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


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.

Meghan Frederick and Ethan Wood

Meghan Frederick and Ethan Wood will be in residence at the Egg right after Thanksgiving!

Take a look at what they did!  



We are Meghan Frederick and Ethan Woods- a dancer/choreographer and a musician in collaborative partnership. Meghan has been based in NYC since 2007 and has performed, taught, and presented work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Ethan is an American sound artist whose work is frequently paired with modern dance, this year appearing in Oakland, CA accompanying Zoe Donnellycolt’s pieces Whirl We Blue and In One Breath, and in Brooklyn, NY accompanying Emily Climer’s piece Filament and Ashley Robicheaux’s piece Mattress

Ani Taj in Residence

Ani Taj and dancers will be in residence at the Egg in mid December. 


new brand of dance experience.



Taking note of a dance community that often serves a niche audience, the Cartel creates dances that are VIBRANT, IMMERSIVE and often PARTICIPATORY.

Without sacrificing technical rigor or artistic ambition as a dance company, we endeavor to employ the social nature of dance, the charge of a party,
and the sharpness of a music video
to a fresh dance vocabulary that
any Joe can get down with.


In 2012, The Dance Cartel premiered what would become its signature dance event ONTHEFLOOR at Ace Hotel NY, designed to move audiences around an ever-shifting landscape of live dance performance. Since then, the Cartel has adapted this work to a radically broad range of environments, mostly not traditional dance venues. It has been presented at spaces as diverse as PS1/MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, Terminal 5, Ace Hotel NY, 1 World Trade Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Oberon (ART – Cambridge), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA), Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA), Space538 (Portland, ME), Red Hook Festival, Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, Museum of Art and Design, Ars Nova, Espaco Xisto (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), & Riverside Park’s Summer on the Hudson (2012-2014). 

Kaeshi Chai showing


WHAT: Be the first to get a glimpse of a brand new work-in-progress theatrical dance show called “Red Ocean Blue Ocean” that NY based artist Kaeshi Chai and her friends from around the world are crafting with love and delight. Movement styles represented include Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African, Belly Dance and Physical Theatre. There will be an optional post-performance talkback session where the audience shares feedback.

WHEN: Sun Nov 26th, 4.30-5.30pm

WHERE: Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard, CT 06339

COST: Free

Amina Yam (Hong Kong)
Angel Kaba (Belgium)
Kaeshi Chai (New York)
Karen Madrid (Mexico)
Kittarina (New York)
Laura Ward (New York)
Lisa Anthony (Florida)
Michelle Ridsdale (Australia)
ShoShannah Estell (Georgia)
Yael Becker (Israel)

Kaeshi Chai is a theatrical world-fusion belly dancer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community of artists focused on empowerment and social change through dance and music. She organizes the annual PURE Conference focused on themes such as love, being a peaceful warrior and the 5 elements.

Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. In addition to her years on stages from Las Vegas and beyond, from 2007-2017 she curated the weekly Djam Under Jebon event showcasing local and visiting dancers and musicians.

Kaeshi has toured her own theatrical dance shows, Journey Along the Silk Road and PURE Reflections:Beauty Reimagined around the US, Canada, Australia, Italy, Taiwan and Japan. Her mission is to develop belly dance as a stage art and explore its capability to delight, transform and empower. She teaches weekly classes at the Bellyqueen School of Dance and Steps on Broadway and leads regular teacher training courses. http://bellyqueen.com/ | www.pureglobe.org | www.kaeshi.com


Storytelling at the Egg the Egg the Egg! on Sunday, November 19, at 4 pm, with two wonderful tellers from the Ct. Storytelling Center,

Susie ScheyderSharon Lynch

plus the Beasts, and Morning Glory, and Carl Peruzzotti! 4 pm.


All Ages!  Come join us.  Donations welcome.

This is a part of the month long celebration of storytelling in Connecticut, Tellabration.

Tellabration! November 19 at the Egg