Upcomings: RS Call for Submissions/ Visual Grooves

Times remain exciting for me in the wake of my MFA thesis production Tune and before my May graduation from the University of Colorado Boulder. Several of March’s excitings are due to my work with Rhythmically Speaking, the organization I co-founded and Artistic Direct: a public call for choreographic submissions and a live music and rhythm-driven dance collaboration show, co-produced with Molly Stoltz (more information on both of these below).

At the end of the month, I will also be performing with Gesel Mason Performance Projects at the Dance Place in Washington D.C. I’m thrilled to be kept busy with projects that speak to the human condition through our shared abilities to be rhythmic. Hoping to connect with you on one of these!

Thanks for stopping by,


Call for Choreography Submissions:
Rhythmically Speaking 2015, Running August 20-22 at Bedlam Lowertown!

Rhythmically Speaking is excited to announce we’ll soon be accepting submissions for our 7th annual choreographers showcase! We support some of the Twin Cities’ best jazz and rhythm-driven dance each year, and look forward to seeing what you have to offer. We also support these forms in Minnesota and the nation alike by welcoming new ideas from guests from other cities! Emerging and established choreographers alike are encouraged to apply with new or existing work in jazz and rhythm-based dance. Not sure what we mean by jazz and rhythm-based dance? You tell us. We are proud to help create what that means to this community, and encourage you to join the ongoing conversation by applying! Please pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested.

Important Dates:
– June 14: Mandatory meeting for selected choreographers (7-9pm)
– August 2: Mandatory progress showing (7-9pm)/ Program Info Due
– August 17-19: Tech
– August 20-22: Shows

Compensation: Honorarium of at least $1000 provided.

Details: A video sample is strongly encouraged, but not required. All video submissions must be posted to http://www.vimeo.com. 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. While the work can be between three and thirty minutes, submissions of ten minutes or more are strongly encouraged.

Submission Form posted here on March 15. Please send completed form to info@rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org by Friday, April 15. Choreographer selection will be posted here by May 1. Feel free to contact with questions. We look forward to seeing your work, and thank you for your interest.

Visual Grooves: A Showcase of Groovy Live Music and Rhythmic Dance

When: March 20, 6-9pm
Where: Bedlam Lowertown
Tickets: $10 in advance (at the Bedlam Lowertown Website), $12 at the door
Facebook Event

A joint project of Molly Stoltz, Bob DeBoer and Erinn Liebhard/ Rhythmically Speaking, Visual Grooves supports musician and dancer collaborations to create newly-minted groovy, rhythmic work. The first installment of Visual Grooves will feature three partnerships: guitarist/composer Ben Abrahamson and dancer/choreographer Ruth Glaeser, brass band Brasszilla and tap dancer Molly Kay Stoltz, and the band Dichotomy featuring Alex Kaufmann and Matt Marka with choreographer Jennifer Mack. Come ready not only to watch dance, but to eat, drink and be merry; food and drink are available throughout the night, and each musical group plus a featured band will play a set!

The artists for the first installment of this project were chosen to create new works based on their passion for rhythm-driven music and dance and their commitment to creating and fostering relationships within the local music and dance scene. The project is an expansion of events with the GST band held under the same name in the summer of 2013. I look forward to watching this project blossom!