Fall Concert

Fall Rhythms, Moves & Shorts: A Concert of Dance & Video

Join us for a weekend of exciting new dance works by local and national dance artists to benefit Halestone and our educational programs.

Saturday, November 9th, 7:00 pm

*pre-show performance by the Halestone Senior Company dancers at 6:45 pm

Sunday, November 10th, 3:00 pm

*pre-show performance by the Halestone Senior Company dancers at 2:45 pm

Performances are at 722 S Main St, Lexington, VA 24450. We have extremely limited seating for this event. Please reserve your ticket ahead of time to make sure you are able to attend the performance. Adult tickets $10; Seniors (65+) $8; Children 16 and under are free, but need a ticket reserved in advance

Work by:

Mauri Connors, Halestone alum and current Artistic Director, Lexington, VA

Mauri Connors grew up dancing at Halestone under the direction of Nancy Saylor. She received her BA in Dance with honors from Connecticut College in 2015, where she studied with David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins-Achille, Lisa Race, and Shawn Hove. Her undergraduate honors thesis was an interdisciplinary investigation into ecocentrism, sustainability, and contemporary dance that culminated in the creation of an artist book.  She has performed with Jenny Davies/ Progeny Dance and was a performer in Vicky Virgin’s Arm Dance #1: Forgiveness, a dance for camera. She has worked extensively with collaborator Mindy Toro to produce indoor and outdoor dance productions, solos, and duets. Her writing and visual work have been included in Contact QuarterlyMovement Research Performance Journal, and About Place Journal.  Currently she works as Artistic Director of Halestone Dance Studio, located in Lexington, VA, where she teaches creative movement, modern dance, improvisation, repertory and parent-child classes.  She is also working on a collaboration with Bailey Anderson, tentatively called the Watching Piece.  When not engaged with dance, Mauri volunteers for Blue Ridge CASA and with RACC as a volunteer stream water quality monitor.  Find more of her work at www.mauriterra.com. 

Silvia Sheffield & Co., Halestone alum, Durham, NC

Silvia Sheffield is a Durham-based dance artist from Rockbridge County, Virginia, where she grew up dancing at Halestone Dance Studio and with the Community Dance Connection Theatre. Silvia then continued her education at Oberlin College, where she received a B.A. in Dance and English and was awarded the Helen Ward Memorial Prize in Theater and Dance. Since moving to North Carolina in 2015, her work been presented by Tobacco Road Dance Productions, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, the Shenandoah Fringe Festival, and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. As a performer, Silvia strives to be brazenly vulnerable and mixes improvisation and dance theater to create visually striking dances. For more about Silvia, check out her website at www.silviasheffield.com or follow Silvia Sheffield & Co. on Facebook

Lydia Hance, Halestone Artist-In-Residence 2008, Houston, TX

Lydia Hance is the Founder Artistic Director of Frame Dance. She has been named an Emerging Leader by Dance/USA and has led Frame Dance in performances from the Galveston pier onto the METRO light rail, in the backs of U Haul trucks, downtown tunnels, and into museums, stages, and warehouses for the past ten years. A champion of new music composers, her work deepens interdisciplinary and multigenerational collaborations, and investigates the placement of dance in our lives. She is a choreographer, curator, filmmaker, educator, and dance writer who passionately believes dance should be a part of our every day lives. She holds degrees in Dance Performance and English Literature from SMU and trained at the Taylor School, Graham School, Tisch School of the Arts, Limon Institute and SMU.

Bailey Anderson, former Halestone Artistic Director 2017-2018, Pottstown, PA

Bailey Anderson is a performance artist, teacher, and scholar who received her MFA in Dance from CU Boulder where she studied disability at the intersection of dance pedagogy, performance, and feminist theories. She has performed with David Gordon’s Pick up Company, Nicholas Leichter Dance, and Emily Johnson’s Catalyst and her work has been presented at the Sans Souci Dance Film Festival, in London at the Society for Dance Research, and at the Body-Mind Centering Association Conference. Her process centers around the diverse experiences and knowledge that come from disability identity and culture and how disability can intersect with other ways of knowing. Bailey served as the Artistic Director at Halestone from 2017-2018 and is so excited to continue to stay in touch with all of the lovely people who continue to support dance in Rockbridge County and the surrounding area. 

Nate Gardner, guest artist, Lexington, VA

Heather Rhea O’Connor, guest artist, Natural Bridge, VA

Heather Rhea O’Connor, native of Norfolk, graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in 2014. Following graduation, Heather relocated to Richmond where she worked for Richmond Ballet’s education outreach program “Minds in Motion”. While in Richmond, Heather also performed with a modern dance company, Starr Foster Dance, from 2015 to 2018. Heather moved to Natural Bridge in 2017 with her husband, Rory. Heather gave birth to her daughter, Aurora Rhea, on January 1st, 2019. Heather currently spends most of her time “mom-ing” and working as a Behavioral Support Clinician with Compass Counseling Services of Virginia. Heather is very thankful for the opportunity to revisit her identity as a creator and mover of dance and is looking forward to her expanding her dance career in the Rockbridge County area.

Mindy Toro, Halestone Artist-In-Residence 2019, Brooklyn, NY

A Brooklyn native, Mindy Toro graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in dance.  Toro started dancing Irish Step Dancing at seven years-old.  She then went to study dance at Spoke the Hub in Park Slope, Brooklyn for ten years with Elise Long and Erin Gottwald.  Toro danced at the 92nd Street Y as a Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship Student.  In 2006, Toro danced in Brooklyn’s empty McCarren Pool for Noemie Lafrance’s Agora II.  In 2007 and 2008 Toro performed in the Prospect Park Zoo with Philippa Kaye.  In the summer of 2008 Toro did Capoeira with Mestranda Edna Lima which furthered her intrigue in athletic movement.  In 2009 Toro attended American Dance Festival Six-Week-School.

Mindy has shown her choreography at the Socrates Sculpture Park, LAVA, La Mama, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and at various street festivals, parks, and gardens around the city.





The Halestone Foundation enriches the Rockbridge area by providing access to quality dance experiences and education in nurturing environments. We foster the creative process, artistic excellence, and joy.  We empower individuals and communities to make, perform, and experience original dance as a theoretical, technical, and expressive art.

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Halestone is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts

The Halestone Foundation

The Halestone Foundation is a non-profit organization that houses Halestone Dance Studio and its community outreach.

We are led by a volunteer board: Ann Courtney - President, Joel Kuehner - VP, Jessica Sullivan, Don Henk, Daniel Hinkle, Stephanie Hodde, Jessica Dixon, Robb Zahm, Erin Graves - members at large.
If you have questions about being a member of the board please contact the board at board@halestone.com


Halestone Dance Studio is handicap accessible, with a cement ramp to the door and a wheel-chair accessible bathroom.

We endeavor to make all of our events and classes accessible to all who desire to be there. Please contact us if you need a particular accommodation for one of our events.

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Artistic Director, Mauri Connors

Contact the Board of Directors

Studio Manager, Elizabeth Becker

Phone: (540) 463-7444

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1583 
Lexington, Virginia 24450