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Winter Choreographic Intensive

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Winter Choreographic Intensive is a pre-professional experience for dancers ages 16–24, with choreographer Heather Stewart, director of little house dance based in Portland Maine.

Dancers must be able to commit to all of the following: choreographic process with Heather Stewart 12/3–4 and 12/10–11, Saturdays from 1-5pm, Sundays from 9am-12pm. Following this process will be rehearsals Saturdays 2–5pm for 6 weeks. In these rehearsals, dancers will work with Sarah Slifer Swift and Molly Tupper to rehearse Stewart’s work, as well as co-create an improv-as-performance piece working from choreographic and compositional principles.  No rehearsals 12/24 or 31. We will be showing our work in performance the weekend of Feb 10-12.

Dancers must also be taking a minimum of one dance technique class per week at their home studio or at MAGMA in order to participate in this Intensive.

Cost for this experience is $500. We would like to make scholarships available  to BIPOC dancers and low-income families/young-adults. Please let us know if you are interested in the scholarship when you apply.

Application deadline is 10/15/22. To apply, please submit an email stating your interest along with a video of you dancing (min 1 minute, max 3 minutes) to sarah.slifer.swift@gmail.com. There are a limited number of spots available so not all submissions will necessarily be able to participate.

Heather Stewart is a choreographer currently based in Portland, Maine. She is the founder and artistic director of little house dance company, a Maine based professional contemporary dance company. She has been creating and presenting original work for performance since 2012. After attending Etobicoke School for the Arts in Ontario, Canada she went on to live and work in Montreal, London, and Boston. Heather received her MA in Advanced Dance Studies, with a strong focus in choreography, from The London Contemporary Dance School in 2014.
Fueled by physicality, her work offers intricate and complex meetings between movement and sound. Upcoming projects include a large-scale collaboration with local string ensemble, Palaver Strings, (slated to be premiere at the State Theatre in December 2023) and a commission from The Boston Conservatory for a new dance work (fall 2022). The development of her choreographic work has been supported by residencies and organizations such as The Boston Center for the Arts, New Movement Collaborative, Espace Marie Chouinard, The Place, Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV), Earthdance, Tufts University, and Tanzzentrale der region Nürnberg. She has received funding and awards for her work from The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Somerville Arts Council.
In 2015 her work was shortlisted for the Deustche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises.
Heather’s work has been presented internationally at several performing arts festivals including Conduit Dance+, The Expanse Festival, The Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, Resolutions!, Beta Publica, and HubWeek Boston.

Sarah Slifer Swift has been on faculty at Boston Ballet School, Boston Conservatory, Salem State University, George Washington University, Amsterdam College of Art/School for New Dance Development, Scotland’s National Center for Dance (Dance Base), and Liza Indiciani Studio of Dance. Through the Gloucester Education Foundation, she created and taught two dance curricula for Gloucester Public Schools. She was Co-Director of the Trident Live Arts Series (2014-2020) and Director of the Gloucester New Arts Festival (2005-2009) that specialized in innovative works of art and performance. She opened MAGMA is 2017.
Swift performed as a dancer with several dance companies and choreographers in the US and in Europe, seeking out radical, experimental work that challenged ideas about performance and aesthetics. Her choreography has been performed in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and in New England and has received several grants and awards, including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship.

Molly Rose Tupper  is a dance maker, performer and educator. Molly’s dance training began at Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance, where she danced from ages 3-18. She holds a BA from Smith College in Dance with a minor in Education & Child Studies. Through the Five College Dance Department she had many opportunities to perform, working with choreographers including Barbie Diewald, Jennifer Nugent, Rowan Salem and Candice Salyers. Her choreographic work has been shown at Smith College, Salem Arts Festival and the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought in Northampton. Molly was the workshop director of the Windhover Summer Dance Intensive in Rockport for several years, and she currently teaches children and teens across the North Shore while pursuing a Masters in Social Work.


December 3
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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