Intro to AXIS Syllabus

Intro to AXIS Syllabus

Saturday, October 19, 2.00 to 4.00 at SoBo Studio

Anatomical Insights Into Ease and Choice with Daniel Bear Davis

The Axis Syllabus offers a groundswell of relevant and specific information into healthy movement habits for moving humans living in a dynamic world. In this workshop, we will look at details of our own anatomy, refined over thousands of years of evolution, to gain clues about how to move in collaboration with our own fascinating design. Through specific inquiry, observation, and practice, we seek to unleash reflexive kinetic potential while reducing the risk of injury and repetitive strain. Through a combination of choreographed motifs and focused improvisations, we will build tools for dynamic alignment and resilience.

Classes are open to all levels. There will be a range of adaptations to proposed movement motifs so learning can be supported for beginners and seasoned dancers simultaneously. Collaboration with the underlying patterns of our design will benefit anyone who lives in a body. Cost is $25. Register by October 14th at https://sobostudio.punchpass.com/passes/67737

Daniel Bear Davis (MFA) is an interdisciplinary performance maker and movement educator. He has been a Certified Axis Syllabus teacher since 2013. and applies the Axis Syllabus to practices as diverse as Contact Improv, Acrobatic Stilts, and Body Work. He teaches Axis because he has seen it have a profound impact on frequency of injury in his own body and that of his students. His interest is to increase physical capacity and the possibility of informed choice. Daniel has taught internationally in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and throughout North America. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility.

Daniel has been blessed with opportunities to perform with Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Pipaluk Supernova/Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Scott Wells, Cid Pearlman, and many other inspiring body/minds. He has worked with veterans and non-veterans in collaboration with Krista DeNio and EchoTheaterSuitcase project, and in San Quentin Prison with The Artistic Ensemble. His most recent group work explored intersections between the experiences of his students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the experiences of oppression expressed in interviews he conducted with Palestinians in the West Bank. 

His work has been presented at Performaticá (Mexico) in the Imagining Bodies Symposium (Estonia), Dancing in Place Festival (Malaysia), SummerWorks (Canada) the San Francisco International Arts Festial, SoWat Now Contemporary Performance Festival, and Looking Left Festival in California, the SEEDS Festival and E|MERGE Residency at Earthdance Center, MA, and at danceh0l0 in Brooklyn. danielbeardavis.com

Flex Your Courage Workshop

Flex Your Courage Workshop Comes to SoBo

We’re looking forward to hosting the FLEX YOUR COURAGE course with Kristin Lajeunesse on Sunday, August 11th here at Sobo Studios.

Learn how to trade fear and uncertainty for conscious acts of courage:

The truth is, it takes courage to love and to be loved, to see and to be seen, to understand and to be understood. It takes courage to forgive and to ask for forgiveness, to be kind, and to be true and sincere. But what if it didn’t have to be a challenge to awaken the courage within? What if we could condition our minds and bodies to choose courage over fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, and other limiting or frustrating thoughts and actions?

This is what FLEX(ing) YOUR COURAGE is all about.

In this 2.5-hour interactive program you’ll dig into what’s been keeping you from cultivating your acts of courage so that you may experience the loving kindness you wish to give and to receive; summoning unbounded joy while detaching from fear-based reactive thoughts and behaviors.

Learn more & register here: http://www.kristinlajeunesse.com/courage-workshop-vt/

We’re looking forward to hosting the FLEX YOUR COURAGE course with Kristin Lajeunesse on Sunday, August 11th here at Sobo Studios.

Learn how to trade fear and uncertainty for conscious acts of courage:

The truth is, it takes courage to love and to be loved, to see and to be seen, to understand and to be understood. It takes courage to forgive and to ask for forgiveness, to be kind, and to be true and sincere. But what if it didn’t have to be a challenge to awaken the courage within? What if we could condition our minds and bodies to choose courage over fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, and other limiting or frustrating thoughts and actions?

Change the Channel

Change the Channel

Sunday, May 26th 7PM

Change the Channel (to channel the change) is a sketch comedy and improv collective directed by local wonders Toni Nagy and Patrick Donnelly. Change the Channel is the name of the show and the primary goal, with comic theater that poses questions about ourselves and society. Be prepared to think, cry, laugh, heal, and potentially have a moment where your brain buffers and you ask yourself with a contorted expression of utter confusion, “what is happening here?” A mind boggling existential play will be interspersed with improv comedy as well as original dance works by collective members and other local artists. The show will take place at SoBo Studio Sunday May 26th at 7PM. Cost is $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at http://sobodance.com/events/ or at the door. Purchasing or reserving tickets in advance is recommended. Please contact us at sobodance@gmail.com. Change the channel is intended for a mature audience and might not be suitable for children according to your particular parenting style. Please connect with us if you’d like to bring your kids but want to know more.


Show Tickets




Capoeira Workshop

Caopeira Workshop

March 16th, 1:30 ~ 3:30

Cost: $25, Dance or Martial Arts Teacher Discount of $18

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance and acrobatics into a game of strategy and self-expression. Practitioners learn to dance and sway to the music of drums and traditional folksongs. Capoeira is unique in many ways: the only surviving martial art native to the new world, a part of the diaspora, it is a cultural syncretism incorporating indigenous movements, central African rhythms and European instruments into something entirely new. Once illegal and repressed because of its role in social movements in Brazil, Capoeira is now practiced by millions of people all over the world.

About the teacher:
Taliesin (instrutor Semterra) has practiced Capoeira for more than 20 years. His lineage comes from Mestre Beicola of Capoeira Narahari(USA/Japan)/Groupo Capoeira Besouro(Brasil). life and travel have brought Semterra to learn from other distinguished Capoeira groups including Volta ao Mundo, Sul da Bahia, Capoeira Angola Quintal, Capoeira Brasil, Capoeira Minas Gerais, and the International Foundation for Capoeira Angola (FICA), including workshops with Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Joao Penqueno, Mestre Amen Santos, Mestre Batata, and countless others that have all informed and enriched his practice.

What to expect:
A full introduction to the historical and sociopolitical context of Capoeira as a tool for social change and empowerment.
An invigorating but accessible overview of the core movements and how to train for strength and flexibility.
An opportunity to improve your inversions, acrobatics, and aerobic endurance.
An open, safe space to experiment in playing the jogo (game) of Capoeira: whether for the first time, as a refresher, to help develop fluidic improvisation, or to improve your strategic awareness.

Indian Dance Workshops

Indian Dance Workshops

Email sobodance@gmail.com to register. Cost is $25 for single workshop, $40 for both. Dance teacher discount is $18 for single, $32 for both.

March 3rd 2019
Indian Classical & Folk Dance Lecture/Demo & Workshop
01.00 to 1.45pm
Lecture on the main characteristics and differences on the eight Indian Classical Dance Forms (Bharatanatyan, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam)

01.45 to 3.00pm
The workshop will introduce the participant to the fundamentals of indian dance aesthetics, including basic techniques as (Bhedas: Eyes, head, neck movement) and mudras (Single and double hand gestures) and its applications to pure dance (nritta) and expressive dance (nritya)

March 24th 2019

Kathak Lecture/Demo & Workshop
01.00 to 1.45pm
Discover the graceful and dynamic North Indian classical dance form of Kathak with this lecture demonstration and workshop.
We will cover a brief history of the dance form, development and today’s expression. Along with an explanation and demonstration of the typical repertoire of Kathak
01.45 to 3.00pm
The workshop will introduce the participant to the fundamentals of kathak dance including: Basic posture, pranam (greeting) tatkar and various step/footwork patterns, taal (rhythmic structures), padhant (the system of rhythmic oral recitation), hastaks (hand, arms and feet coordination), chakkars (spins) and abhinaya (expression). Elements of storytelling and music will be included.

Adventures with Super Bee: Night at the Museum Family Dance Show and Party

Adventures with Super Bee: Night at Museum Family Dance Show and Party

Kiqe Bosch

Adventures with Super Bee presents a magical evening of live dance performance, storytelling, and interactive creative play for the whole family. Super Bee plays host and protagonist as she guides the audience on a harrowing adventure one evening at the museum. Truth and fiction, real life and still life, sculpture and paint and collage go topsy turvy as the museum exhibits come to life. Help Super Bee save the day and the museum displays. Enjoy original dance pieces by Flip & Fly Dance and Circus Company, Leaps & Bounds Kid’s Dance of SoBo Studio, the Junior Dance Company of Brattleboro School of Dance, Super Bee, and more. Stay to play and dance, explore the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center exhibits, partake in light refreshments, and learn more about local dance opportunities in Brattleboro. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Brattleboro Gallery Walk on Friday, April 5th. Doors open at 5:30 and the Super Bee show runs from 5:45 to 6:30. Super Bee will lead tiptoe mini tours for kids from 6:30 to 7:30. Reception and an open viewing of BMAC exhibits will be open until 8:30. The event has been made possible with the support of Vermont Dance Alliance and the Vermont Community Foundation.

Ignite Your Winter Light

Ignite Your Winter Light

Exploring the Dance of Light and Shadow through Contact Improvisation

2 Saturdays, November 3rd (light) and November 17th (shadow), 1:00 ~ 3:00

Learn basics of Contact Improv and deepen connection with your inner
landscape as the season shifts. We will explore qualities of warmth, courage,
self-awareness, and rest. Participants will gain confidence with giving/receiving
weight, compression, and authentic movement.


Contact Improv Workshops



Taina Lyons is a group facilitator, holistic therapist,meditator, clown-mama, and dancer. She is curious about how movement, awareness,intimacy, and intention create a container for transformation and growth.

Free Trial and Fall Registration

Fall Fun at SoBo

Free Trial Week August 26th ~ September 1st

Fall Session September 4th ~ December 22nd

Our Fall Calendar is online and ready for you! Try out as many classes as your heart desires during our semi annual Free Trial. Treat yourself to a movement marathon or try out a new style. Email sobodance@gmail.com to secure your spots.

Amirah Sacket Residency

We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic

Saturday, May 12th, 2PM and 7:30PM at SoBo Studio

cost: $20, but tickets online at link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-vermont-dance-festival-6th-annual-passes-mid-season-tickets-registration-37553069241

The hip-hop group “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic“ was conceived of by dancer Amirah Sackett in 2011, a moment Sackett referred to as “a really tumultuous time in history as far as Islam is concerned.”Determined to shift the terms of the conversation, she teamed up with dancers Iman and Khadijah to create WMDC, a three-woman performance group that executes flawless hip-hop numbers in niqab and high-tops.

“I wanted to flip the script,“ Sackett told Bust Magazine. “I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women. Yes, there are oppressed women in the Muslim world. Women are oppressed the world over. These are our mutual struggles.”

This performance included a short talk with the artist.

This event is being presented by the partnership of Sandglass Theater and Southern Vermont Dance Festival, with support from that National Performance Network.

Check out the Hip Hop Workshop with Amirah on May 11th at 630pm!

Huge thank you to our main sponsor Sobo Studio and sponsors Brattleboro School of Dance and Windham Movement Apparel. Thanks to Windham Regional Career Center Dance Program and The Putney School for partnering to provide exciting workshops throughout the week.

Pumpathon QDP

Brattelboro Queer Dance Parties presents….

Super Power Pumpathon

Friday May 18, 9PM~1AM

The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro

Dress up as your own mojo powered super hero or super villain or birth a character from the womb of your imagination! This is a fundraiser for SoBo Studio’s Scholarship Program. Your MC’s for the night Include Miz Biz and Toni Bologna. They’ll be asking you to Pump Your Pelvis For Peace in a dance contest with prizes. Enjoy special guest performers Ciara Grey, SoBo Players, Natalia Romanova, and more! Cost is $5-$10 sliding scale. Ages 18 and up only. Please bring cash for the bar, for the raffle, and to tip performers. *poster photo by Kiqe Bosch