Southern Vermont Dance Festival schedule of events
Outdoor performances will be moved to the River Garden in the event of rain
Thursday, July 13
7:45 a.m.— Registration begins
Classes Thursday 9:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.** include — Ballet, modern, assisted Thai yoga, Afro-Brazilian, contemporary fusion, belly dance, body tuning, Afro-jazz, cha cha, yoga Pilates, Bollywood, sambe pagode, contact improvisation, contact Jam, "Stomp" style percussion, let your feet sing, and more.
**Registration is required to participate in classes.
10 a.m.— Live music with David Ross at the River Garden. More performers TBA
1 p.m. — Welcome Festival Community Performance at the River Garden featuring: Melissa Gendreau — The Gift; Kristen Duffy Young; Subject:Matter.
2 p.m. — Dance in the Park at Pliny Park featuring: Dorcas Roman — Trust; Sonia Plumb — Too Close to the Light; Angela Cole & Ellen Oliver; Marisa Cohen
2:30 p.m. — Belly Dance Demo and Workshop at Pliny Park featuring Cyndal Ellis
3 p.m. — Live music at Pliny Park featuring Julia Slone and Jean Chaine
4:30 p.m. Opening gala ** at Latchis Theater. Advanced purchase: $22/$18, students. At the Door $28/$24 students. Featuring Sonia Plumb, Alison Cook-Beatty, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Julie Marie Muskat, Zoe Warshaw — Warfields, Subject:Matter, Kristen Duffy Young & Meghan McLyman — Accumulation Dance, Angela Cole & Ellen Oliver, Bedford Dance Ensemble, Shilpa Darivemula — Film, Dorcas Roman
6:30 p.m. Community potluck, performance and dancing at Harmony Place (Rain location River Garden).
Featuring Al Amal; Toni Nagy & Cyndal Ellis — Heart Strong and Head Open, Garrin Benfield, Subject:Matter, Live music with Julia Slone and Jean Chaine
8 p.m. — Contact Improv Jam** with Dorcas Roman at 118 Elliot. $15, open to the public (must pre- register)
Friday, July 14
8 a.m. Registration
**Classes offered Friday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. include — improvisation, efficient chaos, yogea, hip hop your modern dance, ballet, modern, tap, Afro-Brazilian, body work, rainbow tribe, Israeli contemporary, Afro-jazz, cabaret style jazz, hot in heels, socially conscious choreography and performance, country swing, shim sham shimmy, contemporary, Dunham technique, naam yoga and meditation, and more.
**Registration is required to participate in classes.
9 a.m. — Live music with Garrin Benfield at the River Garden featuring Garrin Benfield
11 a.m. — Friday morning dance sampler at the River Garden featuring Whitney Wilson — Everything Is Still The Same
12 p.m.— Performance: Bring Your Picnic at Pliny Park featuring Julie Petrusak — Salt Water Cures Everything
12:30 p.m.— Tap in the Park at Pliny Park featuring Subject:Matter — Open Close
1 p.m. — Alison Cook Beatty Dance at Pliny Park featuring Alison Cook-Beatty — Lifeline at the door $28/$24 students. Featuring Billbob Brown, Alison Cook-Beatty, Alison Cook Beatty Dance.
*1:30 p.m. — Friday afternoon performance at The Stone Church. Advanced purchase: $12, at the door: $15 (tickets included with Full Immersion ticket and Full View Performance Only tickets) Choreography by Meghan McDermott, Audrey Zefros, Kristen Duffy Young, Brenna Banister, Lisa Costello and Nicole Zizzi, Blair Hotchner.
2:30 p.m. — Dance Fair. Brattleboro Savings & Loan front lawn.
Featuring: 2:30 p.m. — Garrin Benfield; 3:15 p.m. — Step Raptis — Mine is Yours; 3:30 p.m. — Dorcas Roman — Trust; 3:40 p.m. — Melissa Gendreau — Sleep Walking; 4:05 p.m. — Belly Dance Workshop and Demo with Cyndal Ellis; 4:30 p.m. — Hooping;
5:30 p.m. — Yoga by the River. At The Bridge Street Park featuring Nicole DeWolfe, Maurice Fraga, Ekilibre Dance Company, Brenda Lynn Siegel, IBIT Dance Company, Gracie Novikoff, Nozama, Dance Collective, Tony Nagy and Cyndal Ellis, Marion Kirk Jones & Lisa R. Chow and Renee Davis, Desert Dance Theatre, Julie Petrusak, JP Dance Group, Wondertwins, Sophia Marx
Saturday, July 15
8 a.m. Registration
Classes offered Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. include — Modern, tap, ballet, hip hop/street dance, upper body urgency, contact improvisation, wake up your vinyasa, collaborative composition, dancing upside down, isadora duncan, silvestre modern, sevillanas, Pilates, yoga, Efficient Chaos, Bollywood, making political dances, Turkish style belly dance, assisted Thai yoga, Israeli contemporary dance, Visceral Improvisation, Dunham Technique, and more. **Registration is required to participate in classes.
9 a.m. — Live music at the River Garden. Featuring, TBA.
10 a.m.— 1 p.m. Social Justice/Resistance Tour. Performances throughout town. See performances about social justice and resistance throughout downtown every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pick up your performance map at the River Garden.
12 p.m. — Live Music at The River Garden, Featuring, TBA.
2 p.m. — Live Music with Omei Lilly at the River Garden
3 p.m. — Vermont Performance Lab's Open Lab at The Arts Barn at Hilltop Montessori, 99 Stafford Farm Hill, Brattleboro. (Free and Open to Pubic). This year, VPL hosts its annual Open Lab event in Brattleboro to coincide with the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Featuring Greta Grineviciute and Agniete Lisi kinait — B+B Dialogue, Sara Smith & Candice Salyers — Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of Soft Earth
3 p.m. — Kids Performance at Pliny Park featuring, Julie Marie Muskat — To Be Bigger Than I Am
Crystal Menninga — Dancers on stilts and tap Dance; Noel St. Jean Chevelier, Legible Bodies — Highlights
4 p.m. — Hooping demo and workshop at Pliny Park
5 p.m. — Steps Junk Funk Workshop at The River Garden featuring, Steps Junk Funk
7:30 to 10 p.m. — Promenade Performance** at Scott Farm, Dummerston. This promenade performance will lead the audience through the grounds of Scott Farm and The Stone Trust to see multiple stunning works from 10 choreographers that would normally be exhibited on a proscenium stage. The evening does involve walking, bring walking shoes. **You can also add the "Mid Summer Night's Picnic" which includes both the performance and dinner. Choreography by:
Shilpa Darivemula — Mardhini Against Gender Violence (Film); Sarah Duclos — Images; Toni Nagy and Cyndal Ellis — I Have Something To Tell You; Garrin Benfield, Gracie Novikoff, Nozama Dance Collective — Bodies and Choices; Melissa Gendreau — Bedford Dance Ensemble; Brenda Lynn Siegel, IBIT Dance Company
1 p.m. — Sister Moses** at the Latchis; Story of Harriet Tubman at the Latchis Theater, admission by donation** Suggested donation sliding scale $5 to $20. Excerpt of the full length work that depicts the Story of Harriet Tubman. It is a beautiful story of a courageous woman's determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America's first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.
6 p.m. — Some Pulp Act 1 at Pliny Park featuring, Subject:Matter
5:30 p.m. — Midsummer Night's Picnic** at Scott Farm, Dummerston. (Includes Promenade Performance.) SVDF will be offering a picnic with live music. Those picnicking will be among the first to do our outdoor promenade performance that will take the audience through the grounds of Scott Farm and The Stone Trust to see multiple stunning works from 10 choreographers that would normally be exhibited on a proscenium stage. The evening does involve walking, bring walking shoes.
Picnic dinner and concert: $45 — Featuring, Aria Roach, Dorcas Roman, Sonia Plumb, Julie Petrusak, Julie Marie Muskat, Noel St. Jean Chevalier, Marisa Cohen, Melissa Gendreau, Maurice Fraga, Cyndal Ellis
Dinner and concert: $45
NOTE: There will be NO parking at the house. There will be a shuttle available. Notifications sent email or text to provide information for the bus, which will be ferrying attendees in shifts.
Sunday, July 16
8 a.m, Registration
Classes offered Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. include: Yoga, jazz, Pilates, ballet, tap, partnering and partnership, giordano jazz, visceral improvisation, hot in heels, contemporary, acro yoga, West African, belly dance, flexibility, hip hop/street dance, and more!
**Registration required to participate in classes.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Sunday Morning Music at Pliny Park. Featuring Dan Lydon, Garrin Benfield, David Ross
12 p.m. — Mini Dance Film Festival at the Latchis Theatre. Featuring Nicole DeWolfe, Evolve Dynamicz , The Yard Interns
At Pliny Park. Featuring, Lisa Costello and Nicole Zizzi, Evolve Dynamicz — Confined Crystal Menninga — Tap, Nicole DeWolfe
3 p.m. — Vermont Performance Lab's Open Lab at The Arts Barn at Hilltop Montessori, 99 Stafford Farm Hill, Brattleboro. Free and open to public.
This year, VPL hosts its annual Open Lab event in Brattleboro to coincide with the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Featuring, Hanna Satterlee and Delaney McDonough and Caitlin Scholl — Voice and Vessel; Ellen Furey and Malic Nashad Sharpe — No Nationalism
3 p.m. — Interplay with Judith Reichman. Kesterel Osman, Maurice Fraga, Toni Nagy, Shilpa Davivemula
1 p.m. —Tap in the Park with live music at Pliny Park featuring, Subject: Matter
2 p.m. — Sunday afternoon performance at Pliny Park featuring, Judith Reichman
4:30 p.m. — Hip hop workshopat Pliny Park featuring Shadow Dancer
5:30 p.m. Pre-Closing Concert Performance on the Stone Church lawn featuring, Aria Roach
6 p.m. — Closing Concert** Stone Church Series at the Stone Church. Advanced purchase: $12, at the door: $15. Featuring Desert Dance, Bedford Dance Ensemble, Bridget Struthers and more.
*Open Rehearsals will take place in the Brooks House throughout the weekend*
Community events are free and open to the public! **= Ticket Purchase Required
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