Our Dance Series brings nationally and internationally renowned dance artists from diverse backgrounds and styles to perform, teach workshops, and give artist talks. Supporting the artists’ innovative movement research, the Dance Series also provides unique opportunities for students and local community engagement.

Past performing artists include Resident Artists (Tami Stronach, Rosalynde LeBlanc, Margaret Sunghe Paek, Lanette Costas-Stampley, Dahlia Nayar), SET GO (Sarah Konner, Shura Baryshnikov, Bradley Teal Ellis, Aaron Brando, & Paul Singh), and Gabriel Forestieri’s water opera BREATHE.


Dance Series events are generally unticketed, however tickets to special ticketed dance events and other events can be purchased online or over the phone at 920-832-6749.

2023-2024 Dance Series

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U.F.O. (Uncharted Forms of the Occasion)
An evening of improvised movement + music with Lawrence faculty and special guest, Kenneth Herrera

Monday, September 25, 2023 • 7 p.m.
Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center
Free admission

Kenneth Herrera was born and raised in Brooklyn and moved to the Bronx at age 10. He pursued acting for three years at Bronx Academy of Letters but fell in love with dance when he was introduced to break dancing in Honduras. After high school Kenneth received the Posse scholarship and attended Lawrence University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. After college, Kenneth devoted years of training at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Alvin Ailey. Furthermore, Kenneth has danced with many dance crews and companies such as HeartBreak Crew, vintage quality, Hip Hop Theory, Lakaï Dance, WRT, DPA, and Cora. Kenneth has toured with famous Bollywood and Tollywood artists such as DSP and Shaan. Kenneth specializes in hip hop and street jazz but his choreography is highly inspired by Afrobeat and dancehall. Kenneth has danced in television shows and video shoots for Amara La Negra, Conel, Sidung and J Balvin, Ninel Conde, B2K, George Lamond and TKA. Kenneth now teaches hip hop/street jazz at PMT, a professional dance studio in New York, and he is also a high school hip hop teacher. Kenneth is an instructor for Boss Kids, a huge dance company in New York and intends to continue teaching and inspiring the youth.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 • 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center

Free admission
Open hip hop workshop with Kenneth Herrera

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set GO

Friday, January 19, 2024 • 7 p.m.

Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center
Free admission

Contact Improvisation Workshop:
Saturday, January 20, 2024 • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center
Suggested: some prior contact improvisation experience
To register: https://forms.office.com/r/0MGCkJt2Gw
Free admission

set GO is a Contact Improvisation Research and Performance ensemble founded in 2016 by dancers Shura Baryshnikov, Aaron Brando, Paul Singh, Bradley Teal Ellis, and Sarah Konner. Though all are interdisciplinary artists, each identifies Contact Improvisation as a primary practice and are lead researchers and educators in the field, both nationally and internationally. Collectively, set GO has been practicing the form of Contact Improvisation for over 60 years.  Performing + teaching artists for this Lawrence University residency: Aaron "Brando" Brandes, Bradley Teal Ellis, Paul Singh, and Sarah Konner.

The set GO ensemble shares a love for whimsical, whole-hearted, virtuosic improvisation; they have been dance-making together since 2009. The group has performed at the Moving Arts Lab (Earthdance, MA), the RISD Museum Open Rehearsals, for the Institute for the Study of Environment and the Society at Brown University, Providence Fringe Festival, and the Everybody Moves Festival at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA. They have developed pedagogy together as part of the CI Ground Research laboratory project since 2010.

In addition to directing their own companies, set GO artists have danced with other choreographers and companies including Amy Chavasse, Heidi Henderson, Chris Aiken, Faye Driscoll, Douglas Dunn, Gabriel Forestieri, and Headlong Dance Theater, and are currently on faculty, as well as artist-residents at universities across the United States. Members of the ensemble teach at acclaimed dance festivals nationally and internationally and offer regular classes in their local areas. They have unique training in somatic modalities including Laban Movement Analysis, Viewpoints Technique, Structural Integration, Safety Release Technique, Yoga, Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®.

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Michelle Gibson

Sunday, April 14, 2024
Time and venue TBD
Free admission

More info coming soon!

From an unconventional water opera to dance workshops hosted by renowned artists, past Dance Series performances explore contemporary and classic work.