Heidi Henderson

Credit: Nikki Carrera



Heidi Henderson, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick-up company in RI, is a four time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship.  elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, New York City, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival and The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, and Paula Josa-Jones and in works by Colleen Thomas, Sondra Loring and others.  Heidi has been a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas.  Heidi received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is an Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College.  She teaches frequently at the Bates Dance Festival and has been in residence or on the faculty of numerous other universities.




When we improvise, we leave behind preconceived notions of dance and exist in the moment.  We play. We practice paying deep attention. We open new movement pathways to cultivate individual and collective vocabularies. From each other, we receive gifts of movement and ideas that teach us to be open to the unknown.



The process of making dances is research in many things: abstraction, attention, energy, meaning, self, structure, task, etc. In this class, we will develop personal movement ideas and radical structures. Our research together will lead us toward an idea for a dance. Guided by our curiosity and open mindedness, the dance will find itself and we will follow the dance into being.