Summer Camp 2016

DanceCampBelly Dance/ Hip Hop Performance Intensive:

August 8th ~ 12th  with performances on the 13th and 14th

Teens aged 13 to 18 of all dance levels are welcome in this 1 week hip hop and belly dance intensive led by Toni Nagy and Cyndal Ellis.  The camp will culminate in a public showcase of original works by Cyndal, Toni, and students in the intensive, performed only by students in the intensive. All classes and the show will take place at SoBo Studio, located on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Mill Complex, Brattleboro. Cost is $250 and registration should be made at or (802) 258~7378 by July 22nd.

Dance Video Filming! Pickup time 5PM on Friday.

Show Sunday the 14th, 2PM, call time 12PM

Daily Schedule August 8th ~12th

*class times are subject to change but pick up and drop off times will remain consistent

10:00am~4:00pm (except 5:00 on Friday)

Technique with Cyndal or Toni (or guest instructor tbd) 10 to 11:30

Repertoire: build student choreography, share work and critique (switch off with costume sewing)  11:30 to 12:30

Lunch: 12:30 to 1:30

Repertoire: build student choreography, share work and critique (switch off with costume sewing)  1:30 to 2:30

Technique with Cyndal or Toni (or guest instructor tbd) 2:30 to 4:00

Free Trial Week and New Spring Session!

Semester Poster, Spring 2016Free Trial Week: April 17th~April 23rd

Spring Session: April 24th~June20th

SoBo offers its’ 2nd biannual Free Trial Week to celebrate spring and say thank you to our community. Sign up for unlimited full length dance, fitness, and fencing classes. Expand your horizons and try out a new dance style or movement discipline. Challenge yourself to a spring break movement marathon. Treat your body and mind to the joy of dance. Check out the full lineup of classes at Email or call (802) 258~7378 to secure your spot in class.

Goddess Rising: Bellydance Show and Workshops

Goddess Rising Workshops

Saturday, April 23rd at the Vermont Jazz Center (just below SoBo)

Raq-On at Tupelo Ben DeFlorio Photography IMG_4913Goo & Layers with Amity Alize 

Saturday, 1:00 to 2:30. Gooey explains movements that just melt. It’s about connecting, completing, and melting movements. We’ll spend an entire class making you ooze through detailed explanations of muscle versus skeletal movements, weight transitions, and combinations.  Once you’re gooey we’ll add the next “layer” demystify layering technique. Handouts included. (Suitable for: all levels)

Aria MichaelsParticipation Mystique and the Ecstatic: Ritual and Transformation with Aria Michaels Paradise

Saturday, 2:45 to 4:15. As dark fusion belly dancers, we embrace the sacred art of transformation and the mystical, psychic connection between performer and performance. In this workshop we will explore the concept of Participation Mystique, meaning mystical connection between self and other. Through this focus, we learn how to more fully embody, transform, and BECOME the characters in our theatrically based performances. In order to harness this energy, we will explore a holistic trinity of techniques and exercises for body, mind, and spirit. Following this we learn ways of accessing the power of the Ecstatic, it’s connection to Participation Mystique, and ways in which to harness it’s sublime energy during our performances.”

Cost: Pre Reg (before April 16th); $25 for single; $45 for both; At the door: $30 for single; $55 for both

Single Pre Reg

Full Day Pre Reg

Dance ‘n Biscuit Showcase

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a dance showcase to delight the senses

Saturday, March 12th 7:30PM

SoBo presents Dance ‘n Biscuit: a showcase of original contemporary dance pieces by local and regional artists. Hang on to your heads in a performance by Zombie Nation and the Trumpet Kids. Contemplate the limitation and freedom of time in a piece by traDANCE Company. Journey through Dark Matter with Cyndal Ellis, Toni Nagy, and Elora Way. Fidget through a dance work about waiting by Erika Klemperer. Other featured artists include Katie Tordonato, Katherine Rose, Heather Meehan, and Jack Kavanagh. Cost is $13 online at or at the door. Reservations can be made at or (802) 258~7378.

Valentine’s Fundraiser

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Tara Gordon Design Placemats & Greeting Cards

Fund”raising” awareness of Community Organizations & Projects,Patterning the Passion of Place

Tara Gordon creates symmetrical photographic patterns by mirror imaging the intimate  details she captures in the natural world. Find more info at  Tara Gordon Design. She sees the patterns as a lens of alignment, infusing within our décor a growing intimacy in nature for revitalizing the nature of surface design. Standing at the heart of Tara Gordon Design is  VITara (The TGD Mascot) visioning a new Plexis sustaining communities & mirroring our vitality in nature. A symbol of empowerment & transmutation, The Sunplexis Dahlia Pattern represents the heart of Tara Gordon Design enhancing the visibility of & nourishing the nature of organizations & programs aligned with the TGD vision.

We have the great fortune here in the heart of southern VT to model the first VITara Fundraiser: “Valentines; Patterning the Passion of Place”, serving as a natural launching ground from which Tara has made her home base for the past 11 years while raising her 2 children.  “This Celebrates community connections, the heart of relationships, sources of vitality for which I’m hearing the community calling out for more opportunities to grow participation in”

How it works/Process

30% of sale proceeds feed SoBo’s scholarship fund

– Purchase Sunplexis Valentine’s Greeting Cards directly on the TGD website Tara Gordon Design using SoBo’s coupon code sobofund2016.

– for Pre-Sales of Placemats : simply spread the word, take orders, fill out the printed order forms from SoBo where you will return them with your collected cash or checks.

– printed Gift certificates with duplicates (also act as receipts) will be included with your Greeting card purchases in time for Valentines Day.
– Delivery of place mats is approximately 4-5 weeks from the final order date.

What a way to demonstrate the value of design in accentuating the unique nature of our community; together amping up our vibe & jumpstarting the integration of this design application in growing our community Plexis & mentoring it’s extension out into more communities. When asked about what design means to her Tara says “ My sense of design is to cultivate our being wild at heart with all our diversity & creativity”

Princess Leia Boot Camp

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Saturday, February 6th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Princess Leia is no damsel in distress. She’s a confident leader and always ready to leap into action to support a good cause. So how can we be more like her? Amati will lead you through a combination of belly dance, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and ballet to awaken your inner Princess. Calm your mind and emotions, strengthen and stretch your muscles, move sensually and gracefully, until you are a force to be reckoned with!

Cost: $20, pay online or email to secure spot

Valentine’s Journey Dance Workshop

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A JourneyDance Workshop

Sunday February 14th, 2:00 to 4:00PM

Cost: $20 per person; $30 per couple

This JourneyDance Workshop invites us to use dance, music, and art to open our hearts fully to life, exploring unconditional love, lightness of being, grace, gratitude, and communion with others. Movement for everyone with Claire LeMessurier

Register Here:

Register Here for Couple’s Discount:

Light and Body Workshop with Jack

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A Dance Workshop with Jack Kavanagh

Saturday, January 30th 1:00 to 3:00

In this workshop we will spend 2 hours dancing with light as our main choreographic inspiration.  We will take inspiration from different artists who use light as their main medium. Participants will be asked to take part in light driven creative projects and asked to think critically about their use of light within the works they build.  Beginner and Advanced friendly!!!!

Cost: $25; $17 for students

Jack Kavanagh is a student just down the hall at NECCA. He is a graduate of Concordia Uni. In Montreal QC. At Concordia he majored in Intermedia / Cyber Arts, with a focus in video and performance art. He also did a lot of work in the contemporary dance program.  Jack studied many contemporary techniques  such as the ,Laban Dance Technique, Axis Syllabus, The Alexander Technique, Contemporary Ballet and Contact Improv for the use of building a creation. He also worked in modern dance, mostly Merce Cunningham and and lester Horton, and in Hip Hop and West African dance. Jack studied technical theater for a year in Johnson Vermont and has experience with lighting and sound for the theater. Jack has directed 3 full length productions and has shown smaller works in many galleries and performance spaces in Vermont, New York, Montreal and Connecticut. On all these projects, Jack had the privilege of working with extremely talented creators.

Register Here:

Register Here for Student Discount:

Winter 2016 Registration

Semester poster, 2016, WinterWinter semester registration at SoBo is now open!

Give the gift of dance this holiday season or treat yourself to a New Year of health and wellness through movement! SoBo will be offering classes for adults and children in a variety of classical and contemporary styles. Email to purchase a gift certificate today!

Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale

19989_809463282497477_8550910555025505834_nCotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale:

Friday, December 4     4pm to 7pm

Saturday, December 5     10am to 5pm

Sunday, December 6     11am to 4pm

The 17th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studios and Holiday Sale will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4-6, 2015. Artists and artisans will show and offer their work for purchase. Besides artists, musicians, bakers, performers, and craftspeople based at the Cotton Mill, talented artists and artisans from other studios in Brattleboro and nearby communities have been juried to participate. This festive event includes performances of music, dance, and circus acts; ceramics and fencing demonstrations; food and wine tastings; raffles and more. The range of creative offerings is remarkable, encompassing the decorative, the functional, the entertaining, and the delicious. In addition, there will be a display of artwork by K-8 students from the Putney Grammar School. All members of the family will find sights, sounds, tastes, and activities to stimulate and delight them—and it’s a terrific way to discover treasures for holiday giving. There will be a number of volunteers on hand to help guide you around the buildings and the three floors of the mill so you don’t miss anything.

Handicap accessible. Free admission.

Register for a free raffle food basket and purchase raffle tickets for additional products created by the participating artists and artisans.