Southern Vermont Dance Festival features 107 classes for all skill levels

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BRATTLEBORO >> The Southern Vermont Dance Festival boast 107 classes for everyone from the professional dancer to the person who has never been in a dance studio.

Have you ever wanted to try dance class? Are you a student or professional and want to find a higher level, city style class? Are you an enthusiast and would love to take some movement classes over a few days? Whatever the reason, your opportunity is now. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival offers over 100 classes from July 14 through July 17. With many different ticket options and many different styles at all the levels, there is truly something for everyone.

SVDF touts faculty at the top of their field coming from every corner of this country and as far a Singapore. There are classes in ballet, modern jazz, tap and contemporary in every single level from "I have never stepped foot in a dance studio" to "I have danced professionally in New York City for many years."

All the faculty teach at all the levels which means that at SVDF participants have the unique opportunity of having access to dance educators at the top of their field even if it is their first time in a classroom.

Additionally, SVDF loves and promotes alternative and world dance genres. This year the festival has classes, in Sambe, Belly Dance, African, Bollywood, Hula, Contact Improvisation, Ballroom, Improvisation, Yoga, Pilates, Moving with your Chi, Acro Yoga and many more. New this year is enough yoga, Pilates and conditioning classes to make your entire festival about this type of movement.

Throughout the four-day festival SVDF offers 107 classes to choose from. Attendees can choose from several different festival passes. Every pass allows attendees to attend performances and take classes. The most popular pass is the Full Immersion Pass allowing people to take two to four classes a day and see two gala performances and all the informal performances and community events that they can drink in (on a first come first serve basis). Also offered is a three-day and a one-day version of this same pass, allowing people to get the full festival experience in whatever time they have to experience it.

Another popular option is the dance dabbler, which gives people access to one class a day and all the performances. This is a fantastic option for people who want to come and enjoy the dance, but, maybe don't want to take tons of classes, for it allows them to "dabble."

SVDF also offers a volunteer program that allows people to take classes and see performances and also be a big part of the event, applications to this program are still being accepted until July 10.

For the fourth year in a row the festival will host some major players in the dance world including Adrienne Hawkins who is world renowned for her Jazz choreography, teaching and having opened for greats such as Cab Calloway and Miles Davis. Other participants include Billbob Brown, formerly the director of dance at Umass Amherst and Chairman of the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy and Nicole Bugge from Bugge Ballet and the media and publishing manager for Dance Magazine.

A new exciting addition to this years festival is Todd Shanks, who has danced in the music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, "The Electric Company," Kimberly Clark, "The View," Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley's, Paramount Pictures and many more. He will join SVDF to teach Jazz and Tap dance this season. In addition, this year's festival will feature Brattleboro's Mucuy Bolles, former dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and owner of Three Stones Restaurant.

Classes this year take place at Brattleboro School of Dance, IBIT at Headroom Stages, Latchis Theater, the newly renovated Stone Church, Sobo Studio and 118 Elliot Street, with registration taking place at the River Garden. Performances are set for the Latchis Theater, The Stone Church and Naulakha. Each space offers a unique character and quality for dance instruction.

These passes and classes are designed to reach all levels of mover and by design to allow any person who comes to the festival to learn from all levels of faculty. Whether you would just like to try a couple classes, or you want to suck up as much dance training and knowledge as you can, SVDF truly has something for everyone. All classes do require a festival pass. For more information, to volunteer or to sponsor this event go to southernvermontdancefestival.com


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