Category Archives: Dance

Dance Master Class and Tickets for Camille A. Brown

Calling all dancers, aspiring dancers, and those who really need a PE credit. This week, the dance program is sponsoring a series of master classes open to the college community. This is an awesome opportunity to learn from fantastic choreographers and teachers who have trekked all the way to good ole VT. A little more info from Michaela Davico:

[A note on PE] If you are looking for a PE credit, next week will be the last time to start attending one of the PE eligible classes, and receive PE credit. Simply show up and sign in for one of the classes. These classes are open to the college community. PE credit may be available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; ask instructor for details. register at the first class unless otherwise noted.


Today’s open master class will be taught by Danae Hannah!
Denae Hannah, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a comedian, consultant, and the CEO of the dance and comedy collective DNA Comedy. She believes in the power of humor, movement, and fun to create new perspectives, bring healing, and engage difficult topics.

In addition to teaching a master class, Hannah will also present her work in the second half of the Camille A. Brown and Dancers performance on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has earned multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. Her latest work, Black Girl: Linguistic Play, is a multimedia depiction of the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. Combining history and musicology with fantastical imagery from Alice in Wonderland, this work offers a grand narrative reflecting on feminism, patriarchy, and how women navigate within this world.

Master Class:
Date: Today, March 2nd
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: MCA Room 110
Cost: Free!

 Camille A. Brown and Dancers Performance:
Date: March 3rd and 4th
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: MCA Dance Theater
Cost: $6 for Midd students (tickets at go/boxoffice)

TODAY: FTK Dance Marathon 4.0


Are you tryna get your boogie on this Friday night? Look no further–we’ve got the event for you! For the Kids (FTK), a student-run organization on campus that works to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Burlington, will be hosting its annual Dance Marathon in an effort to reach the fundraising goals they set this year! This event is part of a movement in which over 150 schools across the country participate, and it won’t be one you want to miss. Aside from enjoying a night of sweet moves from you, your friends, your professors, and other community members, those in attendance can look forward to special appearances by Riddim, acapella, student bands, free food (if you weren’t convinced before, re-read that last one. Do it for the kids, do it for the food), raffles, and stories from children whose lives have been positively impacted by events like this. Come celebrate the end of the third week of second semester (and February almost being over!!!!) by dancing the night away for a good cause.

Date: Friday, February 27th
Time: 5pm-3am
Place: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Cost: $10 donation to register


TONIGHT: Evolution Dance Crew

10989184_1570269456523543_3201093788634578860_oHuge news! There’s a new dance crew on campus! Come check out Evolution Dance Crew’s first showcase ever tonight! One talented group not enough? D8 AND Verbal Onslaught will be performing with them. At the same time? I’m not sure. We’ll have to find out live!

Date: Today, Thursday 26th
Time: 8:30 PM (doors open at 8)
Place:  Wilson Hall (aka social space)



TONIGHT: Eclectic Mix Dance Party at the Marquis Theater



Curious about the new Marquis Theater? Want to shake up your Thursday night routine? Check out this awesome dance party tonight! For those of us who complain a lot about our shortage of options on campus for social events, this seems like an interesting alternative! Mzwakithi M Shongwe ’16 writes in to middbeat:

Join us for a night of fun and good music this coming Thursday at the newly refurbished Marquis Café & Theater. The mix will encompass old school vs. new school hip-hop, r&b and a healthy dose of the latest pop hits thrown in with some EDM for good measure.

Date: Today, February 26th
Time: 10:00 PM
Place: Middlebury Marquis Theater
Cost: FREE!

The Thought of Thursday: Slow Dancing

napolean-dynamite-slow-danceWe at middbeat are very excited about a new weekly series: The Thought of Thursday. Think of it as Yik Yak extended! Certainly, Yik Yak can be a destructive and hurtful tool on campus, but frequently the ‘hottest’ Yaks are simple statements that resemble universal truths about life at Midd. (Think: how difficult the new dining hall tongs are, how competitive teeth brushing can be in communal bathrooms.) The Thought of Thursday will resemble a longer-form Yik Yak– for what you can’t fit 200 characters but doesn’t merit an op-ed. Interested in writing next week’s Thought of Thursday? Email us at [email protected] On to the actual thought…

SLOW DANCING. Remember that? The ULTIMATE tbt. Think back to middle school dances (or google image search them, it’s amazing). Mine took place in our school’s gym, which was usually spruced up with some random decorations like a lone inflatable coconut tree for a luau theme. I can still smell the Axe and BO. Eeek. But odors aside, middle school dances had a certain something that a lot of us yearn for at Midd parties. It’s not a coincidence that most of us love when Shaggy or like Green Day I guess comes on in Atwater. Middle school dances represent pure, sober (I really hope this is true) fun. But intoxication/substance use aside, one huge difference between seventh grade and now is our current lack of slow jams at parties! Imagine this: you’re grinding with someone in Palmer basement, maybe working towards a DFMO, when BOOM– Burn by Usher comes on. You’d be forced to turn around and face the person you’re dancing with. Maybe make some small talk, ask them their major. Maybe it’d just get really awkward, in which case you’d probably be spared another person whose tonsils you’ve seen who wouldn’t say hi in the dining hall. Can you imagine what slow songs would do to improve romantic culture and general communication at Midd? Just a thought…

TONIGHT: Faculty Dance Concert


It is well known to us that one of the perks of attending a small liberal arts colleges is our ability to develop close relationships with our professors, and we get the privilege of learning from them rather than from grad students or TAs. However, relationships with professors too frequently remain in the classroom. Tonight, we have the opportunity to watch four professors do what they do best, center stage. Come watch the faculty dance concert tonight!!

The Dance Program offers an introduction and welcome to the multifaceted talents of our new faculty members Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, and Scotty Hardwig, joined by Christal Brown.

Date: Today, February 26th
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: MCA Dance Theater
Cost: $6 for midd students (go/boxoffice)


MCAB Presents: Alpenglow For The Kids (featuring D8)

alpenglow posterMiddlebury’s favorite Indie folk rock band is back to do a benefit concert for the kids at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital! Come support For The Kids in kicking off Dance Marathon week!

When: Sunday, Feb. 22, 9pm
Where: Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space)
Cost: free admission

Today: The Tale of Genji: Noh Theater Demonstration and Workshop


To celebrate the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s recent acquisition of The Tale of Genji folding screens, Tsunao Yamai, a member of the Komparu school of noh who was selected this year by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government as a “Japanese Cultural Envoy,” will perform an excerpt from the famous noh play Lady Aoi (from The Tale of Genji).

This demonstration will be followed by a workshop led by Mr. Yamai, in which participants will learn basic movements from the ancient Japanese art of noh theater. Participants must wear socks and active wear.

Date: Today, February 16th
Time: 4:30-5:00, 7:00-8:30
Place: CFA
Cost: Free


RIDDIM Auditions Sunday

Riddim Pic

Anne Powers ’15 writes in:

Come audition for RIDDIM World Dance Troupe! We accept and encourage
all styles of dance. The audition will consist of learning and
performing a combination. We also highly recommend you bring a 1
minute solo of your preferred style. Hope to dance with you soon!
Email [email protected] with any questions.

When: Sunday, February 15, 12 PM
Where: Coltrane Lounge (behind Adirondack House)
Cost: hips that don’t lie

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