Circulation: Connecting Through Embodying Rhythm (Guest Curator: Erinn Liebhard)

This cabaret features work by Erinn Liebhard with BrassZilla AND Steven Hobert, the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Karla Grotting, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Dameun Strange, Darrius Strong, THE SUMMER COATS and Magnolia Yang-Sao-Yia. Classic jazz, rock, tapping, acid jazz, funk, house, swing and other approaches to rhythm will circulate through this evening, connecting styles and people through deeply-felt aural and kinesthetic experiences.


Eclectic Edge Ensemble
Karla Grotting
Steven Hobert
Erinn Liebhard
The Summer Coats
Dameun Strange
Darrius Strong
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia

Curated and hosted by Erinn Liebhard


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The Show:

Choreographer Erinn Liebhard and musician Bob DeBoer and his ensemble BrassZilla team up to investigate translating to dance the jazz music culture of ‘it ain’t what you do it’s how you do it’ when sharing in the experience of performing standard tunes. Erinn will also explore this idea with reknowned local pianist Steven Hobert.

Karla Grotting's trio, No Habla Español, explores the body's response to the irresistible groove of Afro-Cuban rhythms in this lush jazz poem of the universal language of human rhythmic connection.

Through a mash up of original pieces accompanied by movement, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE explores the ways paths converge, diverge, and compete for our attention.

The Eclectic Edge Ensemble performs an excerpt from Snow Bound!, a full evening blend of puppetry and dance musing on collective emotional and physical human experiences of winter.

With Chase Daniel Burkhart on guitar and vocals and Molly Kay Stoltz on tap board, vocals, tambourine, French horn, and ukulele, THE SUMMER COATS fuse a singer-songwriter mentality with rhythmic dance to bring sound into motion.

Dameun Strange will offer up cosmic grooves influenced by east coast house music.

Darrius Strong of STRONG Movement presents a new work exploring how movement develops out of conversation between participants, both dancers and audience alike.

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia's new work, influenced by house dance and culture, explores visibility and voice for AAPI women in the many spaces they occupy, labor in, and belong to. 

***Creator Profiles and Bios available at the bottom of this page***

Performer Bios:

Heather Annis (EEE Company Member) graduated from the University of MN with a BFA in dance. She currently teaches dance at Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center. Heather has been dancing with EEE since 2008 and has loved every minute! She loves to spend time with her family, husband, beautiful daughter Felicity, and cat Chloe!

Kelsey Charlotte received her BA in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has studied at Accademia del'arte in Arezzo, Italy. She has worked with D.I.G / Dancers Investigation Group in Sacramento, California. Kelsey currently dances with Christopher Watson Dance Company and SEVEN DANCE which she co-founded in 2014. This is Kelsey's first work with STRONGmovement.

Ayana DuBose is a native of Georgia who has been dancing in the twin cities for the past three years. She is pursuing her BFA in Dance at The University of Minnesota, and is excited to be dancing jazz in this performance!

Brian J. Evans (EEE Guest Company Member) is a Professional Performing Human. For the past eight years, Evans has had the privilege and pleasure of engaging in a vast array of fields. Teaching in public and private institutions, working with healthcare providers in the US and abroad, performing as singer, actor, dancer in churches, theaters, basements, outdoor stages, any space provided that encourages the arts to thrive. An artist striving for social justice, Evans places high value in process and product, having had most of his training out in the 'Arts field' of the Twin Cities, working with over 50 artistic directors on more then 200 projects from solo endeavors to collaborating as a self-employed professional performer & teaching artist. Brian J. Evans is a recipient of a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellowship, administrated by The Cowles Center and funded by The McKnight Foundation. Primarily as a principle dancer and musical director for Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Evans has continued to investigate the idea that connections exist between us all and it's the responsibility of the Arts to rediscover those connections, highlight them and allow us to feel holistically human.

Jennifer Glaws is a dance artist and photographer interested in creating opportunities for individuals to experience the social and developmental rewards of the arts. Jennifer holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and BFA in dance and photography from Arizona State University. She is currently Director of Operations for Young Dance, Minneapolis, and an active dance educator teaching in settings as varied as private studios, public education programs and colleges. Jennifer has been producing dance work in Minnesota since 2004 in museum and theater environments with commissioned dance pieces presented at Gustavus Adolphus College, ACDA-Midwest, Eagan and Apple Valley High School and UW-Milwaukee among other private institutions. Her recent evening length work, Study 1 Perceptions: Stuck or Unstuck, has been on tour in 2015-16 performing across state lines.  Jennifer couldn’t be more excited about engaging with the artists of Circulation and experiencing music and improvisation with Erinn Liebhard.  

Renee Guittar is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. Renee has performed at professional theaters such as The Guthrie (The Music Man), The Ordway (A Chorus Line), and The Old Log Theater (The Wedding Singer). Renee is a company member with Collide Theatrical Dance Company and has toured nationally with illusionist Jared Sherlock. Renee has presented choreography with Young Artists Initiative, the Zenon Dance Zone, Gustavus Adolphus College, North St. Paul High School, Highland Park Senior High School and at venues such as Patrick's Cabaret, Theatre in the Round, and The Ritz Theater. Renee produced and co-directed the MN Fringe Festival Productions “CLOCKED” and “CIRCULATE” as well as an interactive dinner theater, "COOKED". Renee teaches at numerous dance schools including Zenon Dance School. Renee received a B.A. in Dance with Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2012.

Stepheni Hubert (EEE Company Member) has been dancing for 30 years, training at the Southwest School of Dance in Marshall, MN before receiving her BIS at the U of M with a concentration in dance. She ran a small, beloved and too-soon-gone studio called the Movement Lab in South Minneapolis, (where she resides with her daughter, Piper) before becoming the Education + Outreach Director for EEE.  This is her third season with Eclectic Edge and she is honored to be a part of such a wonderful company!

Sarah Jabar is a dancer and choreographer in the twin cities area. She loves using dance as a way to inspire others (and herself) to loosen up and enjoy life! When she's not dancing Sarah facilitates project-based sustainability education in twin cities schools.

Haley Jensen (EEE Apprentice)  is a native of the Twin Cities and happy to be back home after graduating with a BFA in dance from The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. While at UIUC, Haley had the pleasure to work with professors, Tere O’Connor, Renee Wadleigh, Cynthia Oliver, and Jennifer Monson to name a few. Haley also had the pleasure of accompanying professor/choreographer, Linda Lehovec, to Santiago, Chile to perform work internationally. Aside from pursuing her love of anything dance, she works part-time at Bierbrauer Chiropractic. Haley is excited to be a part of the EEE family and has been loving every minute of it thus far!

Sarah Johnson (EEE Company Member) , is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point from which she holds a B.A. in Dance as well as her Pilates Mat Certification through Balanced Body Pilates. Sarah has a passion for art as a global form of expression and has trained, performed, and taught dance in Mexico, Costa Rica, India, and China. Currently, she dances professionally for Eclectic Edge Ensemble, and Alternative Motion Project.  Sarah is also the Director of Celebrate Dance Academy, teaches dance at North Central University, and is a freelance musical theatre choreographer for various high schools throughout the cities.  Sarah is passionate about living life to the fullest, spending time with her friends and family, drinking coffee, and smiling often.

Miranda Kunzer grew up in a small part of Shakopee and started off dancing at the age of four at Center Stage Dance Studio. She has since then gone to St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artist -class of (2016) While at SPCPA she has worked with choreographers such as: Emily Flink, Laura Selle Virtucio, Angharad Davies, Gabriel Anderson, Kalena Miller, Chris Yan, Darrius Strong and more. After graduation she will be teaching and working on her choreography at Center Stage Dance Studio, working on her artistic process.  She will also be dancing with STRONGmovement.

Pedro Pablo Lander (EEE Apprentice) was born and raised in Venezuela. At age 18, he moved to Minnesota to pursue his undergraduate studies at Winona State University, where he discovered dance and the performing arts. He has worked with educators and choreographers from around the world such as Gretchen Cohenour, Jacqueline Markevitch-Paulsen, A.T. Moffett, Celia Arguello, Leoni McDonagh, John Jasperse and others. Since graduating last May, he has worked with Paula Mann’s Time Track Productions, and performed a solo at the Choreographers’ Evening 2015. At the moment, he is an apprentice for Eclectic Edge Ensemble's 2016 season, and is developing a solo through the Red Eye Theater's Works in Progress for Emerging Artists. He’s currently serving with an educational and equity non-profit, College Possible, at Augsburg College.

Michelle Lemon (EEE Apprentice)  is psyched to be joining Eclectic Edge Ensemble as an apprentice this season! Michelle has performed locally with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Flying Foot Forum, Buckets and Tap Shoes, Collide Theatrical Dance Company, RatHaus Productions, and Artistry (Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray). Michelle is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities and holds a BFA in Dance. Michelle additionally teaches dance at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, and Zenon Dance School.

Emily Magnuson (EEE Apprentice)  is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato achieving a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Emily made the move to the Twin Cities this summer.  Lately, she has been working to perform with LiRa Dance Company in South Dakota, summer 2016.  Emily teaches modern, ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, and creative movement at multiple dance studios in the Twin Cities area.  When she isn’t dancing, she loves to spend time with her friends and family.  She is extremely excited to be working with Eclectic Edge Ensemble as an Apprentice in their 2015-2016 season!

Rachel Miller has been training in multiple disciplines of dance since the age of 5 in studios such as Studio 4 Dance, and now at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a BFA Dance Major. There, she not only trains, but networks herself with artists from multiple areas within the U.S. Rachel also teaches/choreographs at Studio 4 where she brings her moving aesthetic to life in her students, and inspire them as well as be inspired by their progress and talent.

Jennifer Pray is a Twin Cities based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Her choreography has been featured regionally at festivals, galleries and museums, and she has taught and performed across the United States, the Netherlands, and the Caribbean.  Jennifer has performed professionally with Ballet Minnesota, Threads Dance Project, Live Action Set and Kinetic Evolutions and as a professional guest artist with James Sewell Ballet, Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, and Iowa Dance Theater. Principal roles include Andrew Rist's Cinderella and The Rite of Spring, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.  Jennifer is currently a company member with Threads Dance Project, directed by Karen Charles, and the choreographer and co-director for Dance & Other Behaviors. She is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Iowa and holds a B.A. in Dance & International Studies with Honors.

Sofia Puterbaugh, originally from Kenosha, WI, is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. There she is actively pursuing a B.A. in Dance, along with a B.S. in Human Resources. During her time at the U, she has had the pleasure to train with amazing teachers such as Erin Thompson, Maggie Bergeron, and Carl Flink. Sofia has also recently worked with choreographers Luke Olson-Elm and Linda Talcott Lee, as well as the company Flying Foot Forum. Overall, Sofia is extremely grateful to be given the opportunity work with Karla and the this phenomenal cast on No Habla Español. She wants to give a huge thanks for being able to learn and dance along side these incredible artists.

Kayla Schiltgen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she received her B.A. in Dance, Leadership, and Youth Studies. Kayla is part of Eclectic Edge Ensemble and does freelance dance work when she can, she has also danced with Alternative Motion Project and Paula Mann's Time Track Productions. Aside from performing Kayla does a great deal of choreography and her work has received many Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Awards. When not dancing Kayla enjoys being outside, cooking, decorating and spending time with her family. She is currently in the process of starting a sustainable farm with her husband.

Crystal Secor (EEE Company Member) is a 2008 graduate of the University of MN where she received her BFA in dance.  While studying at the U of MN she had the opportunity to work with Guest Artists Ananya Chatterjae, Bebe Miller, Sardono Kusumo, as well as local artists Jeffery Peterson and Karen Charles of the Threads Dance Project.  Prior to her studies at the U of MN, Crystal completed a BS in Kinesiology from the University of WI, Eau Claire. While at UWEC she participated in the Concert Dance Company, a student organized dance group that presented original student  choreography and participated in ACDFA.  She is a current member of Eclectic Edge Ensemble and has been a member since 2009.  She is also a member of AMP (Alternative Motion Project) and will begin her second season of performances this fall.  When she's not rehearsing she teaches tap, jazz and ballet at the studio where she grew up dancing as a Senior Competition Assistant. She joined the Lux Winterguard for the 2014-2015 season an independent color guard which provides educational and performance opportunities in the art of color guard. Crystal would like to thank her husband and family for all their support!

Karis Sloss (Artistic Director of Eclectic Edge Ensemble and Choreographer) graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Dance and Theatre Arts. She has been studying dance for over 30 years. 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. In 2002 Sloss formed, Eclectic Edge Ensemble (EEE), and for the past 12 years they have been producing work around the city including The Lab Theater, The Southern, The Ritz Theatre for 7 years, Intermedia Arts, Illusion Theatre, Kinetic Kitchen at Patrick’s Cabaret, Rhythmically Speaking at the Bedlum Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts and 5 MN Fringe Festivals. Sloss is the Artistic and Executive director of Eclectic Edge Ensemble. She directs both their performance and outreach programs. Aside from working with EEE she is also a dance teacher the Assistant Director at Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center. Sloss & EEE have been awarded 11 MRAC grants to create new work for Eclectic Edge Ensemble and for their Outreach Program. She is dedicated to creating and producing works of artistic excellence through the medium of jazz dance, which has its roots planted deeply in music and theater. Sloss aims to bring jazz to the forefront of the dance community once again, as well as push the boundaries of the form itself beyond its more traditional roots.

Cheng Xiong grew up in the East side of St. Paul and started off as a street dancer, but he recently received his Bachelor's in Dance at The University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014. He is in his third season with Black Label Movement and recently joined a few new dance companies known as STRONGMovement and In New Company. He is also a sought-after Hip-Hop/Breakdance instructor.



Friday, April 8, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm