Vervet Dance Welcomes Spring (Postponed)

May 16 - June 15
All day
Vervet Dance Welcomes Spring (Postponed)

Please note: In an effort to follow the public health recommendations of social distancing in light of coronavirus/COVID-19, we have postponed this event.  We will update this page once we have determined the new date.  

Nature inspires these dances choreographed by Loren Groenendaal with performances by dancers and musicians of Vervet Dance. This performance highlights the beauty of nature that can be seen in local forests complete with insects, birds, and trees. The event shows the disturbances invasive species and humans can cause to the delicate balance of ecosystems and offers some solutions everyday citizens, even young children, can do to contribute to a more healthy environment. We will rejoice in the resurgence of liveliness that is so evident in the spring season. 

Performances at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM in AdventureWoods

Performers include Bryan Amyt, Sean Thomas Boyt, Wyman Brantley, Michael Bradford Forbes, Derek Freeh, Loren Groenendaal, Kristina Donello, Eliot Klein, Denise Murphy Rohr, Jenny Roe Sawyer, Margot Electra Steinberg, Kat J. Sullivan, Michele Tantoco, Andy Thierauf, and Mauri Walton.


Travel, Parking, Accessibility:

The show is just under an hour and asks the audience to traverse from one outdoor site to another. The performance is kid-friendly. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds before or after the show. 

For more information and to invite your friends, click here for the Facebook Event.

Please park on Ardleigh St. near Haines St. and enter the AdventureWoods by walking into the Awbury Arboretum, which is across from the Awbury Recreation Center/Awbury Park.

To travel by SEPTA, the Washington Lane stop on the Chestnut Hill East line is very close.

Please email if you have accessibility or any other questions or if you would like to volunteer to help guide the audience.


The performance is free, and no registration is required, but Vervet Dance graciously accepts tax-deductible donations through Fractured Atlas.  Click here for more information.


Loren Groenendaal Teaching Artist/Artist Bio:

Loren Groenendaal is the founding artistic director for Vervet Dance, a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company. She was born in central Pennsylvania and nurtured on a forested mountain. Her childhood in this natural environment and her belief that humans are part of nature, informs her aesthetic. In 2003, Loren settled in Philadelphia where she has found and built a large network of creative people with whom she collaborates. As an artist, educator, and person, she is most interested in creating structures that allow for freedom and encourage empathy.

Her work investigates the community-building possibilities of live art, the spectrums between improvisation and composition and ritual and performance. She has a pattern of making dance about the patterns in nature. She is a proponent of curiosity, complexity, adaptability, empathy, and freedom. Much of her work is “semi-composed,” meaning she designs some elements and encourages freedom of expression by her collaborators. When movement is choreographed, she draws from her experience with modern, postmodern, contemporary, release, Balinese, folk, social, breakdance, and contact improvisation for movement material and aesthetic inspiration.

She earned an MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010 and holds a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College. Her arts and life practices are further informed by her studies of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals in which she is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.

Groenendaal’s creative work has been performed from Canada to Mexico and many places in between. She has been awarded performance residencies by the Community Education Center, the Abington Art Center, and The Quarry. Some of her works include “Boing!” “colorFULL,” “In the Light,” “Ornamentation,” “Surrender and Support,” and “SWARM!”

Loren has over a decade of dance teaching experience with a focus on creative dance. She often teaches Bartenieff Fundamentals, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Modern Technique, Dance Education/Pedagogy, Improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, and Somatics to adults and college students in Philadelphia and as a guest in surrounding areas. She currently teaches Improvisation at Muhlenberg College and creative dance to children with Leah Stein Dance Company, Koresh Kids Dance, and free-lance through Loren Teaches Movement. At the  University City Arts League, she teaches a unique interdisciplinary course of her own design called Crafting an Ecosystem in which she teaches K-2 students about a specific ecosystem as the build and craft an installation to perform in.

 Vervet Dance Mission:

Vervet Dance is a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company directed by Loren Groenendaal. The dance works draw on both the legacy of modern dance and cross-cultural influences to create innovative movement vocabularies and imaginative choreographies. Vervet strikes a unique balance between classic forms, new ideas, and ancient purposes for dance. Although subject matter varies, what is characteristic of the company is an ongoing intellectual diligence meeting a curious playfulness and an exploration of the visual and visceral components of dance.