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.

THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

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.

2018 TRACES PROGRAM OF EVENTS!

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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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.

Life is art. My studio is deep listening. The work that emerges from that practice takes many forms and whispers to the space between genres. Layers of the unseen and unspoken. I am inspired by music, nature, other artists, and the practice of authentic relating. May I create, witness and share beauty in every moment. May I recognize the grace and virtue in every being and honor that as I practice life. Love, Andreas

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 owns Tango Wise, LLC, which offers instruction and performance in Argentine tango and tango-inspired dance. She excels at leading and following and teaching others to do the same, equalizing power, responsibility and creative voice on the dance floor (and in life). She is a writer, assistant editor and proofreader at Seven Days and teaches dance and culture courses in the UVM Dance Program. She's been a dancer, musician and athlete since childhood and speaks conversational Spanish and French, having lived in Montréal, Mexico City and Buenos Aires. She holds a PhD in dance from Temple University and an MEd from UVM.

Emily Arwen Mott is a musician, dancer, and masseuse. 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. SECOND SATURDAYS AT 10am in 2018 NOYES NATURE RHYTHM classes in Burlington, VT Champlain Club 20 Crowley Street Restorative but vigorous, playful and profound this intelligent practice was developed almost 100 years ago by Florence Fleming Noyes. This is a class with flowing technique (for strengthening and alignment) and improvisation based on rich nature imagery. This work is very deep and inspires creative flow in all arts.

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. Her current choreographic project is titled "FLOAT." CLASSES: Yoga at Sangha Pine, Burlington: Vigorous Vinyasa, Mondays 4:30-5:30 Flow, Wednesdays 9-10am Core Flow, Fridays 2:30-3:30 Yoga at Evolution Yoga, Burlington: Vinyasa 1/2 Sundays 8:45-10am

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.

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 and The Burlington Fringe Festival among others. In recent years, Joy has focused on site specific performance, creating pieces for art galleries, parking lots, farms and forests in Vermont and New York. 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.

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. Currently on the board of The Vermont Dance Alliance, she is passionate about collaboration and helping to connect community and resources. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire and a minor in Dance. She 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...

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: http://www.contactimprovvermont.blogspot.com

Mireya finds a great source of gratification in the ever-evolving process of investigation in contemporary dance. That’s why it is still her favorite modality of self-discovery and expression. She has experienced dance in various dance communities in Ecuador and the US, where she has collaborated in many projects with talented artists and friends as a performer and choreographer. Mireya was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador.

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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