Movement Matters Master class with Brian McGinnis

March 15, Thursday

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Brian McGinnis offers a class on Contemporary Modern Technique that uses the joy and passion of moving to engage in the structure and foundation of dance. Be ready to practice a broad range of skills that will help diversify your physical well-being and stimulate your adrenaline.

All experience levels welcome. Free and open to the public.

McGinnis is currently a professor at Boston University after dancing professionally for twenty years in NYC. He has danced with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Elisa Monte Dance, Parsons Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre. Brian has had the opportunity to perform at Jacob's Pillow, Lincoln Center, Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Bolshoi Theatre, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theatre, NYC City Center, Spoleto Festival, Italy and The Kennedy Center. In 2009, Brian co-created and presented a commissioned evening length work of Romeo and Juliet-a death marked love at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. He holds his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Juilliard School under the directorship of Benjamin Harkarvy and an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Science for Massage Therapy. 

Movement Matters Improvisation Laboratory with Hannah Dennison

March 17, Saturday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives focus on improvisation skills and relationships to the self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome. Discounts available for multiple classes. Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register:

Movement Matters Workshop: Looking Deeper with Lida Winfield

A Contemporary Dance Intensive for Advanced Improvisors

March 18, Sunday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives support and strengthen improvisation technique tools—both in performance and creation—for the community of advanced improvisers/contemporary dance-makers. Discounts available for multiple classes. Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register:

Lecture with Dr. Julia Basso ’04.5: Rhythms of Body, Rhythms of Brain

April 4, Wednesday

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Basso is a neuroscientist, dancer, alumna, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the College. Her work focuses on the body-brain connection and how we can use physical movement such as exercise and dance to alter brain function and physiology. As a dancer, she has been deeply invested in the practice of Compositional Improvisation, which is a spontaneous ensemble dance making form that relies on self-organization. Self-organization refers to the ability of natural systems to organize in non-random and meaningful ways; the brain is one such self-organizing system. This talk will focus on the relationship between the self-organizing nature of the brain and the self-organizing processes that drive the group behavior in Compositional Improvisation. We will further discuss how the self-organizing processes on the dance floor lead to connection, communication, and meaning making, which is a metaphor for the morphological and physiological processes that occur during heightened states of self-organization in the brain. Sponsored by the dance program. Free and open to the public.

Faculty Dance Concert

April 19, Thursday

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

On one night only, the Dance Program offers samples of faculty choreography, featuring works by Julian Barnett, Karima Borni, Christal Brown, Laurel Jenkins, and Lida Winfield. Sponsored by the Dance Program.

Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury students; on sale April 2.

Movement Matters: Momentum with Gabriel Forestieri

April 21, Saturday

1:00-5:00 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Studio 109

How do we co-operate with rather than control gravity. Riding the movement to enjoy the surrender of falling down, up, sideways, backward, and all directions. The class will address spirals and how to use spirals to generate more power, speed, and smoothness. The smoothness could also be defined as appropriateness. What is the appropriate amount of energy necessary for each movement. As the Choreographer/Director of projectlimb, Gabriel Forestieri has been commissioned to make work in 15 countries and 7 states. A love of movement from dance, freediving, anatomy, massage, evolution, martial arts, yoga, climbing, and gyrokinesis all contribute to his teaching style. Gabriel has taught dance at Middlebury College, Lawrence University, The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, New York University, 100 Grand, Movement Research, Carnegie Mellon University, Hollins University, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Movement Invention Project. Internationally he has taught at Dance festivals in Belgium, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Quebec, and Spain. Find out more at

Free for Middlebury College students. Co-presented with the Vermont Dance Alliance, register at

Movement Matters: Master Class with Melanie Maar

April 24, Tuesday

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This class on familiar forces, organs, rhythms and internal/external relationship is based on principles and exercises of Qi Gong, touch work and reflection. It’s about practicing together in the context of the dance studio and relating it to our larger shared environment. Melanie Maar is a New York based choreographer, dancer and teacher originally from Vienna, Austria. Her choreographic work has been presented at Danspace Project, Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Roulette, Judson Church Movement, Research, Baryshnikov Arts Center, as well as Impulstanz Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Alameda Museum Mexico City. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Maar is part of Masters of Ceremony a collective of four musicians and dancers. Studying with her first teacher Gertraud Maar, practicing Qi Gong with Daria Fain, Ballet with Janet Panetta, developing an improvisational practice and closely collaborating with musicians like Kenta Nagai has greatly shaped her teaching and making. She teaches regular Qi Gong classes, as well as performance oriented workshops, most recently for Movement Research, Pieter L.A., The Big Room, The Danish National Dance School and Laboratorio Somatico Mexico. Maar co-curated the Movement Research Festival 2011 and the Moving Sounds Festival for the Austrian Cultural Forum in 2013. As a performer Maar has worked with luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Anthony Braxton, Daria Fain, Luis Lara Malvacias and others.

Free and open to the public.

Movement Matters: Showing with Melanie Maar, Julian Barnett, and Kenta Nagai

April 24, Tuesday

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Showing of work with Julian Barnett, Melanie Maar and violinist Kenta Nagai. More info/photo to follow. Co-sponsored with the Japanese Department. Free and open to the public.

Co-curricular Movement Classes

Beginning February 19, 2018

These classes are free and open to the entire College community, register at the first class.

Yoga with Russell Comstock

     Fridays through spring break, Thursdays after spring break, 5:00-6:15 PM, MCA 109

Beginning/ Intermediate Ballet with Barbara Doyle-Wilch

     Tu 5:00-6:30 PM, MCA 109

Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet with Barbara Doyle Wilch

     W 5:00-6:30 PM, MCA 109

General Event Information

All events listed are open to the public and are FREE unless otherwise indicated. For further information, call 802.443.3136. To join the MCA's electronic mailing list, visit

Tickets and information available at the Box Offices: Mahaney Center for the Arts and McCullough Student Center (802) 443.MIDD (6433)

Complimentary Ticket Policy

Before each show, Debby Anderson emails everyone in a dance or theatre class so they can order comps in advance. Complimentary tickets are NOT available on the day of the performance.

Everyone enrolled in a dance or theatre class, as well as dance majors, may get a total of 1 comp ticket for each program-sponsored performance.

If a student is participating in a dance, they can get a total of 2 tickets.

Tickets are NOT cumulative - each student can receive only up to 2 tickets per show, no matter their involvement.

The only exception is if the student is doing their Senior Work - Debby will work with the student directly for up to 4 tickets per performance.

If the student has any questions about the policy, email Debby Anderson (

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