Alumni Takeover

November 13-17, Monday-Friday

The Middlebury Dance Program is kicking off the inaugural Alumni Takeover! Dance alumni from the past 13 years return to campus to teach a week of the entire dance curriculum, perform, lead workshops, and hold one on one mentoring sessions with current students. 

Here is a detailed list of all events, including curricular classes open to the College community.

For more information on the public events, see the descriptions below.

To learn more about the visiting alumni go to: go/dancefieldguide

Sponsored by the Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance, the Center for Careers and Internships, the Chellis House, and the Middlebury Department of Music.

Twerkshop with The Lady B ’13

November 13, Monday

1:30-2:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Blending the basics of movement therapy, a warm-up of Pilates and yoga, and the twerk in its many forms, The Lady B will guide you through a series of twerking tools to increase your visceral vocabulary in a purposefully non-appropriative setting. You will learn to question, with your mind and body, how you can navigate this Africanist movement in a body-affirming way outside of the standard Euro-centric dance studio choreography context. The Lady B will invite you to build your core strength, explore the capacity of your anatomy, and celebrate your booty.

Sponsored by CCI, the Dance Program, and Chellis House. Free and open to the public.

Capoeira with Jeremy Cline ’11

November 13, Monday

3:00-4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art which combines dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and music, emphasizes community, harmony, and philosophy of living. Cline (@whoisembodied) has studied capoeira since 2007, and currently trains with Mestre Silvinho of the international Capoeira Angola Foundation in Seattle.

Sponsored by CCI and the Dance Program. Free and open to the public.

Image credit: Ines Magaña

Alumni Takeover Panel

November 15, Wednesday 

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

Dance alumni from the last 13 years take over a week of the dance program curriculum, offering a range of classes from November 13-17, culminating in this panel discussion followed by a reception in the MCA lower lobby. Pictured: Jeremy Cline '11, by Ines Magaña

Presented by the Dance Program and CCI


Dance Alumni Performance

November 16, Thursday

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

Recent alumni return to perform excerpts from their latest creative work. Sponsored by the Dance Program and CCI. Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale October 30. Pictured: Jessica Lee '13 by Ben DeFlorio

Fall 2017 Dance Concert: "Future Felt"

December 1-2, Friday–Saturday

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

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Julian Barnett. The evening is directed by Barnett in collaboration with the choreographers. Additional details here. 

Sponsored by the Dance Program. Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale November 13. Pictured Roxy Adviento '18 by Alan Kimara Dixon

Taking Flight

December 6, Wednesday

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

An informal evening of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Improvisational Practices course, facilitated by Laurel Jenkins. Live music by Michael Chorney, Ron Rost, Matthew Taylor, and Peter Hamlin. Live light design by Jennifer Ponder. Free.

DCM Works in Progress Showing

December 7, Thursday

5:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury presents excerpts from Native + Stranger, under development for performance in January. Free.

Presence as Performance with Karima Borni

December 9, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this workshop we will investigate the cultivation of embodied presence by means of techniques drawn from Butoh and other somatic dance traditions. Specifically we will learn to access our bodies using exercises that develop attention, sensitivity, curiosity, self-inquiry and refinement. In the process dancers are encouraged to disappear into the task at hand, to foster their own creativity and to cultivate enriched performance skills. This workshop is open to movers of all levels. Free

Co-curricular Movement Classes

Beginning September 18, 2017

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

Yoga with Russell Comstock

Mon 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 (

Program in Dance

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