Dance Makers Workshop

Dance Makers Workshop Dance Makers Workshop is a vehicle for the generation of new dance material in a community setting through workshops, movement research, and performance.

Operating as usual

One of my most beloved mentors always says, before trying some experiment with willing participants on a quest for liber...
07/14/2021

One of my most beloved mentors always says, before trying some experiment with willing participants on a quest for liberation from some crappy story, "I have no idea whatsoever if this will be helpful to you, but I have an idea and we might try it?" Then, if the person wanted to, some beautiful new world would emerge out of the shared ground of improvisation. I summon that kind of curiosity and courage now that I am, myself, offering quite novel, experimental, and soft undertakings.

One of my most beloved mentors always says, before trying some experiment with willing participants on a quest for liberation from some crappy story, "I have no idea whatsoever if this will be helpful to you, but I have an idea and we might try it?" Then, if the person wanted to, some beautiful new world would emerge out of the shared ground of improvisation. I summon that kind of curiosity and courage now that I am, myself, offering quite novel, experimental, and soft undertakings.

12/15/2020

Dear creators and movers, what are you dreaming of creating in 2021 for you, for your world, for the JOY of it?

09/21/2020

Loves, Bethany and I hope you are keeping your dancing spirit alive and making your plans for voting. We miss being together, and now is the time to plant seeds for a tomorrow where Black lives matter, women have autonomy of their reproduction, and our planet’s livelihood is as important as our own.

08/20/2019
Pujol Dance Makers at Continuum

Sarah Ledbetter and Nat Newburger in improvisation with Spottswood Duo for Continuum Music Festival at Crosstown Arts.

Dear dance lovers, come see Dance Makers Workshop's collision/collaboration with the Continuum Music Festival at the Con...
08/16/2019

Dear dance lovers, come see Dance Makers Workshop's collision/collaboration with the Continuum Music Festival at the Concourse tomorrow between 1-5pm! Nat Newburger and I will explore leisure and compliance in a series of connected duets. You can catch us in the central atrium at 1:30-2:00pm, and on the East Atrium stage at 2:30-3:00. After that we'll be popping up in locations along the continuum between those two.

Dance Makers Workshop is a vehicle for the generation, development, and support of innovation through dance. It’s primary aim is to open space for embodied conversation about big questions affecting us as social mammals.

Sarah Ledbetter has presented dance and film nationally and internationally, but proudly calls Memphis home. Her influences include Spike Lee, Trungpa Rinpoche, and Jim Henson. Her dances have been described as “euphoric,” “ multisensory,” and “like watching the sky.”

Nat Newburger is a scrap metal dealer by day and an Improvisational dancer by night (and weekend.) His influences include martial arts, cartoon characters, and cumulonimbus clouds. His dancing has been described as “gossamer,” “rocky,” and “sublime.”

Good morning DMW Family! Sarah Ledbetter is bringing a one woman show THE FEELING IS MUTUAL to Memphis’ first ever FRING...
03/27/2018
Memphis FRINGE - The Feeling is Mutual: Sarah Ledbetter

Good morning DMW Family! Sarah Ledbetter is bringing a one woman show THE FEELING IS MUTUAL to Memphis’ first ever FRINGE festival April 13th-15th! “It is a display of daring and sometimes mistaken efforts for the purpose of sharing with you, the audience, what is feels like to be dancing in front of a group of people who deserve to see something really beautiful happen.”

We hope to see your sassy selves THERE! Golly, it would mean so very much. 🌹

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.eventbrite.com/e/memphis-fringe-the-feeling-is-mutual-sarah-ledbetter-tickets-44308154884/amp

THE FEELING IS MUTUAL is a one woman show that creator Sarah Ledbetter really, really hopes you’ll like. It’s about gravity and other pesky inevitables. It involves dancing, talking, and thinking. It is somewhat challenging for the audience member in that it makes some pretty wild connections be...

Happy Valentine's Day movers and shakers! Sending you ❤!
02/14/2017

Happy Valentine's Day movers and shakers! Sending you ❤!

Happy Valentine's Day movers and shakers! Sending you ❤!

Darling movers, Bethany Wells and I are so grateful for your dancing and for this community. A sweet pic from workshop w...
12/30/2016

Darling movers, Bethany Wells and I are so grateful for your dancing and for this community. A sweet pic from workshop with Elizabeth Corbett reminds me how beautiful it is to come together and expand our comfort zones in a safe environment, to celebrate our bodies' capacities to create and share the joy of life on earth.

08/05/2016

Jonathan Matthews talks us through the final variation of the phrase!

08/04/2016

Today we added some "bind and unwind" to the phrase from yesterday!

08/03/2016

Bind and unwind

08/03/2016

Day one in the Dance Lab with Jonathan Matthews!

We started with mindful movements (moving body part by body part across the floor) then unwinding into "mindlessness" (allowing gravity to carry us)

We also played with the concept of bound poses which forced us to reorient and reorganize our bodies: feet becoming hands, hands becoming feet, etc...

Juicy stuff!

Today is the day! If you forgot to register but would still like to join us, please do! We'll see you at Theatreworks at...
08/03/2016

Today is the day! If you forgot to register but would still like to join us, please do! We'll see you at Theatreworks at 10am!

Today is the day! If you forgot to register but would still like to join us, please do! We'll see you at Theatreworks at 10am!

Hello dears! This amazing workshop with Jonathan Matthews begins Wednesday! If you plan on joining us, please register b...
08/01/2016

Hello dears! This amazing workshop with Jonathan Matthews begins Wednesday! If you plan on joining us, please register by emailing [email protected]!

Hello dears! This amazing workshop with Jonathan Matthews begins Wednesday! If you plan on joining us, please register by emailing [email protected]!

Happy National DANCE day y'all! Get on up and boogie!
07/30/2016

Happy National DANCE day y'all! Get on up and boogie!

Happy National DANCE day y'all! Get on up and boogie!

Come and join us for this amazing floor-work workshop with Jonathan Matthews! Please email beewells@yahoo.com to reserve...
06/29/2016

Come and join us for this amazing floor-work workshop with Jonathan Matthews! Please email [email protected] to reserve you spot by July 5th!

06/04/2016

The Petals of a ROSA, 6 days and counting 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

It's happening!!!!!
05/13/2016

It's happening!!!!!

It's happening!!!!!

05/12/2016
ROSA

Please check out our page for ROSA! This bold dance/theatre work, directed by Sarah Ledbetter, will be both performed and filmed in Nashville on May 27th and 28th. Take a moment to "like" our page and become a part of the creative conversation!

https://www.facebook.com/ROSAadancethatmightbeaboutroses/

ROSA is an experimental performance project that uses humor, athleticism, and vulnerability to explore power in the feminine tense.

Check it! We are on Vimeo now! https://vimeo.com/user51544849
04/26/2016
Dance Makers Workshop

Check it! We are on Vimeo now!

https://vimeo.com/user51544849

Dance Makers Workshop is a vehicle for the generation, development, and support of new dance material in a community setting. Co-founded by Sarah Ledbetter and Bethany…

04/14/2016

A little LAB time this morning at "the pagoda" with Sarah Ledbetter, feeling my way through my song-line for ROSA.

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