Teacher Bio

Loren Groenendaal is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Philadelphia, working with her own company, Vervet DanceAs a teacher, she has taught all ages, focusing on creative movement for children and Modern Dance for teens and adults. She holds a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College, an MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF), which she earned from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in 2010. She has been adjunct or guest faculty at  Arcadia University, DeSales University, Juniata College, Temple University, Towson University, University of the Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her freelance offerings through Loren Teaches Movementshe is on faculty with University City Arts League and Koresh Dance, teaching creative dance to children. Whether she is teaching students, young or old, professional or recreational, she delights in encouraging her students with playful rigor to open new options in their movement and find wonder with their dancing. When teaching technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals or coaching through the lens of Laban Movement Analysis, her goal is to help individuals find more ease, expression, and understanding through movement. She has been improvising her entire dancing life and currently performs contemporary modern, contact improvisation, improvisation, and classical Balinese dance. She is a founding member of The H-O-T Series and The Impermanent Society of Philadelphiawhich supports freely improvised dance and music in performance and is a key organizer and teacher for the Philadelphia Contact Improvisation community. As the Artistic Director of Vervet Danceshe produces much of her creative work, both tightly choreographed works and semi-composed improvisation.