Touch Me Not

Nancy Saylor (BFA, MALS, CLMA)
Nancy served as Artistic Director of Halestone Dance Studio in Lexington, Virginia from 1996-2016.  Since her retirement, she continues to teach a variety of regular classes in Lexington and offers master class workshops and seminars as a traveling guest artist.  

Molly Grace Smith
Molly Grace Smith is from the greater Philadelphia area and earned a BFA in photography from The University of the Arts in 2015. She is a cross disciplinary artist who appreciates the collaboration of both visual and performing arts.  Smith is currently the Artistic Director of Halestone Dance Studio. 

Tiny Soul is an ongoing art project of Jim Stewart of Lexington, VA. His work comprises 2D and 3D performance and sound art and is based on the belief that art can be found and created anywhere.

The Halestone Foundation
The Halestone Foundation is a non-profit organization that houses Halestone Dance Studio and its community outreach. Halestone Dance Studio enriches the Rockbridge area by providing access to quality dance experiences and education in nurturing environments. We foster creative process, artistic excellence, and joy. We empower individuals and communities to make, perform, and experience original dance as a theoretical, technical and expressive art. Our Adult Ensemble is a dedicated group of women who performed in ‘Touch Me Not’. 

Our project takes the words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene in the garden after she discovers his empty tomb — noli me tangere (“touch me not”) — as a provocation for reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic, and on other pandemics, viral and social, that engulf us.