Trans Body: An Exploration of embodied history and corporeality through dance

Elm City Dance Collective and the New Haven Pride Center collaborate on a month-long process workshop with a community of Trans identified people, non-dancers and dancers a like, to explore meaning, making and movement within the context of transgender identity, history and corporeality.

The project asks, how do we embody and perform our own history? How do we tell stories about ourselves through movement? How can we express trans identity through dance?

The project participants will showcase their work, a movement piece, on Saturday, March 30th at 2:00pm. FREE — at United Church on the Green Parish House at 323 Temple Street, New Haven.

We are looking for 10-15 transgender identified individuals to participate in the creation of the work and perform. Our next Trans Body project will be in FALL 2019. Please contact for more details.

The March 2019 project partnered with the Nasty Women Connecticut's exhibition Complicit: Erasure of the Body at Yale Divinity School.

- Arts Council
- City of New Haven, Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism

THROUGH THE ECHOES | CWOS Alternative Space (2018)

“Wellbeing” — community, ritual, invitation

Elm City Dance Collective and friends from the community will embrace this years City Wide Open Studios' theme, "Wellbeing" through visually evocative movement that reflects the performers' humanity and pays homage to the site they will be performing at, Yale University's West Campus. The performers will embody the essence of wellbeing through movement that engages the space and physically expresses metaphor inspired by contemplative practices and ritualistic ways of being in community. Seen from the outside, performed inside within the glass walkway connecting the Yale School of Nursing to Building #410. Conceived directed by Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with the performers.

Click here for performance times.


Through the Echoes was commissioned by Artspace New Haven.


Activism in Action

National Water Dance is an artist-driven collective of dancers and educators confronting critical water issues facing the United States. Stretching from New York to Hawaii and from Alaska to Puerto Rico we create simultaneous, site-specific dance performances with movers of all ages and experience. Created and directed by Dale Andree, National Water Dance believes that our environment is the most pressing issue of this generation and as dancers we are using our bodies to create a community that reaches out for action. Conceived and directed by Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with the dancers. More information HERE

*NATIONAL WATER DANCE participants involve anyone who would like to participate in activism, performing and the creative process through dance.*




Community Engagement Through Making

People In Motion is a movement and performance project for adult non-movers and movers alike. ECDC invites people to experience the power of dance through the practice and performance of making dance in the moment also known as dance improvisation or compositional improvisation. ECDC is looking to help people remember what their bodies are capable of and how great it feels to connect with other human beings through the art of dance and dance making. This project involves a 3-4 class/skill building structure; a weekend-long workshop; and a final performance by the participants. Conceived and directed by Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with the dancers.

People in Motion 2016: Sunday, April 24 10am-12pm/skill building class; Sunday, May 15, 10am-12pm/skill building class; June 4-5, 12:30-3:30pm/workshop and performance. For more information contact Kellie at

People in Motion 2016 was supported by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.  

Photo by  Jan Cunningham

Photo by Jan Cunningham

Photo by Daniel Eugene

Photo by Daniel Eugene

Photo by Jessy Griswald

Photo by Jessy Griswald