Winter Dance Gala

Vermont Dance Alliance's annual gala is a family friendly event, hosted each year in a new region with a participating venue, featuring some of the finest new works by choreographers from throughout Vermont! This year's Gala is in partnership with Green Mountain College and features choreography by Ciara Perez/Eleven Eleven Arts, Jessie Owens/Ergo Movement, Isadora Snapp, Peggy Brightman/Moving Spirit Dancers, Erika Lawlor Schmidt and Tyler Rai!

Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is our 2018 Gala Sponsor!

This event is part of Vermont Arts 2018.

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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

Ciara Perez is an award-winning, Vermont based movement artist with a background in a variety of techniques. A Texas native who was gifted the experience to travel and learn from different cultures, Ciara uses influences from global and tribal communities when working on stage and site-specific performances and productions. She has worked within her communities as an instructor, choreographer, performer and explorer to help spread her love of dance and art. Her movement practices and performances incorporate poetry, spoken word, painting and movement and are focused on strength, hope and dedication towards a better future and overcoming the hardships of today. She performs and instructs for conferences, schools and various events around the country. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance & Production as well as in Anthropology, and is working towards a Master of Fine Arts degree. Ciara continues to expand her knowledge and deepen her praxis to spread movement, art, love and hope to audiences all around the world.

Erika Lawlor Schmidt is a visual and performance artist whose work is deeply shaped by investigations into Eastern philosophy and Indian mysticism. She received her early dance training in ballet and theatrical dance forms in Evanston, Illinois with the faculty at Giordano Studios. Schmidt received her B.F.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa followed by post-baccalaureate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of South Florida, where she founded Vital Spark Performance Group, an interdisciplinary performance art ensemble that has traveled to major U.S. cities and throughout Europe. Erika relocated to Vermont in 2008 with her husband Gary, a pianist and composer. Since then she has produced numerous multimedia dance projects throughout the state. She currently teaches at CCV and Stone Valley Arts in Poultney. Erika founded DanceFest Vermont! a biennial event that has been produced at the Barre Opera House and Stowe Performing Arts Center in 2014 and in 2016 at Castleton University. Erika has been guest artist at the Honghua School in Guangham, China, The Anderson House: Harvard Club in Wash. D.C.,San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont, The University of Miami...

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. This winter, join Hanna for an 8-week Advanced Contemporary Dance class series at the Flynn, or witness her during Dancing Uphill at UVM, or in "They Say A Lady Was The Cause...

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.

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.

BA Smith, MA Lesley, EdD Teachers College, Columbia U.. Studied with José Limon, Merce Cunningham, Louis Horst, Murray Louis, Bill Evans, Sydelle Gomberg. • Principal dancer 10 years w. Concert Dance Company, Boston, performing works by Bill Evans, Rudi Perez, Doris Humphrey, Bill T. Jones, Anna Sokolow across northeast and in NYC. • Director of Modern Dance, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, 10 years. • Choreographer/ director CHOREO, INC., with works performed across northeast and abroad; recipient of 11 years of Merit Aid grants. • Founded Moving Spirit Dancers in Brunswick ME 2004, performing in 24 different venues across the state; featured in MPBN's Incredible Maine. • Moving Spirit-Vermont founded in 2012, performing at North Universalist Chapel Society of Woodstock, and other Upper Valley venues.


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March 18, 2018
2:00–4:00 PM


$5 Students with college ID $10-20 sliding scale: VDA members $15-25 sliding scale: Public



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Published February 1, 2018