BDF-Gibney Connect Intensive

January 8 – 11 / Workshop Full

Drop In for individual technique classes 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Daily / $20

Drop In

Join Bates Dance Festival & Gibney Dance for our 4th annual 4-day winter intensive! Focused around inspired dancing and creative exchange, this intensive is designed for intermediate and advanced dancers and will include seminars and discussions with these teachers and other professionals of the field.

Classes will be accompanied by BDF accompanist Glen Fittin.

Class Schedule

10:00 – 11:45 am
Technique with Kendra Portier
Accompaniment by Glen Fittin

Noon – 1:45 pm
Technique with Danté Brown (January 8)
Technique with Jenn Nugent (January 9)
Technique with Jenn Nugent (January 10)
Technique with Amy Miller (January 11)
Accompaniment by Glen Fittin

1:45 – 2:15 pm
Break for lunch

2:15 – 4:00
Composition with David Parker

Faculty Biographies:

Dante Brown: Dante Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, where Katja Kolcio, Pedro Alejandro, Nicole Stanton, and Susan Lourie whetted his creative appetite. From that point, his interest in performance and choreography grew exponentially and led him to The Ohio State University to pursue his MFA in Choreography and Performance. Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Adam Barruch, Christal Brown, Leslie Guyton, Lily Skove, Olivier Tarpaga, and Noa Zuk. In addition, after founding Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance in 2010, Dante has had the opportunity to show work at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Dance Theater, Movement Research, and YourMove Dance Festival.

Glen Fittin: Glen Fittin is an Adjunct Professor and dance musician for the Hofstra University Department of Dance. He has worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Sean Curran, Donald McKayle, Gabe Masson, Aya Shibahara, Keith Thompson, Mark Dendy and David Dorfman, among others. Glen has accompanied and performed at the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Korea Drum Festival, Seoul Dance and Music Improv. Festival Rhethymno Renn Fest Crete. Kaatsbaan (NY) and the North American Frame Drum Festival. His theater credits include The Lion King on Broadway and Shrek the Musical.

Amy Miller: Amy Miller is a dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. A former principal with the Ohio Ballet, Miller spent a decade performing masterworks by such choreographers as Anthony Tudor, José Limon, Kurt Jooss, and Paul Taylor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, and Alonzo King among many others. She was a founding member of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater, where she collaborated on new work with such dance-makers as David Shimotakahara, Dianne McIntyre, Alex Ketley, Keely Garfield, David Parker and Gina Gibney. As Artistic Associate of GroundWorks, Miller choreographed seven works on the company and remains a guest artist. Such composers as the genre-defying Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), and Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor and composer Peter Swendsen have worked with Miller on a wide range of musical scoring for dance. Miller and Swendsen’s ongoing collaboration has produced numerous projects for GroundWorks, as well as solo works, and a recent premiere with Gibney Dance Company. Her solo work has been seen in New York City at Judson Church, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series. Prioritizing esthetic versatility, Miller teaches both Professional Level Ballet and Contemporary Forms classes at Gibney Dance Center and has fostered numerous collegiate teaching residencies including Cleveland State University, Oberlin College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Interested in finding ways to foster both artistic excellence and social engagement in all of her work, Miller strives to prioritize both components in equal measure. As Associate Artistic Director, Miller focuses on Gibney Dance’s Community Action program through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people, and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention. Miller has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm) and MUDA Africa (Tanzania.) In addition to her artistic and community action work with the Company, Amy is Co-Directing the Discover Dance New York City program, which offers comprehensive, customized residency opportunities for university students from all over the world. Last spring, Miller was honored to receive a Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Jennifer Nugent: Jennifer danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007 receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work with the company. She has worked intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Race, Paul Matteson, Martha Clarke, Gerri Houlihan, and Dale Andre, among many others. Jennifer enjoys creating her own work and collaborating. She is currently working with Wendy Woodson, Angie Hauser, Paul Matteson, and studying EmbodyYoga with Patty Townsend.

David Parker: David Parker, together with Jeffrey Kazin, directs The Bang Group, a rhythm-driven, theatrical dance company which works at the intersection of percussive and contemporary dance forms. Parker is a 2013 Guggenheim fellow for Choreography and teaches Dance Composition at Barnard College and The Juilliard School, he has also been visiting professor at Hunter College, Princeton University, SUNY Purchase and The Alvin Ailey School and taught Choreo Lab at Bates Dance Festival this past summer. The Bang Group tours and performs widely throughout the United States and Europe and has been presented many times by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, DanceNow NYC and many others. This season the company celebrates its 21st anniversary. Its notorious production of The Nutcracker, entitled Nut/Cracked can be seen this year in its 13th season on Martha’s Vineyard (through The Yard) and at Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art.

Kendra Portier: Originally from Columbus (OH), Portier trained and apprenticed with BalletMet, and received a BFA with Honors from the Ohio State University. She has been a Choreographic and/or Teaching Artist at Bates College (ME), Colby College (ME) , Salem University (MA), the University of Utah (UT), the Ohio State University (OH), Hunter College (NY), Pennsylvania State University (PA), Nebraska University at Lincoln (NB), New York Summer Dance Intensive (NY), Dancewave (NY), the nEW Festival (PA), Performance Projects at Dance New Amsterdam (NY), Broadway Dance Center (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Oakland University (MI), Tisch School of the Arts (NY), and the acclaimed Bates Dance Festival (ME). Currently, Kendra is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center and Mark Morris Dance Group; performs with Vanessa Justice Dance and David Dorfman Dance; and is actively creating and collaborating under the moniker BANDportier. For more information, visit

Photo by Scott Shaw.