Meet the RS17 Artists #1 – Kaleena Miller

Kaleena Miller | is a founding member of Rhythmic Circus, Co-Director of the Twin Cities Tap Festival, and host of the Cutting Board. She is also a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow and was recently named one of DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. She is also director/ lead choreographer for Kaleena Miller Dance, a tap dance group devoted to the historical preservation as well as the creative advancement of American Tap Dance.

Stay tuned in coming weeks to meet more of the artists showing work in Rhythmically Speaking 2017, running August 17-19 at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis!

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RS17 Choreographer Announcement/ Dancer Audition


Thank you to all who submitted choreographic work for Rhythmically Speaking 2017, running August 17-19 at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Each year, we receive many thoughtful, intriguing and high-quality submissions, which makes for a lot of difficult decisions. Like a creative puzzle, the show has been curated as a whole to represent a diverse range of work while fitting together as a cohesive, intriguing production of a decent length. There were many factors at play in selecting works for the show, including centrality of metric rhythm, artistic quality, style, concept, and length.

2017 Choreographers:

Karla Grotting
O’Calla Joslyn
Kaleena Miller
Laura Osterhaus
Jeffrey Peterson (MN-bred, PA-based!)
Abigail Whitmore

RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard will also be presenting a piece in the show. For more on this year’s choreographers, visit the ANNUAL SHOW section of this website.

Interested in dancing in the show?

O’Calla Joslyn, Erinn Liebhard and Jeffrey Peterson will be holding an audition for dancers for their works from 6-9pm on Sunday, March 19th in Studio 4B at Zenon Dance Company and School. We are seeking dancers who enjoy and are proficient in the following:

  • O’Calla: jazz and various hip hop styles reminiscent of the movement of the Fly Girls from TV’s “In Living Color,” inherent comfort in being rhythmic and moving between these styles
  • Erinn: releasing personal groove, feeling grounded connection between the floor, the music, oneself and others, rhythmic footwork and improvisation, appreciation for jazz-influenced electronic music (work sample)
  • Jeffrey: moving between modern and jazz, getting into their grounding, rhythmic skill, work between supple and accented approaches, theatricality, contemporary partnering experience a plus (work sample)

Rehearsal schedule and compensation determined individually by each choreographer. Must be available:

  • 8/16 evening/ 8/17 afternoon (one 1-1.5 hr tech slot per piece)
  • 8/17 6-10pm (dress)
  • 8/17 – 8/19 6-10pm (shows)

Bring three printed copies of your headshot and resume (attached front to back, please), and come prepared to move through a warm-up and phrase work from each choreographer. To RSVP (not required), visit this Facebook event. Questions can be directed to Erinn at

Thank you for engaging with us: we are here to serve the jazz and American vernacular dance community, and appreciate you being a part of it! Groove on,

RS17 Selection Committee
– Karen Charles (Director, Threads Dance Project)
– Erinn Liebhard (RS Artistic Director/ Production Mgr)
– Zoe Sealy (RS Board member)

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Photo by Bill Cameron

Rhythmically Speaking is excited to announce a call for choreographers for our 9th annual production! We present some of the Twin Cities’ best jazz and American vernacular choreography each year, and also support these forms by welcoming new ideas from guests from other cities. We always look forward to seeing what people have to offer, as the submission process is open to the public. Emerging and established artists alike are encouraged to apply with new or existing work in jazz and American vernacular dance. We are proud to be helping create what that means, and encourage you to join the ongoing conversation by applying.

Important Dates:

  • TBD: Mandatory meeting for selected choreographers
  • TBD (likely in late June): Mandatory progress showing
  • August 14-16: Tech (slots scheduled for each choreographer)
  • August 17-19: Shows (at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis)

Compensation: Honorarium of at least $800 provided

Details: A video sample that best represents the work being submitted is required. If submission is a reconstruction, video should be of that work. If submission is a new work, video of work in a very similar style should be submitted. Work samples must be submitted via YouTube and set as ‘Unlisted’ (visit this link for how-to). Work can be between three and thirty minutes, and submissions of ten minutes or more are strongly encouraged.

Submission Form: HERE. Due back to by Friday, February 17, 2017. Choreographer selection will be posted to this website by Friday, March 17, 2017.

Feel free to contact with questions. We look forward to seeing your work, and thank you for your interest!

Groove on,

Erinn Liebhard
Artistic Director
Rhythmically Speaking

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Thank You/ Stay Warm!

RS Friends and Fans: Thank you SO MUCH for your kind contributions to Rhythmically Speaking this Give to the Max Day! Your support makes us feel like getting up and doing this:

That’s one way to stay warm, right? If you like what you see and are feeling even more give-y (give-esque?!), these Bhangra dancers in Nova Scotia have requested that tokens of appreciation go to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 🙂

We hope you’ll stay warm too as you amp up for and enjoy the holidays. We suggest dancin’ to a dirty groove . . . !! Thank you again for your support and Merry Holiday Wishes,

Erinn + the RS Board

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Give to the Max for Rhythmically Speaking!

GTMD 9:00am UPDATE: RS donors, please note that the website is currently operating on a bare bones format given tech issues. Direct organization links are not working, so for now, please visit the 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 to learn more and to donate.


Thank you for supporting our work!

Erinn Liebhard, MFA
Artistic Director
Rhythmically Speaking
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