VDA Members Fall Retreat!


Saturday September 29th:

Arrive 10:30am to the Maple Corner Community Center in Calais

11am-11:50: Warmup + Contemporary Dance with Neva Cockrell
We will begin by softening into the floor and into our bodies, slowly entering into movement through guided improvisation. Once we've built collective energy in the space, we'll do a strength and technique based warm-up, followed by a contemporary phrase.

11:50-12 Break

12-12:50 Cardiofunk with Shannon Kelly includes basic and fun movements that are easy to follow. This class aims to inspire stress release, increased heart rate and smiles. Cardiofunk is all about funky music that makes you want to wiggle and giggle.

12:50-1pm clean up/load out

1pm Break for Lunch (BYOLunch! or purchase from the Maple Corner Store)

2-4:30 Group creations. You will be assigned a creative task, location and group.

5pm Showings of creative research.

6:30pm DINNER at the house! (VDA provides)

9pm Bonfire & Question circle: get to know each other!

Campout! (Or if needed, depart)

Sunday September 30th:
Wake Up, Morning Meditation Interactive Performance with Andreas John
Group Breakfast (VDA provides)
Group Clean Up!

This is an event for VDA members!
To join please visit http://vermontdance.org/join

What to bring:
Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow
Extra layers!
Rain Gear! (check forecast)
Dance Clothes
Fun Costumes/Props
Old Journals/paper/wood to release in the fire
Clothes to swap?
Water bottle/ Hot Mug
Journal and something to write with
Money for the store (lunch, snacks, beverages)
Bathing Suit and Towel
An outdoor chair or blanket to sit on

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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.

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.

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 hannasatt@gmail.com for more information, or follow her on instagram @hannasatt

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.

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.

Neva Cockrell is a dancer, director, and movement instructor. She tours internationally with Pilobolus (China, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Dubai, Mexico, Israel, and US) and directs new dance-theater works in the US, Dubai, and Europe with her company Loom Ensemble. When she isn't directing or performing, she is teaching her own movement technique, Catalyst Training, which she developed in 2016. She is based at the Art Monastery in Springfield, VT. Her life path is deeply ground in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice.

Becky is a new Vermont transplant. She moved to Burlington in 2017 and attended UVM’s Business School, pursuing an MBA within a sustainability framework. Born in California, she also grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, later living and working in Los Angeles California, Oakland California and Nicaragua.  Becky’s life is rooted in dance, acroyoga / partner acrobatics, communal living, yoga, time in wild nature, and sustainability.   She is a yoga teacher, a founding member of C.A.M.P! Collective of Burlington - the Circus Arts, Movement & Play Collective, part of the Burlington AcroYoga community, and recently danced in Farm to Ballet in summer 2019.  

I am a movement enthusiast. I have studied Afro Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Samba, Capoeira, House, Modern and Butoh. I am currently teaching at Contemporary Dance and Fitness and Studio Zenith in Montpelier. I hope to find dancers and choreographers to work with and create more opportunities for performance. I also enjoy comedy and aspects of theater. I enjoy somatic practices and authentic movement. I am also a personal trainer, energy worker, mother and doula.


September 29–30, 2018


$80/weekend, $60 Saturday Only


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Published May 11, 2018