Creating and witnessing live dance performance inspires and connects people, an idea that motivates my development of groove-driven, improvisational and social interaction-based work. My work has been presented across the U.S. and Canada in theaters and non-conventional performance spaces, and across the world through film. For more on my creative approach, see my Artist Statement. For more on past projects, see my Curriculum Vitae. For video, visit my YouTube channel.
. . thWUmp . . (2016 – Photo by Bill Cameron)
Tune (2015 – Photo by Jillian Bell)
My long-held interests continue to blossom into me training in various approaches to jazz, tap, house, Appalachian clogging, Haitian, Ghanaian, Guinean and Brazilian traditional forms, body percussion and many other kinds of dance styles. I have performed for, worked and trained with creatives as varied as urban dance artist Teena Marie Custer, Ballet of the Dolls, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, house and hip-hop artist Rennie Harris, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, transnational fusion artist Donna Mejia, contemporary performance company Off-Leash Area, St. Paul Ballet and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company. My curiosity remains unquenched as I continue pursuing training and performance opportunities within my interests!
Contempo Physical Dance (2017 – Photo by Bill Cameron)
“Nerdette” & “Nerd” with St. Paul Saints Baseball (2016 – Photo by Stephanie Szeremeta)
Rhythmically Speaking is the non-profit 501(c)3 organization I co-founded with Heather P. Westerlund to support engagement in American vernacular dance. I’m grateful to serve as Artistic Director, a pursuit that allows me to use and develop my organizational skills to build community through creating, supporting and presenting new staged work inspired by American social dance ideas.
RS 2017 Promotional Video (2017 – Erinn Liebhard)