Support the vibrancy of jazz and American vernacular dance!
Touted by national publication Dance Magazine as "revitalizing jazz and American vernacular dance in the Twin Cities area," Rhythmically Speaking is proud to support and present quality performance work. We are in our ninth year of programming building a strong community of artists and patrons, and are excited to announce that we were recently awarded 501(c)3 status, officially designating us as a nonprofit organization!
The choreographers and their casts for Rhythmically Speaking’s 2017 show came together on the night of Thursday, July 29th for a progress showing. This night is when the energy and life of the performance starts to form, and the outline of the show (running August 17-19 at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis) starts to build. Our choreographers pour themselves into the work of developing their pieces, and we are proud to invest in their creativity, skills, and gifts to the community. We do so by providing each of them with meaningful stipends for their work created for our show.
However, we are facing a financial challenge this year in supporting our choreographers at the level we have in previous years. From what we currently have the funding to provide, we are hoping to increase each choreographer's stipend by $400. Gifts already donated this year helped us secure our venue, a lean production staff, and establish a baseline for our choreographer’s stipends: every dollar of your additional gift to us now will directly support the choreographers, who you can learn more about at the Rhythmically Speaking website.Your donation may be able to go further: your employer may have an employee charitable donation match program! Check with them to find out if you can double your donation! Additionally, while fundraising isn’t free, you can now ensure that 100% of your simple-to-offer, secure donation goes directly to us! When you make a donation to us here and choose to cover the processing fee, you help us focus our resources on supporting jazz and American vernacular dance. A quick description of our work from a 2016 show attendee:
"Beautiful. True. What else matters?"
Our world needs art, dance, expression and grace. If you believe Rhythmically Speaking's work enriches Minnesota and the dance community at large in these ways, become a part of it by helping bring it to the stage. Thank you for your support!
Erinn Liebhard, Artistic Director
The mission of Rhythmically Speaking is to revitalize jazz and American vernacular dance forms in the Twin Cities, supporting its practitioners, educating its audiences, and celebrating its rich history while nurturing innovation through performance.