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Lani Nahele

Summer Guest Teaching Artist

Lisa Schmidt aka Lani Nahele is a terpsichorean artist, and longstanding movement educator. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase. In New York City, while on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham studio, she danced and performed with Ohad Naharin. She joined the Trisha Brown Dance Company and danced with her for seven years. She had the good fortune to be part of the building process of six works with Trisha.  Thereafter, she spent several years in France, Spain, and Germany choreographing in collaboration with gifted dancers and choreographers including Frey Faust, Helge Musial, Dieter Heitkamp, Katarina Rustler and Eva Geueke. In Germany she was awarded a commission and created a women’s quintet with original music compositions by Erich Kory and Erling Wold.

Lani studied for four years with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and has since developed a body of teaching that integrates the science of anatomy into physical research, articulation, and expression. With a decades-long study of improvisational dance, she currently practices the Underscore and was blessed to dance with Nancy Stark Smith for ten years in this form. Lisa holds certifications in Body-Mind Centering, Circulatory Massage, Reiki, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, and Pilates and is the director of Studio rEvolution in Western Ma. She has been a guest lecturer at Smith, Julliard, Marlboro, Bard, and Keene Colleges. Lani was a Professor of Dance for five years at Springfield College, where she restaged an excerpt of Trisha Brown’s work, Set and Reset.

Teaching Courses:

Berkshire Pulse