managing Director of Boston Dance Alliance from 2000-2003. Since moving to Vermont in 2007, her work has been presented by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington Dances, Arts Riot, The Burlington Fringe Festival, UVM, and The Philly Fringe, among others. In 2014 and 2015, she served as Community Mentor for Stephan Koplowitz’s online course, Creating Site Specific Dance and Performance Works, by California Institute of the Arts. Joy joined the VDA Board of Directors in 2019.

Kim has been dancing on and off since the age of 2. She has performed throughout VT with the Spielpalast Cabaret, Rue Mevlana and Ergo Movement.

Laila grew up dancing in Central Vermont, discovering her commitment to movement at an early age. Her childhood was rich in diverse examples of artists, teachers, and learners who taught her that creative work can have endless forms. Having always felt pulled in multiple directions, Laila studied dance and movement integration in early education at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in efforts to align her passions for dance and working with young children. At Hampshire College Laila performed works by Katie Martin and Deborah Goffe, and studied with Angie Hauser, Stephen Petronio, Constance Vallis-Hill, and Cynthia McLaughlin, among others. She now works as a preschool teacher at a therapeutic early education center, working to integrate creative movement into her classroom. Laila is thrilled for the myriad of possibilities that the Vermont Dance Alliance brings forth, and is very grateful to connect with other artists.

Marissa began dancing at a young age, and has been an active lover of movement and artistry in many forms throughout her life. After a several year hiatus, she is entering back into the dance world eager to dance, create, connect and perform. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Dance from the University of New Hampshire, and has since pursued Natural Health and Wellness practices and education. Her love of movement has fused with a strong energetic awareness and intuition, as well as deep appreciation for sciences. This has led her to explore a career as a Movement Educator and Energy Worker. She is the owner of "Align," in Burlington Vermont. She is beyond grateful to be dancing and connecting with the local dance community, returning "home" to dance. In her free time, she explores the natural world through outdoor adventures, and has a special affinity for climbing/dancing on rocks. She strongly believes that the natural world is always offering us inspiration to align with our natural rhythms. “Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” — W. Wordsworth

A Contact Improvisational Dancer for eighteen years, Michelle’s held the space for the weekly contact Jam for over ten years. She’s studied with many teachers including intensive training with Nancy Stark Smith. She’s a practitioner of Aikido (2nd Dan), a certified Yoga Teacher with over forty years of practice, she has a BA in Theatre and produced two one woman shows. Michelle’s business is called “Playing on Purpose” where she encourages hula hooping, juggling and fooling around. Contact Jam: When: Mondays: 7:30-9:30pm Where: Aikido of Champlain Valley - 257 Pine Street, Burlington For more Information go to:

Mireya finds a great source of gratification in the ever-evolving process of investigation in contemporary and post-modern dance. She began her formal training with the Ballet Ecuatoriano de Camara at the age of 13. She studied contemporary dance with Ecuadorian maestros Carlos Cornejo, Terry Araujo and Klever Viera, performing in different productions including Tiro Al Blanco al Pajaro Rojo with Cuban dance company Retazos. She was a member of Taller Permanente de Experimentacion Escenica with Klever Viera from 2012 to 2014, site performing in plazas, parks and streets in Quito, disrupting traffic, showing up, and raising our movement voices. Mireya has worked in contemporary dance projects in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Vermont. She worked for Dance Theatre Company AtticRep in San Antonio, Texas, in 2015 and 2016 as a performer and movement choreographer in culturally-rich, diverse collaborative work productions at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts: From the Mahabarata and 14. In San Antonio she met dance artist and activist Fabiola Torralba, who has informed Mireya's work in profound ways. Mireya was part of Fabiola's initiative "Decolonial Epistemlogies Dance Lab" for four years. Locally, Mireya has worked with beautiful Vermont...

Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work. It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested...

Richard is a late bloomer, dancing in the second half of life. Now exploring performance dance as his edge. Contemporary, improv/trance/expressive (17 years), Tango technique applied to contemporary, dance theater. A flowing and graceful style. Let the dance dance you.


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