Profile San FranDJ Hip Sockit

Brando (a.k.a. DJ Hip Sockit) crafts his sets from a wide range of music. His mission is to offer a consitent stream of epic tracks that make dance floors thrive. His skillful transitions between sounds, styles, and textures, makes it easy to dance all night long. Starting his career on vinyl records in 1995, Hip Sockit has played Clubs, Ecstatic Dances, and Weddings all over the world, including spots in Montréal, Greece, Israel, and the famed Ibiza. -1

10379868_665833203484397_7995067996547719964_oDJ Maitri

DJ Maitri, aka Marek Tresnak, is a resident DJ for Pollinate. His sets are masterfully mixed and take you on a journey around the globe with a colorful blend of funk, swing, world fusion full of organic and electronic beats.




clairemI am a visual artist and new-age weirdo who loves creating decorative installation pieces, elaborate costumes and collaborative art projects for Pollinate and other local events. Pollinate has provided an amazing atmosphere and opportunity to share and inspire creativity both as an individual artist and as a community. When I’m not creating art for these sweet events I am often working on making unique jewelry, paintings and illustration. You can find some of my work online at:


      Molly Kitchen

IMG_2979Molly loves being a part of the ahhhmazing Pollinate crew by leading a yoga warm-up class before the all-out dance party ensues. Molly’s yoga teaching is infused with wisdom, humor, and heart. Using clear alignment instruction and inspiring philosophy, she creates an environment that invites her students to connect more deeply with themselves. Come get your yoga on before you get your groove on…


When she’s not getting her MBA, playing guitar, or painting watercolors, Ruthie loves getting down on the 4th floor of Fitzwilly’s at Pollinate!  If you see her on the dance floor, join her for a dance.




jonathan-stein-counseling-northampton-therapist-smallJonathan Stein is a dancer at heart and has been close to or on the dance floor since he was savvy enough to stand on two feet.  Also an artist, musician and writer, he brings the creative arts to his private psychotherapy practice where he has been helping people feel better about their lives for over 25 years.  By day, he specializes in grief counseling and relationship skill building, and by night, he dons his dance apparel and transforms (with great enthusiasm) into a Pollinate crew member where he enjoys helping to create an inspiring ambiance for all to enjoy.

Andrew Mangold

Pollinate, AJM OneAndrew Mangold (Jairi) brings a brimming heart of passion to each an every Pollinate dance. You can bet that he’ll be the moving from the time the first song starts until the last song ends. Then it’s time to cuddle, cheer, break down the lights, clean up the floors, and take the dance on out to the streets of Northampton.

Andrew is the mastermind behind Mangold leather. If you’re lucky, Pollinate will be a venue to try out some of the wildest hats and gear from Pollinate is his breath of release from a life otherwise full of stitching thread, propagating trees and above all else, repairing the land. When not shaking the ground on Friday nights at pollinate, you can find him dirty and deep, shovel in hand, with a barrow full of trees, flowers and mulch, planting up the barren city soil, or finding places in the wild that had for too long been mistreated, ripe and ready now for regenerative fruit and nut trees plants to the people.

Petrus Slaghekke

Petrus_selfiePetrus is Pollinate Dance’s  resident “roady”. He brings his passion for dance, community and technology to Pollinate  by supporting the DJ’s at Pollinate with the set up of their sound and light systems. When he is not dancing he is being a father, working on Permaculture projects, volunteering for an Alternative Energy Non-Profit,  building up and breaking down stages at Fenway  and Gillette stadiums, community organizing,  and providing Technology services through his private consulting biz Dutch Wizard Technologies.
You can find Petrus at


12115622_887358486049_877151754829290071_nLand and sea voyager currently grounded in the hills of Western Massachusetts. I’m a storyteller, yoga teacher in training, outdoor educator and dancer, exploring the modality of contact improvisation for healing release and connection. I love investigating the edges of how we communicate and the meaning of “community” within the context of the dance and day to day life.

Pollinate is the place I come to express my weird wild self in ecstatic motion with other weird, wild souls 🙂


image1Sarah has acted as Pollinate’s work-shift coordinator, event promotion, set up & strike crew and general manager. She’s adored the opportunity to support an event she loves and, besides gettin her groove on at the best dance party in town, being a part of Pollinate has been her inspiration to collaborate with more creative events within the Western Mass  dance community and beyond.
Sarah is a trained Authentic Relating facilitator who leads regular games nights to help participants discover more meaningful strategies of interacting and promote deeper connections within communities. She’s a certified psychosynthesis coach, a trained mediator and has taught compassionate communication workshops at a variety of events, organizations and festivals.  She’s a contact improv. dance enthusiast and, along with coaching and facilitating, also works as a flight attendant and loves to explore the world!

296031_10150373062136508_5187744_n-3Liv Charan

Liv Charan has been dancing her way through life and joins alongside the team at Pollinate to help manifest this heart led vision, raising energy, expanding consciousness, and most importantly gathering with community in movement, stillness, and form.  She always looks forward to collaborating, inspiring, and supporting such a fantastic team of creative artists who all bring such playful, fun aesthetic brilliance to each Pollinate Dance Event.  Liv Charan is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and presently holds classes at  Please contact her directly to arrange for Private or Group Classes, Workshops, Yoga Events, and Organized Group Meditation & Chants –

IMG_0039Caelum Massicotte

My name is Caelum Massicotte, but you can call me Kale. I’ve worked in kitchens all my life. In fact, I got started in our family kitchen, where cooking was part of the daily culture. Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of preparing clean, organic food with prayer and intention, and thus created KaleYums to cook for people who value the spiritual side of nourishment.
My spiritual journey with food began several years ago, when I experienced a life-altering accident that led me to take a closer look at how I was nourishing myself. I broke my neck, and soon after fell into a depressing eating pattern, none of which helped me in my healing process. I decided to change what I ate and soon after experienced the immense power that food can have over one’s well being. Within 2 weeks of changing my diet, my whole life flipped right back up, and I felt better than I ever thought I could. I decided to further understand this connection with food and wellbeing, and went on to pursue my Masters in Nutrition.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege to cook for small and big gatherings alike. I cook at yoga, meditation, and spiritual retreats, all which require good nourishment for the deep work that is involved. And this past summer, I was head chef at Unifier Festival, where I received pretty amazing compliments from lots of different people: never had they eaten so incredibly well at a festival.
All of this has fueled me to continue down the path of clean, organic cooking and eating. Even more so since becoming a father to a wonderful being of light named Luca. My mission is to share with him everything I’ve learned along the way, so that he may know the full meaning of nourishment and carry it with him throughout his life.
Thanks for checking out KaleYums.
Love & blessings,