The Picnic Sisters are comprised of Molly Hess and Eliza Malecki who met in 2016 as Resident Artists at Bearnstow in Mt. Vernon, ME. They immediately found a kinship in their choreographic practice and the following summer created their first duet, 4k Dash. Together they create witty, upbeat, dances with a touch of tenderness. Their works have been shown as part of TRACKS//Boston (MA), Bearnstow Artist showcases (ME), 3 Spice Presents (MA), A Walking Birthday(MA), and Modern Movements Festival (RI)

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Eliza Malecki is a Boston based dancer, teacher, and choreographer from central Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College with a BA in Dance and studied in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte. In 2016 Eliza served as a Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow in Mt. Vernon, ME and went on to be a founding member of 3 Spice Dance, which fosters dance collaboration between Bearnstow alumni in the Boston area. Currently, Eliza performs with Natalie Johnson Dance, choreographs independently, and works with children in Brookline Public Schools. In 2019 she co-produced Laugh Track, which featured her own work alongside local Boston comedians. Eliza's choreographic works-which utilize inventive movement, clever imagery, and quirky musicality- have been presented in Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island, and Italy. When Eliza isn't dancing she is avidly crafting, designing jewelry, and eating peanut butter based products.

Learn more at and follow @elizamaleckidance.

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Molly Hess is Brooklyn based choreographer known for her humorous, tender, and whimsical creations. Her performances are interdisciplinary and often interactive. In 2018 she presented “A Walking Birthday”, an evening of dance and music. She was also commissioned to create a performance for Fitzhugh Caroll’s sculpture in Prospect Park. Molly has been an artist in residence at The Living Room (ME), Betonest (Germany), and Earth Dance (MA). She was the 2015 ARC Dance Research Laboratory emerging artist. She has presented her work nationally and internationally both independently and as a member of the GRUNT (Grass Roots US National Tour) Network. 

Besides her choreographic practice, Molly is a dance teaching artist with a focus on creative process and wears an administrative hat as the Associate Director of Bearnstow, a summer art retreat on Parker Pond in Mt. Vernon, ME.  Learn more at and follow her @thefloatingbear.

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