Dana Duren

Artist / Creative (Individual)

Dana Duren is a teacher, improviser, choreographer, and performer based in Hadley, Massachusetts. Originally from Austin, Texas, Dana attended Smith College, where she earned a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology and performed in postmodern, dance theater, and hip hop works by guest artists, MFA students and fellow undergraduates, including Pamela Newell, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Shakia Barron, Whitney Wilson, Victoria Gonzalez, and Jessica Beliles. Since 2017, Dana has collaboratively choreographed and performed in postmodern dance theater works in Massachusetts, New York, and Texas as a member of Venus Wheeler Dance Collective and taught contemporary, hip hop, and yoga in after school programs and studios. As of spring 2022, Dana has developed a solo practice of filming, editing, and performing in short, improvised, site adaptive dances on her iPhone. One of her films, “Me in My Bathroom,” is an Official Selection at the 2022 Mobile Dance Film Festival. Dana brings not only her versatile training to dance spaces, but also a passion for pedagogy, incorporating skills she’s learned working as a special education teacher in order to increase engagement and enjoyment for her students and collaborators.  

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Primary Discipline

Dance - General

Additional Disciplines

Dance - Ballet
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Humanities - Anthropology
Media - Film
Media - Video
Theater - General

Activities

Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Community Arts

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Education

  • B.A. in Dance and Anthropology from Smith College
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Buti Yoga

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 2017
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Approx. 4 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: City/Town-wide
  • Seasons active: Year round