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, Bowerbird, the Cannery, the CEC including the New Edge Mix, Cultivate, Frantasia, Green Space Blooms, Inhale, Mascher Space Cooperative, Philly Fringe Festival, the North Carolina Dance Alliance, the Quarry, 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.
 She has a pattern of making dances about the patterns in nature. As an improviser, she explores free and structured improvisation, solo, in duos with musicians, and in larger groups. Recently, she has been researching long durational performance in large dance/music improvisational ensemble and researching performing contact improvisation with Megan Wilson Stern and Nathan Dawley.

In the Philadelphia area, Loren has danced with Jenny Roe Sawyer's From The Earth Dance Project, Katherine Kiefer Stark’s The Naked Stark, Lacy James’ Mereminne dancers, Melisa Putz Clark's 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. She currently performs with the improvisational group, Graffito Works.

Currently in Philadelphia, she co-facilitates 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 is a founding member of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia and Mascher Space Cooperative. 

Loren has over a decade of dance teaching experience. She often teaches Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Technique, Fitness, and Somatics to adults in Philadelphia and as a guest in surrounding areas. She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, DeSales University 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, Social Dance, StoryDance, and Tumbling. She is delighted to be teaching for the arts-integrated preschool at the Darlington Arts Center, Koresh Kids Dance, the University City Arts League, and the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Please see Teaching for more information.

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

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