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Framing a Practice

Framing A Practice 
Friday, November 13, 2020 – 5:00PM
MAC Plaza Tent and live streamed online

Artists all over the world are reimagining performance due to the pandemic and The Black Live Matter Movement. In this context, we present a live stream event showcasing students’ unique movement practice. Students will perform original dances live or via pre-recorded video from the dance theatre. Limited seating in the MAC Plaza tent is available to view the stream, hot drinks will be served!. Reservation form for tent seating. Link to the livestream. Part of the “Light Up the Night” Fall Arts Fest, throughout November 2020: student-focused, student-led arts and cultural activities taking place all over campus.

Same But Different with Christal Brown and Lida Winfield

Online Premier:

January 30, 2021 at 7:00PM
live post-performance discussion on opening night only!

available through February 6, 2021, see below for details.

Purchase $20 tickets here

"Same but Different" is a collaboration between Christal Brown and Lida Winfield, exploring their similarities and differences in a cultural commentary on race, age, and gender. 42 years young and recently orphaned, Lida grew up in the North, Christal grew up in the South, both of them grew up inhabiting small towns. Lida is white, Christal is black. As children, Christal was considered a genius and Lida was labeled dumb. At this point in their lives, Lida and Christal have both lived the rigors of being artists, professors, educators, and survivors of life. Presented by the Flynn and the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

Composers: Philippe Bronchtein and Farai Malianga
Director of photography: Sam Kann
Assistant camera: Matteo Moretti
Dramaturg: Michole Biancosino
Lighting designer: Jennifer Ponder
Costume design: Carol Wood

The pre-taped show premieres January 30th at 7:00 pm EST and is available through February 6th. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed any time within that period. After purchase, the content will be available for viewing in the digital content section of your Flynn online account.  Christal and Lida will hold a LIVE post-show discussion that is open to all viewers on opening night at the 7:00 pm performance.

GOLD SERIES No. 3 by GOLD COLLECTIVE featuring Laurel Jenkins

December 4, 2020 at 7pm PST (10pm EST)
December 5, 2020 5pm PST (8pm EST)

GOLD SERIES No. 3 by GOLD COLLECTIVE featuring Laurel Jenkins

Location: Gold Collective Virtual Studio on Core to Coeur and click “count me in!”

suggested sliding scale donation $0-20

The Gold Series is an experimental dance event curated by Gold Collective on a Live Stream this December.  The Gold Series brings together performances that address the ever-changing ideas and themes of “gold.”  This year focuses on the mischievous duality gold presents in our modern world.  Gold Series No. 3 will feature a mix of original dance works by the Gold Collective and guest artists Laurel Jenkins (VT) with collaborators Jesse Fleming (NE) and Lewis Pesacov (CA), Keith Johnson (CA), Justin Morris//Steve Rosa (CA), and d.v. wickremesinghe (CA/NY). 


Embodied Happenings

Embodied Happenings
Dance Company of Middlebury, 2021

What: Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM)
Where: Remote J-Term and In-Person Spring, MAC Dance Theater, at Middlebury College
When: J-Term and Spring Semesters, 2021
Who: This year, DCM is open to freshmen through seniors deeply interested in the practice of dancing. Participants must participate in both semesters and be on campus this Spring.
How: To apply, write a one-page letter of intent that describes your history as a mover/artist and your specific interest in joining DCM 2021. Send this to Assistant Professor of Dance, Laurel Jenkins no later than Friday, November 13th.

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) is a credit-bearing course, open by application this year to freshmen through seniors. DCM requires two semesters (J-Term and Spring) of participation for two academic credits. In the Spring, DCM meets in person M-Th afternoons.

This year 2021, DCM will be directed by Assistant Professor and Chair of Dance, Laurel Jenkins, with renowned guest artists who specialize in performance, media arts, costume design, and arts administration. Laurel Jenkins is a dancer and choreographer involved in interdisciplinary dialogues in the realms of contemporary dance, opera, music, and theater. She engages with the choreographic process as a radical space for reimagining our collective human experience. See for more information.

We live in a time of deep change, disruption, and uncertainty that demands innovation and collaboration across our differences. “Embodied Happenings” is a training immersion program involving Middlebury students in the collective process of making original performance work with working professionals. Our remote J-Term will focus on intensive research with the guest artists to articulate our collective questions, devise strategies for dance making, building solo and group phrase material, constructing costumes, and making media collages to be used for performance projections. The Spring will involve continued work with the guest artists as we engage in intensive physical training, choreographic development, and performing. In the Spring, DCM participants will create a number of site-specific performances and virtual events to infuse the campus with Embodied Happenings. We will create performance happenings for the Dance Theater and throughout campus. Some performances will travel across campus, some will utilize projection at night, some will involve costume, duration, and storytelling. Our aim is to invent multiple performance modalities and tour our work across campus this spring. 

Dance Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2020 – 4:30PM
MAC Plaza Tent
Dance meeting

Note new date! Join the dance faculty and your community for an in-person review of our upcoming opportunities: Dance Company of Middlebury, sharing your movement practice, and the curricular plans for January and spring. We are brainstorming for the spring Movement Matters series, so bring your ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Limited to 25 folks who are allowed on campus, sign up here.

Call for solos, duets, and trios!

Call for solos, duets, and trios!

We want to share your unique movement practice during a special performance opportunity on Friday, November 13, at 5:00pm. You will perform for a remote audience live from the MAC Dance Theatre in collaboration with lighting designer Jennifer Ponder (5 min time limit), or remotely via pre-recorded video submission (3 min time limit). All bodies, dances, styles and abilities welcome. Open to anyone who has taken a dance course at Middlebury, majors and minors strongly encouraged to apply, feel free to pass this on. For more information contact

  • 10 performance spaces are available. 
  • Submit a 30 second video introducing yourself and showing your work in progress to the open call submissions folder.    
  • Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 26 at 2:30pm

Movement Matters Master Class with Kari Borni

Monday, October 26, 2020 – 4:30PM-5:30PM
Movement Matters Master Class with Kari Borni
Mahaney Arts Center, Plaza Tent            

Kari Borni leads an outdoor movement class in collaboration with musicians Deborah Felmeth and Ron Rost. Come in shoes and clothing that allows you to dance in the grass. All bodies and abilities welcome, face coverings are required. Free, space is limited to those allowed on campus, sign up here. Photo by Peter Sergay. Contact with any questions.

Movement Matters Weekly Classes

Monday, October 19 + 26, 2020 - 4:30

Movement Matters Weekly Classes

Mahaney Arts Center, Plaza Tent

Every Monday this semester we are happy to offer Improvisational dance classes led by one of our faculty and musically accompanied by Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth. Classes are open only to students on-campus. We welcome all bodies and abilities to join us! It is recommended to come in clothes that allow you to dance in the grass and please wear your mask. Spots are limited, sign-ups will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram (@dancemidd) or contact Jenn Ponder ( for more informtion. Excited to have you with us! [Photo by Peter Sergay]

Program in Dance

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753