Rhythmically Speaking presents . . .
CHILL: The Entire “Charlie Brown Christmas” Soundtrack,
Played Live and Danced!
- Friday, December 14 @ 7pm
- Saturday, December 15 @ 2pm (Amsterdam opens at 1pm)
- Sunday, December 16 @ 5pm
at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall (St. Paul, MN – lots going on in downtown St. Paul this weekend – plan ahead for parking!)
Thank you to everyone who came to experience this show with us! It was our pleasure to share it with you, and we are proud of the great crowds and press. If you missed it, live out of town, or saw the show and wish to support beyond the price of your ticket, donate HERE! Not only does support for this program help compensate the excellent artists that brought the show to life and keeps our ticket prices affordable, it also affords donors like you access to footage of the show! All donations made during December 2018 and January 2019 will be earmarked for this program.
As the weather chills, our dancers will chill into new movement set to the groovy jazz tunes of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic “Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack, played live local surf-jazz quartet GST! This show expands on RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard’s original production from last December. If you saw it last year, join us to see the whole soundtrack come to life. If you missed it, now you get another chance!
Come have a meal before the show or a drink while you enjoy it, and feel free to bring kiddos – folks 12 and under are free! Join us to experience this unique live holiday music and dance show at celebrated performance venue the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in Peanuts creator Charles Schultz’s hometown of St. Paul – seating for the show is first come, first served, so come early!
Brenda, Steffan & Trevor at Amsterdam – thanks for having us back!, Erik Toermoen at Minnesota Monthly – thanks for the on-point article!, Jillian Bell, Ian Knodel and Willa Schaefer & Kristoffer Olson for their amazing voice-over talent!
Erinn Liebhard (Producer, Choreographer & Dancer)
| (MFA University of Colorado Boulder, BFA University of Minnesota) 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.
GST (Band – featuring Greg Schaefer, Bob DeBoer, Tony Watercott and Danny Sigelman)
| GST plays in a groove style, combining the complexity and improvisation of jazz with the energy of rock. Formed in 1999 with a gig at St. Paul’s Turf Club, GST regularly stretches across musical styles and artistic disciplines and has found great inspiration in working with dance!
Shane Donahue (Lighting Design & Show Tech)
| has been illuminating the Twin Cities music scene for over five years. You can find him lighting up First Avenue, Fine Line Music Cafe, Palace Theater, and on the road with the indie rock band Low. This is his second year working CHILL.
| is a skilled and passionate lighting designer and technical director with a passion for painting non-traditional spaces and work in theaters to nightclubs to corporate events and beyond.
Nora Anderson (Dancer)
| graduated from Beloit College in 2013 with a degree in dance. She has performed in various works around the Twin Cities and produced two evenings of original new dance work in the past year.
Clare Driscoll (Dancer)
| graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in dance. She performs for Erinn Liebhard and Rebecca Tanner, and has worked with Anna Marie Shogren, Crissy Tolson and Nora Anderson. Clare also teaches yoga in the Twin Cities.
Doug Hooker (Dancer)
| graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Dance. He has had a variety of professional performing opportunities, including with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, touring with Broadway show Blast!, Dancing People Company, ARENA DANCES & Threads Dance Project.
Amy Jones (Dancer)
| graduated with a degree in Theater/ Dance from Luther College and has performed concert and commercial contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and ballet in NYC and Minneapolis. She is also a pilates and aerial fitness instructor.
O’Calla Joslyn (Dancer)
| ‘s professional work ranges from entertainment to concert dance, including choreography for First Avenue & Enticing Entertainment. She has taught at numerous locations including including for Zenon Dance, & has danced for April Sellers.
Kathleen Pender (Dancer)
| graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in dance, & has performed with Taja Will. She is the Company Manager for Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, & teaches for Northfield Arts Guild and Young Dance.
John Surber (Dancer)
| graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Dance in May of 2017. His training is primarily in modern, but he also dabbles in Jazz and Hip Hop. Currently, John is working with Christopher Watson Dance Company and Kinetic Evolutions under Sarah La-Rose Holland. When not dancing, he works on cars, lifts heavy things and eats tacos.
Crissy Tolson (Dancer)
| graduated with a BFA in Dance from George Mason University & is currently a company member with Alternative Motion Project. She has also danced with Borealis Dance, Loom Lab, Pedro Pablo and Non Edwards. An aspiring choreographer, she has produced two shows in the last year.