We are excited to bring you this unique experience, as we explore the intersection of science and art through the world of insects! We will go on an interpretive hike to learn about the spring insects at Climbers Run, interact with insect ambassadors at the Center, and have the chance to meet the cast and characters of LOVEBUG and see excerpts from the show.
Attendees will join an ensemble of professional dancers as they creep, crawl, weave, fly, spin, sting, and hatch a captivating cast of creatures to life! Written and directed by Lauren Tait, LOVEBUG transports viewers into the intriguing world of bugs conveyed through dance. Intricate movement, elaborate costumes and playful poetry combine to create an evocative and visually compelling experience, all with the aim to spark wonder and discovery in kids-at-heart of all ages.
Performances from LOVEBUG, an interpretive hike that explores insects at Climbers Run and interacting with our insect ambassadors will make a perfect night of dance, discovery and exploration!
Based between Lititz, Pennsylvania and Annapolis, Maryland, choreographer and director Lauren Tait’s background spans dance performance, education, choreography, non-profit administration and dance advocacy. Currently, she runs Lititz-based FRWRD Dance Co, a project she launched in 2022, as its founder and director. Lauren spent much of her career as Executive and Artistic Director of Baltimore non-profit Kinetics Dance Theatre, overseeing a resident professional company and an 800+ student school of dance with a focus on artistry, accessibility, equity, and outreach. Early in her career Lauren danced with Baltimore Dance Project and Kinetics Dance Company. As a choreographer, her work has appeared at the Maryland Dance Festival, Baltimore Museum of Art, Merriweather Park’s Chrysalis Kids Series, the Baltimore Dance Invitational, AKIMBO, Howard County Community Dance Festival, and WBAL radio’s Concert for Kids. She was previously an adjunct professor in the dance department at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, and has conducted workshops and residencies throughout the east coast, notably with John’s Hopkins Peabody Preparatory, Howard County Community Dance Festival, Maryland Dance Education Association, NH-based Axis Dance Company, Franklin & Marshall College, Maryland’s Howard County Arts Council, Head StART in ART, Pennsylvania’s Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning and with various public and private schools. She developed programming through her project CommunityDanceLaboratory dedicated to dance outreach and education. Lauren is the recipient of numerous grants as well as a returning panelist for Howard County Arts Council’s Rising Star Award. She serves on the Board of Directors at Maryland Dance Education Association and Kinetics Dance Theatre. Lauren’s training began in early childhood and she has studied with a wide variety of dance professionals along her path. She attended high school at the Carver Center for the Arts and Technology and then the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Linehan Artist Scholar, where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Visual and Performing Arts/Dance and Psychology with concentration in development, as well as a minor in writing.
Where to Meet
The Russo Barn at Climbers Run Nature Center
What to Expect
This event is open to all ages. A restroom is available onsite. The event will run rain or shine, with cancellations for severe weather being made at the time of the event.
What to Bring
The event will include a short hike, so please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring drinking water and snacks if desired.
Phone: (717) 392-7891
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Climbers Run Nature Center
226 Frogtown Road
Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565