Dance festival returns to region next month
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There will be a wide variety of things to do at the festival.
There will be a wide variety of things to do at the festival.
BRATTLEBORO— The Southern Vermont Dance Festival returns Thursday, July 17, to Sunday, July 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.

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 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 of the 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, member of the 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.

One of the main goals of the festival is to help put Brattleboro on the map as a great place to dance. This year queries about the festival have come from all over the country. The line up of faculty hails from New York, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia with many local favorites as well.

The festival offers a variety of ticket choices. One can choose to attend the festival for the full four days or sample the festival offerings by purchasing tickets for one day, three days, or all four days taking only one class per day. In addition tickets are available for performances only that take place throughout the weekend. Classes will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Online registration is available once a ticket has been purchased.

Tickets are available now by visiting For more information on how to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or volunteer at the festival, email
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