Dancing Uphill 2017 (photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

Fall 2017

Vermont College Dance Festival

Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11
Marlboro College

Don't miss the fourth annual gathering of dance students and faculty from around the Green Mountain State. A great collection of performances and master classes! Contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu for more information or if you would like to participate!

Dance Program - Spring Auditions

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Date/Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Music Building Recital Hall
Come prepared to learn new dance sequences and improvisational structures. Emphasis on creating a comfortable environment where everybody can have fun and show the best of themselves!

Auditions for three projects, all dances to be performed in the annual spring Dancing Uphill concert (see event listing below):
• Choreography by guest artist Ephrat Asherie (residency to take place February 3-7, 2018).
• Choreography by faculty member Julie Peoples-Clark
• Choreography by faculty members Paul Besaw & Lois Trombley (in collaboration)

(Note: if you have a time conflict that you absolutely cannot adjust, but would like to be considered, please contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu.)


Site Performance Project: Feminine Malady

Friday November 3 & Saturday, November 4
Two shows each day: 5:30 & 7:00 pm
UVM Alumni House (61 Summit Street)
Tickets: $5 (cash or check only, please).
Limited capacity (25 people per show).

Directed by Paula Higa, in collaboration with UVM dance students. Lighting Designer: Bert Crosby.

The performance takes place at the new UVM Alumni House. This beautiful historical house was built during the Victorian era for Edward Wells, who built his fortune in the manufacture of patent medicines. Fortune for some and misfortune for others. Victorian women were expected to be submissive, sweet, and self-sacrificing.  Any woman going in the opposite direction would be restrained from her dreams and ambitions, ending up in asylums to treat her mental illness. This performance is an open diary, a research on the life of many women from the past two centuries who could not find their freedom.

Student Choreography Showcase #1

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Music Recital Hall (Redstone Campus)
Free and open to the public. Come see original work by UVM student choreographers Jieru Chen, Hannah Loughlin, Di Lu, Anna Martone, Sophia Navarre, Yismerai Ojeda, and Mi Tian.

LOOKING DEEPER (Fall Improvisation Workshops)

For the second year in a row, 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 4-hour workshop will be led by a professional dance artist from the greater Vermont community. Open to UVM students/faculty/staff and the public.

Saturday workshops are open to all dancer/performers.
Sunday workshops are for dancers with more experience.

Fall dates (the workshop time for each day listed is 12:00 – 4:00 pm):

  • Saturday, October 14 – Hannah Dennison
  • Sunday, October 15 – Susan Sgorbati
  • Saturday, December 2 – Lida Winfield
  • Sunday, December 3 – Penny Campbell

Location: Mann Gym (Trinity Campus)

NOTE: There is a fee for these workshops, but a limited number of free and reduced rate spots are available for UVM community members. Contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu if you have questions about this opportunity or would like to participate.

The Storytellers

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:00 PM
Music Building Recital Hall

Choreographer Joy Madden and a spirited company of dancers spin a tale of heartbreak, humor and overcrowding in an Irish Catholic family.

Created by Joy Madden; Performed by Mireya Guerra, Jessie Owens, Jenna Giguere, David Kreiss-Tomkins, Laila Copperansky, and Joy Madden.

Free and open to the public

Vermont/Nebraska Dance Sampler

Thursday & Friday, September 7 & 8, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Music Recital Hall (Redstone Campus)
Admission: $5 (cash or check at the door, please!)

This performance supports ongoing collaborations between dance at the University of Vermont and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The evening will feature dance works from three dance groups:

sloDance (Lincoln, NE)
Artistic Director: Susan Levine Ourada, with guest choreographers Paul Besaw and Hye-Won Hwang
Paula Higa Dance & Ers (Burlington, VT)
Artistic Director: Paula Higa
Embi (Lincoln, NE)
Artistic Directors: Marisol Herling and Beth Jensen

Dance Program – Fall Auditions

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
7:00-9:00 pm
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)

Come prepared to learn new dance sequences and improvisational structures. Emphasis on creating a comfortable environment where everybody can have fun and show the best of themselves!

Auditions for the following projects:

  • DNCE 175 Dance Repertory: Guest Artist Avi Waring will set a dynamic new dance work on students; to be performed in the annual spring Dancing Uphill concert (see spring event listing below).
  • DNCE 177 Site Performance Practicum: Faculty member Paula Higa will direct a new site-specific performance that will be created and performed in the fall semester (see event listing below).
  • Dance projects created by composition students enrolled in DNCE 160/260.

(Note: if you have a time conflict that you absolutely cannot adjust, but would like to be considered, please contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu.)