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Project Bandaloop
Shinji Komiya
Light Motion Dance: Bill Evans
Everything Smaller Dance Company
Reynaldo Gonzalez

Susan Mendez Prins '86

A major in East Asian Studies with a dance concentration while at Middlebury. Her senior thesis was a comparative study of contemporary dance in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, based largely on her field work and personal interviews there in her junior and senior years. In 1990 she was part of an international butoh performance project in Tokyo.


Kyle Abraham
Soriba "Simbo" Camara
Teena Marie Custer
David Darling
Jeanine Durning
Nicholas Liechter
Erika Randall



Winter Performances

PUSH: Moving History Forward
The Dance Company of Middlebury 2011-2012 season

January 27-28 Friday, Saturday  8:00 p.m.       Tickets: $12/10/6
Mahaney Center Dance Theatre

Winter Term Events

Winter Term Events

January 18              Yoga Philosophy

Wednesday               2:00-4:00 p.m. FREE
Mahaney Center Room 109

Lecture and discussion with Russell Comstock, Metta Earth Yoga. Come dressed to move as well as to listen.


The Dance Company of Middlebury 2010-2011

The company has created a diverse concert of works for performance at Middlebury and on tour to New Orleans exploring issues of wealth and class as they express in culture. Company members will present new work by Artistic Director Christal Brown, guest choreographers Trebien Pollard and Paloma McGregor, and their own collaborative piece. The company has received additional support from the Committee on the Arts.

Mission Statement

The Dance Program at Middlebury College focuses on the creation of original creative work in a context that is interdisciplinary, grounded in both biological and environmental perspectives, and deeply connected to the current dance field.  The program distinguishes itself through a rich curricular tradition of improvisation, somatic learning, and utilization of the arts in the quest for cultural and environmental awareness.  

Previous Season (2010-2011)

Till Fellner

October 9, Saturday

Till Fellner, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Pre-Semester Workshop 2010

Pre-semester Workshop with

Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins & Trebien Pollard


Andrea Olsen

Professor of Dance

 Fall Term 2015- Tuesday 3:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday 1:30-2:45 p.m., and by appointment
 Mahaney Center for the Arts 204

Watch dance majors Simon
Thomas-Train '09 and Yina Ng '09


The activities of students past and present speak most clearly about our program. Our alumni perform in professional dance companies; choreograph independently and found their own companies; teach in colleges, universities, private and public educational institutions; and are enrolled in graduate programs across the country. They also pursue a wide range of careers putting their dance educations to work in a variety of ways.

Ongoing Classes



Jessica Lee
photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Pamela Vail '90

Pamela Vail received a B.A. in dance and sociology from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College. She is a founding member of NYC-based Yanira Castro + Company, and is also a founding member of The Architects, a performance improvisation quartet, with Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales, and Jennifer Kayle (all Middlebury graduates). In addition to working with such artists as Peter Schmitz, Heidi Henderson, and others, she continues to create and perform her own work.

Mark Stuver '97.5

A dance major from Rifle, Colorado. Making the decision to seriously pursue dance at Middlebury he performed with the Dance Company of Middlebury, for several other student concerts, and performed in work choreographed by Peter Schmitz and Paul Matteson. Mark presented an evening-length work, moment's noticeas a senior; A duet from that work was performed at the ACDFA national gala concert at the Kennedy Center.

Graduating seniors head to American Dance Festival in North Carolina

Dance professor Penny Campbell reports:

Our graduating seniors in Dance are Simon Thomas-Train and Yina Ng. Together they represented the New England region of the American College Dance Festival Association at the National Dance Gala in New York City in the spring of 2008 with their duet, "It needs what we don’t want." In addition to their choreographic work, both received senior work fund grants to support their video work, which both presented in their joint senior concert in April 2009. Both also performed in the debut tour of Artist in Residence Tiffany Rhynard’s professional dance ensemble, Big Action Performance Ensemble, here at Middlebury and at other venues in New England. Simon continued to perform with "Big APE" in March at Town Hall Theatre.

Both Simon and Yina have received merit scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival (not to be confused with ACDFA mentioned above) this coming summer. ADF is the six-week summer dance event that began in 1934 at Bennington College, migrated to Mills and then to Connecticut College for many years before settling at Duke University in North Carolina. It is a premier meeting place for professionals dance in the country and the world.

These two graduating seniors in the Class of 2009, who participated in the Student Research Symposium both by showing excerpts from their duet in McCardell Bicentennial Hall moments before heading down to the Mahaney Center for the Arts for their senior concert, have had a fascinating trajectory together. Both are choreographers and videographers, each with a unique vision and aesthetic. And they are compelling, sparkling performers together. They should be performing their duet right there at graduation!

Because these two have been enormously close, both personally and artistically, it’s fitting that they will split the Mahlingaiah Family Dance Prize this year. Their paired trajectories just keep on trajecting!

Staff member creates podcasts of bellydance music

Arabella Holzapfel works in the library at Middlebury, and one of her pastimes is producing a podcast of bellydance music: an eclectic mix of mostly Middle Eastern music, but also African, South American, and electronic and dance beats. The most recent "episode" of the podcast was downloaded more than 19,000 times by people around the world; there are a total of nearly 85,000 downloads of the eight episodes she's produced so far. "I'm sure that without the support and general ambience of being employed at a place with so much emphasis on international cultures and technology," Holzapfel says, "I would never have even thought of doing this."