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Welcome to the Southern Vermont Dance Festival!  Takes place July 14th - July 17th with 100 classes, 3 Gala performances, Informal performances, Dozens of Community Events, Meet and Greets and Receptions and Dinner at Rudyard Kiplings house and much more.  Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite and have access to your own Vermont Dance Adventure.
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Fernadina Chan

Continuum Dance Project
Artistic Director
Fernadina Chan was the founding artistic dean and chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy, a public high school of visual and performing arts. Retired in June, 2012 as 34-year veteran dance educator in the Boston Public Schools, Ms. Chan has taught at English High School for 20 years before helping to found Boston Arts Academy. In addition, she founded and directed the All City Dance Company, an after-school program for BPS high school students. Before moving to Boston, she was on the faculty of the State University of New York in Binghamton.

She received her B.A. in Physics from Southern Illinois University and M.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois. A Conant Fellow, Ms. Chan received her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993. She is a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® teacher.

Ms. Chan has received numerous awards: "Distinguished Arts Educator in Dance" from Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education in 1999; 2001 Terpsichore Award from Topf Center for Dance Education; The Dance Belt Award in 2002 for her service to the dance community; Teacher of the Year from the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education in 2005; and most recently, Boston Educator of the Year in 2011. She was awarded a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship to explore dance and technology at Arizona State University in the summer of 2001. In 2012 she received a grant from Fund for Teachers to explore GYROTONIC® application for dancers. Most recently, she was named 2013 Dance Champion by Boston Dance Alliance.

She has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a member of the Massachusetts Department of Education Arts Curriculum Framework Committee. She had served on the Board of the Boston Dance Alliance.

As an artist, Ms. Chan's performance and choreographic credits include television, film and stage in Hong Kong, the US, and Canada. She founded the East/West Dance Theater in 1977 and was its Artistic Director until 1988. Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble and the MJT Dance Company have performed her works, and her collaboration with modern dancer Jen-Jen Lin was one of seven choreographers commissioned for Dance Umbrella's 1993 "Boston Moves." Her representative works including the commission of Vision for the inauguration of President Elizabeth Chen of New England College of Optometry and Jia Zi created during her BAA Artist Teacher fellowship focus on experimentation with technology. Collaborating with composer Lisa Bielawa, her last project "Collective Melodies in Fragments" for BAA's 2012 Benefit Gala blends virtual and real in an unconventional space.

Since her retirement from full time teaching, she founded Continuum Dance Project as a choreography laboratory to experiment with BAA dance alum and mentor them as young choreographers. In 2013, she was commissioned to choreograph a piece in response to climate change for the Center of Arts Education at Boston Arts Academy, and a new work “I[yi]” for the Across The Ages Dance Project in May, 2014. She has produced two full evening concert with Continuum Dance Project and a site-specific interactive dance and food event at a Victorian house. For theater, she had served as choreographer and movement consultant for TCSquare's “Great War Theatre Project” as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I.