Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Christal Brown/INSPIRIT

Christal Brown is the founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance at Middlebury College.   Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers cleaning up on Saturday mornings as a child to the music of the Chi-Lites, Marvin Gaye, and Shirley Caesar.  These rituals innately produced a strong desire in her to make all work melodic, sensual, meaningful and set to music.  Brown has danced since she was released from the confines of piano lessons at age 9.  By navigating her way through narrow corridors of segregated understandings onto the stages of beautiful theaters, community centers, churches, classrooms, and cultural epiphanies, Brown has found the true meaning of grace.  Her path of self- discovery has been influenced by trailblazers such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.  Through these conduits of movement matter she was given the opportunity, permission, and responsibility to move and move others.  She is a mover, a warrior of change and transformation, living out experiences her double amputee father recounted from his war-ridden dreams.  The melodies in her body are melancholic and brought to life through the music; seen rather than heard through her choreography. Brown combines her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and passion for teaching to create works that redefine the art of dance and the structure of the field. 

 

 

Additional Links: 
Performed at Joes Pub, excerpt from The Life Cycle Series
all male cast embodying the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali
Work created for The Earl Mosely Institute for the Arts

I Have Worked With

  • January 2016

    The Opulene of Integirty was performer in a two night run as a part of the Greensboro Fringe Festival

     

     

     

  • September 2015

    Art Burst and Brown Bag Lunch interview with Paul Zaloom as a part of the Sandglass Theater's Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival—Sat, Sept 12 to Sun, Sept 20 - See more at: http://howlround.com/livestreaming-sandglass-theaters-puppets-in-the-gre...

  • September 2015

    Teaching Fall classes for young people and adults. 

     

    Dance for Adults with Christal Brown

    Mondays,  Sept 28- Nov 16
    6:00-7:15

    For ages 18 and above
    Combining the focus and intention of a meditative practice with a series of exercises designed to train the body in articulate expression as well as athletic execution, this class focuses on developing the total mover. Exercises focus on alignment, torso and spinal flexibility, clarity of focus, upper and lower body strength, and abdominal control. By transforming philosophical notions of being into movement explorations, participants will discover intersections between technique, self expression, and the joy of moving. 
     

    Introduction to Contemporary Dance with Christal Brown and Students from the Middlebury College Dance Program

    Mondays, Sept 28- Nov 16 
    3:30-4:45 

    For Grades 7-12
    We are so pleased to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to movers of all levels, interest, and abilities in the performing arts. Christal Brown is the Chair of Dance at Middlebury College and has worked with some of the biggest names in the contemporary dance world among them Bill T. Jones, Liz Lerman and Urban Bush Woman. She has also established her own body of work as the founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, and the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance. Christal will be co-teaching this technique workshop with her best students. The workshop will take place in a fun and inspiring class environment and culminate in a performance. 
    Cost: $175

      

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Christal
Job Title/Position: 
Choreographer/ Professor
Mailing Address: 
211 Cottage Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
Physical Address: 
211 Cottage Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
Last Name: 
Brown

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Multi-Disciplinary
Year Founded: 
2005
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
School Groups
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
International Association of Blacks in Dance
Fractured Atlas
Education: 
BFA UNCG and MFA, Long Island University
Awards: 
Distinguished Alumni UNCG
Rebecca Blunk Fund
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Flexible
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$12,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
7

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
The Leadership Program
Gyrotonics
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000