Miguel Gutierrez (Fall 2019), Dan and Carole Burack President’s Distinguished Lecturer

Miguel Gutierrez (photo by Bylan Douglas)

Miguel Gutierrez is an active performance artist based in New York City, known for his prolific and distinctive trajectory of work. In September 2019, Gutierrez’s Burack Lecture will present his essay, Does Abstraction Belong to White People? - Thinking the politics of race in contemporary dance. In addition, his visit will include guest speaking in UVM classes and leading a four-day performance making workshop with dance and theatre students.

Jennifer Monson (2010-2016), UVM James Marsh Professor-at-Large

Jennifer Monson (photo by Yi-Chun Wu)

Jennifer Monson is a choreographer, improviser and teacher. She is the Artistic Director of iLAND-interdisciplinary Laboratory of Art Nature and Dance as well as a professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Since 1983 she has created experimental dance work that investigates embodied understandings of environment, power and form.

During her six-year residency as UVM Marsh Professor-at-Large, she presented talks and led numerous movement workshops for UVM students and members of the Burlington dance community. Her performance work Live Dancing Archive was created during her professorship, and premiered on the UVM campus in 2012. In the fall of 2015, she created Folk Dances for Necessary Tributaries (with puddles), inspired by fieldwork with student and community dancers in the fields of Centennial Woods on the UVM campus.


Teaching Artists-in-Residence

2018-20 - Julian Barnett

Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Northern California, Julian Barnett creates performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of dance, philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural. His performances have been invited internationally throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and extensively across Europe. He has received commissions by Danspace Project, PS 122, The Joyce Theater (NY), Hubbard Street (Chicago), Tangente (Montreal), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), La Briqueterie - CDC Val-de-Marne (Paris), Dansateliers (Rotterdam), La Visiva (Barcelona), Body Arts Lab (Tokyo), and the i-Dance Festival (Hong Kong), amongst others. Barnett has been an artist in residence at K3 Tanzplan Hamburg in Germany, the Joyce Foundation in New York, Bates Dance Festival, Springboard Danse in Montreal, and was a danceWEB Scholar at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna.


2017-18 - Avi Waring

Avi Waring is a native Vermonter who studied classical ballet and modern dance with the Vermont Ballet Theatre School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and the Newcomb Dance Company at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 1999-2004, she studied and performed improvisational dance and sketch comedy with the Heretica Dance Company of Zendik Arts. She returned to VT in 2005, and co-founded Ballet Wolcott, a dance school dedicated to creativity and community through dance. Avi is a co-founder of The Montpelier Movement Collective, and is also a freelance dancer who has worked with many local dance artists including Paul Besaw, Hannah Dennison, Polly Motley, Pauline Jennings. and Maris Wolff. Avi is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, and brings her own fascination with anatomy and biomechanics to her dance teaching.

2016-17 - Hanna Satterlee

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (VT/WA) and has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Vienna Austria, Stolzenhagen Germany, Baltimore, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the state of Vermont. Now based in Burlington Vermont, Hanna is the current director of the Vermont Dance Alliance, with a strong belief that the culture of dance will continue to flourish and expand throughout the edges of our beautiful state. In addition, Hanna teaches and performs on freelance basis. Currently Hanna has the immense honor of dancing with Murmurations Dance and is self-producing a triptych series of seasonal dance poems through film. With support from the Vermont Performance Lab’s SEEDS grant, Hanna is in the initial research phase of creating a sonic and visual performance titled “Voice and Vessel,” exploring how we each uniquely carry and express information in the vessels of our minds and the vessels of our bodies.


Professional Master Classes and Workshops

Each year, the Dance Program offers students the opportunity to take master classes with professional dance artists. Many of these are arranged in close association with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, featuring world-class dance artists presented in their season. Other workshops and projects are funded by on-campus grants or presented in conjunction with professional Vermont-based dance artists and/or the Vermont Dance Alliance.

Recent master classes and workshops have been presented by:
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Ballet Hispanico, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Hannah Dennison, Carlos Fittante, Limon Dance Company, Lucky Plush Productions, Susan Sgorbati, Companhia Urbana de Danca

Guest choreographers

Ephrat Asherie (photo by Christopher Duggan)

Each year, professional dance artists come to UVM to set work on students for Dancing Uphill, our spring dance concert. Past guest choreographers have included:

Ephrat AsherieLorelei Bayne, Christal Brown, Hannah DennisonKatherine Ferrier, Heidi Henderson, Sheriefs Gamble, Alexander Hille, Nhan Ho, Laurel JenkinsNicholas Leichter, Polly Motley, Adele Myers, Susan Levine Ourada, Jeffrey Peterson, Chatch Pregger, Kayvon Pourazar, Tiffany Rhynard, and Lida Winfield.