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Lani Nahele

Lisa Schmidt/Lani Nahele is a performing terpsichorean artist, and longstanding movement educator. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase. In New York City, while on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham studio, she danced and performed with Ohad Naharin which made a lasting impression. She joined the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1985. In the seven years she danced with the company, she had the good fortune to be part of the building process of six works with Trisha. In 1992 she spent several years in France, Spain and Germany working independently and in collaboration with gifted dancers and choreographers including Frey Faust, Helge Musial, Dieter Heitkamp, Katarina Rustler and Eva Geueke. In Germany she was awarded a commission and created a women’s quintet with original music compositions by Erich Kory and Erling Wold.

Lisa studied for four years with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and has since developed a body of teaching that integrates the science of the body into physical research, articulation, and expression. With a decades-long study of improvisational dance, she dances, an on-going collaboration, in the practice “Underscore +/- “ with Nancy Stark Smith. She holds certifications in Body-Mind Centering, Circulatory Massage, Ortho-Bionomy, Reiki, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, and Pilates. She has been a guest lecturer at Smith, Julliard, Marlboro, Bard, and Keene Colleges and is currently a Professor of Dance at Springfield College in Western Ma, where she restaged an excerpt of Trisha Brown’s “Set and Reset”.


Trisha Brown Dance Company Class Rotating Faculty

Past Classes & Events

Trisha Brown Dance Company Class

September 25, 2019