Workshops for kids & teens! STILTSHOP & ADVANCEDSHOP! Please read below


Stiltshop is a choreography workshop for children ages 5-10 . The basic elements of choreography will be covered, but more importantly the children will be given an opportunity to create dance from their own inspiration. With the guidance of experienced teacher and dancer, Lucia Dillon (who grew up participating in Stiltshop) and Abby Bender, choreographer and Festival Director, the children will build a piece to be performed at least twice in the Built on Stilts Dance Festival.

Registration for Stiltshop 2018 is now open and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited for each group. No experience is necessary. A registration fee is required along with a Stiltshop registration form below which includes the dates, times, locations and fee. You must keep a copy for your records and be very clear on the registration guidelines. Please contact Lucia Dillon for more information, or if you have trouble downloading the registration form.

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With the guidance of experienced choreographer, Abby Bender, kids will deeply explore the craft of making dance. While working toward one collaborative group piece for the show, each participant will be encouraged to develop their individual voice as an artist through experimentation, teamwork and creativity. Participants cooperatively generate nearly all the material for their dance. Bender aims to instill a love for making and performing dance regardless of technical proficiency or experience. She emphasizes decisiveness and the benefits of working hard, playing hard and ignoring the critic inside of us so we can free up our imaginations. No dance experience is required but Advancedshop is quite challenging (and FUN!) Advancedshop is for ages 11-16. Older teens who wish to join, please contact Abby for permission.

Advancedshop: 2017 will take place in W. Tisbury Thursday, July 26 - Friday, August 3 from 12-2pm. More details in the registration form below. The fee for Advancedshop is $150.

Please download and send in this Advancedshop form. Contact Abby Bender via email at shakes9999@​ with questions.

Stiltshoppers '08 just before showtime!

The Stiltshop Crew, 2003