Daphne Lowell, professor of dance and movement studies, holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Tufts University and an M.F.A. in modern dance from the University of Utah. She studied authentic movement with Janet Adler and Edith Sullwold in the Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute; psychosynthesis with Dr. Thomas Yeomans; and body-mind centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Earlier in her career she performed with the Bill Evans Dance Company, and taught dance at Arizona State University, the University of Washington, and Smith College. Daphne's authentic movement practice informs her teaching, choreography, writing, and contemplative dance solo performances. Her choreography has won awards including for the MassMoves! Best of Massachusetts series, and she has published several articles on authentic movement. The Contemplative Dance programs she teaches with Alton Wasson are nationally recognized www.contemplativedance.org. Since 1985 they have taught professionals of all ages at sites throughout the country.
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of modern/contemporary dance is a performer, dance maker, dance educator, video artist, and performance curator. Since the founding of Scapegoat Garden in 2002, the Hartford-based collaborative dance theater company has served as a primary vehicle and creative community through which Deborah has explored the intersection of dance with other media. Through Scapegoat Garden's performance works in venues and festivals throughout the region, its laboratory for creative process at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance and its related community engagement programming, Deborah has sought to forge relationships between artists and communities, helping people see, create, and contribute to a greater vision of ourselves, each other, and the places where we live. In 2012, Deborah was honored by the Connecticut Dance Alliance for Distinguished Achievement in Dance, and participated as New England Emerging Artist in Residence at the Bates Dance Festival in 2010. She has received Artist Fellowship Grants from the Connecticut Office of the Arts (2013, 2005), the Greater Hartford Arts Council (2007), and the Surdna Foundation (2008). A graduate of the University of the Arts (B.F.A., Modern Dance) and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A.), Dance Performance and Choreography), Deborah recently earned a Professional Certificate from Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance where she explored curatorial practice as a way to nurture the health and vitality of local dance ecosystems. As a dance educator, Deborah has taught dance and related courses in a number of institutions, including Belmont High School in Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, CREC Center for Creative Youth, Trinity College, CulturArte (a youth arts summer residency program in Cape Verde, Africa),and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and Wesleyan University.
Dasha A. Chapman, Five College assistant professor of critical dance studies, is a scholar, dancer, and community connector. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Cultural Studies from the University Professor Program at Boston University, her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and completed her Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University in 2015. Previously, she was the postdoctoral associate in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, working alongside Duke’s Haiti Lab, the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Dance. As visiting assistant professor of Critical Dance Studies at Hampshire College and The Five College Dance Department, Dr. Chapman will teach courses that blur the boundaries between the studio and the seminar room, practice, and theory. Her research and teaching in critical dance studies engage performance studies, ethnography, African diaspora theory, black feminism, and the queer Caribbean.
Lailye Weidman, visiting assistant professor of dance, received her B.A. in dance from UCLA and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been shown at the Domestic Performance Agency, Movement Research, and the New School in New York City; Anatomy Riot and Pieter PASD in Los Angeles, CounterPulse and Joe Goode Studios in San Francisco, Green Street Studios and the Aviary Gallery in Boston, Figure One Gallery and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign, IL, and K77 Studio in Berlin. In 2018, she was an artist-in-residence with Meredith Bove at APE Ltd Gallery, researching creative companionship and “co-dramaturgy.” She has also been an artist-in-residence at Light Box in Detroit, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND) in New York City, at Hothouse UCLA, and the SEEDS Festival at Earthdance.Her recent projects include Showman, an homage to the resonance of hardcore music; Social Animal Please Tame Me, an ensemble dance theater work investigating consent and consensus; birthing room, a solo tracing textures of place and displacement; and Dike Dance, a site-specific performance and community dialogue in collaboration with scientists from the Atlantic Research Center. As a member of the Movement Party, she collaboratively produced Fleet Moves, an annual site-based dance festival on Cape Cod for four seasons. She is also a member of Femmelab, a queer research and movement collective. She teaches dance and dance studies in academic and community settings and is a contributing editor for Contact Quarterly.
Rebecca Nordstrom, professor emerita of dance, holds a B.A. degree in art (with a concentration in dance) from Antioch College, an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College, and is certified as a Laban Movement Analyst by the Laban Bartenieff Institute for Movement Study in New York City. Early in her career she was a member of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians in New York City. She has since presented her own choreography and performed in the work of other artists in venues locally, nationally, and abroad. She is currently a guest artist with Chaos Theory, a dance company directed by University of Massachusetts colleague Billbob Brown. Her areas of interest and teaching include choreography, improvisation, modern dance technique, and Laban-based movement studies. Professor Nordstrom has retired.
Constance Valis Hill, Five College professor emerita of dance, received an M.A. in dance research and reconstruction from the City College of the University of New York, and a Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University. A choreographer and dance historian, she has taught at the Conservatoire D'Arts Dramatique in Paris, Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts; and has collaborated with the French playwright Eugene Ionesco, Czechoslovakian scenographer Josef Svoboda, and American director Gilbert Moses on the premiere of Toni Morrison's "Dreaming Emmett." She has contributed articles, essays, and reviews to many publications, and her book, Brotherhood in Rhythm (Oxford University Press 2000), won the Deems Taylor Award.
Larry Berger, technical director for music and dance, received a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has been involved in audio and production operations for a wide range of events both regionally and nationally for over three decades, including having toured with folk-ster Ani DiFranco for ten years as sound system technician. Larry came to Hampshire College in January of 2007 as Technical Director for both the Music and Dance Programs. Larry also maintains Hampshire College’s Recording Studio and teaches Independent Study classes in the tools, techniques and theories of audio recording. He lives in South Deerfield, MA and has a very cute family.
Tess O'Day, dance program intern, graduated from Hampshire College in May of 2018. She studied dance and Urban Studies, and has performed across the Five Colleges.