Dance

Patrick Scully began dancing in 1972 in college. In 1976 he co-founded Contactworks, a Minneapolis collective focused on contact improvisation. In 1980 he left Contactworks in search of a way to bring his voice as a gay man into the work he was creating. This led him dance with Remy Charlip in NYC, beginning with Remy’s Ten Men show in BAM’s Next Wave Festival in 1984. In his heart, and daily life, Patrick is still dancing with Remy.

Originally from Mexico City, Arturo Miles began dancing in Minneapolis in the late 90’s. He specializes in Hip-Hop, House, Modern and Waacking dance. He is an original member of Collective Hip-Hop Dance Company, and teaches Hip-Hop and House Dance for the Zenon Dance Company and School. Currently a curator at Patrick’s Cabaret and producing work that falls under experimental theater, themed variety shows, and short film. His work has been shown at The Southern Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl, Intermedia Arts, Gamut Gallery and The Varsity Theater.

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY) attained her BFA in Dance and Minor in Asian American studies from the University of Minnesota, and is a third year company member of Ananya Dance Theatre. The marginalized experience as a woman of color shaping her social and political perspective, the continuum of patriarchy within her cultural context facilitating the violence and injustice taking place through her past and present history are important subjects in which she chooses to address.

Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities based choreographer, dancer, teacher whose creative work has been chosen for the Walker Art Center Choreographers Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, The American College Dance Festival, The University of MN Dance Theater and was featured in the New Griots Festival at the Phoenix theater, Minneapolis. Darrius graduated from the U of MN, Twin cites with a BFA in Dance in 2015 and has created works for Southwest High School, SPCPA high school, St. Olaf College and shared a evening of work titled, Ipseity.

THE SUMMER COATS aims to create a unique sound and look that defies genres and will be offering our original songs during the evening that fuse a singer-songwriter mentality with rhythmic dance. The group is made of singer-songwriter Chase Daniel Burkhart on guitar and vocals, and dancer-singer Molly Kay Stoltz on tap board, vocals, tambourine, French horn, and ukulele.

Karis Sloss (Artistic Director of Eclectic Edge Ensemble) graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Dance and Theatre Arts. Over the last 15 years, Sloss has choreographed for SteppingStone Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Children’s Theater, Project Success, University of MN Theatre Program, University of Eau Claire Dance Program, Envisions Academy, Breck High School, Saint Paul Academy, Zenon Scholarship Program and the Loring Playhouse.

A contemporary jazz dance company with a diverse repertory, Eclectic Edge Ensemble collaborates with local musicians, choreographers, and other artists to create musically and theatrically inspired work. The company aims to present a fresh perspective on jazz dance in the Twin Cities, creating accessible performance experiences that connect to audiences through the pure joy of movement.

Erinn Liebhard (BFA University of Minnesota, MFA University of Colorado Boulder) is a dance artist that makes opportunities for people to experience the embodiment of music, specializing in jazz and American vernacular dance. She focuses her efforts in teaching, performance and scholarship. An active educator, she has a wide array of experience in settings as varied as private studios, public education programs and colleges, and is currently on faculty at Winona State University and is a Teaching Artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (MN).

Karla Grotting is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and producer working with a unique blend of jazz, tap, modern, and percussive dance experiences. She is founding member, principal dancer, and artistic associate with Joe Chvala’s The Flying Foot Forum, and the producer of Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company.

Lindsay Forsythe returned to Minnesota two years ago, after spending her adult life living on both coasts for the previous 25 years. Some of her identities include: dancer, full-time mother, social worker, music club owner, and pilates instructor. Among the dance artists she has worked with are Philippa Kaye Company, Suarez Dance Theater, Tom Truss Dance Company, Orjan Andersson, and Mary Oslund. She has shown her work at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City and 9x22 Dance Lab in Minneapolis.

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