Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio


ECDC in Residence at the Egg January26-28


“We Love: an ECDC Board Bash”
February 7th, 2018
6-8pm | 129 Church St, New Haven (DeskCrashers Lounge) 

Join ECDC for a pre-Valentine’s Day bash! Learn more about the dance company and its upcoming plans for 2018. See videos of past performances, meet some of the dancers, and find out how you can help the organization in the future. Drinks, food, and fun will abound at this February 7 event! $25 advance PURCHASE TICKETS HERE | $3Ifyouknewyouthen0 Door

ECDC performs “If You Knew You Then” in Boston
March 9 @ 8pm
March 10 @ 7pm & 9pm (a reception will follow 9pm show)
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
Tickets: $20 Advance Purchase tickets HERE | $25 Door

Creativity in Communities workshop

This Wed. Jan. 10th from 5-7pm River Valley Dance Project is offering Cultivation Creativity in Communities workshop at the Dragon’s Egg. This workshop is for all levels, styles and abilities of movers.  If you enjoy moving this is a great opportunity to come together.  Linalynn and Marissa will guild you to warm up, explore and develop movement themes.  Come dance and create, lets see what we can make happen! 
Location: 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard CT.
Cost: $20
Contact: Linalynn2@gmail.com to sign up.  Walk-Ins are also welcome. More Information on RVDP Facebook @RVdanceP. 
Linalynn Schmelzer

Belly Dance Classes at the Egg

Contact Erzulie and join her – class begins in less than two weeks!  Her email is below for questions and registration.  xo m

ErzulieBelly Dance with Erzulie @ The Dragon’s Egg
401 Shewville Road, Ledyard, CT 06339

Wednesday nights, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Wed, Jan 17
Wed, Jan 24
Wed, Feb 7
Wed, Feb 21
Wed, Feb 28
Wed, March 7
Wed, March 14
Wed, March 21

$15 payable via cash, check or Paypal (Judith Tacelli /  judith@tsquarecreative.com for Paypal.)

Middle eastern dance or as it’s popularly known—belly dance—is a fun way to get in shape, bond with fellow dancers, learn about new music and culture and have fun! We will cover all the parts of a classic belly dance show—finger cymbals, veil work, slow chiftelli, drum solo, cane, 9/8—as well as other specialty topics. Classes will include warm up movements and a cool down stretch.  Erzulie is a celebrated Boston performer and has a decade of teaching experience so let her introduce you to the magical arts of belly dance. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes, bare feet or dance shoes and be ready to shimmy! 

Contact Erzulie at erzuliedancer@gmail.com with questions and to sign up! 

New Year’s Day Dances of Peace

Come join our annual regional New Years Day gathering at the beautiful Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard, CT

The Connecticut Dance Sangha
Invites all Dancers and Friends to celebrate the
New Year with 
Dances of Universal Peace 

Monday, January 1, 2018
2-5 PM
The Dragon’s Egg
401 Shewville Road
Ledyard, CT 


are simple, joyous, meditative, multicultural, circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves,
and recognize it in others.
No musical or dance experience of any kind is required, and everyone is welcomed to join in.
The DANCES focus on PEACE, creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the earth.

Arriving on January 5th!

The Hearth (Producer) is a theater company dedicated to nurturing and celebrating female and non-binary theater artists and developing plays that represent the vast and complex spectrum of womanhood. Recent productions include For Annie (Lucid Body House) and Nurse Sluts (The Tank). Upcoming: Athena by Gracie Gardner at JACK. thehearththeater.com

Gina Bonati and Elizabeth Schmuhl will be in Residence

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Gina Bonati was born to her brilliant, beatnik parents in New Orleans, lived many places and finished high school at Mission High in San Francisco. In 1981 she moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, she studied with Hanya Holm, Anna Sokolow, Hector Zaraspe, Ethel Winter, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Daniel Lewis, Wendy Hilton, Doris Rudko and Alfredo Corvino and was allowed by special permission of Harold Stone to be part of the drama department where she studied with John Stix and Timothy Monich. She studied music with Robert Dennis and Theater History with the philosopher, Maurice Vallency.  

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Independently, she studied acting with Sharon Chatten for 6 years, then with Geraldine Baron. In 2003, after 4 years and 7 auditions, she became a member of the Actors Studio.

She has been creating her own work since 1982 in dance, theater, music, language and installation. Titles include Emergence Sea, Noisedance/I Think He’s Hurting Me Now, Hunger & Visits (H&V received critical acclaim from Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times), The Miraculous Development of a Child, Bird #1 through 8. Collaborators include Kenneth King, Elizabeth Castagna, Gray dePol, Soph Klein, Ellen Harvey, Elizabeth Schmuhl. Works have been presented in New York at The Kitchen, Dancespace at St Marks Church, DIA Foundation for the Arts and have traveled to Mexico, Denmark, Sweden and Italy. A modest collection of her work is in The Lincoln Center Library for The Performing Arts.

She holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, an MFA in Dance from Mills College and in May of 2018, will hold an MFA in Music from The Mills Music Department and Center for Contemporary Music. In July of 2018, she will be in residence at CIMM Centro Investigation del Movimento y la Musica in Santiago, Chile where she will be teaching and performing.

Bonati schmuhl2Elizabeth studied under one of the original members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company who also trained with Martha Graham and taught Graham technique to her: Eileen Cropley. She studied dance at the University of Michigan, danced professionally in the Chicago company Khecari, and has been fortunate to learn from artists such as Bobbi Jene Smith, Lauri Stallings, Yin Yue, Ohad Naharin, Saar Harari, Lee Sher,Peter Sparling, and many others.


She has attended dance intensives with companies such as Paul Taylor Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company with Ohad Naharin, gloATL’s Process and Living Lab, and worked with Gallim Dance in NYC as an Education and Outreach Coordinator and as a Grant Writer. Most recently, she took part in Lauri Stalling’s the room for tender choreographies  with gloATL at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta.

She makes collaborative movement/video poems  and as has worked with artists such as Gina Bonati,  Mary-Kim Arnold, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Mia Lidofsky, Carrie Olivia Adams, and Joseph Clayton Mills.

She frequently writes about dance, movement, and performance for Michigan Quarterly Review, and currently works at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Cultivating Creativity in Communities

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Dance Workshop: Cultivating Creativity in Communities (CCC)
Date: Wed. January 10th 2018
Time 5-7pm
Cost: $20 
Instructors: Linalynn Schmelzer and Marisa Valdiserra
Student discount $15 (with college ID) 
All movers and dancers welcome ages 18+ both male and female
Cultivating Creativity in Communities workshop by River Valley Dance Project, a modern dance company, is a movement exploration focusing on cultivating playfulness and allowers movers to tap into their personal and collective creativity. There will be structured modern dance warm up and time to develop movement themes and choreography. 
Come Play, Improvise and Connect!

CANCELLED! Holiday Sale is on December 3rd


alas, due to various illnesses and such like.  We shall have a bazaar Next Year, instead!!  Be well, and enjoy your days!  namaste, marya

We have a Holiday Sale every year at the Dragon’s Egg, and this year’s will be on Sunday, December 3rd, from 1 – 4 pm. 

Rearing horsePlease come and join us!  It is a lovely, warm, event, often featuring poets and music, as well as items of great variety for sale, for the upcoming holidays.

AngelsChildrenI look forward to seeing you!
namaste, marya

Taylor Drury will be in Residence


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Taylor Drury is thrilled to be an artist in residence at The Dragons Eggs Studio this December. Currently a performer in Punchdrunk’s production of Sleep No More in NYC, Drury has simultaneously been presenting her own work throughout New York City, and Canada. Her first evening length work No Milk was a major success at FLICFestival in 2015. Drury has since been commissioned to make a new work for the Steffi Nossen Dance Company as well a new creation in collaboration with the HEWMAN collective. Her piece Roberta was selected by the panel of Brooklyn Dance Festival to be presented at BAM Fisher in 2018.

Drury is using her time at the Egg to begin culminating new material for future projects and is excited to have Sarah Parker of Fiddler on the Roof and dancer meets visual artist Matilda Sakamoto joining her in the research period.


Clare Byrne in Residence in January



Clare Byrne and Friends are delighted to be in residence at the Dragon’s Egg for a yearly Winter Residency to work on new movement & choreography for Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, to premiere March 3-4, 2017 with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra in Burlington, VT.

“Martha’s Ballet” as Copland called this seminal piece of work, with get an entirely different treatment – situational in approach and  embedded into the orchestral seating.

Paul Besaw, Chong Ho Kim, Nicholas Leichter, Winnie Looby, Marc Wennberg, Avi Waring will be joining Byrne in this project.