Workshops

Nancy and Charlie Morrissey, Moscow, 2010
photo: Ilya Domanov
The list below contains an overview of dance workshops and events with Nancy Stark Smith. To find more information about a specific event, please click on the info symbol, the event's website link, or the event's email link.

If you have difficulty finding information about any of these workshops or if you need further information please email.

 



 

 updated: 16 February 2017
2018

JANUARY WORKSHOP 2018 
3-week "continuing" workshop with Nancy, plus Mike

LONG DANCE EXTENSION:
3-weeks of Self-Directed Research
only open to January Workshop 2018 participants

detailed information about this workshop

January 7– 26, 2018 

January 31–February 21, 2018

Earthdance, Plainfield, MA, USA
and Dragon's Egg, Ledyard, CT USA

More Info


Application opens May 1. Inquiries

2017

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL
3 weeks of classes & performances
with Nancy, Mike, and many others
INTRO TO CONTACT IMPROVISATION
CONTACT AND THE UNDERSCORE

 

July 15–August 6, 2017

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine USA
email
www.batesdancefestival.org

GLOBAL UNDERSCORE 2017
Talk-Through and Practice with Nancy and Mike in Viljandi, Estonia

 

June 24, 2017
5–9 pm (Estonia)
10 am–2 pm (EDT)

Viljandi, Estonia
Eve Noormets, email
www.notafe.ee
Global: Brandin Steffensen, Nancy Hughes email
www.globalunderscore.blogspot.com
"like" the GUS facebook page

CONTACT IMPROVISATION AND THE UNDERSCORE
Embodiment and Collaboration
6 day workshop with Nancy Stark Smith

 

June 19–24, 2017

c/o Notafe
Viljandi, Estonia
Eve Noormets, email
www.notafe.ee

STATES OF GRACE:
CI, Contemplation, and Composition
8 day workshop
with Nancy Stark Smith

 

June 7-14, 2017

Arlequi retreat center
Banyoles, Spain
Anna Borreda, email
www.arlequi.de

EXPRESS TRAIN TO STATES OF GRACE:
CI, Embodiment, and Collaboration
3 day workshop + Community Underscore
with Nancy Stark Smith

 

May 4-6, 2017
May 7 Underscore

Hamlin Park, Chicago, IL USA
Jessica Marasa, email
www.chicagomovingcompany.wixsite.com
UNDERSCORE +/- WORKGROUP
24 hour practice (invited)
 

April 14-15, 2017

Peaceable Barn Studio
Redding, CT USA

NORTHAMPTON WINTER UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
facilitated by Nancy 
talk-through by Patrick Crowley

 

March 12, 2017
Sunday
11:45 am Talk-through
1-4:30 pm Practice

Karuna Yoga Studio
Northampton, MA USA
Reserve a spot
 
UNDERSCORE +/- WORKGROUP
Weekly practice (invited)
 

Feb.–May 2017

East Street Studios
Hadley, MA USA
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2017
Public Events with JW participants
Earthdance dance music jam w/ Mike Vargas
Earthdance CI class/jam
January Workshop Community Jam
w/ Nancy & JW participants
 

Jan. 8, 8:00 pm
Jan. 15, 3:30
–7 pm
Jan. 22, 1:30–4:30 pm


Earthdance, Plainfield, MA USA
SCDT Studio, Northampton, MA, USA
SCDT Studio, Northampton, MA, USA

Community Jam: reserve a spot
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2017
three-week training
at Earthdance, western Massachusetts
detailed information about this workshop January 8–27, 2017

Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachusetts USA
email  Info

2016

THE GLIMPSE PROJECT  with Nancy and Mike
Workshop, Symposium, Underscores, PerformanceInstallations

EXPRESS TRAIN TO STATES OF GRACE:
a CI workshop with Nancy 

UNDERSCORE SYMPOSIUM
Practice, Labs, DIscussions
(includes Community Underscore #1)

with Nancy

COMMUNITY UNDERSCORE #1 
with Talk-through
facilitated by Nancy Stark Smith

PERFORMANCEINSTALLATIONS
Nancy Stark Smith and others
(with live music by Mike Vargas on Dec. 17)

COMMUNITY UNDERSCORE  #2
facilitated by Nancy Stark Smith
music by Mike Vargas on Dec. 18

 

Nov. 30–Dec. 18
2016

 

Nov. 30–Dec. 3 Workshop


Dec. 3–Dec. 4
Symposium

 

Dec. 3
Underscore #1


Dec. 16 & 17
Performance-Installations


Dec. 18
Underscore #2
 

Velocity Dance Center
Seattle, Washington
Register
Katherine Cook email

NORTHAMPTON FALL UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
facilitated by Nancy 
talk-through by Dey Summer

 

October 18, 2016
Sunday

1:15 pm Talk-through
2:30-6 pm Practice

SCDT studio
Northampton, MA USA
Reserve a spot

 

IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL with Nancy and Mike
Performance, Panel, Workshop, Underscore


PERFORMANCE with Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung, Mike Vargas, Nancy Stark Smith

PANEL

Field Project Workshop
STATES OF GRACE:
CI, Contemplation, and Collaboration
with Nancy and Mike Vargas

UNDERSCORE facilitated by Nancy Stark Smith
music by Mike Vargas

 

July 23–31, 2016



July 23 Performance

 

July 24 Panel


July 25-29 States of Grace Workshop

 

July 30 Underscore  Talk-through
July 31 Underscore Practice

ImPulsTanz Festival
Vienna, Austria
email

STATES OF GRACE:
CI, Contemplation, and Composition
with Nancy and Mike Vargas

 

July 11–17, 2016

Burdag retreat center
northern Poland
Andrzej Wozniak, email

CHOREOLAB
morning and afternoon sessions
with Mike Vargas

 

July 7, 2016

Ponderosa Movement & Discovery
Stolzenhagen, Germany
info@ponderosa-dance.de
www.ponderosa-dance.de

UNDERSCORE RESEARCH RETREAT
led by Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas

 

July 4–6, 2016

Ponderosa Movement & Discovery
Stolzenhagen, Germany
info@ponderosa-dance.de
www.ponderosa-dance.de

GLOBAL UNDERSCORE 2016
Talk-Through and Practice with Nancy and Mike in Berlin, Germany

 

June 19, 2016
4–8 pm (Berlin time)
10 am–2 pm (EST)

Berlin Talk-Through:
35 pm, June 18
 

Berlin, Germany
Gabriele Reuter, email
Christine Flaig, email
Global: Brandin Steffensen, Nancy Hughes email
www.globalunderscore.blogspot.com
"like" the GUS facebook page

STATES OF GRACE
CI, Embodiment, and Collaboration
two week workshop
with Nancy and Mike

 

June 18–July 1, 2016

Tanzfabrik Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Gabriele Reuter, email
Christine Flaig, email
www.tanzfabrik-berlin.de
Facebook

MOVING'S VIEW: EVOLUTIONARY
with Karen Nelson, Susan Schell,
and Nancy Stark Smith

  May 16–22, 2016

Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachusetts USA
info

NORTHAMPTON SPRING UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
facilitated by Nancy

 

April 24, 2016
1–4:30 pm

SCDT Studio
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
info & reserve a spot

New proposition!
CI SESSIONS with NANCY
2 dancers at a time (plus NSS), 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Mon 4/18, 10–11:30 am
Tues 4/19, 8:30–10 am
possible may & June dates

Studio Firenze, Florence, MA USA
schedule

NORTHAMPTON WINTER UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
facilitated by Nancy

 

March 13, 2016
1–4:30 pm

Williamsburg Grange
Williamsburg, Massachusetts USA
info & reserve a spot
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2016
Public Events
Earthdance dance music jam w/ Mike Vargas
Earthdance CI class/jam
January Workshop Community Jam
w/ Nancy & JW participants
 
2016
Jan 3, 8:00 pm
Jan 10, 3:30 pm
Jan 17, 1:30–4:30 pm


Earthdance, Plainfield, MA USA
Earthdance, Plainfield, MA USA
Studio 4 (NEA), Northampton, MA, USA

Community Jam: reserve a spot
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2016
three-week OPEN training
at Earthdance, western Massachusetts
  January 3–22, 2016

Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachusetts USA
email

2015
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2015
three-week training
at Earthdance, western Massachusetts
  January 4–23, 2015

Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachusetts USA
email

COMMUNITY JAM
hosted by Nancy & January Workshop participants

  Jan. 18, 2015
1:30–4:30 pm

NEA Dance Studio
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
Please make a reservation

UNDERSCORE +/- WORKGROUP
Weekly practice (invited)
 

Feb.–May 2015

Blue Guitar studio
Easthampton, MA USA
CQ 40th ANNIVERSARY
4:30 pm Salon: NSS & Chris Aiken (#422)
6:00 pm Reception @ CQ office (#112)
7:00 pm Jam @ Wild Life Sanctuary (#349)

 

March 6, 2015
 

Arts & Industry Building
Florence, Massachusetts USA
info

NORTHAMPTON SPRING UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
facilitated by Nancy

 

March 15, 2015
Sun., 1:30–5 pm

NEA Dance Studio
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
info & reserve a spot

OSU RESIDENCY
public class, talk, and workshop
with Nancy and Norah Zuniga Shaw

 

April 16–18, 2015

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Norah Zuniga Shaw email
info

CONTACT IMPROVISATION:
Deepening the Form

5 day workshop
with Nancy and Mike Vargas

 

June 1–5, 2015
 

Centre choregraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne
Rennes, France
Marie Quiblier, email 

STATES OF GRACE:
CI, Contemplation, and Composition
8 day workshop
with Nancy and Mike Vargas

 

June 10-17, 2015

Arlequi retreat center
Banyoles, Spain
Anna Borreda, email
www.arlequi.de

GLOBAL UNDERSCORE 2015
Nancy and Mike in Geneva, Switzerland

 

June 21, 2015
Sun., 4–8 pm (Geneva time)
Sun., 10 am–2 pm (EST)

Geneva, Switzerland:
Paola Gianoli, email
Global: Brandin Steffensen, email
www.globalunderscore.blogspot.com
"like" the GUS facebook page

ZOOM: Contact and Improvisation
in Detail and Perspective

6 day workshop
with Nancy and Mike

 

June 25-30, 2015
 

Geneva, Switzerland 
Paola Gianoli, email

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL
3 weeks of classes & performances
with Nancy, Mike, and many others

 

July 18–August 9, 2015

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine USA
email
www.batesdancefestival.org
UNDERSCORE +/- WORKGROUP
Weekly practice (invited)
 

Sept.–Nov. 2015

Blue Guitar studio
Easthampton, MA USA

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents:
The Contemporary Practices Series
UNDERSCORE: THE INSIDE SCOOP
workshop with Nancy Stark Smith

 

October 18, 2015
Sunday, 1-3 pm

Northampton, MA USA
email
www.scdtnoho.com

NORTHAMPTON FALL UNDERSCORE
with Nancy and Mike Vargas (music)

 

October 18, 2015
Sunday, 4-7:30 pm

Northampton, MA USA
email
 

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents:
RIFFTALKS_03
Writing from the Body
Celebrating 40 years of Contact Quarterly

with Nancy Stark Smith and many others

 

Nov 13-15, 2015
 

NEA Dance Studio
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
email
www.scdtnoho.com

MAKING THE MYSTERY VISIBLE:
Dancing in the Open Scores

workshop with Nancy

 

December 12-14, 2015

Philadelphia, PA USA
email
www.contactimprovphilly.com

WINTER SOLSTICE UNDERSCORE
Talk-Through and Practice
with Nancy and Mike Vargas (music)

 

December 17, 2015

Philadelphia, PA USA
email
www.contactimprovphilly.com
2014
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2014
three-week OPEN training
at Earthdance, western Massachusetts
  January 5–24, 2014

Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachusetts USA
email

NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY JAM
hosted by Nancy and the JW participants
with live music by Mike Vargas

 

Jan. 19, 2014
Sunday, 1–4 pm

NEA studio
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
email
UNDERSCORE +/- WORKGROUP
Weekly practice (invited)
 

Feb.–Apr. 2014

Blue Guitar studio
Easthampton, MA USA

ZOOM: Contact Improvisation
in Detail and Perspective

Workshop with Nancy & Mike Vargas, music
 

Feb. 14–16, 2014 

92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
New York, NY USA
info
registration

NORTHAMPTON WINTER/SPRING UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
with live music by Mike Vargas

 

March 23, 2014
Sun., 1–4:30 pm

Karuna Center for Yoga
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
info & registration

GLIMPSE 2
retreat, performance installations
Community Underscore (May 11) 

Nancy w/ Mike Vargas and group of 12 dancers
detailed information about this workshop

Apr. 28–May 11, 2014 

Kirkland Farm, in rural Pennsylvania
92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center NYC
info
Brandin Steffensen email

CASINA SETTARTE
ZOOM: Contact Improvisation
in Detail and Perspective
workshop with Nancy & Mike Vargas

 

May 31–June 4, 2014 

Cisternino, Italy
www.casinasettarte.org
Germana email

HfMDK
Hochschule for Music and Performing Arts

workshop with Nancy and Mike 
 

Jun. 6–12, 2014 

Frankfurt, Germany
Susanne Triebel email

WARSAW FLOW FESTIVAL
workshop, performance, Underscore
with Nancy and Mike

 

Jun. 19–22, 2014 

Warsaw, Poland
wwww.polandcontactfestival.com
Paulina Swiecanska email

GLOBAL UNDERSCORE 2014
NSS & MV will be in Warsaw, Poland

 

Sunday
June 22, 2014
4–8 pm GMT+2
10 am–2 pm EST

Warsaw: Paulina Swiecanska email
Global: Brandin Steffensen email
www.globalunderscore.blogspot.com
"like" the GUS facebook page

STATES OF GRACE
CI, Contemplation, and Composition

workshop with Nancy and Mike 

 

June 25–July 3, 2014 

Burdag Foundation
Burdag, Poland
Monika Trabinska email

THE LIVE LEGACY PROJECT
conference, workshop, talk, Underscore

 

 

Jul. 7–12, 2014 

Dusseldorf, Germany
Project direction: Angel email
and Karen email
Project management: Maike email
www.the-live-legacy-project.com

NORTHAMPTON FALL UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore

 

Oct. 5, 2014, Sun. 1:30–5 pm

Northampton, Massachusetts USA
info & registration

RIFF TALKS
IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE

a talk with Nancy Stark Smith & Peter Schmitz

 

Nov. 15, 2014
Saturday
7–9 pm

School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
Northampton, MA USA

Jen Polins jen@wiremonkeydance.com
www.scdt2014.weebly.com

MAKING THE MYSTERY VISIBLE
Dancing in Open Scores
with Nancy Stark Smith 

 

Nov. 21–23, 2014 

Extreme Dancesport
Cambridge, MA USA

Jared Williams jaredtwilliams@gmail.com
www.electricfishstudio.com

DANCING OUTSIDE THE LINES:
Principles, Patterns, and Patternless Play in Contact Improvisation

workshop with Nancy Stark Smith 
 

Dec. 5–7, 2014 

Washington, DC USA
Leslie Zucker leslie@lesliezucker.com
www.lesliezucker.com

STATES OF GRACE workshop

with Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas
 

Dec. 18-21, 2014 

Boulder, CO USA
Jun Akiyama akiy@sharingweight.com
www.sharingweight.com

2013
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2013
three-week OPEN training
at Earthdance, western Massachusetts
  January 7–25, 2013 Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachusetts USA
email
UNDERSCORE +/- WORKGROUP
Weekly practice (invited)
 

Feb–May 2013
Sep-Nov 2013

Blue Guitar studio
Easthampton, MA USA
NORTHAMPTON WINTER UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
with live music by Mike Vargas

 

Feb 23, 2013
Sat., 1-4:30 pm

Northampton Center for the Arts
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
email

EXPRESS TRAIN TO STATES OF GRACE
Workshop & Underscore

 

March 6–10, 2013 Movement Research
New York, NY USA
Amanda Loulaki email
www.movementresearch.org

NYC UNDERSCORE
with live music by Mike Vargas

 

March 10, 2013
2-6 pm
(Mar. 9, 6 pm 
talk-thru.)
3/9: Gibney Dance Center
3/10: New York City Center
New York, NY USA
Amanda Loulaki email
www.movementresearch.org
NORTHAMPTON SPRING UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore

 

May 12, 2013
Sun., 12:30-4 pm

Karuna Center for Yoga
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
email
CI: DEEPENING THE FORM
with Nancy and Mike Vargas

 

May 24–26, 2013 Malaga, Spain
Virginia Maldonado email
www.contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
STATES OF GRACE:
CI, Contemplation, & Composition
10-day intensive workshop
with Nancy and Mike Vargas
  June 6–15, 2013
 

Arlequi retreat center
Banyoles, Spain
Anna Borreda email
www.arlequi.de

CONTACT AND THE UNDERSCORE
Embodiment and Collaboration
with Nancy and Mike Vargas

 

June 21–23, 2013 Forum Dança, Lisbon, Portugal
Cristina Santos email
www.forumdanca.pt
GLOBAL UNDERSCORE 2013
Nancy and Mike in Lisbon, Portugal (see above)
 

 

June 23, 2013
2-6 pm (GMT +1)
9 am-1 pm (EST)

(Worldwide)
Brandin  Steffensen email
www.globalunderscore.blogspot.com
(for Lisbon Underscore, see above)

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL
3-weeks of classes & performances
with Nancy, Mike, and many others
  July 20–August 11, 2013 Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
email
www.batesdancefestival.org
NORTHAMPTON FALL UNDERSCORE
Seasonal Underscore
with live music by Mike Vargas

 

Oct 6, 1-4:30 pm

Karuna Center for Yoga
Northampton, Massachusetts USA
email
i-Dance TAIPEI
festival classes, performance, talk, Underscore

 

Nov 25–Dec 1, 2013

Taipei, Taiwan
Ku & Dancers, email
www.idancetaipei.tw
i-Dance JAPAN
workshop, talk, Underscore

 

Dec 5–8, 2013

Tokyo, Japan
Chico Katsube, i-Dance Japan, email
www.ci-jp.com 
i-Dance HONG KONG
workshop, lecture, Underscore

 

Dec 12–15, 2013

Y-Space, Hong Kong
Victor Choi-wo Ma, email
www.y-space.org, www.i-dancehk.com
2012
JANUARY WORKSHOP 2012
three-week OPEN training
at Earthdance, western Massachusetts

 

January 2 (evening) – January 20 (midday), 2012 Earthdance
Plainfield, Massachus<
hieroglyphs Nancy Stark Smith