Thank You!

To the creators, performers, viewers and supporters of Rhythmically Speaking’s 2011 Production;

Well, another glorious year is complete. Wound down yet? We aren’t, don’t plan to, and hope you won’t either! We plan to carry the energy generated by the show into our next projects, and hope you do the same. Before you move forward, let’s take a look back together. Our hearts are swelling with gratitude and excitement after another year showcasing some of the Twin Cities most talented and giving jazz and rhythm-driven choreographers. We heard from many that this was the best one yet. What people are saying;

“I’ve got to say one of the things I loved the most was the diversity. It’s always fun to see young, fit dancers doing what they love, but I truly enjoyed seeing the older dancers as well. You could just feel their ease and experience and they seemed so comfortable in their own skin. …. funny, casual and quirky. Overall, I gotta say Bravo!”
– Sarah Clark, 2011 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, 2010/ 2011 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 Shropfel, CEO of The Dancing Fair

“Congrats on a wonderful performance tonight! It was lush, polished and generous. It was clear from the opening curtain speech the love, care and passion that was poured into the evening.”
– Carl Flink, Chair of the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota

Year three marks some awesome new milestones;
– 18 choreographers presented and supported financially
– 25 original and remounted works developed and presented
– 3 successful shows that rocked the local arts community (just ask the audience)
– 40+ amazing new donors
– 80+ artists engaged in cultural celebration through dance performance
– 1000+ audience members that enjoyed a diverse, colorful, educational concert experience
– 1 $10,000 grant from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for the 2012 production (thank you, Legacy Funding!)

We believe the Twin Cities deserves quality jazz and rhythm-driven dance, and audiences continue showing they’re hungry for more. Rhythmically Speaking is stepping forward as a leader to elevate these colorful, diverse forms, offering loads of talent under one roof. We’ve planted our roots in this community, and look forward to deepening the impact we make on the lives of creators, performers, viewers, students and supporters of jazz and rhythm-driven dance.

To each and every one of you who brought your passion forward; from the live music to the thrashing, twirling dancers to the tech booth to the friendly box office to the house full of rowdy patrons, this show truly was a success, and that comes right back to the people who made it happen. THANK YOU.

Groove on!
Erinn + Heather

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