Social Animals:

An Evening of Live Dance and Music 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 electricity of dancing and music-making bodies creating art together in the moment.

When: November 2nd @ 11pm and November 3rd @ 7:30
Tickets: November 2nd // November 3rd


  • Ozzy Dris (Social Dance – House + Hip-Hop Styles)
  • Erinn Liebhard (Concert Dance – Jazz + Modern)
  • Crissy Tolson (Concert Dance – Jazz + Modern)
  • Jay Stewart (Social Dance – Swing)


  • Bob DeBoer (trumpet)
  • Steven Hobert (piano)
  • Reid Kennedy (drums)
  • Megan Mahoney (bass)

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.

The performance project, Social Animals, will bring together concert and social dancers, and musicians of various instrumentations and backgrounds, to cross-train and improvise together in performance. Held at the Icehouse rather than a traditional theater and featuring a dance floor open to all after the Saturday show, Social Animals seeks to gnaw at the gap between ‘dance you do (social) and dance you view (staged).’ The connections between social and staged dance ideas in America are dynamic, highlighting how cultural ideas and the people that practice them can thrive because of both their similarities and differences: come see this unfold through movement and music. This event has been made possible in part by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step grant, funded by the Legacy Amendment the voters of Minnesota made law in 2008.

More to come on this exciting project!