Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer, Movement Analyst
Loren Groenendaal is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for Vervet Dance, a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company. She earned an MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a BA in dance and visual arts from Oberlin College. Her choreographic work has been seen in various venues, including the Philly Fringe Festival and the North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Event Choreographer’s Showcase as well as being supported by residencies at the Abington Art Center and the CEC’s New Edge Mix. She has also trained in Balinese dance with Gamelan Çudamani based in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. In 2010, she was a semi-finalist for a Fulbright scholarship to return to Indonesia to continue her studies and artistic research. As an improviser, she explores free and structured improvisation, solo, in duos with musicians, and in larger groups. Her practices of dancing, teaching, improvising, and choreographing are being further informed by her studies of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Loren currently dances with Katherine Kiefer Stark’s The Naked Stark, Lacy James’ Mereminne dancers, Swarthmore’s Balinese Gamelan Semara Santi, and the Indonesian Cultural Club of the Delaware/Philadelphia area. She co-facillitates a weekly contact improv jam in Philadelphia.