marks the TENTH installment of our annual production featuring the work of local and national choreographers making American vernacular dance.


(Photo by Bill Cameron, Choreography by Abigail Whitmore on RS17)


WHERE: The Southern Theater in Minneapolis, MN
WHEN: August 16-18, 2018


AUDIENCES: More to come soon on featured artists, tickets, transportation & parking suggestions and area dining suggestions.


CHOREOGRAPHERS: Applications (form below) for the opportunity present choreography in Rhythmically Speaking 10/ 2018 are now being accepted! They are due on Friday, February 16, and 2018 choreographers will be selected by a panel of dance community members by Friday, March 16.


Rhythmically Speaking presents some of the Twin Cities’ best American vernacular choreography each year, also supporting our community by welcoming guests from other cities to share their ideas with us. We always look forward to seeing what people have to offer: artists (18+) at any point in their careers are welcomed to apply with new or existing work based in and inspired by American vernacular dance forms like jazz, tap, hip-hop styles, etc. We are thrilled to support the development of work in these styles, and encourage you to join their ongoing conversation by applying.


Important Dates:

  • TBD: Mandatory meeting for selected choreographers
  • TBD (likely in mid-June): Mandatory progress showing
  • August 13-15: Tech (slots scheduled for each choreographer)
  • August 16-18: Shows (at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, 7:30pm 8/16 – 8/18 and 2pm 8/18)


Compensation: This commission includes full presentation support including rental of at a favorite local venue, a full technical staff, and major marketing efforts by Rhythmically Speaking, as well as an honorarium of at least $1,400.00.


Details: Submitted work can be between three and thirty minutes, and submissions of ten minutes or more are strongly encouraged. A video sample that best represents the work being submitted is required. If the submission is a reconstruction, the submitted video should be of that work. If submission is a new work, video of previously created work in a similar style should be submitted. Work samples must be submitted via YouTube and set as ‘Unlisted’ (visit this link for how-to). Please submit only one video of up to five minutes of work: montages welcome, through video of a single piece is encouraged. Please limit the text you submit to the amount of space provided on the form, keeping the application to a single page, and send in PDF file format with the follow title convention: RS18 Submission – Lastname. Ex: RS18 Submission – Jones.


Submission Form: Word/ PDF. Send submission as a PDF file to by Friday, February 16. Choreographer selection will be posted to this website by Friday, March 16. Feel free to contact with questions. We look forward to seeing your work, and thank you for your interest!




Building community around American vernacular dance is at the heart of our mission. To get involved:


APPLY TO, PERFORM IN OR ATTEND our annual performance! Contact us for more details.


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SUPPORT by donating easily and securely online through GiveMN, or by mail at Rhythmically Speaking: 1640 Dunlap St. N., St. Paul, MN 55108. A heartfelt thank you to all our past donors!


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