Summer is in Full Swing! – July/ August Newsletter

Rhythmically Speaking newsletter

Jazz and Rhythm-driven Dance are in Full-Swing This Summer!

Read on for summer-only opportunities to make it, shake it and watch it!

Erinn Liebhard, Artistic Director/

The mission of Rhythmically Speaking is to revitalize jazz and rhythm-based dance forms in the Twin Cities, supporting its practitioners, educating its audiences, and celebrating its rich history while nurturing innovation through performance.


Be a RHYTHM-MAKER for the Choreographers of Rhythmically Speaking 2014!

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No matter how you are involved, Rhythmically Speaking inspires. Touted by Dance Magazine as ‘revitalizing jazz and rhythm-based dance in the Twin Cities area,’ we are proud to support and present quality performance work. 

The theater is booked and production is underway for our 2014 show (running August 14-16 at the Southern Theater), but we need your help to make it happen. Ticket sales cover theater rental, but it is only with your contributions that we can continue to offer meaningful stipends to artists for their work.

Your contribution on Kickstarter
will directly support the work of our forward-thinking local choreographers.
If you believe that thought-provoking new choreographic work enriches our community, please consider taking advantage of this simple way to support it. 

Erinn Liebhard
Artistic Director/ Rhythmically Speaking

New Jazz Dance Publication!

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The University of Florida press recently released this gem of a book, entitled Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches. If you are interested in jazz from a choreographing, performing, teaching, or even just viewing perspective, this book is an excellent anthology of history and various viewpoints about what jazz dance was, is, and will be. This book is great summer reading that is sure to inspire creative thought! 

What: Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches book
Who: Authors such as Bob Boross, Billy Siegenfeld and Sheron Wray
Where/ More Info: Available on Amazon and through other internet retailers


Music-First Jazz Class, Friday Mornings at Zenon with RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard

Photo by Heather Grey of Grey Area Dance Photography

Forget making shapes to counts; in this class, students make music become kinetic and visual. Explored through the lens of a musician, the embodiment of a fusion of jazz-related styles serves as the basis for investigating rhythmic complexity, dynamics and audio-driven improvisation. A kickin’ soundtrack accompanies movement explorations that ask dancers to invest their personality into becoming the sound. No jazz hands; just raw, expressive and connected music-driven dance! 

When: Fridays from June 13 – August 29, 9:30 – 11am
Where: Zenon Dance School
Cost: $12 per drop-in class, or register for the whole session
More Info: (Instructor)

Jazz Week 2014 Intensive!The Jazz Week Intensive, hosted by Karis Sloss of the Eclectic Edge Ensemble and Karla Grotting, returns to the Cowles Center this summer to offer the finest in jazz dance education! This year’s guest educators include Linda Talcott Lee, Erinn Liebhard, Marciano Silva Dos Santos and Zoe Sealy! This workshop is an AMAZING value; just $120 for the entire thing! 

Photo from Jazz Week Intensive Facebook Page

When: August 4 – 6, 11am-4pm
Where: The Cowles Center
More Info: Jazz Week Facebook Page

Online Resources on Jazz and Rhythm-Driven Dance

Wanting to stay more connected to what’s happening in jazz and rhythm-driven dance research, performance and teaching? Bookmark Rhythmically Speaking’s growing list of internet resources, which can be visited

Know of others? Let us know on the Rhythmically Speaking Facebook Page so we can follow them too!


Ordway Summer Dance Series

Ok, so there actually isn’t much sitting and watching involved in this event; at Summer Dance, you get a dance lesson, a floor to groove on, AND live music (if you must, you can take a sit break and watch the other dancers for awhile)! You’ve got three more chances to participate this summer; July 10th, 17th and 24th. Hop on the new Green Line light rail toward St. Paul and bop the night away!

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When: Thursdays (July 10th, 17th and 24th) @ 6pm
Where: Rice Park (Downtown St. Paul)
More Info: Ordway Summer Dance Series

Rhythmically Speaking 2014

Photo by Calabay Productions

On August 14-16 at the Southern Theater, seven dynamic choreographers will offer the community seven different ideas for synthesizing many styles of complicated rhythm into dance. Bound together by an unquenchable interest in rhythm as an excellent basis for the fusion of multiple ideas and identities, Rhythmically Speaking 2014 features forward-thinking local choreographers/ groups Karla Grotting, Bboy J-Sun, Erinn Liebhard, Christine Maginnis, Joanne Spencer and Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, and welcomes visitor Michele Dunleavy from Pennsylvania.

When: August 14 – 16 @ 8:00pm
Where: The Southern Theater
Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door (plus ticket processing fee)
Tickets and More Info: Rhythmically Speaking Website


Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop

For 36 years, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop have been working together to keep summer jazz training strong and exciting. As the workshop lasts a full two weeks, students have a true immersion experience. Check it out!

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When: July 19 – August 2
Where: University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder CO
More Info: Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop


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