Meet the RS17 Artists #2 – Jeffrey Peterson

Jeffrey Peterson | holds a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota, an MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LMA) from Integrated Movement Studies. Professional credits include JAZZDANCE! By Danny Buraczeski, ARENA dances by Mathew Janczewski, Clare Byrne, Edisa Weeks, the Minnesota Opera, as well as the Madison Scouts and Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, to name a few. Called “moving and heart racingly joyous” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and “poetic precision” by the Minneapolis StarTribune, Peterson’s choreography has been seen at venues including Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Bryant Lake Bowl, Intermedia Arts, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He has staged choreography on student dance companies at Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, St. Mary’s University – Winona, the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Old Dominion University, University of Vermont and Bucknell University. His scholarly work, focusing on contextualizing and supporting Jazz dance through applied research on the African diaspora and somatics, has been presented through the National Dance Education Organization and Bill Evans’ Somatics Conferences. Originally from Minnesota, Peterson teaches modern, jazz, partnering, composition, and LMA as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is his third time presenting his work as part of Rhythmically Speaking.

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. Jeffrey 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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Get’cher Tickets!

Tickets for Rhythmically Speaking 2017 are NOW ON SALE! Check out the ‘Rhythmically Speaking 2017’ tab of this site for more details.

The choreographers are working hard to create intriguing new dances for the August show: can’t wait to share them with you! To learn more about this year’s choreographers and the show itself, head to the website tab referenced above.

See you in August!


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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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