Alternative Motion Project

A nonprofit organization

$7,801 raised

78% complete

$10,000 Goal

We need your support this Give to the Max Day!
November 1st - 17th, 2022
The first $5,000 raised WILL BE MATCHED!

Help us celebrate our 11th year and first season under the sole directorship of Joanna Lees. We need your help to reach our $10,000 goal for Give to the Max Days 2022. Every Dollar Raised WILL BE MATCHED (up to $5,000) and will directly support our efforts to empower + connect artists and audiences through contemporary dance.

Where does your generosity go? 
Your support helps people!
81% of our FY21 budget went directly to pay personnel.

Having persevered the immense challenges of the pandemic, we are Moving BIG into our next Decade of Dance. Any donation gets us ONE STEP CLOSER to our goal of equitable and competitive compensation for our personnel's work. We cannot stress how impactful your contributions are for our community.

We are expanding our performance + education programs this year. Your generosity will connect + support local artists and audiences:

  • Your contributions will greatly impact a smooth and steady Transition Year as Joanna Lees' shifts to AMP's sole Artistic + Executive Director.
  • AMP'S FIRST PERFORMANCE under the sole direction of Artistic Director, Joanna Lees. We returned to The Southern Theater for ViewPoints '22  (October 2022) that included: 
    • Audience engagement initiatives like our Open Rehearsal and Behind the Scenes Rehearsal Video Blog. 
    • Four World Premieres by MN Choreographers: AMP commissioned and supported local choreographers  to make new works performed by AMP:
      • But My Soul Will Remember by Guest Choreographer Nieya Amezquita, with spoken word by Jandeltha Rae. 

      • Flight  by Guest Choreographer, Rachel Lieberman.
      • The Land Swallowed Them Whole by Guest Choreographers Body Watani / Noelle + Leila Awadallah.
      • капустянка : CABBAGE EATER by Guest Choreographer Alexandra Bodnarchuk, with original sound by Brandon Anderson Musser.
    • Encore Performance of Repertory Work, split, by AMP Director, Joanna Lees. 
    • Community Master Class Series: Each ViewPoints '22 Choreographer taught a master class for Minnesota dance community members. 
    • On Demand Online Viewing Options.
  • 11th SEASON SPRING PERFORMANCE* (April 2023): The addition of a second weekend of performances featuring all new works by Company Member, Zoë Koenig, Guest Choreographers, Brianna Rae Johnson + Khary Jackson, and a new collaboration between Joanna Lees + Sound Artist Dameun Strange. *this activity is dependent on receiving grant funding TBD December 2022.
  • MOVE TO THE MAX: VIRTUAL EDITION '22 (November 2022): AMP supports + builds community within movement organizations with a unique performance event occurring all online and on demand. More info below.
  • AMP's 2nd ANNUAL WINTER WORKSHOP (December 2022):  A 3 day workshop for local professionals + students to connect through artistic development opportunities. This welcoming, community building atmosphere encourages participants to explore their own movement practice through improvisation + structured material.
  • WEEKLY MOVEMENT CLASSES for area professionals (intermittently ongoing). These classes aim to build community among Minnesota's dance artists through professional development opportunities.
  • AMPLIFIED SUMMER WORKSHOP (Summer 2023). This 5-day workshop will invites participants to engage in various movement practices, improvisation, creative process, and repertory material.

    We continue to build upon our long term goals:
  • To lead in our values in accessibility, particularly financial and physical accessibility. 
  • To maintain and increase AMP’s presence in the dance community and the Twin Cities.
  • To make AMP more equitable, internally within the organization and externally within our activities and focus. 
  • To remain flexible and adaptable to the ever-changing nature of our world and resources. 


Move BIG is more than a tagline- it is AMP's philosophy. Move BIG means more than the large and virtuosic movement that Howe and Lees have been known for. Move BIG is advancing the art form of dance in any way we can. Whether it is through our choreography and performances, collaborations with other artists, engaging audience members, or education and exposure to those in need, we can come together as a community and acknowledge a purpose greater than ourselves.



Alternative Motion Project (AMP) is a professional dance company passionately striving to create accessible, entertaining, and meaningful dance work throughout the Twin Cities area.

Photos: Bill Cameron.

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Alternative Motion Project

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5740 36th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417-0000