auspicious site visit signposts

While traipsing around and photographing potential sites with Gregory Jenkins, Executive Director at the Somerville Arts Council, for Auto Mobile Body Works presentation in Somerville in June, I came across this auspicious sign. I think we may have found one of the locations for the 4 scenes!


June 20th, 2014

Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Projects: Auto Mobile Body Works in Somerville, MA as part of the SOMDANCE festival.



transparently present

transparently present is a visual partnership of image space and (suggested) motion. The (suggested) motion exists between layers, time, and the near far field.



February 15th



Rhythm Tap Dance Workshop

Saturday February 15th, 2-4p, $20 

with action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber

Northampton School of Dance, 141 E. Damon Rd., Northampton, MA.

Register: 413.281.6734


Performance to follow

Tap & Blues

with Blues Woman Robin O’Herin

and Tap Dancer Stefanie Weber

Studio rEvolution

221 Pine St. (Arts & Industry Building) Florence MA Studio #422

7-8p, $10


Live in Nairobi





Join action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber (USA) with collaborative dancer/choreographers Adam Chienjo (NRB) and Sara Kwala Opondo (NRB) and special guests from VOCAL, Shangilia, Ghetto Exposed and more for a showcase of performance work featuring the fusion, growth and development of the American vernacular art form of Tap Dance in Nairobi with Kenyan-based musicians, dancers and image-makers.

Photographer Monika Pizzichemi (USA) partners with guest photographers from Nairobi to project images throughout the event that investigate the theme:

The Space To Transport Time
Nafasi Ya Kusafirisha Mda

Ukumbi Mdogo
Old Concert Hall
Kenya National Theater


Reserve tickets in advance:
CALL 0737466971

Sponsored by


They Dance For Rain: Slideshow 12/15

The Whitney Center for the Arts, 46 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield MA announces the presentation of They Dance For Rain: A Slideshow on Sunday December 15th 2013 at 5:30p. The event is open to all ages and there is a suggested donation of $10 which goes directly to the continuation of the project in view.

They Dance For Rain is a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist and Pittsfield native Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer and Pittsfield’s Empty Set Project Space co-owner Monika Pizzichemi.  The slideshow coincides with a photo exhibit up until December 21st at The Lichtenstein Center For The Arts at 28 Renne Ave in Pittsfield.

Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought Tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. In this area of the world, Tap Dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of Tap Dancers. These dancers will innovate the form through use of their own culturally distinctive ideas and styles.

The slideshow will feature select photographs, videos and stories from Weber and Pizzichemi’s 2013 residency in Nairobi working with four organizations that support the performing arts in underserved areas: Shangilia Child Rescue Center, VOCAL (Voices of Change All Over), Banjuka Dance Program and GoDown Arts Center. The artists will take time to answer questions, announce further upcoming plans, promote their active fundraising efforts and explain the artistic expansion of the project.

The Whitney Center for the Arts was established by Pittsfield native Lisa Whitney in 2012, saving and creatively reusing the historic Colt House in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. Named in honor of her parents, the arts center features changing art shows, intimate theatre and music performances, and other special events, and has upstairs offices and studios for rent.

This newly established arts center aims to provide a platform to established and up and coming visual and performing artists to showcase their talent and promote arts and culture in Pittsfield. For more information contact

They Dance For Rain is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. To learn more about They Dance For Rain, visit or contact or 413.281.6734



Tap & Blues: December

 ..a rare public appearance by the ladies of the muddy waters….

Robin O’Herin & Stefanie Weber

Come to a place that beckons for some Blues. Join us as we openly explore the roots and branches of Delta Blues and the lush punctuations of rhythm Tap Dance.

…from our two heads and two hearts to our twenty toes…

Featuring slide guitar and two pairs of Tap shoes.


• Tuesday • December 10th • 7p

The Whitney Center For The Arts

46 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA


•Saturday • December 14th • 7p

Studio Revolution

Arts& Industry Building #422

221 Pine St., Florence, MA



The Anatomy of a Tap Dancer 12/14

The Anatomy of a Tap Dancer is a dance workshop that examines through movement and sound the details that create today’s Tap Dancer.

Rhythm, pulse, tones. Muscles, fascia, bones. Steps, shoes, phrases, numbers and history known and unknown. Poetry, styles, trends and zones. Heart, sole, spirit and… minds of our own.

Celebrate this amazing American vernacular art form, its roots, our bodies, the floor and each other. All levels are welcome, all will dance, be challenged and changed. Every workshop at each location is unique and suited specifically to those in the room.

Saturday December 14th



Northampton School of Dance

141 E. Damon Rd. Northampton, MA



Tap shoe rentals: $2

Stefanie Weber is an outsider Tap Dance artist. Action-based, she travels near and far to share her love, experience and passion for the American derived art form of Tap Dance. Focusing on the deep and subtle aspects of the biomechanics (movement), dynamic expressions, and space between beats, Stefanie brings a unique perspective and vast knowledge from her years of study, performance, isolation and creative action. 

Saturday December 14th at 7p, Stefanie appears on Tap with Delta Blues singer and guitarist Robin O’Herin in the intimate space of Studio Revolution #422 in Florence in the Arst & Industry Building.

to RSVP:

To support Stefanie’s dance making project in Nairobi: