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Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM
The Orchard Room (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Christal Brown, Program in Dance; Director of MiddCORE, “Art and Innovation: Understanding Transferrable Skills”

Global Dance Dialogues with Lee Serle

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Contemporary Choreography Conversations from Melbourne to New York to Lyon

Australian dancer and choreographer Lee Serle will discuss and share practices from his international career. As a dancer in Australia, Lee performed with Gideon Obarzanek’s company Chunky Move, with Rebecca Hilton, and with Lucy Guerin. These Australian dancemakers were influenced by New York choreographers Trisha Brown and Tere O’Connor, so when Lee was invited to perform with these companies in New York, it was a natural fit. His choreographic practice embodies the international and cross-cultural nature of the dance community and how dance flows across borders. Lee was recently invited to choreograph for the Lyon Opera Ballet and currently makes contemporary performance in Melbourne and performs in New York. This is a participatory movement lecture with live music. Please wear comfortable clothes.

This event is cosponsored by the Dance Program and the Rohatyn Center.


Movement Matters Spotlight with Lee Serle

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Lee Serle has performed with Trisha Brown, Chunky Move, and Tere O’Connor among others. Together through the practice and discourse of improvisation, participants will share and question their processes when choreographing in the moment. Abandoning predetermined outcomes, they will attempt to find clarity within their practice through the consideration and application of embodied histories, seeing and being seen, removing judgment, rapid-fire decision making, and desire for outcome. Free


Improvisation and Composition with Peter B. Schmitz

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Peter B. Schmitz, actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher has been involved in the creative and performing arts for over 30-years working in the mediums of theatre, dance and film/video as a freelance artist. As a professional dancer, Peter has performed/ taught/choreographed for various companies, college departments throughout the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Turkey. Peter appeared last spring in the theatre department’s 2018 production of ENRON, and is currently touring with Doggie Hamlet directed by Ann Carlson. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Professor of the Practice Program. Free

Movement Matters Immersive: Day of Dance

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dive into a day of workshops and showings showcasing the diversity of collaborations in the dance program:

12:00 PM Free the Voice with Odeya Nini
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Studio 109

This workshop is dedicated to Vocal Expression, sensing the voice, feeling and understanding the physicality of sound, freeing our minds of preconceived ideas of song, and realizing the transformational healing effects we have on ourselves and others when we use our voice with intention and love. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook. See for more information and to pre-register. Free to Midd ID holders.

Note: Fields of Reckoning has been re-scheduled to Friday October 26 at 3:30pm due to weather.

3:30 PM Fields of Reckoning: An Interspecies Dance
The Knoll Organic Garden

Please join us outdoors for a work-in-progress showing of choreography in the Knoll landscape by Karima Borni, Middlebury Dance Program Scholar in Residence. Performers will also include a group of Middlebury students and several four-legged dancers. Light refreshments will be served. Free

6:00 PM A Solo Voice
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Over the last seven years, Odeya Nini has investigated extended vocal techniques, resonance and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body and the various landscapes it can yield. The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement. Through multi-dimensionality that serves to both provoke and soothe in abstract communication, the voice is presented in its spectrum of natures as it travels through cultures, ages, emotions and colors, like photographs, with tender intimacy and bold aberrance. Presented by Vermont Dance Alliance and the dance program. Free.

Bebe Miller Company: In a Rhythm

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A suite of dances based on the dynamics of adaptation and translation inspired by the writings of Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison, and David Foster Wallace, whose voices capture diverse cultural relevancies through their structure of language. Choreographer Bebe Miller looks at the syntax of movement—how we apprehend meaning through the juxtaposed dynamics of action and context in time and space.

This dance program event is presented in conjunction with the 2018 Clifford Symposium, centered on American author Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others. Additional co-sponsors include the Performing Arts Series, the Office of the President, the Committee on the Arts, the Professors of the Practice program, and the Sophomore Symposium program.

Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 22.

Free master classes will be taught by company members on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 11:00am and 3:00pm

Movement Matters Spotlight with scholar Norton Owen

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Dance Through the Ages at Jacob's Pillow

As America's first and longest-running dance festival, Jacob's Pillow has served as a cultural crossroads since 1933. On staff for half of its 86 seasons, Director of Preservation Norton Owen brings a unique perspective to his role as keeper of the flame, presiding over thousands of videos, photographs, and artifacts that chart the history of dance in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this presentation, he brings together past and present, sharing some rare archival films and making a case for dance's continuing relevance in today's world.


As Director of Preservation at Jacob’s Pillow since 1990, Norton Owen oversees all programs concerning dance documentation, exhibitions, and archival resources, and coordinates many aspects of the Audience Engagement Series, including talks, program essays, and curating Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. He first came to the Pillow as a student in 1976, and has served in a multitude of positions, including Assistant to the Director, House Manager, and Director of Educational Programs. In 2000, Dance/USA selected him for its Ernie Award, honoring “unsung heroes who have led exemplary lives in dance.” In 2012, the Dance Films Association presented him with its first Dance in Focus Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the dance film genre, while the José Limón Dance Foundation gave him its Preservation Advancement Award.

Fall Dance Concert

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by the Dance Company of Middlebury under the direction of Lida Winfield. The evening is directed by Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins in collaboration with the choreographers. A Dance Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 12.

Taking Flight

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Improvisational Practices course, facilitated by Lida Winfield, Michael Chorney, and Deborah Felmeth. Free

The Dance Company of Middlebury In-Progress Showing

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor Lida Winfield and in collaboration with guest artist Aysha Upchurch, is teaching and performing in a variety of communities, using dance as a platform for personal truth–telling and bridge building. This research will culminate in an original evening length work to be performed and toured in January. Come take a sneak peek at “Warrior Work: Show Up. Tell the Truth.” Free


Movement Matters Intensive with Christal Brown

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Liquid Strength with Christal Brown
Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

Christal Brown’s “Liquid Strength" (A technique laboratory focused on moving, intention, and analyzation) combines the focus and intention of a meditative practice with a series of exercises designed to train the body in articulate expression as well as athletic execution; Brown's class focuses on developing the total artist. Exercises will focus on alignment, torso and spinal flexibility, clarity of focus, upper body strength, lower body strength, and abdominal control. Working to transform philosophical notions of being into movement explorations, students will discover intersections between technique and performance: yielding transference. Photo: Matthew Thorsen


Movement Matters Master Class with Dante Brown

Saturday, March 9, 2019 -12:00 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

Class begins with improvisatory exercises, either individually or in groups, and progresses to shorter technical exercises and movement phrases that include pliés, footwork and floorwork. Class ends with a dynamic, communal and highly physical phrase performed with vigor – dancers moving in and out of the floor, taking risks and eating up space.


Informal Showing by Dante Brown

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Visiting Artist in Residence Dante Brown shares Warped Boundaries, excavating how his body ties to hypermasculinity, followed by a discussion of his experiences as a company founder, educator, and performer. More at Free


Advanced Improvisation Showing

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

This informal showing demonstrates the research undertaken by the DANC 0461 course, directed by Lida Winfield. Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth perform music composed in the moment. Free Photo: Alan Kimara Dixon


Movement Matters Spotlight with Shakia Johnson

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Shakia Johnson’s master classes engage with the history of hip hop through its evolution of movement. She is an accomplished choreographer, performer and educator based in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, and is a beloved instructor at the Bates Dance Festival. More at Free

Dance and Musicality Master Class by Alison Clancy

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Alison Clancy is a multidisciplinary artist working across the time based mediums of dance, music, and visual media, in pursuit of beauty and catharsis. Clancy has danced for ten seasons with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and tours internationally with ZviDance. She composes music for theater and film and has released albums under the monikers Psycho Tyko, Loving You, HUFF THIS!, and Electric Child. This class begins with a gentle physical warm up, moving into improvisational techniques and phrasework, with a special emphasis paid to musicality. All levels welcome. Sponsored by the Rothrock Family Residency Fund. Free

Alison Clancy

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Alison Clancy is a NYC-based multidisciplinary artist working across the mediums of dance, music, and visual media. Her artistic endeavors are centered around the pursuit of beauty and catharsis, pushing the edges of contemporary dance and music, with depths of somatic practices related to spiritual and psychological development. She incorporates ritual practices and visual design into the forms of contemporary ballet and popular music, creating an otherworldly highway—the lost intersection where we search for ourselves in the shadows. Sponsored by the Rothrock Family Residency Fund; this student-initiated Rothrock Residency is hosted by Annie Aguilar ’19. Free

American College Dance Association Conference

Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7, 2019
ACDA at Plymouth State, NH

Maggie Phillips '19, Caleb Green '19.5, and Marquise Adeleye '20 will show original creative work at The American College Dance Association conference. Five additional students will also attend, performing, attending classes, and networking with their peers. ACDA’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. The conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.

Faculty Dance Concert

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

On one night only, the Dance Program offers samples of faculty choreography, featuring works by Karima Borni, Christal Brown, Dante Brown, and Lida Winfield. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale April 1. Photos: Johnathan Hsu, Whitney Browne


Middlebury Xtended Reality Expo

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 1:30pm
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

An exploration of the uses of virtual and augmented reality at Middlebury. At the Expo you will be able to interact with simulations, including blends of physical and digital technology, observe a motion-capture performance, and talk with others about their experiences. Some of the projects included will be the Sea Level Rise Explorer, the Sandbox, and Representations of the Apocalypse. The Expo will conclude with a discussion about the possibilities of XR technologies for Middlebury. All interest levels are welcome. Sponsored by DLINQ and the Dance Program. More info at go/xrexpo. Free

Field Trip to the Flynn Theatre

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Field Trip to the Flynn Theatre
van transportation leaves Mahaney Arts Center at 6:30 PM

Bring $10 to the dance office by February 18 to reserve your ticket to see Hot Brown Honey in Burlington. Look for a sign up sheet posted in the dance hallway. Serving up an audacious platter of dance, comedy, striptease, and song, the sweetly acidic Hot Brown Honey harks back to the delicious clownery of Josephine Baker while packing a punch of hip-hop politics. From the simmering shores of “Polynesia,” where tropical stripteases skewer dusky maiden fantasies, to the life of a single mother who just happens to be a DJ, Hot Brown Honey undresses sticky topics in an explosion of color, culture, and controversy. Fighting the power has never tasted so sweet. Photo: Dylan Evans


Senior Thesis Dance Concert

Friday–Saturday, May 3-4, 2019
7:30 PM each evening, Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Senior dance majors Caleb Green ’19.5, Lucy Grinnan ’19.5, and Maggie Phillips ’19 examine the intersection of contemporary choreography with their varied additional disciplines to create an evening as diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits. Each choreographer will present works that probe the audience’s creative mind and offer a re-imagining of a time, a world, a story. A Dance Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd student; on sale April 15. 

Taking Flight: Advanced Beginning Dance Showing

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Advanced Beginning course (DANC 0260), facilitated by Lida Winfield. Photo: Daniel Biber


Fresh Takes: Intermediate/Advanced Dance Showing

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Intermediate/Advanced course (DANC 0360), facilitated by Dante Brown.


Improvisation Composition

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

An ensemble of dancers and musicians demonstrates the ability to compose engaging and coherent pieces “in the moment” after a semester-long study of improvisation as a performing art. Directed by Lida Winfield, with music by Deborah Felmeth and Ron Rost. Image: Study for Kandinsky’s Improvisation 28


Auditions for the Dance Company of Middlebury: Presence as Performance

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury 2019-20, directed by Professor Karima Borni in collaboration with guest artist Meshi Chavez, is looking for committed and courageous dancers for a pre-professional dance training immersion program. This year we will focus our interdisciplinary investigation on the pursuit of embodied presence as the cultivation of authenticity and responsiveness. You will learn, contribute, collaborate and engage in depth with performativity as a crucial component of the artistic process, leading to the creation of a full-length produced show in January 2020.

Students must be on campus for the pre-semester workshop held September 6-8. Class rehearsals will then run during Fall semester Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm, and as a J-Term course during Winter term (includes tour travel TBD).

For auditions, please prepare a one-page written statement about your background and why you are interested in participating in DCM. Please show up ready to dance.

Contact Karima Borni with any questions:


Movement Matters Master Class with Ricarrdo Valentine

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:00PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

Ricarrdo Valentine uses art as a vehicle for activism. His education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival and Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo de Barro and LaGuardia Community College. Ricarrdo continues to collaborate and work with Christal Brown/INspirit, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance, Paloma McGregor, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Ni'Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project, Andre Zachary/RPG, Emily Berry/B3W and Barak ade Soliel. He is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance! In addition, Ricarrdo is the 2015 Dance/USA DILT mentee and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow. Free. More at

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