Classes & Workshops
Pilobolus Workshop

Connecting with Balance

June 22, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Classes & Workshops season. This is an archived view.

Celebrate the power of your body in movement.

21/22 Classes & Workshops

This free virtual workshop takes place over Zoom and is open to Hop Members, Dartmouth students and employees, and the Dartmouth Classes of '61 and '71.

Dartmouth alumni from the classes of '61 and '71, please contact the Hop Box Office if you have not received information about accessing this event.

Pilobolus was founded fifty years ago by non-dancers and Dartmouth alums who believed that everyone can connect with their bodies and access creativity through movement. Since its beginnings in a Dartmouth dance course taught by Alison Chase, the company has tested the limits of human physicality and sparked innovation in the field of dance through interdisciplinary collaborations, national and global touring and commercial works. 

In honor of Pilobolus's 50th anniversary and of the Class of '71, which bears the company's founders Moses Pendleton, Jonathan Wolken and Steven Johnson, we invite members of the Dartmouth community to a special Connecting with Balance class. This progressive exercise program created by Pilobolus is based on a half-century of techniques that playfully investigates and increases your body's capacity for mobility, stability and expression. The company's Artistic Director Renée Jaworski, facilitates this one-hour workshop of grounding exercises that cultivate physical awareness, which can be woven into everyday life. 

We encourage participants to have:

  • Comfortable clothing that allows flexibility of movement
  • Ample space around you (at least a 6x6 foot area)
  • A chair, counter or wall for support if needed
  • A tennis ball (or something similar that bounces)

This event was made possible by the generous support of the Class of 1961 Legacy: The American Tradition in Performance Fund, the Amy and Henry Nachman Jr 1951 Fund for Visiting Performing Artists in Dance, Barbara J. and Richard W. Couch Jr. '64 E'65, and Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein 1987.

Photo by Brigid Pierce


Renée received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduating she began work with MOMIX, performing and teaching throughout the world as well as creating her own work in Philadelphia. She began performing with Pilobolus in 2000. Renée has served as choreographer and creator for exciting projects and collaborations such as the 79th Annual Academy Awards, the Grammy® nominated video for OKGo's All is Not Lost, Radiolab Live: In the Dark, and has worked with myriad outside artists through the International Collaborator's Project. In 2010, her alma mater honored her with the University's Silver Star Alumni Award for her work as an artist in the field of dance. Renée lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Photo by Brigid Pierce, courtesy of Pilobolus.
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