Community Dance Events

Five College Dance supports this vibrant community of talented creators, performers and audience members who love dance.  This listing helps you to find a community event to support. Please also visit our Five College Dance Events page to see what's happening every week on our five campuses! 

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Freeskewl's Pedagogy/Poetic Entry Artist Talk facilitated by Jenn Nugent!

a poetic/sensitive/intuitive space that situates itself inside improvisation, movement forms, and theory.

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 7 – 8:30 PM - d. Sabela grimes

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7 – 8:30 PM - Kendra Portier & Jasmine Hearn

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7 – 8:30 PM - Abby Zbikowski

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 7 – 8:30 PM - Shannon Murphy

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7 – 8:30 PM - Anya Cloud & Jesse Zaritt

Zoom Link:

Zoom password: 640262

This five-part series, conceived and facilitated by Jennifer Nugent, invites teaching artists to spend 90 minutes sharing their pedagogical practice and thought that leads into a larger discussion with participants. "While trying to figure out how a pedagogical collective might begin, develop, and grow, I thought a first step might be to offer a platform to invite, listen to, and learn from other educators/artists; to build a collective of listeners interested in pedagogical practices." You can find more information on this Facebook Event.

Thu Sep 24 - Sun Sep 27 - SCDT Practice Presence Festival

Practicing Presence Festival is coming up Sept 24-27 at the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought and APE @ Hawley. Four days of online workshops, classes, talks, and performances. Support local Northampton downtown dance.

Thu Sep 24 at 7pm - The Era Footwork Crew: Dance Workshop/Lab Session and Conversation with 860MVMNT Followed by Post Show Conversation moderated by HC Assistant Professor Deb Goffee

FREE! RSVP required for access to virtual event.

Pioneers of the battle dance known as Chicago footwork since 2014, The Era Footwork Crew will teach the basics of the style to dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels. This virtual lab session includes introductions to the cultural history and meaning of the style with a focus on improvisation and teaching students to use the basics to find their own style within the form. The workshop will be taught by Sterling “Steelo” Lofton, Jemal “P-Top” De La Cruz, and Diamond “Queen Diamond” Hardiman.

The panel will be moderated by Deborah Goffe MA '19, Director of Scapegoat Garden and Assistant Professor of Dance at Hampshire College

For more information, visit the event page.

Fri, Oct 2 at 7pm - A Conversation with Ananya Chatterjea and Hari Krishnan: Rethinking “Navaratri”

FREE! RSVP required for access to virtual event.

Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan will speak with Ananya Chatterjea, Artistic Director of the contemporary Indian dance company Ananya Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, about co-option of long-practiced culturally-specific forms by the current Hindu fundamentalist state.The pair will critique the violences--of caste, class, gender, race, and religion--that have become attached to their dance practice, seeing the world through the lens of the oppressed.

For more information, visit the event page.

Wed Oct 14 at 7pm - Bodies at Risk: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar And Ananya Chatterjea

Free tickets

In this conversation, imagined as a time capsule, Jawole and Ananya will mark several historic moments in their journeys as Black and brown feminist choreographers negotiating their personal histories, intersectional politics and collaborations, and experiences of risk, survival and triumph. In asking what lessons are from the current moment, the artists will share video and stories from new projects. Moderated by Professor Svati Shah from the UMass Amherst department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.

For more information, visit the event page.


School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

  • Offering regularly scheduled donation based youth and adult classes online. 
  • Classes will take place via Zoom. Links will be sent to registered participants. 
  • Registration ends 30 minutes prior to the class start time. 
  • Please email with questions or concerns. 


  • Platform for free public movement-oriented classes.
  • New schedule posted every week. 
  • All Classes held on Zoom - follow the link for access information. 
  • Donations are paid directly to the Facilitators