PACA performances a success!

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in News | 0 comments

RK1_0217 Hope and AndyRK1_0241 Laura and Lani 2We had a blast performing alongside Pittsburgh’s Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight of slowdanger, and what fun to share this experimental work with curious and enthusiastic Erie audiences!  Here are a couple of images from our piece “The Calligraphy of Birds”.  Photos by Rick Klein.

Dance ExpERIEments: Daring Investigations of What Moves Us

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in News | 0 comments

I am so excited to share the stage with the wonderful artists who are contributing their great talents to this performance:  Veteran dance musician Andy Hasenpflug will be joining Hope Schultz, Laura Swedenborg and myself for a new multi-layered dance-based performance work titled “The Calligraphy of Birds”.

We are delighted to have Pittsburgh’s slowdanger share the evening with us.  They will perform an excerpt of their new work “memory 4”.  For more information about slowdanger please visit:   Please join us at PACA in Erie for this one-of-a-kind event in Erie!

April 29-30, 2016

8 p.m.

Reception to follow Saturday’s show

Tickets:  $12 at the door or reserve online at

slowdanger 8.5x11 WEB

Soma Movement Arts, a place for discovery, connection and fun!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in News | 0 comments

As studio co-directors, Lani Weissbach and Pat Clutter are relishing sharing the many deep practices of mindful movement with the Erie community and beyond.  If you are ever coming through our town, please check out our beautiful space right in the heart of Erie.  Our website gives you all the information you need about classes, prices, workshops, and directions to our studio.  Workshops with local and out-of-town artists and teachers are an integral part of our service to the community.



World class butoh artists from Japan and China to teach and perform in Erie

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in News | 0 comments

I am thrilled that we have the great fortune of working with two artists of White Fox Butoh right here at my studio in the heart of Erie, April 18-19th, 2015.

The workshop will culminate in a performance at PACA in Erie on Sunday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the door.


Also featuring live music by Andy Hasenpflug


Kan Du Hasenpflug

Guest Artists Gerry Trentham and MorrisonDance to join Shen & Bones this week

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Im Only Human 8.5x11 PRINTA great week is ahead!  Toronto-based artist Gerry Trentham will be in residence for the week in Erie, putting the finishing touches on a new piece he created for Shen & Bones Performance Group, as well as teaching at Gannon University, Wayne School and Soma Movement Arts.

MorrisonDance, a Cleveland-based dance theater company, will join Gerry Trentham and Shen & Bones for two performances at PACA in downtown Erie, Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, 2015 at 8 p.m.  Admission is $12, and a reception will follow the Saturday performance.


An open, mixed-level master class with Gerry Trentham will be on Saturday, March 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Soma Movement Arts Studio.  Cost is $15 at the door.  Please visit for directions and more info about the studio.


New home for Shen & Bones and Lani’s classes

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Very exciting news!  I now have a home, right in the heart of Erie, PA, for all my classes, workshops and company rehearsals (and eventually performances, too.)  The lovely Pat Clutter and I are now co-directors of Soma Movement Arts,  a beautiful, 1,300 square foot studio with wood floors, high ceilings and big windows.  We are at 2601 Peach Street, 2nd floor, right above Ink Assassins Tattoo.  For a schedule of classes and more information about this awesome space, please visit:



Workshop news

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Big thanks to Vangeline France, director of Vangeline Theater in NYC for inviting me to teach on October 18th!  And thanks to all who took the workshop, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with such a beautiful, wild and open group of dancers, each with something unique to bring to the experience.  What a gift!


In other news, I will be offering another butoh workshop in Cleveland on Saturday, November 22 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Big thanks to Hope Schultz for organizing this.  Please check out this Facebook link below for all the pertinent information.


Here is the link:

Lani to teach in NYC October 2014

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Lani Weissbach is thrilled for the opportunity to teach a workshop for Vangeline Theater in New York City this fall.  Please open this link for more information.

Early Fall Updates

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

With cooler temperatures on the way Erie, we’re gearing up for a good fall.  Shen & Bones Performance Group is about to embark on a new project with Gerry Trentham, a voice/movement expert from Buffalo who will be coming to Erie to set a new work on us.  Very exciting!  You can find out more about Gerry’s work HERE.   We’ll keep you posted on developments with this piece as well as our debut of  new work by Lani Weissbach and Cleveland-based company MorrisonDance, which will all be part of an evening-length concert here in Erie next March.

Also, Lani’s Tuesday morning and evening dance and yoga classes are continuing through September and October.  All experience levels are welcome!  Here is that information:


Moving from Center: Contemporary Modern dance technique and improvisation for every body

When: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: Girl on Fire Movement Studio, 2601 Peach St. 2nd Floor
Cost: $10 drop-in, $36 for a 4-class card
What to bring: Wear clothing comfortable for movement
This class will blend basic principles of contemporary modern dance technique with improvisation, emphasizing the capacity for ease, freedom and dynamic power within the human body.  Some of the concepts we will explore will include:  stability and mobility of the pelvis and joints; clarity of form, line and direction in the body and space, and; gravity, momentum, natural alignment and core activation for the integration of the body as a whole.  Breath work and imagery will heighten awareness and sensitivity.  Enjoy moving and being in a safe environment geared toward personal discovery and FUN!

Yoga and Beyond: A contemporary approach to ancient wisdom

Where: The Village of Healing and Wellness 2340 W. Grandview Blvd. Suite #9, Erie PA
When: Tuesdays, 6:15–7:15  p.m.
Cost: $10 drop-in, $36 4-class card
Bring a yoga mat and thick blanket

Yoga and Beyond is a blend of yoga, contemplative dance, somatic movement and meditation designed to help us release unhealthy habits, feel more joy in the moment, and experience the gentle power of our innate life force. We will incorporate invigorating yet gentle yoga asanas (postures) with organic movement sequences geared toward creating ease of motion, core power, integration and balance. Mindfulness meditation will focus and soften the mind. Enjoy oving and being in a friendly and non-competitive environment. No experience is necessary.

Cleveland Public Theatre Danceworks ’14

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Shen & Bones Performance Group performed to very appreciative audiences for CPT’s Danceworks ’14 series April 24-26th–and we had a blast!  the beautiful Gordon Square Theatre was a great space for our performance of “Betweens” (please see the top video on the right sidebar to watch a rough draft of a video of this 55-minute performance).  Lani Weissbach taught a butoh improvisation class to a receptive group of students at Cuyahoga Community College as part of the company’s week in Cleveland.

Shen & Bones Performance Group - Betweens at Cleveland Public Theater

Laura Swendenborg, Kerrylee Hinkson and Lani Weissbach perform in “Betweens” (photo by Bob Perkoski)