Rhythmically Speaking

A nonprofit organization

$10,213 Raised by 98 Donors

85% complete

$12,000 Goal

Rhythm connects us to ourselves, the moment and one another: 

Become a Rhythm-Maker!

Rhythmically Speaking's performance and education-based work cultivates vibrant, embodied connection through jazz and other American social dance-inspired forms.

Over our 13 years of programming, we’ve seen first-hand how transformative it can be for people to pause their fast-paced worlds in favor of shared sensory and kinesthetic human experiences.

Headed into our 14th season as an organization, we are optimistic about continuing to meet the challenges presented by Covid-19 and building sustainable nonprofit structure around our work. 

Thanks to the generosity of last year’s 116 donors, we have begun laying the foundation to increase our impact, including work with Development Consultant Laura Holway, a pursuit completely funded by your generous support! This work is helping us increase our long-term organizational stability AND broaden the community that has access to our shows, events and workshops.


Throughout the past 18 months, we’ve continued to spark vibrancy and connection through jazz and American social dance ideas. We’re proud that we:

  • Produced the first virtual dance show in the Twin Cities
  • Shared virtual ‘Roots and Branches’ workshops that reconnect jazz dance to it’s vibrant African diasporic roots
  • Began a partnership with Hopewell Music North to expand access to jazz music and dance for underserved youth in North Minneapolis
  • Created our first dance film (RadioBody, which was recently accepted to the prestigious Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema)
  • Pivoted our annual summer production to an outdoor show this past May in collaboration with Keane Sense of Rhythm tap company
  • Engaged students, seniors and the general public through increased education and performance-based outreach, including work at Marcy Open Elementary, Children’s Hospital and Sholom Home West
  • Improved our anti-racism and equity efforts 
  • Developed relationships with local BIPOC artists working in jazz-related forms, including working with our dancers during our summer MoveTogethers (company classes)

Help us reach our goal of raising $12,000.00 in individual donations, so we can continue our impactful work while keeping ticket prices and workshops accessible. 

Your gift, in ANY size, makes an enormous difference.

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Want to make your tax-deductible, secure donation on GiveMN go further? You've got options:

  • Give Early: Schedule your donation for any time between 11/1/21 and 11/17/21 to qualify us for a $500 ‘Early Giving Golden Ticket’! Every day-of donation made also qualifies us for other ‘Golden Ticket’ prizes worth between $500.00 and $10,000.00! 
  • Cover the Processing Fee: By choosing to do so, 100% of your donation goes directly to us, providing us with more resource toward fulfilling our mission.
  • Pursue an Employer Match: This DOUBLES your donation! If you'd like help figuring out if your employer offers this option, email us at rhythmicallyspeakingdance@gmail.com..
  • Consider Setting Up a Monthly Donation: As 5% of all monthly donations will go to the International Association of Blacks in Dance, an organization that preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, support of this kind will make a direct impact on our inclusion, diversity, equity and access efforts. 

“It was so magical, it had me moving and grooving in my seat, not to mention wishing I was on that dance floor!” - Crystal Secor, Audience Member for The Cohort (2019)

A special perk: we are participating in Alternative Motion Project's 'Move to the Max' event this year, which allows folks who donate any amount to any participating dance company the opportunity to watch a virtual showcase of works by all of them, streaming at 7pm on Friday, 11/19 (the day after Give to the Max Day)! It's a GREAT line-up, so this is a pretty sweet perk. If you donate, you will receive the link to this event from us that day.

To find out more about our vision, values, history and current programming, visit rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org. We are SO grateful for your incredible, ongoing support, now and always.

Groove on,

Erinn Liebhard, Artistic and Executive Director

(+ Advisory Panel & Artists)

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Rhythmically Speaking

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Arts & Culture Education Community


1640 Dunlap Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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