To launch 2008’s National Dance Week, an email to many in Minnesota’s dance community went out to invite all members to participate in a group photo shoot. The turn out was great! We luckily had a beautiful sunshine-filled afternoon as 24 people made it out to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
First annual Twin Cities National Dance Week photo includes:
Patrick Scully (artist), Judith Brin Ingber (dancer), Alanna Morris (dancer), Sarah LaRose-Holland (dancer), Bryan Gerber (dancer, teacher, choreographer), Chris Holman (dance enthusiast), Laurie Van Wieren (dance maker), Sher Demeter (dancer, acupuncturist), Paula Mann (choreographer), Matthew S. Smith (composer), Karen Sherman (dance artist), Sarah Petersen (artist), Chris Schlichting (dance artist), Morgan Thorson (choreographer), April Sellers (choreographer), John Munger (choreographer, teacher, researcher), Lisa Conlin (choreographer, dancer), Cathy Wright (choreographer), Christopher Watson (choreographer), Dylan Skybrook (choreographer), Jennifer Johanneson (dance enthusiast), Rebecca Frost (artist), Michèle Steinwald (arts manager), Philip Bither (curator), and behind the camera, Cameron Wittig (photographer). Also present in paper form on the grass: Megan Mayer (dance artist), and Anna Marie Shogren (dance maker).
Next year, we hope to double the turn out and for even more the following years until EVERYONE is represented! Stay in touch with next year’s schedule and photo shoot date online at mnartists.org/danceweek.
As the 2008 NDW wraps up and after participating in a full week plus of activities, I find myself still running around the cities and seeing local dance performances almost every night. It is proof that we have a vibrant, lively, and rich dance community in Minnesota!
See you at the shows!