Amy Stein-Hansen
Ashlee Cowles
Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Ingrid Andrews
Jim Young
Joe Thatcher Thatcher
Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kate Korroch
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

The Croft Residency

The Croft Residency provides residents a platform to cultivate their creativity; a refuge in nature where they can draw inspiration and nourishment from the environment and share their art with the Northern Michigan community and beyond.

The Croft Residency is a creative residency program for movement. We hold space for embodied engagement. Movement research that is nourished by time, site, and location. We do this through our Rootstock, RADicle, Scion, and Stand residencies.        

Our Nature 

Our connection to nature was once celebrated and deepened through storytelling and artistic expression. We moved with our surroundings not through them. The fall of our foot meeting the earth as a dialogue. Each step equal parts listening and expression. Weaving our appendicular selves through nature. We danced to honor and celebrate our connection. We danced together to keep the gift of our connection alive. For its heart to keep beating. 

Until we began to celebrate our steps taken. Our feet no longer listening. Expression their sole purpose. Our gift-exchange with nature forgotten.

Without this exchange, Our movement lost its softness. Our embodied story lay in hibernation. A faint beat, Removed from our appendicular nature. Our footfall becoming ever heavier. Compressing the articular surface between us. Binding and holding our movement. We search for relief from this holding. To feel inspiration. To breathe.   

We exhale deeply. Letting go for a moment. Softness. In the release we feel the faint beat, murmuring from its torpor. An animation of connection. Moving from within. We remember the gift. That its life is dependent upon its continued exchange. It must be shared to stay alive.      

In honor of this, we move. We create as a way to shape our individual acknowledgment that we are alive, together. Our bodies’ movement animating the heart of this connection. We dance to feel our stories. To move with the poetry of our being. To reawaken the listening in every step. 

Photos: Single dancer is Victoria Awkward of VLA Dance in Boston, MA. The photo with two dancers is of BAIRA MVMNT PHILOSOPHY, Bryan and Shaina Baira of Detroit, MI. Photo credit: Benjamin Cheney.

5725 West Rd.
Boyne City, MI, 49712