Mixed Medium Dance Symposium

Presented by the Vermont Dance Alliance and Next Stage Arts in collaboration with the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, with support from the Vermont Arts Council, Open Door Integrative Wellness and the Vermont Creative Network/Chittenden County Zone!

These New England arts organizations are working together to create an interactive Mixed Medium Dance Symposium, open to all, online on November 14th & 15th. Join us for a weekend of events dedicated to Interaction, Adaptation, Engagement, Collaboration & Innovation.

The symposium lives on as one of four signature annual events presented by the Vermont Dance Alliance. VDA is a nonprofit that supports dance artists of all genres, educates the public, and brings high-quality events to the local community. It has been so exciting to expand our capacity and develop a greater vision alongside the teams at the HOP and Next Stage Arts. Collaboration is at the heart of this creatively programmed weekend for artists of all kinds, especially for dance fans interested in our new dance with camera reality.

Participants will share in each other’s work, learn from other dance professionals in the fields of dance/choreography, dance film, and dance studies, and find new inspiration. These sessions offer approaches and creative solutions for how dance can continue to  thrive in a time of social upheaval and limited in-person engagement.

Register through the Next Stage ticketing platform here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/OTkyNTU=/92821

VDA members 10% off Day Rate and Weekend Package, plus $5 entry to the film festivals and $5 entry to the Sunday Dance Composition Workshop!
VDA members- email info@vermontdance.org for the Promo Codes!

We ask for two weeks notice for all accessibility requests. Info@vermontdance.org




Saturday November 14th:

11:00 - 11:45am:  Artist-Scholar Talk: Finding Ground in an Unstable World with Ann Cooper Albright

Guggenheim Fellow and leading dance scholar Ann Cooper Albright joins us for a timely conversation on cultivating resilience and resistance through dance. She discusses her latest book How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World along with interactive examples from other dance-activist practitioners to explore how to cultivate a responsive, civically-engaged body amidst instability. Choreographer, dance scholar and Hop Director of External Affairs Michael Bodel and dancer, choreographer and Vermont Dance Alliance Founder Hanna Satterlee guide the discussion with an audience Q&A through the live chat.  Via Streamyard/Youtube.
Free; no tickets required.
Please register for the link via the HOP website: https://hop.dartmouth.edu/events/ann-cooper-albright

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Every Dancer Can Be A Filmmaker, interactive workshop with Nel Shelby

Join dance filmmaker & video producer Nel Shelby for this 90 minute experiential filmmaking workshop! Learn the basics of creating content for the camera, as well as the basics of at-home editing. Nel will share examples of her work, and instruct participants through both filming a short segment of material as well as a step-by-step tutorial of how to edit dance footage. Open your mind to new possibilities and build your filmmaker's toolbelt! Via zoom.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. “Chameleon Conversation”

A forum and conversation featuring VDA artists Hannah Dennison, Pauline Jennings and Toby Macnutt who have stayed viable and relevant in shifting their practices and process in this time of upheaval. Facilitated by Next Stage Arts Executive Director Keith Marks.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Vermont + New Hampshire Filmmakers Festival!

Featuring a diverse array of work from Vermont and New Hampshire dance artists and filmmakers! Sponsored by Open Door Integrative Wellness. Via Vimeo, password protected link will be available for one week for ticket holders.
$8 for general public
$5 for VDA members and Dart students/employees with Promo code



Sunday November 15th:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Vision with VDA: A Workshop in Dream Building with Christal Brown

Dive deeper into the creative process and set effective goals. It is important for artists to develop and create a vision for their life and their work, create an established value for the work they do and create, and have systems of support that they understand in order to support the work they’re creating. Have a comfortable seat, something to keep you hydrated, something to track your takeaways, and your dreams. Designed for artists in all fields.  Via zoom.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Dance Composition Workshop: "I Am From, We Are From"

In this online choreographic workshop, dancers investigate the concept of identity through both text and movement, navigating their own personal and physical geographies. Dancers have an opportunity to meet and devise together in breakout groups and explore ways of working and dancing with others online. The session culminates in an informal shared performance of participants' work. This workshop is facilitated by NYC-based choreographers and co-leaders of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble John Heginbotham and Rebecca Stenn and is welcome to all dancers with an interest in choreographing. Via zoom.
$18 for general public
$5 for Dartmouth students & VDA members with promo code

4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Networking Social for all Symposium participants
Let us spend this time getting to know new people! Together we will informally share how who we are, where we are located, resources we can share or give to others, and any requests for support or collaborations within the group. Via zoom.
Free for anyone attending any symposium event.

7:00 p.m.  Dance Camera West Film Tour
The Dance Camera West (DCW) 2020 touring program features award-winning dance films from the 2020 DCW festival, which showcases the best examples of the expanded possibilities of dance beyond what is presented on stage. Films from Asia, Europe, and the Americas represent dancers young and old and show new visions of the body as the moving image. Runtime approx. 70min , via Youtube.
$8 for general public
$5 for VDA members and Dartmouth employees with Promo code
Free for Dartmouth students

Participating Artists

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$40 per day, $60 per weekend. Individual pricing varies.