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Movement and Media + Improvisation + Electronic Music: Informal Gallery Showing

Movement and Media

May 11, Monday

5:00 PM; Live Performances @ Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The students of Scotty Hardwig’s spring Movement and Media class and Peter Hamlin’s Electronic Music class will will perform original works created in the two classes following a semester of interdisciplinary investigation into the dynamic relationship between the body, electronic music, and digital media. Open gallery,
audio, and video installations will run from 12:00-8:00 PM, with live performances beginning at 5:00 PM.

Sponsored by the Dance Program and the Music Department.


Auditions for The Dance Company of Middlebury


Thursday May 7, 4:30pm

MCA Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) is selected each year by audition, and is open to sophomores through seniors and alumni. Each year the company creates a diverse concert of work for formal performance at Middlebury in January and later on tour. First year students are encouraged to get to know the Dance Program by taking classes, auditioning for other performances, and attending as many dance concerts as they can before seeking involvement with DCM in their sophomore year. The Dance Company of Middlebury will be directed in 2015-2016 by Tzveta Kassabova.

In September, 2015 the Dance Company of Middlebury will embark on a week long research trip to Detroit to build our own impression of the tangle of contradictions between history and present, prosperity and poverty, industry and art. We will set to discover our own ornate columns and extraordinary frescoes, we will tune to the silence of grass-covered abandoned neighborhoods and breathe the dust of forgotten theaters. We will meet with people who haven’t fled and to whom social adaptation to industrial decline is not an abstraction but everyday life.

In the following months we will reflect, experiment and create led by our embodied experience and in collaboration with Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattricchi of Shua Group ( DCM will be actively engaged in choreographing performances and public acts related to the 50th celebration of Environmental Studies Program and perform all around campus during the month of October, 2015. The work developed during the course of Fall and Winter terms will be performed at the end of January, 2016 at Dance Place, DC as well as at Middlebury. Our 10-day trip to Washington, DC will allow us to connect with the DC dance community and major educational institutions in the area such as University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Dance Exchange.

For more information please contact Tzveta Kassabova at

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

May 6, Wednesday

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 Advanced Beginning Dance course, facilitated by
Visiting Assistant Professor Trebien Pollard.


Threshold: Senior Thesis Dance Concert of Stevie Durocher ’15, Doug LeCours ’15, Sarae Snyder ’15, Afi Yellow-Duke ’15

Doug and Sarae

Stevie and Afi

May 1 and 2, Friday and Saturday

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

Four seniors examine the intersection of contemporary choreography with their varied additional disciplines—creative writing, literature, sociology, and Chinese—to create an evening as diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits.

Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 13.

Dance, Music, Light: Improvisation


April 24, Friday

8:00 PM; Mahaney Center for the Arts, 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. Lighting is improvised by designer Jennifer Ponder. Directed by Tzveta Kassabova.


The Panama Dance Exchange: Showing

Panama Showing

April 22, 5:00-6:00pm

Middlebury College Dance Theatre

This spring break, 8 student-dancers from the Middlebury College Dance Program travelled to Panama City, Panama for an international dance exchange in support of arts education and cultural ambassadorship in Panama. Come listen to their findings about movement, teaching, learning, and language, as well as a screening of the documentary in progress about this project: "dancers without borders, and moving to change."

Free for the public.

Movement Matters: Maree ReMalia

Maree ReMalia

April 17, Friday

12:30pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join Maree Remalia, Middlebury's Interdisciplinary Choreographer in Residence for 2015-2017, for an informal lecture-demonstration of her work and proposed research agenda during her time at Middlebury. Movement Matters is a 44-month initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that fosters artistic creation and curricular development through reciprocal arrangements between emerging artists in the field of dance and Middlebury College professors from across the curriculum.


April 18, Saturday

10:00am-12:00pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This two-hour class is open to dancers and those who have an interest in moving. It will offer tools for sensory movement investigation and provide a window into creative process. The class will begin with a 50-minute Gaga class followed by playful improvisational explorations and finding individual ways into learning and adapting dance material. Observers are not permitted, but all are welcome to participate (ages 16+). No prior dance experience necessary! Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Movement Matters Initiative. Free and open the public.

Nia Austin Edwards of PURPOSE Productions

Nia Austin Edwards of PURPOSE Productions

April 16, Thursday

Workshop: Learning to be a Purpose-full Worker
4:30 PM; Axinn 232
Nia Austin Edwards is an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and the Founder of PURPOSE Productions—a company that supports artists and activists in the manifestation of PURPOSE-full work that seeks to unify and develop our world community. Nia serves to inspire students to travel their own path to purpose-full work. With that as the foundation she will discuss developing an online identity that will support that work as well as other best practices in design and functionality.

April 17, Friday

Workshop: Sharing Your Purpose-full Work With the World
4:30 PM; Axinn 232
Once your purpose-full work has an online home, how do you keep your audience updated? This follow up workshop explores mailing lists and social media marketing. We’ll also discuss the basic best practices for interacting and building engagement on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Dance Preview at the Spring Student Symposium

Thursday, April 10
8:30 pm-9:30 pm
MCA Dance Theatre

Moderator: Christal Brown

Speakers/Performers: Hai Do ’14, Cameron McKinney ’14, Jill Moshman ’14, Rachel Nuñez ’14

Four seniors present a preview of the Senior Dance Concert on May 2nd and 3rd and perform work that demonstrates the power of contemporary dance to communicate diverse ideas. Inspired by depiction of hell in Buddhism, Chinese mythology, and Vietnamese folk religion, Do attempts to realize his vision of life after death through physical movements. Nuñez navigates the complex relationship between self and society and hopes to explore how this junction impacts the way that bodies, particularly female bodies, move through space. McKinney engages the dialogue between hip-hop, modern dance, and traditional Japanese movement; Moshman deploys her study of psychology to discover how physical memory informs her choreographic work. More information at MiddSym2014.


Residency with Rockafella Garcia


April 3, Friday

All the Ladies Say: Screening and discussion with Rokafella
4:30 PM; Axinn 232
Veteran b-girl Ana “Rokafella” Garcia’s first documentary film ALL THE LADIES SAY features the work of female breakdancers in the United States, including Aiko, Baby Love, Beta,Lady Champ, Severe, and Vendetta. This film raises awareness of the female presence in Hip-hop and promotes the growth of this dance community in the United States and internationally. The dancers explore themes of femininity, motherhood, and the representation of women in popular culture.


April 4, Saturday

Master Class with Rokafella Garcia
12:00 PM; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Since the resurgence of breaking, locking and popping in the Hip-Hop mainstream, she’s been featured for her unique ability as a B girl in Fabolous’ “Holla back Youngin” and KRS One’s “Step into a World” rap and the Fox films “Brown Sugar.” In 1996, she and her husband Kwikstep founded Full Circle Productions, a Bronx based Hip-Hop Dance Theater company, to preserve and evolve the cultural value of urban art forms. They presented “Soular Power’d” at Broadway’s New Victory Theater which received rave reviews, and was their Hip-Hop theater directorial debut. 

Space is limited, to pre-register, contact

Seeing the Unspeakable


April 2, Thursday

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

Trebien Pollard performs in this one-man show engaging issues of race, gender, and sexual identity.

Tickets: $12/10/6 on sale March 16.

University of Maryland graduate choreography student showing

University of Maryland graduate choreography student showing

April 1, Wednesday

12:30 PM; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Graduate students from the University of Maryland share their work.

Master Classes in MCA 110:

April 1, Wednesday, 2:50-4:05 PM, Improvisation
April 1, Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 PM, Hip Hop
April 2, Thursday, 9:30-10:45 AM, Modern

Nile Project: Music Master Class with Dance

New Nile

March 31, Tuesday

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

Musicians from The Nile Project will present this lively master class surveying music and dance traditions from some of the 11 countries bordering the Nile River basin.

Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Performing Arts Series, the Arts Council, the Department of Music, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.


Sola, an evening of solo dances


March 6 and 7, Friday and Saturday

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

Dance Linkages and Middlebury College present Sola, an evening of solo dances. Choreographed for and by women, and curated by University of South Florida assistant professor Andee Scott, the performance showcases the work of choreographers from around the country including Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Dance Tzveta Kassabova (Vermont), Amy Chavasse (Michigan), Pam Pietro (New York), Mary Williford-Shade (Texas), and Bliss Kohlmyer and Andee
Scott (Florida).

Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale February 23.

Master Classes in MCA 110:

March 5, Thursday, 4:30 PM

March 7, Saturday, 11:00 AM

Camille A. Brown and Dancers

Camille Brown

March 3 and 4, Tuesday and Wednesday

7:30 PM; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has earned multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. Her latest work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, is a multimedia depiction of the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. This work offers a grand narrative reflecting on feminism, patriarchy, and how women navigate within this world. Middlebury’s performances during women’s history month also include works by three female emerging choreographers.

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Dance Program, and Committee on the Arts. Camille A. Brown and Dancers is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tickets: $20/15/6

Master Class at 1:45 PM in MCA 109:

Monday March 2 Camille Brown

Master Classes at 4:30 PM in MCA 110:

Monday March 2 Danae Hannah

Tuesday March 3 Johari Mayfield

Wednesday March 4 Afalia Tribune

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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