Open Mouth Insert Foot With Noted Choreographer Claire Porter at Northern NJ Community Foundation's Connect the Dots

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September 4, 2019

From: The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF)

Bergen County, NJ -- Join members of the arts community, municipal and community leaders and business owners at the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative's Connect the Dots event, Open Mouth Insert Foot, a comedic word and movement workshop.

Explore, Connect and Network

Participants explore creative ways to work collaboratively. They mix writing, spoken word and movement with a dash of humor added. The 'recipe' of movement, writing and spoken word comes together at the end with a mini-performance. The workshop is open to all ages, abilities and skill levels. Attendees may participate in the exercise or just observe.

Award Winning Choreographer to Facilitate

Noted choreographer Claire Porter, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, leads and facilitates the interactive, hands-on experience. Known for her comedic text and movement work and her skilled teaching, Porter received commissions and honors from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Live Music for Dance Commissioning project, Rockefeller Foundation and The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

She performed in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Gala and has been in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. During the past two years, Porter performed her work at The American Dance Festival, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Bates Dance Festival and also appeared at the Modern Language Association Conference with her grammar piece, Falling for Prepositions. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and is a Laban Movement Analyst. Currently, she holds several positions, including Artistic Director of Claire Porter/PORTABLES, teaches at Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University and conducts Claire’s Dance Workouts in Tenafly, New Jersey.

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen initiative is proud to offer this unique networking event led by such a renowned local dancer and choreographer for free. We hope artists and performers of all disciplines, and anyone interested in using their creativity, will take advantage of this opportunity to meet like-minded people, identify potential resources for their creative projects, and have fun," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 6:00 8:00 p.m.

Where: Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) in the Downstairs Gallery, located at 102 State Street in Hackensack, New Jersey. Parking is available on Warren Street and the Atlantic Street Garage.

Cost: The event is free and open to the public. Good-will donations are welcome.


Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be done online at

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation or ArtsBergen, contact or call 201-568-5608.