ARTLAB J’s Moving with Detroit partnership with National Association Asian American Professional Detroit has created a space for dance industry professionals and audiences to SEE, TAKE, TALK about dance in Metro-Detroit. During the Festival, Moving with Detroit with? informational and interactive lunches will feature artist talks, panel discussions, and guest speakers.


August 18th - August 20th :: 11:30 - 1:30 pm

Moderator Sook Wilkinson


The events are free, lunch is provided for a nominal fee

Crystal Gallery at Detroit Institute of Arts


fRIDAY August 18th

Artist talk by Kelly Hirina and Michael O'connor


Kelly Hirina, After 17 years living and working as a dancer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Kelly is now based in Ann Arbor, USA. She has completed her Double Skin/Double Mind teacher training in 2017 after four years of intensive training while working as a dancer with ICKamsterdam. Kelly received a B.F.A. In Dance from the University of Michigan in 1999 and is currently a graduate instructor there while working towards her Masters in dance. In 2000, a Fulbright scholarship took her to the Netherlands where she worked with many different choreographers such as; Emio Greco & Pieter Scholten, Krisztina de Chatel, Suzy Blok, and Dylan Newcomb, both as freelancer and company member. Kelly also worked in mime/theater onstage with Jakop Ahlbom and Compagnietheater (Theu Boermans) and in films with makers such as Arno Dierickx and Noud Heerkens. Beyond dance, Kelly is also a fully certified Pilates and Vinyasa Yoga instructor. She enjoys sharing all of her interests with her students by weaving the knowledge together during training. Kelly enjoys creating an extremely physical experience while also encouraging her students to take the practice deeper beyond the physical, a training that is both concentrated and joyous. She looks forward to sharing DS/DM the method with the American dance community bringing a fresh approach to the body and mind.

Michael O'Connor (USA/AT) is a choreographer, dancer and teacher living in Vienna. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and a Masters from Das Choreography in Amsterdam. Michael was a company member with Cie. Willi Dorner from 2003-2010 setting the piece Bodies in Urban Spaces worldwide. In 2008 BalletTanz, he was the ‘dancer to watch’ in Vienna for his choreographic solo debut. Since 2009 Michael is the Vienna branch facilitator for Fieldwork. He has taught at universities and dance houses in USA, Copenhagen, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. His piece TERTIARY was nominated for the Prix d’Jardin at ImpulsTanz. He has worked with David Zambrano, Deborah Hay, and was an OMI dance resident in 2016. This summer he presented his work on the intersection between neuroscience and dance at Spring Dance, and at the Mind and Brain School in Berlin.



Saturday august 19th

Korean Music and Dance history

Global Pungmul Institute (GPI) is a Chicago-based 501(c)3 non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to developing and promoting traditional Korean cultural and performing arts, especially Korean drumming called pungmul.

GPI lectures can address various aspects of pungmul (Korean drumming) such as its history, philosophy, music, dance, etc. In addition, GPI demonstrates and lecture about other Korean traditional performing art forms including Korean mask dance and Korean folk songs.

GPI provides a drumming workshop for demonstrating and teaching traditional pungmul rhythms with four different types of instruments; a Korean mask dance and lion dance workshop; and a Korean folk song workshop.


Sunday august 20th

Nutrition for Dancers session

  • Workshop for adults, for all DDCF friends, including dancers, administrators, professionals of all industries and non-dancers!
  • Topics include:  work-life balance, power lunches, shopping & cooking tips, & mindful eating

Kelly Buwalda is a Certified Health Coach and Founder of Kelly Buwalda, Nutrition & Wellness. She graduated from Hope College (Holland, MI), where she studied Dance and Psychology, and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (New York City).  Since 2010, she has been coaching clients of all ages and has created original content for dancers attending Summer Intensives at Joffrey Ballet School, Avalon School of the Arts, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. By integrating her experiences as a dancer, outdoor enthusiast, gardener, and yogi, Kelly offers her clients practical and intuitive steps to embrace the path of transformation. 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu