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Dance Program Field Trip. . .DORRANCE DANCE

Join the Dance Program on a field trip into Philly to see Dorrance Dance. Student tickets are $20 and the Program provides a free bus trip into the performance and back to campus. For information:



The Boston Globe

“Michelle Dorrance is not only a dynamo in tap shoes but a compelling, imaginative choreographer as well. She and her company… performed… works that stretch the boundaries of tap.”~Karen Campbell

Arts Journal

“Dorrance, of course, is a marvel of intricate footwork, performed with almost goofy ease and good humor.” ~Deborah Jowitt

 The Chicago Tribune

“an odd, seemingly impossible marriage of tap and modern dance that came off edgy, seductive and smart” ~Sid Smith

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Student produced concert of student works–independent choreographers and bi-co clubs
Marshall Auditorium, HC, Saturday 11/21  at 8 PM  FREE admission, refreshments follow

Fall Student Dance Concert Flier 2015 Final BLOG

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TRISHA BROWN: in the new body… a year-long celebration centered at Bryn Mawr College

TBDC1This year-long celebration of the work of iconic choreographer, Trisha Brown, generated by Performing Arts Series coordinator, Lisa Kraus, and supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, extends into the Spring with more classes and workshops and a performance of Brown’s work by the Pennsylvania Ballet.
PERFORMANCES this Fall include:
Early Works
Performances by Trisha Brown Dance CompanyBarnes Foundation, Annenberg Court
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
October 18, 2015 || 11am & 2pm
Proscenium Works, 1979–2011
Performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company
Bryn Mawr College, McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall
Friday October 23, 2015 || 8pm
Saturday October 24, 2015 || 8pm*
FREE to tri-college community
Floor of the Forest
Floor1Performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company
Bryn Mawr College
Goodhart Hall, Glass Lobby
Saturday October 24 || 5:30pm*
Sunday October 25 || 1pm & 2:30pm**
Floor of the Forest is one of Trisha Brown’s most playful equipment pieces. Suspended in air, dancers slip in and out of clothing on a loom-like installation of clothesline.
Repertory class: Early Works
October 3 || 1:30–3:30pm
Led by Wendy Perron, former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Participants learn and experiment with structures from iconic Trisha Brown dances.
The University of the Arts
1401 Walnut, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
October 22, 2015 || 4pm–5:30pm
Master Class by members of Trisha Brown Dance Company, open to area dancers; embodying the physicality of Brown’s work.
Bryn Mawr College, Pembroke Studio
The Paradoxes of Trisha Brown
The Temple University Dance Studies Colloquium Speaker Series
September 29 || 5:30 pm
Lecture by Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer and former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Temple University, CHAT Lounge 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall,
 On the history of Trisha’s work
October 3 || 11am–12:30pm
Lecture by Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer and former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
The University of the Arts
Caplan Recital Hall, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street,
 Judson Dance Theater: The Transformation from Modern to Contemporary
October 13, 2015 || 7pm
Presented by Drexel University
Wendy Perron, former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, presents a slide lecture on this pivotal moment in dance history
At the Crossroads of Dance and Visual Art: the pioneering choreography of Trisha Brown
October 17, 2015 || 2pm
Setting the stage for the performances of Trisha Brown’s Early Works at the Barnes Foundation, Dr. Susan Rosenberg, scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, offers an overview of Brown’s career at the crossroads of dance and visual art. In the second hour, artist and curator Marissa Perel leads a panel discussion on the legacy of Brown’s work on the next generation of artists and choreographers.
Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Trisha Brown: (Re)framing collaboration curator Brian Wallace and artist and independent curator Marissa Perel
October 24, 2015 || 6:15pm
A curatorial overview of Trisha Brown’s work as it connects to the performances at the Barnes Foundation and at Bryn Mawr College to the work on view in Trisha Brown: (Re)framing collaboration, an exhibition of the art of Trisha Brown and her collaborators.Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library Class of 1912 Gallery

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2 GREAT DANCE SERIES AT BRYN MAWR AND SWARTHMORE. . .performance, classes, lectures and other events…most are free to tri-co community

THIS FALL brings two exciting dance series (events, classes, lectures, performances!!)
BMC is sponsoring TRISHA BROWN: IN THE NEW BODY,  and the blog will post that info at the end of September..

In the meantime….
A three week series at Swat, FREE to tri-co students. . .STARTS Weekend of SEPT 12
A GREAT opportunity to study with and see 3 international dance artists…
Center, Gravity, Rhythm: Global Forces in Dancemaking
zambranoInternational dance artists David Zambrano, nora chipaumire, and Ziya Azazi will visit Swarthmore College as part of a three-week program, from September 12 – October 4, 2015, which will include a presentation of David Zambrano’s dance performance work, SOUL PROJECT (see below), a series of technique and repertory classes in various dance vocabularies and improvisation methodologies, an informal presentation of performance ideas from the three featured artists, and informal discussions with the campus community around new notions of contemporary performance.  All events happening at Swarthmore College are FREE and open to the public.  Workshops, classes, and informal presentation will take place in the Troy and Boyer dance studios of Lang Performing Arts Center.

For the SCHEDULE OF Classes and Performances and information on the ARTISTS click here

*Swarthmore College’s Cooper Foundation has supported the workshop series and the presentation of Soul Project. Additionally, Swarthmore College has partnered with Philadelphia’s FringeArts and Mascher Space Co-Op in the production of this 3-week program. Additional classes hosted by Mascher Space Co-Op are listed at the bottom of the website page.


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FALL 2015 Dance at BMC

In addition to our usual slate of great instructors (check out “people” at, we have two special artists working with our Ensembles for the Fall.  Auditions are Thursday, September 3 at 7 PM for the Ballet Ensemble and Saturday, September 12 at 11 AM for the Modern Ensemble (Mady Cantor will pick HC students up the first blue bus stop at 10:30. Please email her at so that we know how many to expect.  She’ll make two runs if necessary)

Ballet Ensemble with R. Colby Damon:
Colby began formal classical ballet training at age 7 with the Richmond Ballet followed by pre-professional study at the Virginia School of the Arts and summers training at the Boston Ballet. Upon graduation, Colby joined the Sacramento Ballet, performing soloist and principal roles in numerous classical and contemporary pieces, including works by George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Trey McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, and Helen Pickett among others. In 2007, Colby relocated to New York for a year and worked as a guest artist with such companies as Mark Morris Dance Group, Northwest Dance Project, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Thang Dao Dance Company. He also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a principal in Alexei Ratmanski’s Aida, as well as in Mark Morris’ Orfeo e Euridice, In 2008, Colby joined BalletX in Philadelphia, PA where he was featured in over 20 world premiers, including original creations by Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Jodi Gates, James Gregg, Mauro Astolfi and Matthew Neenan, among others. He has continued to dance as well as an independent artist with several NYC choreographers and collectives. As a choreographer, Colby’s style blends fluidity with a sense of classical line and virtuosity. He began his choreographic explorations by setting works on his fellow Sacramento Ballet company members, has set work on dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet,colbycollagesmand was commissioned to create new work for the Charlottesville Ballet. He has also presented work in several NYC venues. Colby is also certified to teach both Chen style Tai Ji Quan and Yoga. He has an active interest as well in environmental issues. Colby is looking forward to rehearsing with our student dancers to make a ballet work and we are very happy to welcome him to Bryn Mawr.



Modern Ensemble with Vicky Shick:
Vicky Shick has been involved with the New York City dance community for the past three decades. During her time dancing with renowned choreographer, Trisha Brown, she received a “Bessie” for performance. “Bessies” are awarded to dance artists for outstanding and groundbreaking creative work shown in NYC and are among the most prized awards given in the US. Shick has performed and collaborated with many New York-based colleagues, including Risa Jaroslow, Jodi Melnick, Stephen Petronio, Susan Rethorst, Wendy Perron and Sara Rudner as well as developing a two year choreographic project with Trisha Brown alums, Eva Karczag and Lisa Kraus. She has shown her own work for the last twenty years and in 2003, received another “Bessie” for choreographic achievement in her collaborations with visual artist Barbara Kilpatrick and their most recent piece, “Everything You See,” presented at Danspace Project in April 2013, was a “Bessie” nominee for Outstanding Production. Shick was also a 2006 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008-2009. In NYC, Shick teaches at Hunter College and for the Trisha Brown Dance Company(TBDC), at Movement Research, and regularly teaches abroad, including in Amsterdam and her hometown of Budapest. VICKY collagesmShe has led TBDC re-staging projects at Dickinson College, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, and here at Bryn Mawr College.   We are delighted that Vicky will be working with our student
dancers this Fall on a piece to be presented in the Spring Dance Concert.










Anatomy for the Dancer is taught here at BMC every other year. A small group of students (2-5 students) work both in seminar and studio locations for a ‘hands on’ learning experience with our terrific and knowledgeable instructor, Becky Malcolm-Naib.  It is a great course for those who want to more fully understand how our bodies move and dance; for those interested in life drawing; for those interested in anatomy and physiology.  Register for ARTD B403, section 2.

Becky in motion!
becky dancingmed          anatomy3

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SPRING DANCE CONCERT Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25


Nearly thirty Bryn Mawr and Haverford students dance in the works of professional choreographers Kyle and Dinita Clark, Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Shannon Murphy, Olive Prince, and Meredith Rainey.  Students have also been learning a work with Idan Porges, an artist-in-residence this semester both   here and at Swarthmore.  

Two students will present work as well: a group piece by
Sofia Ranalli that takes on the problem of violence to women, and a restaging by student
Joie Waxler of an excerpt of Isadora Duncan’s early work, The Furies. The concert
includes dances in genres ranging from ballet to the
experimental, from Jazz to African.

Free Admission.  Reception Follows

Choreographers: Dinita and Kyle Clark are former dancers and rehearsal directors with Rennie Harris Puremovement, co-founders of Funky Sole Fundamentals and recent winners in two global street dance competitions– Juste Debout USA and Montreal’s Bust A Move festival; Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon is a former dancer with two high-powered companies, Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble; Shannon Murphy is co-director of IdiosynCrazy Productions and is a sought-after independent dance artist and a choreographer in her own right who has worked with a wide range of dance artists and has presented work in the US and Canada; Olive Prince is a featured dancer and artist-in-residence with several companies, Artistic Director of Olive Prince Dance, and a choreographer whose dance and video works have earned accolades and awards; Meredith Rainey performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist with Ballet X and has won numerous awards and grants for his work which has been performed in both North and South American as well as European venues; and Idan Porges is a former dancer in the Batsheva Ensemble and performer in the international cast of the Riksteatern’s presentation of Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyo. Also a choreographer and a preeminent teacher of Gaga movement language, Porges is a guest artist in a shared residency with Swarthmore College.

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Interested in a Dance minor or major???




Dance collage SMIf you are interested in exploring the possibility of a dance minor (6 credits) or dance major (11 credits) or in just finding out more about the program, join us for conversation sometime on Friday April 4th between 4-5 PM.  We’ll have cookies and tea as well. If  you can’t come or need information before then, please feel free to contact me at or our associate director, Madeline Cantor at

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DANCE FACULTY IN ACTION. . .free tickets and transportation

The Dance Program is pleased to announce a new initiative, Dance Faculty in Action, and we hope you will take part.

Many of the instructors in the Dance Program are practicing artists who are deeply involved in the vibrant artistic life of Philadelphia as dancers, choreographers, and company directors. They present their work in many venues in Philadelphia — in self-produced concerts and shared programs in major theaters and in interesting lofts and studios. We are offering free tickets and transportation to their performances to enable and encourage students to see the off-campus professional work of our instructors and choreographers.

How to take advantage of it? Just email your interest to Mady Cantor at Then you can pick up your ticket and round-trip Septa tickets to get to Philadelphia. You will be put in touch with other students who are going so you can go in a group if you wish. Simple!! The first one is coming up this weekend, so there is a quick turnaround to RSVP.

Our longtime tap instructor, Corinne Karon, who specializes in the hoofing style of tap, is showcasing her choreography in UCTT (Uniting Colleges Through Tap)..



You have a choice of three possible performances.
Let me know by Thursday, March 19 which performance you want to go to. Here are the details:
–Saturday, March 21 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
–Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 pm.
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., near the corner of 2nd and Market (just north of Market and just west of 2nd St, set back from the street). It’s a historic place (founded 1695!) in Old City, in a fun area to wander around afterwards. You would take the Bryn Mawr train to Jefferson station, then walk a few blocks.

The second one is the following weekend when Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon, who choreographs for the African Dance Ensemble at Bryn Mawr, has a new work that will be performed by Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble.

Danse4nia        NiaHEAD


Let me know by Monday, March 23 if you would like to go. Here are the details:

It is a single performance, on Sunday, March 29 at 5:00 pm
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. in Old City, an easy walk from the Jefferson Station stop of the Bryn Mawr train.

We hope you will take advantage of these special opportunities to see the faculty artists’ work in off-campus contexts.


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TABITHA concert

tabithapostercropsm     Tabitha Performance Group is a student directed dance    project founded in 1999 by Emily Harney and Amanda Eicher and as another student director, Jess Hoing, described it “…a group named after and inspired by misidentification.”

    Each year, the responsibility for directing the group is handed down within the Dance Program as a ‘May Day Gift’ to a rising senior or seniors who demonstrate particular interest in and talent for direction and choreography.  This choreographer, working with a faculty mentor, then takes responsibility for a full evening of work or invites student colleagues to contribute to the performance.

   This year, Amancay Candal Tribe is coordinating the concert and presenting her senior thesis project, May is the Month of Morning.  Other participants include:

-First year student (but advanced Flamenco dancer!), Jessica Breet
-Senior Joie Waxler in the solo from modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan’s 1905 piece Dance of the Furies
-Musical interlude by the Looney Tunes, Haverford College’s a cappella group

Supported by SGA and the Dance Program

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Summer Internships and Fellowships

Just a reminder that students interested in applying for the Summer Arts Internships (with institutions, organizations or independent projects) or the Dance Fellowship (supported by BMC alum, Edith Aviles and used for partial support of summer study in dance at approved programs) need to do so by the end of March 15.

ARTS INTERNSHIP: and scroll down to Arts Internship fund


Last year, these grants supported Hilary Pierce (top) and Amancay Candal Tribe (Bottom)
in developing works shown in one of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival’s neighborhood venues. . .

Aurora Jensen (right) studied and performed in the Ballet X summer intensive.

Emma Cohen attended Complexions summer intensive.


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