Our Final ‘Meet the Artists’ Feature (#7): Karla Grotting

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, and Combustible Company. 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, Eclectic Edge Ensemble and others. Karla was named as one of City Pages’ Artists of the Year for 2015. 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.

The show opens THURSDAY! Get your tickets now (seats are reserved this year!) and head to our Facebook event to RSVP and find out more about the show. See you soon!

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Meet the Artists #6 – Abigail Whitmore

Abigail Whitmore | is a dancer, pilates instructor, and choreographer in the Twin Cities. The month of May brought graduation from the University of Minnesota Dance Program where she has worked with numerous guest artists including Justin Jones, Martha Graham Dance Company, Gerald Casel, Joanie Smith, Luciana Achugar, Michel Kouakou, and Angharad Davies. She represented the University at the American College Dance Association in 2015, presenting research on “The Changing Context of Contemporary Dance” and again in 2016, performing work by Leila Awadallah at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. Abigail has been involved in the local dance community and performed an improvised solo at Future Interstates as well as adapted an existing solo for a grove of trees at Laurie Van Wieren’s Field Work. Last summer she co-presented a performance at Glam Doll Donuts with Annika Hansen. She is grateful for the opportunity to present at Rhythmically Speaking!

The show is next week and tickets are on sale now. RSVP on Facebook to find out more about the show and let us know you are coming!

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Meet the Artists #5 – O’Calla Joslyn

O’Calla Joslyn | In her younger years, O’Calla took jazz and tap at the local dance studio, and co-founded Revolution Youth Theater as a teenager, performing and choreographing in shows the group toured in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The organization won the Minnesota Peace Prize in 2000 for work done in the community. College at the University of Minnesota brought more dance opportunities, during and after which she performed and choreographed for events throughout the community. Favorites include Moulin Rouge New Years Eve and Prince Night at First Avenue. Since college, she’s danced for April Sellers Dance Collective and Erinn Liebhard, and choreographed and performed for Enticing Entertainment. This is O’Calla’s first year presenting work in Rhythmically Speaking.

Show tickets are on sale now: RSVP on Facebook and come check out inspiring work by O’Calla and the rest of the choreographers!

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Meet the RS Artists #4 – Laura Osterhaus

Laura Osterhaus | is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota—Twin Cites, receiving her B.A. in dance and retail merchandising/fashion studies. During her time at the U of M, Laura had the opportunity to perform the work of modern/contemporary dance choreographers Uri Sands, Nora Chipaumire, Gregory Dolbashian, Maurya Kerr, Scott Rink, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Garth Fagan, Gerald Casel, Wynn Fricke, Joanie Smith, and Erin Thompson. She is currently digging deeper into performance through an apprenticeship with Zenon Dance Company, performing the work of Danny Buraczeski this past fall. Laura is also a co-founder and co-director of Kelvin Wailey, an emerging dance group that dabbles in developing performance in obscure places. She is excited and eager for this opportunity to further her own work!

Tickets are on sale now: RSVP on Facebook and come check out the work Laura and the rest of the choreographers have been pouring their passion into sharing with you. See you in a couple weeks!

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Meet the RS Artists #3 – Erinn Liebhard

Erinn Liebhard | (MFA University of Colorado Boulder, BFA University of Minnesota) is a dance artist making opportunities for people to experience the embodiment of music, with a speciality in jazz and the America vernacular. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Rhythmically Speaking, is currently on faculty at Winona State University and is a Teaching Artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and her scholarly work has been featured in publications including Journal of Dance Education. Her choreography has been presented across the U.S. and Canada, and she has performed for creatives as varied as hip-hop dance theater artist Rennie Harris, contemporary performance company Off-Leash Area and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company. She is currently a company member of Contempo Physical Dance and enjoys flexing her physical comedy musclesplaying “Nerdette” for Saint Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team. Photo by Bailey Anderson.

Tickets for Rhythmically Speaking 2017 are NOW ON SALE! Check out the Rhythmically Speaking 2017 tab of this site for more details on tickets, the other choreographers and other show details. Erinn and the rest of the choreographers are working hard to create and remount intriguing new dances for the August show, and they can’t wait to share them with you.

See you in August!

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