GTMD 9:00am UPDATE: RS donors, please note that the GiveMN.org website is currently operating on a bare bones format given tech issues. Direct organization links are not working, so for now, please visit the GiveMN.org main page to donate. Thank you for your generosity!
Rhythmically Speaking community: Minnesota’s annual giving holiday, Give to the Max Day (GiveMN) is coming up on Thursday, November 17th, and we hope you’ll consider supporting us! We are proud to build community around “revitalizing jazz and American vernacular dance in the Twin Cities area,” as touted by national publication Dance Magazine, and are glad you are a part of that.
Your support can go further than it might any other day on Give to the Max Day: that day, matches and hourly contests reliant upon incoming donations could as much as double the funding we receive! Questions? Feel free to reach out to us! Visit GiveMN.org to learn more and to donate.
It’s here! Rhythmically Speaking 2016 opens the Thursday, August 18th, at 7:30pm at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. For details on directions, to buy tickets and more, visit our show page.
AND . . . meet Laura Selle-Virtucio, our seventh feature out of the seven choreographers who are presenting work in this weekend’s show:
Photo by Bill Cameron.
Laura Selle Virtucio | has performed with several Minneapolis-based companies since receiving her BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota in 1999. She has been with Shapiro & Smith Dance for nearly 15 years, performing, serving as rehearsal director and restaging the company’s repertory across the country. She spent 10 years with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and four years with Zenon Dance company, in addition to performing with Black Label Movement. She also currently dances for choreographer Chris Schlichting. She is the recipient of a 2007 McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and a Sage Award for Best Performer, as well as recognition from City Pages as Best Dancer of the Year 2001. Laura teaches modern and jazz dance at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts, and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, and Gustavus Adolphus College. When she’s not dancing, she’s playing trains with her awesome toddler, Silas.
Come catch Laura’s work and that of six other fantastic jazz, rhythm-driven and vernacularly-inspired choreographers at Rhythmically Speaking 2016 this weekend!
Meet Karla Grotting, our sixth feature out of the seven Rhythmically Speaking 2016 choreographers! The show is next week, people!
Karla Grotting | is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and producer working with a unique blend of jazz, tap, modern, and percussive dance techniques. She is founding member, principal dancer, and artistic associate with Joe Chvala’s The Flying Foot Forum, and has performed with companies such as Jazzdance: by Danny Buraczeski, MN Jazz Dance Co, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Off-Leash Area, The Eclectic Edge Ensemble, and FTF Works. Karla has been on faculty with the University of Minnesota Department of Theater and Dance since 1998, and a guest artist and instructor at St Olaf College since 2014. She has created dance works for Gustavus Adolphus College, St Olaf College, UW-Whitewater, Macalester College and others. Her project Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company was recognized with the Sage Award for Outstanding Performance in 2015.
Looking forward to the show and want to help out? We need a few good volunteers! You’d help usher and hand out programs in exchange for seeing the show! Contact email@example.com if you are interested!
Now less than a month away, Rhythmically Speaking 2016 is really ramping up! Like what we do and want to directly support the 2016 choreographers who are offering this year’s thought-provoking, rhythm-driven work?
Visit our GiveMN page and make a quick, easy and secure donation! All proceeds go directly to our 2016 choreographers.
Now, meet Erinn Liebhard, RS Artistic Director. She has a piece in the show, but also performs, produces, production manages and helps curate it! She is immensely proud of what this project has grown into from it’s humble beginnings eight years ago, and is looking forward to offering another great production this year!
Erinn Liebhard | (BFA University of Minnesota, MFA University of Colorado Boulder) is a dance artist that makes opportunities for people to experience the embodiment of music, with a specialty in jazz and the American vernacular and efforts focused on teaching, performance and scholarship. An active educator, she has a wide array of experience in settings as varied as private studios, public education programs and colleges, and is currently on faculty at Winona State University and is a Teaching Artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (MN). Liebhard is the Artistic Director of Rhythmically Speaking, and her choreography has been presented across the U.S. and Canada. She has worked with music-driven movement creatives as varied as hip-hop artist Rennie Harris and Appalachian clogging company the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers (and many in between!), and flexes her physical comedy muscles by playing “Nerdette” as a part of Saint Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team. Erinn is grateful her career allows her to inspire and organize individuals and communities through the embodiment of music.