Profile Type: Artist
Alana Rancourt Phinney

Hello Community! My background includes - earning an MFA from Smith College, a BA from Keene State College, and a diploma in dance studies from London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire. After graduate school, I left New England for New York City, navigated the modern dance scene, fronted a few bands, met my partner and had a baby! After years of swirling around NYC, our family moved to Ardmore, a suburb of Philadelphia. While pushing the stroller in my new neighborhood, I discovered an idyllic, one-acre park and "Park Dancing" was born! I began facilitating community dance events inspired by Fluxus art and using tools of performance improvisation that took root and continued for over three years. Alas, we desired a more rural setting for our son's upbringing and relocated to Vermont! I look forward to crossing paths with you!

Additional Links: 
A Dance Concert in the Park
Hannah Dennison's The Quarry Project - Teaser Clip
"Keep Going" - Spoken Word & Movement
Photos and Video Clips

I Have Worked With

  • June 2021

    As an ensemble member of Hannah Dennison's The Quarry Project since 2017. 

  • June 2021

    Across Roads Center for the Arts is the sponsor for a series of Park Dancing events in Waterbury Center, planned for June through December 2021.

  • April 2021

    The Flynn presented The CHAIRS Scene of The Quarry Project in their Windows on Main Series on April 17, 2021.


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Alana Rancourt
Job Title/Position: 
Performing Artist & Facilitator
Physical Address: 
Montpelier, VT 05602
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Music - New
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Dance Alliance
ITAC Climate Collective
MFA in Dance, Smith College, Northampton, MA
BA in Theater Arts, Keene State College, Keene, NH
Diploma of International Studies in Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Laban Centre, London, UK
Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant June 2021

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Inclusive Arts VT Training, Art of Connection, June 30, 2020 Movement for PD, Level 1 Teaching Assistant Training with sara McMahon, 2018

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
a performance space and audience seating
sound and lighting are ideal
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Art-Train, National Training and Technical Assistance Program by Springboard for the Arts and Center for Performance and Civic Practice, May 2021
Organizing Artists for Change (OAC) Institute July 2021 with Dance Exchange (founded by Liz Lerman)
Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Training July 2021
TimeSlips Facilitator Certification Training August 2021
Fee Range Minimum: 
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