Choreographer Claire Porter Leads Connect the Dots

Choreographer Claire Porter Leads Connect the Dots

Join members of the arts community, municipal and community leaders and business owners at the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative’s Connect the Dots event, Open Mouth Insert Foot, a comedic word and movement workshop. The experiential networking event takes place on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) in the Downstairs Gallery, located at 102 State Street in Hackensack, New Jersey from 6:00 8:00 p.m. In addition, parking is available on Warren Street and the Atlantic Street Garage.  The event is free and open to the public. Good-will donations are welcome.

Participants explore creative ways to work collaboratively. They also mix writing, spoken word and movement with a dash of humor added. The ‘recipe’ of movement, writing and spoken word comes together at the end with a mini-performance. The workshop is open to adults of all abilities and skill levels. Furthermore, attendees may participate in the exercise or just observe.

Award Winning Choreographer to Facilitate

Claire Porter, a prominent choreographer, dancer, and performer, leads the NNCJF's ArtsBergen Connect the Dots Open Mouth + Insert Foot.

Claire Porter, a prominent choreographer, dancer, and performer, leads the Connect the Dots event in September.

Noted choreographer Claire Porter, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, leads and facilitates the interactive, hands-on experience. Known for her comedic text and movement work and her skilled teaching, Porter received several commissions and honors.  These include the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  In addition,  Live Music for Dance Commissioning project, Rockefeller Foundation and The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation recognized her work.

She performed in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Gala and has been in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. During the past two years, Porter performed her work at The American Dance Festival, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. She also performed at the Bates Dance Festival and appeared at the Modern Language Association Conference with her grammar piece, Falling for Prepositions. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.  Porter is also a Laban Movement Analyst. Currently, she holds several positions, including Artistic Director of Claire Porter/PORTABLES and teaches at Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Furthermore, she conducts Claire’s Dance Workouts in Tenafly, New Jersey.

An Opportunity

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative is proud to offer this unique networking event led by such a renowned local dancer and choreographer for free. We hope artists and performers of all disciplines, and anyone interested in using their creativity, will take advantage of this opportunity to meet like-minded people, identify potential resources for their creative projects, and have fun,” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.


Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be done online. For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation or ArtsBergen, contact or call 201-568-5608.


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