During the first week of July Fly-by-Night joined a host of other somatic dance educators for the 2022 conference held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. After our long COVID hiatus, it was grounding to re-gather as educators and artists to share our strong belief in the power of somatic dancing.
The conference included four days of workshops and performances in which Julie presented her workshop on Cultivating Joy and joined Maia Ramnath and Chriselle Tidrick in performing a trio from Where Shall I Send My Joys? Here is a picture post-performance.
Below are warm up pictures of the dancers in the beautiful performing arts facilities of the Demming Dance Theater Building.
Maia in the studio.
Chriselle running through the dance in the upper lobby area.
The conference would not happen each year without the amazing organization of Cynthia Williams - shown here doing box office (one of over a dozen duties she does during the conference).
Three of the favorite performers and presenters are pictures below: Willam (Bill) Evans, who heads the conference each year, Claire Porter, and Don Halquist.
A special thanks to the amazing tech crew that also made all the performances run smoothly:
Techical Director Mark Wenderlich (who helped Julie rig for the show)
Production Coordinator Bill Burd (who holds the record for being the quickest stage manager to know his cues that I have ever met).
Sound and Light board operators Bryna Gage and Emma Yeager.