ABOUT

Mission & Vision

 

Rhythmically Speaking engages people in new work inspired by jazz and American social dance forms united by a core of rhythmicity. We visualize success as being a local and national leader in celebrating the rich history of while nurturing innovation in these ideas while building community through supporting their practitioners and building their audiences.

 

Who We Are & What We Do

 

Rhythmically Speaking is an organization that supports and presents new staged work inspired by jazz and American social dance forms. We see these diverse forms as musically-driven, socially-informed and versatile frameworks to explore movement that ignites and unites people through rhythm. We’ve presented work in rhythm tap, breaking, classic jazz, contemporary African, house, rhythm-driven modern and many other styles, and enjoy supporting the breadth with which our communities interpret our language of ‘jazz and American social dance forms.’ Fulfillment of the Rhythmically Speaking mission is currently focused on the production of an annual show featuring new works and repertoire by local and national artists, and the production of new dance works by Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard.

 

Touted by Dance Magazine as ‘revitalizing jazz dance in the Twin Cities area,’ we are proud to be rooted in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, a locale with a rich history in American vernacular dance. Since our founding in 2008, we’ve endeavored to support and nurture these forms through enthusiastic idea exchange with other passionate people who share our interests. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

 

 

Artistic Director

Erinn Liebhard | is a dance artist making opportunities for people to experience the connective and reflective power of groove. Having grown up dancing socially at her dad’s rock band’s gigs, she discovered at a young age the exhilaration of grooving alongside others. Guided by this inspiration and a fondness for jazz and American social forms, Erinn creates new works and supports the creation of those by others, and performs as a member of Afro-Brazilian contemporary company Contempo Physical Dance and self-created character entertainer “Nerdette” for Saint Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team. She teaches at Winona State University and Zenon Dance Company and School, and as a Teaching Artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and is an active writer and conference presenter. Find out more about her other work at erinnliebhard.com.

 

 

What People Are Saying

 

“Saw this last night… it was fantastic! There’s so much diversity with the various dances and music. I loved how some dancers shared insights into their creative process/motivation using spotlight/ voiceovers. I also loved the live JAZZ. It all flowed effortlessly! Thanks performers for a great evening.”
– Colleen Schaefer, Audience Member

 

“Thank you so very much for the great experience this past week. From start to finish, the show was run impeccably – from the production preparation (in terms of technical needs, program requirements, etc), and ya know, the tech itself was fantastic. Heather and Erinn, you have a truly fantastic thing going here, and I am so fortunate to have been included these past two years. The show is eclectic, professional, and currently provides a vital foray into otherwise uncharted territory in this community. Bravo. You’ve allowed me to continue a crucial aspect of my personal technical and creative journey, and present that to an audience. Thank you again for a fantastic experience.”
– Jeffrey Peterson, Choreographer

 

“Creative, Energetic, Absolutely Fantastic! Congratulations to all the choreographers, dancers and the producers Erinn and Heather for helping bring jazz and rhythm-based dance to the Twin Cities.”
– Matt Shropfer, CEO of The Dancing Fair, Sponsor and Audience Member