For those who missed the premiere, join us for the ENCORE showing to unveil this year's TRACES virtual performance! Normally a live, outdoor dance festival of public happenings, this year 30 dance artists worked together to create a film to celebrate dance in Vermont!
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Alexis Kamitses, Alex Prussin, Alison Mott, Anne Orellana Whitney, Arica Bronz, Ashley Hensel-Browning, Avi Waring, Brandy Perez, Bronwyn L Sims, Cat McDougal, Chris Widlund, Cyndal Ellis, Danielle Tekut, Donna Steinberg, Elizabeth Mahnker, Emily Mott, Erica Anne Raff, Hanna Satterlee, Hannah Rohloff + Antonia Mazzilli, Haley Bradstreet, Isadora Snapp, Jenna Giguere, Jessie Owens, Julie Frew, Julie Opiel, Joy Madden, Lydia Frew, Nicole Dagesse, Mireya Guerra & Sarah Rose!
Special thanks to our 2020 Sponsors:
Northfield Savings Bank and Lines Vermont!
And a HUGE thank you to our Video Producer: Aaron Barton of Extensity Creative!
VDA would like all TRACES donations to support The Black Freedom Fund, organized by VDA member Christal Brown! Join in supporting the joy of Black artists, businesses, individuals and families. All donations are tax-deductible through INSPIRIT, Inc. a dance company founded and directed by Christal Brown.
The Black Freedom Fund
Christal states: "As the steward of this fund I will keep all donors abreast of our efforts to create and initiate joy in the lives of black people during this time of civil unrest. I believe by acknowledging and supporting the joy of black lives we can solidify our humanity and commit to the practice holistic healing. Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me."
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Alexis received a BA in Dance and Biology from Oberlin College, an MAT from The University of Vermont, and is currently finishing an MFA in Dance at MSU. She is a licensed dance teacher, a Vermont Teaching Artist, and has continued her dance training for the past 15 years focusing on multi-cultural dance forms and modern dance, and improvisation. Alexis is the fine arts dance director and dance coach at Bellows Free Academy St. Albans where she has been teaching jazz, modern and hip hop since 2010. In addition to her work with the BFA dance and drama department, her choreography has also been performed at UVM, the Flynn Theatre, Spielpalast Cabaret, Burlington Quadra-centennial Celebration, Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Festival, and Bates Dance Festival.
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.
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.
Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. Before that, she studied at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, with the Chartiers Valley Arts Council Dance Company (later, The Carnegie Performing Arts Center), and Pat's Dance Studio. Her dance education has focused on ballet, but also includes jazz, tap, modern, folk, and historical dance. Brandy's experiences took her to Frontiertown Western Theme Park in Maryland where she taught, created dances, and performed. Since moving to Vermont, she has been a member of the Vermont Dance Collective, taught at Johnson State College and dance studios around the state, and has collaborated with many local choreographers, teachers, and arts organizations. Brandy has created original choreography for performances and community events as well as ballets and musicals. As an Artistic Director, Brandy helped to found Ballet Wolcott, ran dance/performance programs, taught (ballet, lyrical, tap, Broadway jazz) classes, choreographed, and directed the Ballet Wolcott Youth Company and the annual Nutcracker. Currently, Brandy is the Associate Managing Director at Lost Nation Theater.
Bronwyn Sims is a creator, actor, choreographer, and educator. She has appeared in film and on television including a role in the Emmy award winning first season of The Sopranos. Her NYC stage credits include; New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, National Black Theatre of Harlem, BAAD ( Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) Dixon Place, The Kitchen, La Mama. Regional stage credits include: Philadelphia Zoo, Opera Philadelphia, American Repertory Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, GF&Co, Great River Theater Festival, Main Street Arts, Speakeasy Stage Company, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, The Celebration Barn, Apron Theater Company, Raven Theatrical and a European tour with Sandglass Theatre. Bronwyn was on the faculty at The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Philadelphia Pa teaching acrobatics and movement. She was a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and was on the faculty at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). She also was a Lecturer in Stage Management at Yale School of Drama and has conducted guest master classes, throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado. She is a teaching artist with The Weston Playhouse. Her choreography and production...
Cat has been dancing as long as she can remember. She grew up studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop classes in New York. Upon entering college her dance world exploded in many directions. She studied various styles and became so passionate that she graduated with a dance minor at the University of Vermont. She was a member of Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, The Spielpalast Cabaret, and is currently with the PH Dance & ers. She has taught at various studios including the Flynn Center and the Swan Dojo, and is currently at UVM and Dance Works Academy. She hopes that through teaching, she can help others gain confidence, learn how to express themselves by finding their own voice through movement, and most importantly, have fun!
As a child growing up in SC, I was a competitive gymnast. My couch required team members to take ballet classes so that we could be "graceful" as well as "bundles of muscle". After many classes of "forgotten" tights and ballet slippers (because gymnasts don't wear tights), she finally started to get us interested. When I forced to leave gymnastics due to a debilitating injury, I was so thankful for all those dance classes. I attended The Fine Arts Center, a performing arts high school in Greenville, S.C and the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts summer intensive. Then went on to receive a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. After college, I was involved in a number of dance endeavors: performing with Marvin Dance in NYC, choreographing for & performing with U of I Dance Department seniors, teaching & performing site specific work at a summer camp in Vermont. Life took me in many different directions over the next twenty years: outdoor guide for mountain biking, backpacking, and canoeing in VT, working as an EMT & teaching emergency medicine in NH, becoming a licensed massage therapist in Seattle, WA. Then Vermont called me back to build my...
Danielle Tekut received a BA in dance from Smith College and is currently pursuing her MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. Her work explores the narratives we hold/embody through solo, duet, and improvisation forms. She is a member of and creative collaborator within ERGO movement.
Elizabeth Mahnker is a dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer from North East Vermont specializing in ballet and contemporary techniques. Elizabeth believes that dancing is for everyone and that it is one of the most crucial art forms to keep alive. Elizabeth has performed with the Lyndon Institute "Pulse Dance Company", Creative Edge Dance Studio, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. She has also lead and performed with the Lyndon Dance Collective, and Vermont Tiny Toes Ballet. Find Elizabeth on Instagram: @mahnkerdancer
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 (virtual) "Forest Breathing" https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5576201062
Haley began her dance training in her home state of New Jersey. With a focus in ballet since age four, she continued her training attending summer intensives with The Rock School, Saratoga Summer Dance, and The Mercyhurst Dance Experience during which she was blessed to work with Bruce Marks, Melinda Roy, Ashley Bouder, and Eva Szabo. Haley graduated from Mercyhurst University cum laude in 2012 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. While at Mercyhurst she taught open ballet classes through the The Mercyhurst Center for Dance Education, performed with the Lake Erie Ballet Company, and played Carmen in "Sweet Charity". A versatile artist, Haley has also performed as an actress at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre in "Black Tie" (Elsie) and "The Fantasticks" (The Mute). In 2016 she moved to Vermont from Philadelphia where she taught the members of Penn Ballet at the University of Pennsylvania, and ballet and theater dance to all ages at the Philadelphia Dance Academy. She performed with Beyond Dance Company, Reverie Dance Theatre, and Esstant Dance Company. Haley was also the Programing Manager of the Koresh Dance Company from 2013-2016, after managing the inaugural Come Together Dance Festival that has since become...
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 email@example.com for more information, or follow her on instagram @hannasatt
Hannah Christine has been studying and performing Middle Eastern and fusion belly dance since 2005. She has studied under Ishara Gamal, Sahira Zedara, Naraya Ligouri of Vadalna Dance Company, and Aria Michaels Paradise and her dance company, Abraxas. She is a current student of Amity Alize and a member of Raq-On Dance’s student Troupe, the Raq-ettes, which performs folkloric and modern Middle Eastern Dance styles throughout the Northeast. Hannah also has a love for improvisational and experimental dance forms and is looking to collaborate with other Central Vermont dancers.
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.
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.
Julie Opiel is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator currently residing in Los Angeles. Julie also performs with and works as company manager for Ballet Ashani (a contemporary ballet company based in LA).
Julie Peoples-Clark, originally from Baltimore, MD, has been a go-go dancer in a cage in a night club, a showgirl in Atlantic City, a backup dancer for Richard Marx, a magician’s assistant, a teeny bopper in 3 John Waters’s films, a tap dancing book on television, creator of dance programing for at-risk youth through the Drug Enforcement Administration and a professional modern dancer. She moved to Vermont 12 Years ago with her husband Dave and daughter Ella. She is on the dance faculty at University of Vermont teaching contemporary, ballet, tap, musical theatre dance and pilates. She is part of Dance Tramp a collective of Vermont-based experimental dance artists. Most importantly, she is mother to Ella the Great and Emanuel Blessing.
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...
Artist Statement: I work through the media of movement, time, and the body in a time when technology draws us away from experiencing our embodied selves. Many technological platforms now use live stream as a means of connecting distant people and spaces. But how do these ever present “lives” shift our own experience of live-ness in our physical form? I intersect live technology and improvisation in a myriad of ways to experiment around these questions. This research takes on different forms from installation to proscenium performance, and through it I aim to create space for viewers to confront their own “lives.” Bio: Sarah Rose earned her BA in Classics from Princeton University and her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Florida State University. She has shown her choreography in Princeton, NJ, New York City, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Queens, NY, Warren, VT, and Tallahassee, FL. Most recently she created the installation “12 Hours” which was presented by SMUSH Gallery in Jersey City, NJ, February 21-22, 2020. In addition to her own work, she collaborates with Ross Daniel on choreographic work under the name DanielRose Projects (www.danielroseprojects.com). The pair were selected for MANCC’s (Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography) inaugural Forward Dialogues program for...
Lines Vermont is a dance studio & retail store located in South Burlington, VT. The studio is designed primarily for adult dancers and features a wide variety of drop-in classes from 7 AM - 9 PM including all levels of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and yoga, Pilates and barre. The store carries name brand dance apparel and footwear and specializes in pointe shoe fittings. We also offer a monthly Master Class Series in which visiting world-class professional dancers teach classes that are open to most ages. Visit us at linesvt.com!
I have been storytelling through video for over 20 years in multiple capacities. I started Extensity Creative a little over 2 years ago with the goal of focusing on my local community. By producing engaging, professional and authentic storytelling, I empower local businesses and organizations to connect with other members of their community in an impactful way. I do not specialize in one area of content creation, instead I choose to apply my experience to a wide array of clients. In doing so, I continue to grow my knowledge and abilities while providing a platform for all voices to be heard.
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June 25, 2020
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