Dancing Uphill 2017 (photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

Spring 2018

Paula Higa Dance & ErS: In/Voluntary Motion - Encounters - Blue Rewind

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theater
60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT
Tickets: $25 general public, $20 seniors, $15 students (link to purchase)

ft. guest choreographer: Paul Besaw

End-of-Semester Dance Showing (Spring)

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:00 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. 

Spring Advanced Unraveling Improvisation - UnShowing

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 - 4:00PM
UVM Recital Hall
featuring work from Advanced Improvisation Class: Anna Gibson, Emma Hintz, Molly Kaye, Di Lu, Flannery Mehigan, Yismerai Ojeda, and Sarah Whetzle. For more info, contact Prof. Clare Byrne at csbyrne@uvm.edu.

Balinese Dance Master Class with CARLOS FITTANTE

Tuesday, April 3 – 5:05-6:45 pm (Mann Gym)
FREE and open to the public
Financial Support provided by the Humanities Center, Global and Regional Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and from the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Mexican Traditional Dance Master Class with MIGUEL PEÑA

Tuesday, March 27 – 11:40 am – 12:55 pm (Mann Gym)
FREE and open to the public
Financial Support provided by the Humanities Center, Global and Regional Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and from the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Dancing Uphill

Thursday, March 22 - 7:00 PM
Friday, March 23 - 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 24 - 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)

Highlighting UVM dance student performers, the concert includes choreography by UVM dance faculty, UVM composition students, and professional guest dance artists. The show will feature works by dance faculty Paul Besaw & Lois Trombley and Julie Peoples-Clark, and guest artists Ephrat Asherie and Avi Waring. Directed by Besaw; technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.

Tickets: $10. Buy tickets online through Royall Tyler Theatre website through 3pm on Friday or pay cash/check at the door, subject to availability

Dance with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4, 2018
7:30 PM
Music Recital Hall (Redstone Campus)

This concert is presented by the Burlington Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the UVM Dance Program. Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun” with new choreography by Paul Besaw, and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” with choreography by Clare Byrne. Yutaka Kono, artistic director. Paul Besaw and Clare Byrne, choreographers. Tickets available now! $30 general admission; $10 students with ID. Visit flynntix.org or call 802-86-FLYNN

Contemporary/Hip Hop Dance Master Class with NICHOLAS LEICHTER

Friday, March 2 – 1:15-2:45 pm (Patrick Dance Studio)

Contemporary/Hip Hop Dance Master Class. FREE and open to the public

American College Dance Association 2018

February 15-18, 2018
Boston University

Students, faculty, and staff will be traveling to Boston University 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 Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu if you are interested in participating.

Guest Artist Residency – Ephrat Asherie

Residency: February 3-6, 2018

Contemporary Dance Master Class

                Monday, February 5 – 10:55 am – 12:40 pm (Mann Gym)
                FREE and open to the public

Hip Hop Master Class
                Tuesday, February 6 – 1:15-2:30 pm (Mann Gym)
                FREE and open to the public

New York City-based dance artist Ephrat Asherie's residency includes 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.

Improvisation Workshop with ROB SCHWIMMER – Theremin, Piano, Haken Continuum

Thursday, January 25 – 6:15-7:15 pm (Southwick Hall 301/Ballroom)
FREE and open to the public
Live Music & Dance Improvisation Workshop Featuring ROB SCHWIMMER – Theremin, Piano, Haken Continuum. Dance Improvisation Led by Clare Byrne. Presented in collaboration with the UVM Lane Series.

Fall 2017

Student Choreography Showcase #2

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Music Recital Hall (Redstone Campus)
Free and open to the public.

Come see original work by UVM student choreographers.

End-of-Semester Dance Showing (Fall)

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00 PM
Southwick Hall Ballroom (Redstone Campus)
Free and open to the public

Presentation of class projects and independent student work. Coordinated by Paul Besaw. Contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu if you would like to present something!

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.)