Hampshire College Dance Program

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It's 6pm in Western Mass and that means we've officially launched the website through which you can peruse archival mate...
11/18/2020
HAMPerforms

It's 6pm in Western Mass and that means we've officially launched the website through which you can peruse archival materials from two Hampshire College courses: "Desire Lines: Mapping Home in the Dancing Body" and "Desire Lines: Theatre/Text/Movements in Space and Place," and access the link for tonight's 8pm sharing of performance ... http://HAMPerforms.space

AN EVENING OF PERFORMANCE Collaborative and individual works by students in two F20 Hampshire College classes, “Desire Lines: Mapping Home in the Moving Body” and “Desire Lines: Theatre/Text/Movements Through Space and Place.” JOIN US FOR PERFORMANCE AT 8:00PM (EDT) TONIGHT AT THIS ZOOM LINK...

From Hampshire Dance alum, Alice Grendon ...
08/04/2020
Resource Access and Resource Sharing Survey

From Hampshire Dance alum, Alice Grendon ...

This survey is being used to help better identify the needs and desires of various communities when it comes to accessing and sharing resources. The results of this survey will help us at Connect the Commons better serve the public in creating an effective mutual-aid and resource sharing network. Fo...

07/03/2020

A generous offer from Hampshire alum, Jamila Umi Jackson!!

06/25/2020
So grateful @kia_thekey has been hosting these workshops!!
06/25/2020

So grateful @kia_thekey has been hosting these workshops!!

Five College Dance
06/17/2020
Five College Dance

Five College Dance

Are you a FCD student, alum, faculty, or staff, and are interested in receiving content from the Summer Dance Away Festival? Fill out this request form, and we'll send you the link to the videos on Wednesday, June 17th! Videos will be available until August 25.

June 2020To our communities:The following statement represents the views of dance faculty and staff who are committed to...
06/06/2020
To Our Communities

June 2020

To our communities:

The following statement represents the views of dance faculty and staff who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and addressing white supremacy and racism in our classrooms, practices, pedagogies, institutions, and the field more broadly.

In January, some of us began a process of self-education, equity training, and visioning future engagements with our students. This week has laid bare the necessity of moving into action. Righteous anger and protest are sweeping the world. We acknowledge the many layers of trauma, grief, violence, and inequity facing our Black and brown students and colleagues as well as others in our community of historically marginalized identities.

We firmly support the uprisings led by BIPOC and their allies/accomplices, and we condemn all anti-Black violence, police violence, and the lack of community accountability that has led to this moment. We join the urgent call for justice for George Floyd (MN), Breonna Taylor (KY), Ahmaud Arbery (GA), Tony McDade (FL), and thousands of others whose names have echoed in the streets over this decade and long before. We acknowledge that these recent murders also follow months of inaction and inequity during the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to disproportionate rates of illness and death in communities of color.

Regrettably, it took students writing to us to abandon the safety of silence and face the difficulty of raising our voices. Our students’ trust in us drives us to be better teachers, and we are sorry for not showing up for them when it was most urgent. This was a mistake, and we are grateful that our students held us accountable when we veered off course or failed to live our values through explicit action.

Dance is political. It has the potential to engender new knowledge, communicate symbolically, empower, activate, and set in motion. Dance and embodied action has long been a part of Black protest and uprisings in the U.S. and beyond. Dance can also support existing power structures and uphold white supremacy. We see this in the choreography of Derek Chauvin employing the body as murder weapon, police sending protesters into spaces where they cannot escape and rounding them up for arrest, and embodied states of white apathy and inaction.

White supremacy culture persists in dance pedagogy, and, as a result, through the field at large. It shows up in our classrooms through meritocracy, privileging linear or empirical thinking, perfectionism, and overemphasizing mastery over process. By not identifying and correcting this we have reinscribed these patterns, and we must reimagine the ways we teach, make, and relate.

In higher education, we have been slow to dismantle the systems that continue to disenfranchise, marginalize, and exploit Black life and Black lives, thereby upholding the very systems that ultimately resulted in the death of George Floyd, and others before him. While advocating that all of the officers involved in Floyd’s death be brought to justice, we also acknowledge that this violence thrives in a broader climate of racism, inaction, and willful ignorance in which we play a part. In this regard, we promise to do better.

We are committed to looking squarely at ourselves first, and interrogating our curriculum, artistic choices, practices, who gets to dance/study dance, and what dance studies is about. How might our dance classes look and feel different? How might we engage dance practice to dismantle white supremacy? Since dance has the capacity to engender new knowledge, what kind of knowledge can we work to bring forth?

We are committed to:
Interrogating our syllabi and redesigning our courses in order to amplify BIPOC voices, and calling attention to the impact and influence of black and indigenous knowledge in our forms, including those labeled as western or eurocentric.
De-centering whiteness in our course requirements.
Valuing students and colleagues of color, their work, and their voices without tokenizing or utilizing their contributions in place of making needed changes.
Recognizing the burden that POC face in navigating our white dominant institutions and thinking about how this labor can be made visible and compensated.
Devoting our teaching to our black and brown students’ growth and well-being, rather than using their likeness to promote events at our institutions.
Moving resources toward programming and opportunities for students of color to work with one another and guest artists.
Developing resources and opportunities for white students to work together to address, understand, and dismantle white supremacy.
Continuing to train and learn together, engage with shared readings, and examine bias, white supremacy, and inequity in our respective communities.

This might not happen quickly, but we will continue to fight for it. As a concrete next step, we invite all interested to gather with us in a town hall on Tuesday, June 9, at 2:00pm-4:00pm ETD. In this space and ongoing, we commit to elevating student voices, listening deeply, and working to be accountable to student needs. Please join us for “Listening to Understand: A Town Hall”: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89575242239 . Please email us with any additional questions or accessibility needs at [email protected].

Each of us acknowledge that our relationships with individuals, communities, and institutions have shaped our understandings of the ideas above. We have invited our colleagues to put their weight behind the actions and concerns detailed in this letter, and they have endorsed it at this link. If you feel moved to express your alignment and support by adding your endorsement, we invite you to do so. We will hold each other accountable as we take up this work together.

Sincerely,

Paul Dennis (Associate Professor, UMass Amherst)
Barbie Diewald (Assistant Professor Dance, Mount Holyoke College)
Deborah Goffe (Assistant Professor of Modern-Contemporary Dance, Hampshire College)
Shakia Johnson (Five College Lecturer in Dance)
Bronwen MacArthur (Lecturer in Dance, UMass Amherst)
Jenna Riegel (Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance, Amherst College)
Lailye Weidman (Visiting Professor of Dance, Hampshire College)

[updated link: https://forms.gle/XrGX2YWBK1u9QfKx9]

As stated above: “We have invited our colleagues to put their weight behind the actions and concerns detailed in this letter. If you feel moved to express your alignment and support by adding your endorsement, we invite you to do so. We will hold each other accountable as we take up ...

Repost from :Five College DanceJoin us for our last webinar of this semester, titled "Am I my resume? Thoughts on creati...
05/06/2020

Repost from :
Five College Dance

Join us for our last webinar of this semester, titled "Am I my resume? Thoughts on creating a Performing Artist’s Website". Our very own Production Manager Matthew Adelson will cover this topic. Check out Matthew's own website as a sample: http://www.matthewadelson.com/

Open to undergraduate students, faculty, practicing artists--all!

Join in, Friday, May 8th, at 2:30pm EST at the link below. We’ll be continuing this series with two special webinars during the month of June! Stay tuned for more info.
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/851369159…
Meeting ID: 851 369 159
Password: 000284
Ask questions in advance here: https://forms.gle/KNaFKMoapXhi7nE97

cc Smith College Department of Dance Mount Holyoke College Dance Department Hampshire College Dance Program UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance Amherst College Theater and Dance Department Five College Consortium

Join us for our last webinar of this semester, titled "Am I my resume? Thoughts on creating a Performing Artist’s Website". Our very own Production Manager Matthew Adelson will cover this topic. Check out Matthew's own website as a sample: http://www.matthewadelson.com/

Open to undergraduate students, faculty, practicing artists--all!

Join in, Friday, May 8th, at 2:30pm EST at the link below. We’ll be continuing this series with two special webinars during the month of June! Stay tuned for more info.
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/851369159?pwd=d2d4UHM0V0dOZ3BQSVluTC9Nd3U3UT09
Meeting ID: 851 369 159
Password: 000284
Ask questions in advance here: https://forms.gle/KNaFKMoapXhi7nE97

cc Smith College Department of Dance Mount Holyoke College Dance Department Hampshire College Dance Program UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance Amherst College Theater and Dance Department Five College Consortium

Five College Dance
03/23/2020
Five College Dance

Five College Dance

To artists:

"In this crisis of meaning, you are first responders.

You don’t need to save the world. You need only carry your gifts and skills into this present challenge. A concert out your window. A public ritual you and your neighbors can do from your front steps. An expressive moment added to an online conversation. A project to mourn what is lost, a project to invite what is yet to come.

Use your collaboration skills to organize your neighbors, or your D.I.Y. skills to build something from nothing. Or declare these weeks of separation an artist residency.

Make the art this moment needs."

Hampshire alum, Jamila Umi Jackson opens AFROmation Festival tomorrow in Northampton ...
03/05/2020
The Embodied Leadership Project

Hampshire alum, Jamila Umi Jackson opens AFROmation Festival tomorrow in Northampton ...

Listen to Jamila Umi Jackson and Kelly Silliman on the River with Monte this morning talk about horses and dance! Tommorow kicks off the AFROmation Festival with Jamila's Thesis Performance - 7pm Friday at Northampton Center for the Arts ! The work of Shakia Johnson will show on April 10th and 11th at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought!!
in this incredible collaboration with Five College Dance

Hope to see you there!

https://soundcloud.com/939theriver-1/the-afromation-festival

https://www.facebook.com/events/115353783170419/

Introducing the official instagram page for the Hampshire College Dance Program! Give us a follow to stay up to date wit...
02/20/2020

Introducing the official instagram page for the Hampshire College Dance Program! Give us a follow to stay up to date with dance at Hamp.
Today is opening night of the Five College Faculty Concert, hosted right here at Hampshire! Come witness the incredible and exciting new works by guest artists and faculty, including our very own Deborah Goffe (her work, we owe each other the indeterminate, pictured above). Link to tickets is in our bio!
pc: Nikki Lee
#fivecollege #fivecollegedance #fivecollegemovers #hampshire #hampshirecollege #hampshiredance

[L to R] Joshua Swift, Amisi Nazaire-Hicks, Veronica Israel, & Tessa Boose in We Owe Each Other the Indeterminate choreo...
02/16/2020

[L to R] Joshua Swift, Amisi Nazaire-Hicks, Veronica Israel, & Tessa Boose in We Owe Each Other the Indeterminate choreographed by Deborah A. Goffe. photo by Nikki Lee

TOMORROW—Monday, Feb 17 4:30-6PM, Hampshire Theater and Dance meetup, Pizza, hang out, celebration!
02/16/2020

TOMORROW—Monday, Feb 17 4:30-6PM, Hampshire Theater and Dance meetup, Pizza, hang out, celebration!

We had a wonderful Opening Night and look forward to sharing these works again tonight and tomorrow! Come join us, 8PM F...
01/31/2020

We had a wonderful Opening Night and look forward to sharing these works again tonight and tomorrow! Come join us, 8PM Fri & Sat. (reservations: [email protected])

01/25/2020
Statement on the Inviolability of Movement as a Right | DSA

"We stand in solidarity with the inviolable right and freedom to move.

We move to live, to survive, to thrive, to connect, to exchange, to celebrate, to mourn, to protest, to escape. Movement conducted in respectful relationship to earth and Indigenous peoples and caretakers of land - as well as other-than-human beings inhabiting the land - is an imperative of our existence as a species, and one that must never be compromised.

We regard the possibility of shifting in space, and the altering of our physical and social conditions of being, as a basic tenet of our political existence and a connective thread across species as we strive to live in greater harmony with the planet and each other.

Furthermore, we demand that governments across the world recognize the inviolability and even sacredness of willful and respectful bodily, spiritual, and intellectual movement, reminding authorities (and each other) that nation-state “borders” have been arbitrarily set on native or tribal lands across this entire continent, and beyond."

We, DSA, stand in solidarity with the inviolable right and freedom to move.

01/15/2020
Elyon

Dancers/Performers/Creatives: Aamari Green is calling collaborators for a Div III project entitled ELYON. ELEON is a choreopoem about family, black gender identity, and spirituality. Please check it out!

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12/30/2019

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Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Weekend Intensives at Jacob's Pillow return in 2020 with DEL Dance for Social Change on January 25-26, led by inspiring dance educator Ann Biddle, DEL Founding Faculty and Director of DEL at Jacob's Pillow. Collaborate with fellow educators and dancers while examining and embodying varied approaches that recognize dance as a vehicle for powerful artistic statements that instigate change. Scholarships and housing available!
Join us for FREE movement and dance education workshops led by inspiring dance educator Ann Biddle, Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Founding Faculty and Director of DEL at Jacob's Pillow. Learn and create together with fellow dance educators, students, professional dancers, and classroom teachers. Plus! Stay after the workshops and join us in watching In Process Series showings with Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (Nov. 2), Umanoove/Didy Veldman (Nov. 9), and Alice Gosti (Dec. 7). Full details below.
Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob's Pillow returns this Fall beginning with a 2-day intensive course (October 19th - 20th). This course is for dance educators and anyone interested in movement as a teaching technique using Laban Movement Analysis. Dive into the DEL model of dance education for children and teenagers. Scholarships are available! As a former Hampshire College student, the DEL Essentials workshop has been incredibly valuable in my teaching, as well as in creating and executing my Division III project last year, From House to Home. Through the workshop, I was able to connect with many fellow artists and educators. Also, I received a very generous scholarship, which made it possible for me to attend. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the workshop, logistics, how this workshop can qualify as a learning activity, or how DEL can relate to your studies. I hope you can spend a beautiful Berkshires Fall weekend moving with us! DEL at Jacob's Pillow is made possible by Jody & john Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation. Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) is founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold.
Thanks to the Hampshire College Dance program for shaping several programs as part of tomorrow's community-held programming and dinner. Find out more here:https://www.facebook.com/events/445397422899488/?active_tab=about
PLEASE SHARE: Come join AMHERST INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE - with LIVE MUSIC tomorrow / Friday evening! Think GLOBALLY, dance LOCALLY. Slip on your dancin’ shoes - everyone’s invited! AIFD presents PANHARMONIUM, @ the Unitarian Universalist (N. Pleasant & Kellogg Streets), Amherst, Friday, February 1, 7:30 start; LIVE MUSIC 8-10 pm. * Folk dancing’s for everyone - we celebrate and welcome the kaleidoscope of all cultures! Bring friends, meet new ones, enjoy live music with a smorgasbord of harmonies & rhythms from far and wide (Balkans, Eastern Europe, & Middle Eastern). Join simple line/circle dances; try more complex pieces at your own pace. Shall we play a Hungarian lullaby, Greek drinking song, Romanian cradle dance, Russian Troika, or Armenian love song for you? Just ask! We take requests for our 2nd set. * Beginners welcome; no partner required. Donations appreciated. AIFD holds weekly Friday dances (with recorded music), and LIVE music typically on First Fridays. For holiday/weather/location info, go to amherstfolkdancing.org *
Hello Hampshire College Dance Program! Urbanity Dance is holding auditions for our annual Summer Intensive program on February 3rd from 1-2:30pm at UMass Amherst (Totman Gym, Studio 204) in Amherst, MA! The audition is FREE for Hampshire College students who attend the audition at UMass Amherst! Our summer intensive is a two-three week program with training in contemporary, ballet, and specialty classes from Urbanity's Company members and esteemed faculty. The intensive also includes performance opportunities in the 2019 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, career panel discussions, the chance to participate in a professional dance video shoot, and consideration for a placement in our Apprentice Program. For students wishing to stay in Boston during the Summer Intensive, or for those who live too far away to commute every day, we highly recommend participating in our Residency Program. For more information, visit our website: www.urbanitydance.org/summerintensive We hope to see you there!
Missing dance this summer? Check out Pantos Project Dance's summer happenings! Open Company Classes: Tuesdays 11-12:30 | Mass Motion 5th Annual Summer Intensive: July 10th-15th | 10:00-4:00 | Boston Center for the Arts NEW THIS YEAR! 1 Day Summer Intensive for Intermediate Dancers: August 14th | 11:00-4:00 | Mass Motion
Hello there, We just wanted to reach out and let you know that applications for our Choreography Intensive are due May 30th! Urbanity's choreography intensive is designed for emerging and established choreographers who want to dig into their craft and explore their artistic voice. It is a highly curated cohort of no more than 10 diverse artists for a week-long intensive with Urbanity Dance artists, and Boston area choreographers. Choreographers learn different approaches and perspectives in choreography, gain feedback on your own work, undergo creative challenges, and grow as an artist and dance creator. Please do not hesitate to email [email protected] with any questions. The program takes place August 13-17th. https://bit.ly/2HzGPs8
Hello there, I just wanted to reach out and let you know that choreography submissions for the 2018 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival are due May 30th! The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival was established in 2012 to celebrate contemporary dance in Boston. The festival brings a diverse array of contemporary dance artists together from across the United States, inviting the greater Boston community to experience this art form at its finest. Last summer, BCDF 2017 presented work of over 50 dance companies/artists from around the nation (as well as Japan!) at the Boston Center for the Arts with Doug Varone & Dancers as the headliner. Please do not hesitate to email [email protected] with any questions. This year, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will be held on August 11th, 2018. http://bostoncontemporarydance.org/apply-2018
Hello dancers of Hampshire College! Next Saturday I will be teaching a contemporary dance class with my partner Erik Elizondo from Mexico. After studying together at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria we have developed a class featuring improvisational tools, floor work, and some high-energy phrase work! Come join us, learn, and get in shape for your big holiday dinners!!! Get yourself a nice holiday gift! :D Saturday December 23, 12-2 pm, $20 EdanSe Company and Ballroom 127 Pearl Street Enfield, CT There will also be a Ballet/Variations class available taught by Haley Zdebski from 10:30-12 for $15
MonkeyBarAmherst is looking for Promoters! As a Monkey Bar Promoter you’ll get: - free VIP access for the semester (you and two friends can skip the line!) - gift cards to Monkey Bar and Bistro 63 - to party with your friends at the hottest nightclub in Amherst! Apply now at: https://goo.gl/forms/VF9fbGH2uyaBB6gq2