Next Step Project

Tentative Title – Social Animals:

An Evening of Dance Exploring Connections
Between the Social and the Staged



Photo of Erinn Liebhard and Steven Hobert by Sean Smuda

Part performance, part participation, this unique event invites you to both witness and experience the social magic of the dancing body moving to live music.

When: November 2019
Where: TBA – wherever we are, it’ll be a social space and there will be drinks!
Who: Artists TBA – whoever they are, they’ll be fabu!

This project has been bubbling up in my soul for a long while now, and has been kick-started into fruition by receipt of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant 2018. I’m grateful to have dedicated funds for further exploration of the dynamic connections between social and staged dance ideas in America, a curiosity that fuels all of my work as a dance artist. Specifically, I’ll be attending the International Swing Dance Championship in Houston, Texas this May to continue my study of how social dance forms (like Swing and House) are related to and inform staged dance. I’ll then carry back what I observe, working with local dancers who consider themselves primarily social or primarily concert dancers, moving together to research how our movement choices and aesthetics intersect.

More to come on this exciting project!