HANNAH DENNISON, Director and Founder, Participating Artist
Hannah Dennison has been creating and teaching contemporary dance in Vermont for over 35 years.
My body knows, if I can just pay attention, open my senses, and let go of habits. All aspects of the work of creating and presenting offer just what I need to live fully and connect with others.
LIDA WINFIELD, President, Participating Artist
Lida Winfield is an accomplished dancer, chorographer and spoken word artist whose who has performed nationally and internationally. She is one of the core teaching artists at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, teaching both children and adults how to access truth and meaning in their body and words. In her personal creations Lida focuses primarily on solo and duet performances that are rich with movement, text, and visual art.
SELENE COLBURN, Vice President, Participating Artist
Selene Colburn is an Associate Library Professor at the University of Vermont, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Music and Dance, where her teaching (like her work) focuses on the intersections of research and performance. Her original performances have appeared at venues such as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Bay Area Dance Series, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Cultivate Festival, the Scope Art Fair, the Firehouse Gallery, the Phantom Theater, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. She is a member of Dance Tramp, a newly-formed collective of Vermont-based, experimental dance artists, and is continuing ongoing research and performance of The Hall, a work-in-progress that questions practices of taxidermy, human perception of animal states, and acts of representation.
During her time growing up in England, and living and working in France, California and now Vermont, theater and dance have been part of Emily’s life. After a fifteen year career in hi-tech she moved with her family to Vermont in 2004 to work for The Nature Conservancy, where she is today the Acting State Director of the Vermont Chapter. An amateur practitioner of dance and theatre, Emily was nominated for an Elly award by the Sacramento Area Regional Theater Alliance following a bilingual performance as Magdelon in Molières, Les Précieuses Ridicules. Today Emily primarily supports the arts through volunteer activities, and is the Treasurer of Cradle to Grave Arts.
ELLEN SMITH AHERN, Secretary, Participating Artist
Ellen Smith Ahern choreographs, teaches and performs as an independent artist in New York and Vermont. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with many great artists and currently creates strange and wonderful dances with Kate Elias, Double Vision, David Appel, Jane Comfort & Company and her duet partner, Lida Winfield.
Dance, visual art and group dynamics have always been major themes in my life. With a Bachelor’s Degree in dance and PE, I am a former dancer, choreographer, teacher and performer. I have worked in arts administration in Vermont state and with local organizations for 25 years. I am currently retired from formal work and am making and selling quilts to pay for my fabric obsession.