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Improvisation Laboratories

Improvisation Laboratories Co-presented by Middlebury College's Dance Department

  • Adults (college students encouraged) • Saturdays, March 17 & May 12 • 12-4 pm • Instructors: Hannah Dennison (3/17) & Lida Winfield (5/12)

    $40 for one, $70 for both, or $70 to pair with Sunday's Looking Deeper for a full weekend of improvising.

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  • Please note: Online registration requires payment in full. To request discount for taking both, a scholarship, or payment plan, please email the FlynnArts Manager or call 802-652-4537.

  • Limit: 18

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Drop-in students are welcome when classes are not full, but classes regularly fill with registered students, so we recommend signing up in advance to avoid disappointment.

These intensives focus on improvisation skills and relationships to the self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome.

FlynnArts Faculty

For 40 years, HANNAH DENNISON, (March 17) director of Cradle to Grave Arts, has been a maker of dance and dance/theatre, learning, honing, creating, presenting, and performing. She has conceived work for the Flynn’s Main Stage as well as Burlington’s post-industrial waterfront. Dennison’s Dear Pina was presented with the Flynn to sold-out houses at Shelburne Farms’ Breeding Barn in 2012. At the heart of all of her work is the art of being present, the vitally core component in the study of improvisation.

LIDA WINFIELD (May 12) is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist who has performed nationally and internationally. Since 2006, she has created original solo, duet and group work, merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that invariably cause audiences to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. Since 2007, Lida has taught educators how to use dance in the classroom as an instructional tool through Burlington Vermont’s Flynn Center Words Come Alive. In 2010, Lida began collaborating with Ellen Smith Ahern in making duet work that mixes dance and spoken word. They toured across twelve cities in Europe for six weeks with Double Visions showing original duet work as well as being part of Double Visions installation work. As a Performer and Teaching Artist, Lida travels the country as a Keynote Performer/Presenter addressing issues of education, disability, access and the power of the arts. Her work reaches diverse populations, youth at risk, refugees, homeless families, adults with physical and mental disabilities, college students, rural and urban youth, professional artists and educators. In 2011, Lida earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. For more information, visit

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