Dance: Community events

 The 2017 Southern Vermont Dance Festival kicks off their four-day, indoor/outdoor multi-venue lineup today with more performances, classes, music, and events than we could ever possibly list here. The schedule offers everything from Bollywood to ballet, salsa to swing, tango to modern, and virtually everything in between. Vermont Performance Lab's Open Lab event coincides with Dance Festival weekend, featuring local and international dance artists. It's an eclectic, ambitious, and inspired weekend that all happens right here; and with this much talent in so many local venues, who needs Jacob's Pillow?

Throughout the four day festival there will be free community events open to all. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival aims to be an economic driver for the community while promoting the performing arts community both locally , throughout the country and beyond. Pick up a community events schedule at the River Garden and throughout town until then. This will outline all of the events throughout town. Each day there is time to listen to music, time to have a workshop and learn a little and time to sit back and watch some high level dance works performed by local artists as well as artists from across the country.

Highlighting a few of the events this weekend: Today, there is a performance that welcomes the community to the festival at 1 p.m. at the River Garden and shows the works of three artists. There will be a community potluck at 6:30 p.m. tonight, organized by Edible Brattleboro and SVDF to have everyone who can bring a dish to share and come even if you can't, live music and dance, and great conversation.

Friday the community events ramp up and the highlighted event is the Dance Fair at Brattleboro Savings and Loan from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Live music with New York City Native Garrin Benfield, Arizona Choreographer: Step Raptis, Los Angelis Choreographer: Dorcas Roman (featuring festival intern Adrienne Elion), Bedford Massachusetts and returning artist, Melissa Gendreau and local favorite Cyndal Ellis with belly dance workshop and demo. This event will close with a hooping demo and workshop with Starcy.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the first time ever SVDF will host a promenade performance around downtown Brattleboro. Pick up maps at the River Garden on Friday morning. The theme of this event is social justice. This will highlight six artists and be followed by a performance of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman by donation at the Latchis Theater at 1 p.m. Dancers and musicians will perform their work every 15 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. with the last performance at 12:45 p.m. so that you have time to make it to the Latchis Theater.

Saturday also highlights the beginning of Vermont Performance Lab's Open Lab at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, scheduled to coincide with the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. The Open Lab weekend features emerging local and international dance artists from Vermont, Maine and western Mass., Lithuania, England and Quebec. VPL has expanded the Open Lab to two festive afternoons that will include free and informal performances, opportunities to meet and talk with the artists and socialize with neighbors and dance aficionados.

Sunday the community events take place mostly in Pliny Park openning with live music in the park for three hours. Throughout the day there are performances and workshops. Last season the Hip Hop workshop offered from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. was a popular event.

Throughout the four days there are performances, workshops and community events . In addition there are over 100 classes offered to those who have passes, two Gala Concerts at the Latchis Theater, two Stone Church Series Performances a Midsummer Night's Picnic and Promenade at Scott Farm, a silent auction and more.


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