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bulletGuest Artist Residency - Nhan Ho
February 14-20, 2017
List of Events: tbd

California-based dance artist Nhan Ho will be working with UVM dancers in the spring semester. His residency will include setting a new dance work on students for Dancing Uphill (see event listing below), as well as open master classes in contemporary dance technique and hip hop. Check back for details!

bulletPaula Higa Thesis Presentation: IN/VOLUNTARY MOTION
Saturday, February 25, 2017
7:00pm, Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)

In/Voluntary Motion investigates disabilities and disability culture. Paula Higa's choreography takes inspiration from dystonia, a disability characterized by involuntary, often spasmodic movements. Her study of dystonic movements, in collaboration with visual artist Neil Marcus, produced patterns and phrasing for this piece. Higa aims to bring awareness to disability culture, ultimately questioning the perception of disability as a dysfunctional condition. Original music by Patricia Julien.

Costume design by Winnie Looby. Lighting design by Bert Crosby.

Free and open to the public

bulletAmerican College Dance Association 2017
March 23-26, 2017
SUNY Potsdam

Students, faculty, and staff will be traveling to SUNY Potsdam to attend the annual ACDA New England Conference. Student work from UVM will be presented and students will take part in a whole array of master classes.

Please contact if you are interested in participating.

bulletDancing Uphill 2017 - 10th Year Anniversary
Thursday-Saturday, March 30 - April 1, 2017 - 7:30 PM
and Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)
Tickets: $10 (cash or check only please)

Highlighting UVM dance student performers, the concert includes choreography by UVM dance faculty, UVM composition students, and professional guest dance artists. Highlighting ten years of this tradition, the concert will also include a number of dance program alumni (see below for more information). The show is directed by Paul Besaw and will feature works by dance faculty/guest artists Paul Besaw, Nhan Ho, and Hanna Satterlee. Technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.

Tickets: $10 General Admission
Advanced Purchase: Tickets can be purchased in person at the Royall Tyler Theatre box office - 116 University Place or by phone at 802-656-2094. No online sales. Tickets for this event go on sale February 1.
At-the-Door Purchase: Cash or Check only please
For more information:

Dancing Uphill Alumni Celebration

Calling all UVM dance alums! In 2017, the Dance Program will celebrate the 10th year of our annual spring concert, Dancing Uphill. For ten years, this event has featured UVM student performers, choreographers, and additionally the work of faculty and guest artists in collaboration with students. We want to invite all of you back to celebrate this important milestone with us, and everything you have contributed along the way!

While we are still very much in the planning phase for this event, here is a partial list of some of the things we have planned:

  • Alumni performances in Dancing Uphill 2017
  • Open classes/workshops for alumni
  • Collecting stories of our shared dance history!
  • Reception, where we can toast the program's history and future!

Contact with ideas, questions, or contact information!

bulletLOOKING DEEPER (Spring Workshops)
The UVM Dance Program is partnering with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in presenting Looking Deeper, a contemporary dance workshop series that focuses on training and exploration in the art of improvisation. Each full-day workshop will be led by a professional dance artist from the greater Vermont community. Open to UVM students/faculty/staff and the public.

Fall dates and workshop leaders (the workshop time for each day listed is 10:00 am - 4:00 pm):

Improvisation Laboratories: These intensives focus on improvisation skills and the movement's relationship to self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome.

  • April 8 - Lida Winfield

    Contemporary Dance Intensives: These intensives at UVM are designed to support and strengthen to the skills and community of practicing contemporary dancers and dance-makers. For advanced contemporary dancers.

    Location: Mann Gym (Trinity Campus)

    NOTE: There is a fee for these workshops, but scholarships are available for UVM community members. Contact if you have questions about this opportunity or would like to participate.

    This series has received support from the UVM Lattie F. Coor Endowment and the Humanities Center.

    bulletIndependent Study Student Showcase
    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    More info TBA

    bulletEnd-of-Semester Dance Showing (Spring)
    Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:00 PM
    Southwick Hall Ballroom (Redstone Campus)
    Free and open to the public

    Presentation of class projects and independent student work. Coordinated by faculty member Paula Higa. Contact if you would like to present something!

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