Dance Alumni Takeover Summary

What happens when a cohort of alumni take over the curriculum for an academic department for one week?

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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.

Fallward: Photography Exhibit by Šara Stranovsky '04

Opposite the main doors of the Dance Theatre
Mahaney Center for the Arts
through Dec. 11, 2017

To fall. To play. To remember. To move forward. To look backward. To turn inward. Fallward is a dance photography project that explores feelings of play and memory linked to the season of fall. Dancers embody what fall means to them. Celebrating New York City and its surrounding parks as refuges from the bustle of city life, this five-year-long project is a celebration of dancers, color, and the importance of reconnecting with play.

Šara Stranovsky is an interdisciplinary artist of dance, music, and multimedia based in Brooklyn, New York. As a dancer, she has performed in the off-broadway immersive aerial show, Fuerza Bruta Wayra, and various immersive theater shows as a musician and dancer. She holds a BA in Dance and Creative writing from Middlebury College, and MA and PhD degrees in Culture and Performance Studies from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. She works as an educator, performer, and scholar for various cultural institutions in New York, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music's renowned Dance Africa Festival. Šara became increasingly involved in dance photography as a way to illustrate her dance studies dissertation about dance in Cabo Verde, West Africa, in addition to using photography as a way to dance on two-dimensional stages while injured. Her multimedia and photography projects explore nostalgia, playfulness and voyeurism.   

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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

Dance Department

Mahaney Center for the Arts
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753