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TRACES 2021: Vermont Dance Alliance’s Day of Dance
June 12 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The long-time goal of expanding Traces (our annual summer outdoor dance festival) into a state-wide day of dance, is happening this year! Vermont Dance Alliance (VDA) will present TRACES 2021 in three locations simultaneously: Montpelier, White River Junction & Burlington. Traces, a day of outdoor dance happenings, will celebrate the change into summer, dancing in public spaces, and connection of community. Traces began in 2016 as a day-long festival of outdoor dance happenings throughout downtown Burlington VT. As we move into our fifth annual Traces event, VDA has chosen the theme of water conservation. We believe that together we can make a difference in protecting the water in our communities. Traces is scheduled for Saturday June 12th, and each town’s event will feature an in-person workshop that merges dance and education with themes of water conservation, plus a display of water-themed dances at each location. The workshop will be free and accessible to the public, from 10-11am, and the tour of dances will begin at 11:30am.
Vermont Dance Alliance believes that dance is a transformational art form. By providing a network of resources for dance artists and educational opportunities for movers and audiences, we expand the visibility and accessibility of dance in Vermont and bolster the creative economy of the state. For the last five years, VDA has generated awareness of and increased accessibility to dance in VT no matter how rural the area, nor how underserved or inexperienced the dancer! For our upcoming programming, VDA is thrilled to be partnering with organizations that are promoting racial and social justice, and/or environmental and climate advocacy.
We ask all attendees to wear a mask at all times, and keep a 6 foot distance from those not in your pod.
10-11am Workshop: The Moving Landscape with Michele Braun and Mary Chris DeBelina.
Story based movement workshop focused on changes in the landscape that affect the health of the river. This workshop is open to all ages and all abilities, families welcome! The story of the river will be used to create a dance response of our own. Traces at Montpelier will take place at North Branch Nature Center. The Nature Center is a 28 acres forest and field preserve with the main buildings along the Winooski River. North Branch Nature Center is not currently wheelchair accessible. The workshop will be accessible to those with limited mobility. In order to access the workshop space and facilities, audience members must either be able to walk up a short flight of stairs or navigate a grass pathway. https://vermontdance.org/
11:30-12:30 Performance Featuring Choreographers: Isadora Snapp, MC DeBelina, Avi Waring, Katalina Corp, Nicole Ullman/Denise Cupoli/Zoe Marr Hilliard/Kristen Whitman, and Melaney Pettini/Sarah Vogelsang-Card.
Traces at Montpelier will take place at North Branch Nature Center. Two of the performance spaces will be accessible to those with more limited mobility. It is possible to drive to close to 1 of the other performance spaces but it does include a short walk on a grass pathway. Each performance area will have a few chairs and/or a bench available. The indoor facilities are ADA accessible.