March 22-27, 2021

gender euphoria in movement 


Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or               that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics. 

Gender euphoria is the feeling of comfort that occurs when people feel completely aligned with their gender identity, or the sense of                    that comes with aligning yourself closer to your gender identity.



Dancer: David Norsworthy, Choreographer: Marie Lambin Gagnon, Costume Designer: Mairi Geig

build community with master LGBTQIAP+ dancemakers 

seminar leaders revealed soon

HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance is delighted to partner with Teagan Reed to help create the inaugural pro.noun dance festival (#Pronoun2021) in celebration of LGBTQIAP+ identifying dance artists. 


To help increase visibility and access to queer art and artists HAVEN and Teagan have curated a collection of somatic and technique classes, educational seminars, and a creative process for dancer’s to be able to develop their own material and artistic voice, while actualizing the self spiritually, intellectually, and physically.


This week-long queer dance celebration advocates for a gender inclusive dance future. Join a community of artists who create outside toxic heteronormativity and work to create queer-affirming, anti-homophobic, and intersectional accepting spaces. With the intention of increasing access and visibility to artists working at the forefront of creating representational danceworks for LGBTQ+ people, this first iteration is the pilot program for the in-person festival projected to take place in the Windy City in the spring of 2022. 

Photo credit: Noor Eemaan


Dancers age 16+ can participate in a myriad of empowering personal development that entails somatic attunement, formal technique study, participation in the creation of a new work, queer-centric seminars, and community building. (Minors age 16 and 17 are required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a release of liability.)



Dancers can drop-in for one class or purchase a class pass or unlimited access.


TIMES (listed in Pacific Time)

8-9:00 am Somatic attunement

9-10:30 am Technique study

11 am-12:30 pm Creative process rehearsal

5-7:00 pm Educational seminar



60 Minute Drop-in Somatic Attunement: $15

90 Minute Drop-in Movement Practice: $20

5-Classes (Somatic or Movement): $75

5 Rehearsals & Performance Opportunity: $150

5 Days of Movement Practice & Rehearsal: $200

90-minute Seminar: $20 each 

Unlimited Access $250



HAVEN and pro.noun dance festival feel strongly that no one should be turned away because of financial constraints. Full and partial scholarships are available! BIPOC Trans and genderqueer folks who may be struggling financially due to the global pandemic are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid. 

Send the following materials to

  • Written Statement of Financial Need

  • Two Letters of Recommendation and/or two references (email & phone number)​



Everyone (age 16+) with previous movement experience is invited and encouraged to participate. To register, email: 



This event is designed to showcase the artists who participated in the pro.noun dance festival. More details coming soon!


Like never before it is imperative to cultivate ourselves as creative, vulnerable, and imperfect vessels of our autonomy in order to find artistic resonance without judgement and with acknowledging fear, doubt, shame, and the entire range of human emotion that goes along with art making. Creative decision making starts with you, and it is my dream to work with you to help you develop your improvisational, compositional, mental, spiritual, and physical selves. Spend time working, playing, and contemplating with me to masterfully craft an artistic vision all your own. Participants will be able to use our time together to create footage and media for the participants reels, or other self- promotional material. More than that, It is my goal that at the culmination of our time together we have created a sense of unity among us.


Teagan Reed (he/she/they) is a Chicago based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. They are an alumni from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts ('16), Boston Conservatory at Berklee ('20), and the Hubbard Street Profesional Program (‘20). They trained at various intensive programs such as The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, One Body One Career Countertechnique x Springboard Dans Montreal, Peridance, and Bodytraffic. During their time at university they danced with Junichi Fukuda, Adam Weinert & Company, and at the American Repertory Theatre in The Donkey Show directed by Diane Paulus. They have performed works by Jose Limon, Merce Cunninham, Ted Shawn, Maurya Kurr, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayeatano Soto, Ron Brown, Jennifer Archibald, Ryan Mason, Rena Butler, Jonathon Alsberry, Gabe Katz, Levi Marsman, and Jenna Pollack among others.

In 2016, Teagan started a process-based movement project called Ballet Naked. The project was started by speaking to my peers in college about what performing naked would mean to them. About 30 performers participated in the project and we explored research as performance, and asked what it felt like to be vulnerable while executing movements on stage that were generated by a practice of improvisation as composition. This led me to desire to make dances that make themselves. Generative and restorative movement tasks that are  composed through rehearsals and mutual agreements to cultivate a practice of acceptance amongst the performers. During the COVID-19 global pandemic, Teagan is offering donation based zoom classes that are clothing and camera optional. The classes are an improvisational ballet class where we stimulate our autonomous creativity at the barre, or chair, or wall, or shelf. For more information visit 


KARA BRODY  is a native of Detroit, Michigan and received her BFA in dance from Wayne State University. She relocated to Chicago working with companies Khecari, Lucky Plush Productions and The Cambrians, and has worked with artists Erin Kilmurray, Amanda Maraist, Ayako Kato, Kevin Iega Jeff, Shannon Alvis, Brendan Fernandes and Alice Klock. Brody teaches frequently as a guest teacher at University of Chicago and has been on faculty at Virtual Dance Lab, Visceral Dance, Dovetail Studios, The

Cambrians’ Winter and Summer intensives, Lucky Plush Productions, Brighton Dance Festival, and The Actors Gymnasium. She is currently working with Danceable Projects with Erick Montes as well as Jodie Randolph Dance. a native of Detroit, Michigan and received her BFA in dance from Wayne State University. She joined Khecari in 2016 for her first project with Jonathan Meyer and Julia Rae Antonick. Kara is in her 4th season with Lucky Plush Productions under the direction of Julia Rhoads. She is a recurring member with The Cambrians for their annual Chicago Dances showcase, and has performed works by Kevin Iega Jeff, Shannon Alvis, and Alice Klock. Brody teaches in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. She has been on faculty at Visceral Dance,Dovetail Studios, The Cambrians’ and Summer intensives, Brighton Dance Festival, and The Actors Gymnasium. She guest teaches at University of Chicago and regularly teaches company and master classes for Lucky Plush Productions.

Wake up your body with this release-based practice. We’ll familiarize ourselves with movement sequences that partner with the use of momentum & gravity. Our priority is to be efficient as we activate and amplify our bodies. Be ready to move with ease and to analyze how we absorb, inform, and approach the way we embody movement.


MIKAELA S. BRANDON (She/her), originally from Warren, NJ, is a freelance artist, dancer, and choreographer. She began formal dance training at the age of three at Washington Rock Dance under the mentorship of Cleo Mack. She furthered her education at Fordham University/The Ailey School, where she received her BFA in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Mikaela was the 2018-2019 recipient of the Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholarship, and was afforded the opportunity to perform Alvin Ailey’s work, Memoria, at New York City Center in 2017, as well as Robert Battle’s work, Battlefield (excerpt) in the 2018 Ailey Spirit Gala at David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. She also assisted choreographer, Bradley Shelver, in setting his original work, Where There Are Tongues, on Alvin Ailey’s second company, Ailey II, in 2018. 

Mikaela Sinclair presented original choreography at the Ailey Citigroup Theater for three consecutive years (2017-2019). Her work has been described as powerful, meaningful and thought-provoking. She seeks to demonstrate the rawness of the human experience, through strong emotion, connection, and partnering work. She aims to bring to light the truth, so often tucked away in the darkness. Her choreographed works have included the following: And They Have Escaped the Weight (2016), Common Ground (2017), tri (2017), Void // Turn (2018), Materfamilias (2019), and EN MASSE (2019), all of which were presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater as a part of various student choreography performances.Mikaela has been a faculty member for the Ailey School Junior Division Program, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, and the Hubbard Street Youth Education Program in Chicago, IL. In 2017, she traveled abroad to Guatemala with JUNTOS Collective, an organization

founded by a fellow Ailey/Fordham BFA alumnus to cultivate international community through dance and outreach. Most recently, Mikaela is a Springboard Danse Montréal alumnus (2019), and has completed Hubbard Street’s Professional Program (HSPro) under the direction of Alexandra Wells (2019-2020). Ms. Brandon has worked closely with artists such as Jennifer Archibald, Gregory Dolbashian, Peter Chu, Adam Barruch, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Troy Ogilvie, amongst others. In addition to her work as a performer and educator, Mikaela is a creative at heart. She seeks to explore her role as an artist, activist, and all around human being. She practices yoga, finds healing in nature, and is currently in the process of writing a book. Mikaela is interested in how we can have a greater, more holistic, interdisciplinary impact on the world through the cultivation of personal practice and study. She believes that Life is here for us to breathe, create, and share our stories. “I have learned to stop needing the answers, and instead, I have learned to listen.”ion


(bio coming soon)

Photo by Randall Hobbet

ROBERTO VEGA-ORTIZ was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He began his training in hip hop, jazz and ballet in Taller de Bailes LeDaph in Manatí, PR at age 14. He then continued his pre-professional ballet training with Marie Carmen Márquez, Ana María Castañón, Orlando Carreras and Victor Gilí, and also studied at The School of Ballets de San Juan, Conservatory of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Specialized School in Ballet Julián E. Blanco, where he graduated from Level 8. He attended summer courses at Joffrey Ballet School, The Washington School of Ballet, The School of Nashville Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. After a season as an apprentice with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Mr. Vega-Ortiz decided to expand his studies at Miami City Ballet School in the fall of 2015 with teachers including Geta Constantinescu, María Torija and Olivier Pardina. In 2016 he joined the second company of Nashville Ballet where he danced leading roles with the main company. He later joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in 2017, where he toured extensively in countries such as Japan, Italy, Portugal, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland, Serbia, Germany and the US, performing female soloist and principal roles en pointe. Throughout his career, Mr. Vega-Ortiz, has guested with different companies such as Brandon Ballet, Northeast Youth Ballet and Menlowe Ballet and was also a cast member of The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber in San Juan, PR. . He joined Diablo Ballet in 2019 dancing in ballets created by Julia Adam, Sally Streets, Michael Wells and the male variation in Esmeralda. Along with Carlos Hopuy, Mr. Vega-Ortiz, is the co-founder of @MaleBallerinas, a global platform and community for male ballet dancers en pointe. He joined Diablo Ballet School's faculty in 2020.  

DAVID NORSWORTHY is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. Described as “an exceptionally lucid performer, technically impressive and articulate with choreographic detail” (Globe and Mail), David has been privileged to perform and tour with companies and creators including Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto), Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto), Dancenorth (Melbourne), ZviDance (New York), Brian Brooks (New York), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö), Andersson Dance (Stockholm) and Magma Dans (Stockholm) among others. He has presented his choreographic work at the CanAsian KickStart Festival (Toronto), Dance Matters (Toronto), Wave Rising Series (New York, USA), Our Voices (Stockholm), and the OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston Salem) among other festivals. Recent choreographic commissions include Lamondance (Vancouver), Point Park University (Pittsburgh), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto). Teaching experiences include workshops at several high schools, dance studios, and universities including Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), Point Park University (Pittsburgh) and York University (Toronto). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), David is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award (Mississauga) and one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2018 Emerging Artist Award (Toronto). David is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, a non-profit organization that produces dance workshops and performances across Canada.





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