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Southern Vermont Dance Festival

Calling all Dance Faculty, students and enthusiasts,

Planning is under way and we are ready to officially announce the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.

What is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival?

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival is a four day festival of dance for professionals, students and dance enthusiasts. A ticket to SVDF will include 3 workshops/day (in your choice of technique, round table or lecture style workshops) for the four days of the festival as well as two tickets to attend performances for each ticket holder. The workshops will be taught by wonderful professionals from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. There will also be the opportunity to add some master classes to your schedule for additional cost. There will be opportunities to submit work to be shown and to volunteer for free access to the festival.

For more festival information check out the official announcement


Paul Matteson


Mount Holyoke College Studio Theatre

Tuesday, April 30 from 10:30am-11:30am

Independent Project Collaborations with Rachel (Eirie) Blair & Roger Creel

A first draft of a new half-evening dance created with Jen Pollins, James Morrow, & Candice Salyers

We’d love your feedback!

Alive With Dance: Stripped

            Alive With Dance's Presents Stripped, a production of exceptional works choreographed by eight UMass Amherst senior dancer majors and performed by dancers across the Five Colleges, on April 26th and 27th at 8:00 p.m. at the Kendall Hall Dance Studio Theater at Mt. Holyoke College.  Alive with Dance is a student run organization, which aims to produce a high quality artistic concert to showcase the works, choreographed by University of Massachusetts senior dancers.  These performances provide the senior dance majors the opportunity to demonstrate their growth during their four years at UMass as performing artists and choreographers. 

              Student choreographers at the University of Massachusetts collaborate with dancers and musicians for a magical night of art at its finest. Original works by Rachel Aylward, Tara Brown, Bridget Cronin, Melissa Frascella, Megan Kelly, Brittney Laquidara, Katie Lovell and Rebecca Steinberg will be debuted.  The works showcased in this concert range from topics on psychological disorders to the integration of art forms.  The choreographers were inspired by their own individual passions and aspirations and are looking forward to sharing their experiences with an audience, bringing their visions to life.  

Reservations may be made by calling (413) 545-2511 Ticket prices are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors.  Reservations are recommended.

 Funding for this production was provided by Alive With Dance, a Registered Student Organization, as well as a grant from the UMass Arts Council.

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See Alive With Dance, a program of dynamic works choreographed by eight UMass Amherst senior dance students and performed by dancers from across the Five Colleges, on April 18-20 at 8:00 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Choreographers Sonja Brigham, Kate Citron, Kristen Connolly, Blake Fishman, Jeff Gugliotti, Jaxon Hall, Channing Hoover, and Anna Sidloski present works with unique topics ranging from locus of control to multiple sclerosis. They are excited to share these projects with an audience, as they see their visions finally come to life.

These artists have collaborated with dancers and musicians for this powerful night of dance that is not to be missed. Kate Citron explores the definition of locus of control, a belief about whether or not the outcomes in our life are contingent upon our actions or events outside of our personal control. She translates the relevance and meaning of control to movement for a captivating performance. In Jeff Gugliotti’s energetic contemporary work, the dancers discard their clothing to represent the shedding of the myelin sheath that occurs in the disorder of multiple sclerosis. Additionally, Sonja Brigham investigates the "classy" female image created by the glamorous, iconic photography of the first half of the 20th Century.

Reservations may be made by calling (413) 545-2511.  Ticket prices are $5.00 for students, children, and seniors, and $10.00 for general admission.  Reservations are recommended.

Funding for this production has been provided by Alive With Dance, a Registered Student Organization at the University of Massachusetts, and a grant from the UMass Arts Council.

              Because We Are… searching, learning, stressed, hopeful, crazy, dancing. Because we are who we are. Senior dancers express themselves through choreography and performance in this program of original student works, April 19th and 20th at 8 pm in the Kendall Studio Theater at Mount Holyoke College.

              In commissioned solos, Jennifer Passios and Lauren Wolter express their individuality and love of performance. Mollie Frederiksen explores the highly personal, yet universal, relationship with stress and its effects on the body. Chelsea White and her dancers learn, change, and grow as they continue to find themselves within each other. Olivia Jane Lee dances the fine line between dreams and insanity in her Alice in Wonderland inspired work. Canace Morgan and her dancers struggle to find a balance between hope and hopelessness in the Jamaican culture, while Korinna MacNeill looks to the future, performing with her students from the Peck Middle School.

             Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting the box office at (413) 538-2848 or emailing  Ticket prices are $5.00 for general admission and $3.00 for children, students and seniors.

Hosted by Lester Tomé (Smith College).
Neilson Library,  Smith College

This event showcases current scholarship in the area of Latin American Dance Studies. It features two distinguished speakers and authors of recent books who demonstrate the range of topics and methods of scholarship in this field. In "Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest," historian Paul Scolieri traces the transformation of the Aztec empire into a Spanish colony through analysis of written and visual representations of dance in colonial discourse. He argues that the colonial discourse on Aztec dance captured the Spaniards’ wonder at the New World as well as their rationale for justifying genocide. In "Tango Nuevo," anthropologist and dance critic Carolyn Merritt interrogates the most recent chapter in the evolution of Argentinean tango: the trend known as "new tango." She questions innovations in tango performance in light of the machismo, violence, and elitism that they encode. Sponsored by the Departments of Dance, History, Anthropology and Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American and the Latin@ Studies Program of Smith College, and the Five College Dance Department