More About Loren Groenendaal


Loren Groenendaal is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for Vervet Dance, a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company. She earned an MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a BA in dance and visual arts from Oberlin College. Her work has been performed from Canada to Mexico in Baja, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Montreal, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and presented by various organizations including the the Abington Art Center, the CEC including the New Edge Mix, Cultivate, Green Space Blooms, Inhale, Mascher Space Cooperative, Philly Fringe Festival, the North Carolina Dance Alliance, and the StudioSeries at Studio 34. Her practices of dancing, teaching, improvising, and choreographing are further informed by her studies of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals in which she is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.


Loren is particularly interested in building unique movement vocabularies drawing from her experience with modern, Balinese, social, breakdance and contact improvisation, investigating the community building possibilities of live art, the spectrum between improvisation and composition, and the spectrum between ritual and performance.
 As an improviser, she explores free and structured improvisation, solo, in duos with musicians, and in larger groups.
 

In the Philadelphia area, Loren has danced with Katherine Kiefer Stark’s The Naked Stark, Lacy James’ Mereminne dancers, Melisa Putz' pima group, Megan Bridge's <fidget>, Nicole Bindler's New Dance and Music Ensemble and Amnesiac Music and Dance, Swarthmore’s Balinese Gamelan Semara Santi, and the Indonesian Cultural Club of the Delaware/Philadelphia area. Beyond Philadelphia, she has danced in the Modern/Contemporary choreography and structured improvisations of  Ann Cooper Albright, Mark Dendy, Ann Dils, John Gamble, Jen Guy, Nusha Martynuk, Helen Simoneau, Augusto Soleodade, and Jan van Dyke.


Currently in Philadelphia, she co-facillitates a weekly contact improv jam, a weekly contact improv class, monthly music and dance improvisation performance, The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia, a seasonal Underscore (a focused improv jam). She serves as Program Coordinator and President of Mascher Space Cooperative and is a founding member of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia. As a performer, she is involved with Graffito Works, Vervet Dance, and free lance projects. She is currently working with Megan Wilson Stern on a project investigating performing Contact Improvisation.


Loren has over a decade of dance teaching experience. She often teaches Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Technique, and Somatics to adults in Philadelphia and as a guest in surrounding areas. She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and been a guest artist at Arcadia University, Juniata College, Temple University, Towson University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. She regularly teaches children Creative Movement, Folk, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Social Dance. She is delighted to be teaching for Koresh Outreach, for University City Arts League, Take the Lead Studio on Pine, and for Falls of the Schuylkill Free Library. Please see Teaching for more information.


For Loren Groenendaal's Curriculum Vitae, please see the link below.

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