Cultivate: Extending the Dance Map


Frumie Selchen 
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire 


Thursday August 9, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT

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Town Hall 
2155 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574

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8:00-9:00    registration | coffee | networking

9:00-9:15    introductions
9:15-10:30  round table panel discussion: Dance in Our Schools
                     - Where are we now?  Where do we want to be? 

A panel of dancers, educators and arts administrators discusses the challenges and opportunities of bringing dance into schools. Panelists include Emily Anderson, a recent graduate of the Bennington College dance program and a participant in Extending the Dance Map; Ashley Hensel-Browning, a Vermont juried teaching artist and fellow of Extending the Dance Map; Jeanne Limmer, NH State Council on the Arts Arts in Education roster artist and director of the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center and Axis Dance Company; Marcia McCaffrey, arts consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education and a dance educator; and Marcia   Murdock, director of the dance program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Keene State  College.

10:30-12    “Finding Empathy: Movement as a Tool for Students, Teachers and Parents”
                     - a workshop with Jeanne Limmer
Experience, explore and discuss strategies for teachers, parents and students to address issues of bullying, and cultivate compassion and understanding through movement and dance.

12:00-1:00   Lunch & time for discussion, peer learning, networking
1:00-3:00    “Dance and Learning:  An Integrated Partnership”
                     - a workshop with Stephen Clapp, artistic director  of Maryland's Dance Box Theater

Based on a Collaborative Integrated Curriculum Model using both state curriculum frameworks and National Dance Standards, this participatory workshop explores tools for integrating the arts with non-arts disciplines in school settings. Clapp is a choreographer, theater artist and writer and has served as a faculty member for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and guest artist with companies around the country.

3:00-4:00    Closing discussion: Moving the Process Forward: More dance in our schools!

4:00-4:30     Evaluation, networking

Conference cost: $25 ($15 for Arts Alliance members); $15 for high-school and college students ($10 for AANNH members). Lunch included. Scholarships available.

The conference is presented through a partnership with the Cultivate Dance Festival and as part of  Extending the Dance Map, an initiative to bring more dance to rural northern New England schools, with support from the Dana Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
After the conference, participants are invited to dine in town and join the opening program of the Cultivate  festival, curated by Katherine Ferrier, at 7:30 pm at the Colonial Theatre:

7:30pm | Meet and Make Watch as Cultivate dancers and musicians, many of whom will have met only a few hours before the show, collaborate improvisationally to create a spontaneous performance before your very eyes. Meet and Make is a free improvisation event where dance and music meet in the moment, creating a unique and unrepeatable performance of instant composition bound to be fresh and inspiring!

8pm | Linger and Mingle  Relax on the Colonial Patio after the performance with a beverage and welcome the artists of Cultivate to Bethlehem!  Bring your questions and curiosities as we encourage conversations to develop between artists and audiences.

 Full festival schedule at