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


Long Dance leaves…



The international gathering of contact improv artists at the Egg draws to a close.



 I was honored to be able to be present for their showing on Saturday.  


Wonderful explorations!LongdancePainting

We hope they will return!  


Long Dance Offerings/Showings in Contact Improv


I hope you can come! 

This Sunday will be the final contact improv class from 4 – 6 pm (scroll down for more information and to sign up),
and on Saturday the 17th, there will be a Community “Underscore” during the day, and a performance in the late afternoon – again, scroll down for the specifics.
This is a wonderful opportunity!   I hope you may be able to come.
namaste, marya

NSS Long Dance
Public Events in February


Dear All,

The Long Dance project keeps going. You are all welcome to join us this next weekend 17th and 18th February 2018. Morning Underscore, afternoon public sharing on Saturday and Open class on Sunday. Read more details below.

Long Dance participants are a group of mostly international dancers who have studied with Nancy intensively including have just finished the 3-week January Workshop at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. They are in residence at Dragon’s Egg studio in Ledyard, CT doing self-directed research and projects with dance improvisation, Contact Improvisation, and other work.

There are 3 Sundays of Contact Improvisation classes taught by Long Dance participants: February 4th, 11th, and 18th. 

On February 17 is a community Underscore and a showing of performance work from the Long Dance participants. Please reserve a spot.

All details are below. 

Hope you are able to make it to some of these!

Love, Nancy (and Patrick, January Workshop coordinator)



taught by Long Dance participants

Sundays, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18
$12-15 sliding scale for each class
Dragon’s Egg studio, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard CT, 06339
Reserve a spot: nsslongdance@gmail.com


4752f899 b672 4d62 87a1 464b499fe834SEASONAL UNDERSCORE (Winter)
(normally in Northampton but this time in Connecticut!)
facilitated by Long Dance participants w/ Nancy Stark Smith

Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Talk-through: February 17, 10:00–10:45 am (by Long Dance participants)
$15-25 sliding scale
Dragon’s Egg studio, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard CT, 06339
Reserve a spot: underscore@nancystarksmith.com

by Long Dance participants

Saturday, February 17, 4:30 pm
Dragon’s Egg studio, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard CT, 06339
Reserve a spot: underscore@nancystarksmith.com


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TAPAS at the Egg!

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The Dance Department at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) created and performed a series of original devised pieces this January 2018. These pieces were conceptualized and imagined by students, both in class and during an artist residency at the Dragon’s Egg Studio.

“As Creative Director of the Dance Company at TAPA, it is a privilege to witness young artists expressing passion, resilience, and power – not only while performing on stage, but also during the process of creative collaboration and rehearsal. It is a beautifully challenging process to create something that did not exist before. Our work in the Dance Department at TAPA aims to re-center conceptual dance and contemporary art around the authentic expressive movement as well Afro-Latin traditions. By doing this, we are saying: We exist. Our imaginations exist. We belong. Our imaginations belong.”

  • Matt Garza, TAPA Dance Artist in Residence

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CONSENT – Imagined & Performed by: 9th Grade Dance Majors

“This piece was and is important because “CONSENT” is a very serious subject in which people now-a-days take very lightly. It is your right, your yes, your no and everyone has it. People shouldn’t be scared or feel as if they have done something wrong if they don’t give someone consent to do something. People should feel safe with themselves and others and consent plays a very big and important part in this.”

  • Joylynn, 9th Grade Dance Major

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“The dance was about consent. I feel like it was also based on other things. For example: maturity, family, and role switching. We as the dance Majors have showed a lot of maturity while being on stage because most of the time we are goofy. It showed that the ninth graders are finally learning how to cooperate and dance as a family like we are blood. Lastly we did a role switch. What I mean by that is that in our society we are so used to boys having to be tough. Well in our performance we showed that it is okay for boys or men to cry ; that they are allowed to have feelings.”

  • Lavell, 9th Grade Dance Major

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DOOMED – Imagined, Choreographed, & Performed by: 10th Grade Dance Majors

“This is a dance piece focused on emotional, mental, and physical pain and how people deal with it and express it.. It was created by us as a whole when we were sharing out ideas and brainstorming on what is pain, what bring us pain, how we express pain, and how we deal with pain… it shows the importance of pain in our lives.”

  • Oscardavid, 10th Grade Dance Major

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“I would describe this piece as healing from a point in life when you felt sad…It’s important to show people that it’s okay to be sad; that you’ll heal from it or can get healed; that you’re not the only one.”

  • Natalie, 10th Grade Dance Major

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Contact Improv Long Residency

Contact Anna Fontanel for more information,

at nanafontanet@gmail.com.   xo marya

Underscore Sat. Feb. 17th

Fee $15-25, sliding scale
Talk through 10:00am – 10:45am
Underscore 11:00am – 2:30am

The Underscore, an improvisation practice that emerged from Nancy Stark Smith in 1990 and has been growing and changing since, explores the dynamics of group, solo and partner improvisation/ Contact Improvisation over the span of 3-4 hours. Participants of Nancy Stark Smith’s three week long workshop & Long Dance will be facilitating this practice for the community. All people who have danced Contact Improvisation before are welcome and are strongly encouraged to join for both the Talk- through & the Underscore itself. If this is your first Underscore we ask that you definitely attend the talk- through before hand. For more information please visit http://nancystarksmith.com/underscore/ 

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On donation

After the conclusion of three weeks of intensive work with Nancy Stark Smith, followed by three weeks of self guided research, 16 artists will come together to share their discoveries surrounding Contact Improvisation, movement research and other topics that have revealed themselves throughout the duration of this project. These artists are exploring the convergence of their own artistic research with the materials and deep practice experienced with Nancy Stark Smith. We invite you to join us for our sharing & see all that we uncovered.
All are welcome.
ContactImprov classes

CI classes open for all levels
Sun. Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th
4:00pm -6:00pm
Fee 12-15$
Come dance with us! Join us for Contact Improvisation Classes, open for all levels and taught by participants of Nancy Stark Smith’s January Workshop & Long Dance.

Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.

—from Ray Chung workshop announcement, London, 2009

Hooping is a Closed Circle

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The Hooping Collective continues to meet on Mondays at 6:30, and is now a closed circle, as they find this supports their explorations.  There will be public hooping events, tba, in the future, so watch for posts!  and be well!  spinning in this gorgeous world of ours.  

Doppelgänger in Residence




Doppelgänger Dance Collective spent the week in residence at The Dragon’s Egg working with choreographer Heidi Henderson.  Heidi is developing an evening length work previously referred to as The Queen’s Dream, now re-titled as ‘Elizabeth III’, which will be performed in it’s entirety in late summer 2018 at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA.  This is the third season that DDC has worked with Heidi Henderson.  We love being a part of Heidi’s creative process!  


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! 

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