Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a new performance series presented by Helen Simoneau Danse in collaboration with regional artist Caitlyn Swett and local artist Taryn Griggs. Modeled on the long running program of the same name at Danspace Project in NYC, Food for Thought is a platform to see thoughtfully curated performance and collect donations for the local Food Bank. Admission is $5 with 2 cans of food or $10 with no cans. Canned goods will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and matched by a donation from Whole Foods Market.


Adaptive Dance

photo by Virginia Weiler

Adaptive Dance, by Helen Simoneau Danse, is a creative movement program for patients hospitalized for rehabilitation following stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. The program offers high-quality movement experiences for patients while educating participants in the process of contemporary dance-making. The program was developed in collaboration with the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC.

Tori Westcott is HSD’s Managing Director. Prior to joining HSDanse, Ms. Westcott managed the Adaptive Dance program at Boston Ballet, expanding it to serve individuals with various developmental and physical abilities. She studied developmental medicine as a LEND Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University, with a focus in arts and education.

Julianne Harper is an educator, performer, and choreographer with an extensive background in creating movement for non-typical dancers. She has trained in various dance forms, ranging from contemporary to tap, and has worked with students of all ages and mobility levels. Ms. Harper has participated in dance residencies for the Enrichment Center and for the Children’s Center, and holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

This program is generously funded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.