2nd Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival Set for 7/17-20

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2nd Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival Set for 7/17-20

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival returns to Brattleboro July 17-20 for its second year with a wide range of dance classes, workshops and lectures, performances, several formal, informal and site specific concerts, free community events including outdoor performances, and live music.

"There will be over 100 different classes throughout the weekend," says Brenda Lynn Siegel, Artistic Executive Director of the Festival.

Yes, the celebrated Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is participating and will lead technique classes, repertory workshops and talks throughout the festival. They have performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent. The Company's repertory is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically-driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. Former Company member Catherine Cabeen will lead all activities and perform a solo choreographed by Bill T. Jones in the Saturday gala performance. In addition, Navarra Novy-Williams, currently with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and formerly with Batsheva Ensemble has joined the faculty. Other faculty members include: Donlin Foreman, Principle Dancer with Martha Graham 1977- 1996 and co-founder of the Buglisi/Foreman Dance (1993 -2005), Mucuy Bolles, veteran Alvin American Dance Theater, Adrian Hawkins, world renowned jazz dancer and choreographer who danced with Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club review and opened for acts such as Miles Davis; Ryan P. Casey, major tap artist, Marshall Jarreau, top finalist in "So You Think You Can Dance" who also performed with Cirque De Soleil, Lorraine Chapman, LCTC the company and faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Billbob Brown, Director of Dance Umass Amherst, Director of Chaos Theory Dance company and chair of the Massachusetts Dance Festival and many more top notch dance educators and choreographers .

From professionals to dance enthusiasts, from the belly dancer to the ballet dancer this is an opportunity to take classes with world-renowned faculty. There will be a variety of classes offered including Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary, Modern, Horton Technique, Graham Technique, Luigi Technique, Gaga Style, Dunham Technique, Eric Hawkins Technique, Laban Movement Analysis, Contact Improvisation, Composition and many more. In addition the festival is offering bonus styles including Belly Dance, Afro Jazz, Tap, Budoh, Yoga and Pilates. This is a special opportunity for dance enthusiasts, professionals and students to participate especially for dynamic summer training and invigorating dance experience.

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