Spring 2022 Presentations

Illuminate - Senior Capstone Showcase

"Illuminate" is the culmination of this year's senior dance majors' experience within the major. Featuring a cast of over twenty different dancers in seven works, "Illuminate" has works from the seniors (Emma Askew, Katie Corkum, Emma DiBacco, Katie Henry, Mary Kate Kennedy, and Jordan Officer; Josh Huffman will be staging a site-specific work outside of "Illuminate") as well as Visiting Artist Millie Heckler. This scope of the concert is in part due to funding given by UVM FOUR, which made it possible for the guest choreographer piece, videography, printing, and costumes to happen.

"Illuminate" will be presented April 29 and April 30 at 7:30PM. The event will take place at the Cohen Center for the Integrated Creative Arts. See Map.

Tickets for the event are $10 and seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 by following this link. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office in the Cohen Center beginning 90 minutes prior to the start of the event. Tickets purchased in person at the box office are Cash or Check ONLY.

Dancing Uphill 2022


Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30PM
Thursday, February 10 at 7:30PM
Friday, February 11 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 121 at 7:30PM

Cohen Hall for the Integrated Creative Arts
14 South Williams Street, Burlington, VT


Dancing Uphill attempts to capture a glimpse into the rigor, play, and creative research that goes into dancing, dance-making, design, and production here at UVM. Dancing Uphill has been an annual UVM Dance Program tradition since 2008. Highlighting UVM dance student performers, Dancing Uphill 2022 includes choreography by UVM dance faculty and guest dance artists. The show will include work by dance faculty Julian Barnett, Paul Besaw & Selene Colburn , as well as featuring work by UVM students Emma Askew, Katie Corkum, Jordan Officer & Sarah Wasserman, and guest choreographers Bernard Brown & Hye-Won Hwang. The concert is directed by Paul Besaw with technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.

Ticket Prices
General Public - $15
UVM Students - $10

Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 HERE. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the performances beginning 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance. In-person ticket purchases are Cash or Check ONLY.

For more information go to uvm.edu/cas/theatreanddance or email RTTTickets@uvm.edu

Fall 2021 Production

Dancing Uphill - On Site

Dancing Uphill - On Site

Directed by Paula Higa
Choreographed by the students
PLEASE NOTE: Due to an inclimate weather forecast for Oct. 16 & 17 the performances for Dancing Uphill - On Site have been RESCHEDULED forOctober 23 & 24 at 2PM each day.
Location: UVM Medical Center Hillside facing Colchester Avenue and the Trinity Campus

Inspired by Samuel Beckett's Theater of the Absurd, Dancing Uphill - On-site examines power-hungry and social hierarchy through competitiveness. The performance revisits past choreographies from the UVM Dance Program annual concert, Dancing Uphill while tackling non-sense logic. Like in Beckett's plays, what seems meaningless and absurd will come to a conscious end.
And if you think the performance is too “absurdist” for your mindset, we hope you enjoy the selected covers playlist!

The running time for the event is approximately 30 minutes. Parking at UVM Medical Center is not available.

Spring 2021 Production

Dancing Uphill 2021

Dancing Uphill attempts to capture a glimpse into the rigor, play, and creative research that goes into dancing, dance-making, design, and production here at UVM. Dancing Uphill has been an annual UVM Dance Program tradition since 2008. Since its inception, the goal of Dancing Uphill has been to feature original UVM student choreography, as well as student performances in the context of professional faculty and guest artist work. The show also highlights collaboration with designers and, depending on the work itself, additional collaborations with musicians, composers, writers, digital artists, etc.
This year, Dancing Uphill also features student senior projects as part of the new major in Dance at UVM. We are only into our second year of this new major, and we are proud to showcase the work our incredibly smart and creative bunch continues to generate.

Dancing Uphill 2021 will be presented on April 16 and 17 at 7:30PM in the Cohen Center for the Intergrated Arts. Due to our need to adhere to protocols around the Covid-19 pandemic we will not be able to perform in front of an in-person audience. However, we are thrilled to be able to present this years performances as a FREE Live-Streamed event. The link below will enable you to view the performances either evening - no password needed. We hope you can join us for an exciting evening of dance as we present Dancing Uphill 2021. 

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Fall 2020 Production

Annual Site Performance Project

Moving Through the Flood

Moving Through the Flood is a site-specific outdoor performance that brings together the power of dance, theatre, and live music to transcend beyond the current circumstances that are keeping us apart. The performance will take place in the heart of the campus, in front of the Fleming Museum, unfolding at an intersection where art (Fleming), medicine (UVM Medical Center), and science (Innovation Hall) converge. Directed by UVM Theatre and Dance faculty Julian Barnett, and including artistic work from fellow faculty and students, the performance explores the metaphorical possibility of water, as it floods, washes, wakes, and ripples, to create new possibilities and rituals of live performance in the era of social distancing.

Director: Julian Barnett
Scenic Design: Sara Nelson
Lighting Design: Bert Crosby
Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4:30PM and 6:00PM
The Fleming Green – this green space is located between the Fleming Museum, Central Campus Residence Hall and Innovation Hall



  •     Attendance is limited to UVM ID holders only. You must register in advance to attend.
  •     Register by emailing RTTTickets@uvm.edu. Indicate which date/time you would like to attend.
  •     As per UVM and State guidelines, when registering you must provide your name and a phone number where you can be reached.
  •     When registering please indicate any special requests and/or accommodations.
  •     You will receive an email confirming your request to attend within 24 hours. This time frame may be longer if you submit your request on a weekend.


  •     Everyone attending the event must present a valid UVM ID to gain admittance.
  •     Everyone attending the event must wear face covering and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between attendees.
  •     Any necessary additional guidelines, including updates in the event of rain, will be included in the confirmation email.


Annual Site Performance Project

Quantum Complications

The light is the beginning of quantum. The smallest particles of energy travel through empty spaces.
The lines confine the spaces. Pulsating energy collides and shapes the unknown.
The paper is the macro lenses of quantum complications.
Working in the new Discovery Hall, this site-specific performance intends to bring art and science together. Influenced by the work of Debra Weisberg, Tape Drawings, faculty Paula Higa and students examine quantum physics, the vast space between areas, and atomic turbulences.
Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2019
Discovery Hall
Two shows each night: 5:30 & 7:00 PM
Tickets: $5, general admission (cash or check only at the door)
NOTE: Limited availability. Please contact RTTTickests@uvm.edu to make a reservation


Dancing Uphill 2020

Wednesday-Saturday, January 22 - 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)
Tickets: $10 for Students; $15 General Admission

Highlighting UVM dance student performers, the concert includes choreography by UVM dance faculty, UVM composition students, and professional guest dance artists. The show will include works by dance faculty Julian Barnett and Paul Besaw, and feature the work of guest artists Lauren Blue (UVM Class of 2012), Laurel Jenkins, and Lida Winfield. Directed by Besaw; technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.

Tickets for Dancing Uphill 2020 are available for purchase at the door of the event. Dancing Uphill 2020 is being presented in Mann Gymnasium located at 208 Colchester Avenue on the trinity campus of UVM. Tickets for Dancing Uphill 2020 are $10 for UVM students and $15 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at Mann Gymnasium by cash or check only. If paying by check please make it out to the University of Vermont. Seating is General admission and the performance begins at 7:30PM.
Again, tickets for Dancing Uphill 2020 are no longer available for purchase online or at the Royall Tyler Theatre box office. They can only be purchased at Mann Gymnasium, beginning at 6:15pm Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25. Tickets are subject to availability.

2019-2020 EVENTS

UVM Dance Faculty Showcase

UVM Dance Faculty Showcase
To support the UVM Dance Program
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00 PM
FlynnSpace (Flynn Center for the Performing Arts)
Free/Donations accepted at the door

This first ever UVM dance faculty showcase will feature work by the professional faculty artists in the Program. Includes work by Julian Barnett, Paul Besaw, Paula Higa, Julie Peoples-Clark, Lynn Ellen Schimoler, and special guest Susan Levine Ourada from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. All donations will directly support the UVM Dance Program..

Artist Talk – Julian Barnett

Personal Poetics, From Rupture to Transformation

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30 PM
Billings Marsh Room
Free and open to the public

A performance/lecture by Julian Barnett, highlighting his most recent professional work, shedding light on multicultural processes and contexts, and examining the role vulnerability has played in his choreographic life.

American College Dance Association 2020 - New England Conference

March 25-28, 2020
Hosts: Middlebury College & the University of Vermont
Location: Middlebury College

UVM is co-hosting this major regional dance conference. We need students to help organize and work the event. Students, faculty, and staff will also participate; 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 working on or participating in the event.

Improvisation Laboratories

April 4, 2020
Cohen Hall Dance Studio

Two improvisation workshops:
Hannah Dennison will teach a workshop open to all levels from 9:00-12:00.
Susan Sgorbati will teach a workshop for experienced improvisors from 1:00-4:00.

Offered in conjunction with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Limited free spots for UVM students/faculty/staff. Contact Julian.Barnett@uvm.edu to register.

Dance & Music Improvisation Showcase

April 17, 2020
7:00 PM
Billings Library
Free and open to the public.

An evening of fresh scores and improvisational experiments, featuring performances by UVM dance and music students. Directed by faculty Julian Barnett (dance) and Matt LaRocca (music).

Senior Project – Mackenzie Zadworny

The Women on the Walls

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
5:30 PM
Fleming Museum

Senior dance major Mickenzie Zadworny will present her capstone performance project, including original choreography inspired by the Fleming Museum’s exhibition of paintings by Wood Gaylor.

Artist Talk – Hannah Dennison

How sites create the dances. How the dances enliven the site. How the people involved are changed.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
5:00 PM
Billings Marsh Room
Free and open to the public

Hannah Dennison will discuss her large-scale, site-specific performance pieces, including The Quarry Project, set in the Wells Lamson quarry in Barre, VT. To be performed August 2020. The talk will include The Quarry Project performers Paul Besaw (UVM dance faculty) and Anna Martone (UVM dance alumnus).

End-of-Semester Dance Showing (Spring)

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 4:00 PM
Cohen Hall Dance Studio
Free and open to the public

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

Street Addresses

Cohen Hall - 14 South Williams St.

Mann Hall - 208 Colchester Ave.

Music Building Recital Hall - 384 South Prospect St.