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May 2023

DanceBARN Festival (MN)

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DanceBARN Festival

July 17-23, 2023
Battle Lake, MN
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The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lakes. TMA Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton will be a choreographer in this year’s festival.

MSP 157: Rosalynde LeBlanc

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PODCAST 157: Rosalynde LeBlanc

Release Date: 5.21.23

Rosalynde LeBlanc, Co-Director/Producer, Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters. Photo Credit: Eric Politzer


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Building a Dancer with Rosalynde LeBlanc

Episode 157: Show Notes.

Rosalynde LeBlanc built her career dancing for some of the biggest names in dance. Today, she is Professor and Chair of Dance at Loyola Marymount University. Social justice awareness has always underpinned her work as a choreographer, which is why she creates pieces that are related to the world and not the mirror. During today’s conversation, she shares her perspective on what it truly means to build a dancer beyond just the physical. Tune in to hear the highlights of her incredible journey as the daughter of an accomplished dancer with Paul Taylor, applying to college early and completing her high school diploma alongside her studies, and her time dancing with Bill T. Jones that skyrocketed her career. She shares the story of being invited to dance with Baryshnikov, before burning out just three years later. Rosalynde offers her insights on doing the necessary inner work to succeed as a dancer before telling listeners all about her transition into the world of education. Tune in today to hear all this and more!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Rosalynde LeBlanc’s first experiences with dance and when she really fell in love with it.
  • Her mom’s hands-off approach to managing her relationship with dance.
  • Why she declined an invitation to dance with Paul Taylor.
  • Her memory of Alvin Ailey’s death and the first World AIDS Day in 1989.
  • Applying to college early and completing her high school diploma alongside her studies.
  • Her experience at Purchase and the social change that occurred while she was there.
  • The Bill T. Jones workshop she attended summer of ’92.
  • Apprenticing for Bill T. Jones.
  • The duet she performed with Bill T. Jones which launched her career.
  • Her father’s work in cinema and the relationships she formed with Black Hollywood.
  • What it was like to dance for Bill T. Jones at the age of 19.
  • Her experience of being in the work and touring with Still/Here.
  • The fraught process of leaving Bill T. Jones.
  • Being invited to dance with Baryshnikov.
  • The mind-body connection and how it relates to becoming dancer.
  • Burning out at White Oak Dance Project after three years.
  • Her transition into education.
  • The sanctuary of the studio.
  • What she loves most about performing.
  • The piece she is working on at the moment; Tomboy.
  • The less talked about shadow of success.

“The other 50% of being a dancer is your psychological state of being and that shapes your body as much as all the other technique classes. So you have to deal with that.” — Rosalynde LeBlanc

Rosalynde LeBlanc danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (1993 – 1999), and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999 – 2002). She has also worked onscreen with film directors Burt Barr, John Turturro, Gretchen Bender and Matthew Rolston. She can be seen in the short film, Roz, the PBS Specials, Still/Here, Free to Dance, Dancing in the Light, A Good Man and in the feature film, Romance and Cigarettes. LeBlanc is a leading figure in the legacy and pedagogy of Bill T. Jones. She re-stages his work around the country and runs the Jones/Zane Educational Partnership at Loyola Marymount University, where she is an associate professor in the dance department. In 2020, her work in dance research and pedagogy was recognized with an honorary induction into the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu.

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters  is now streaming for free as part of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. Audiences can visit,, Black Public Media’s YouTube Channel, and WORLD’s YouTube channel.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Rosalynde LeBlanc on LinkedIn
Loyola Marymount University
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Bill T. Jones
Mikhail Baryshnikov 
White Oak Dance Project

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton

Movers & Shapers: Remembering Agnes De Mille with Elizabeth Ferrell and Jenna Rae Herrera

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PODCAST 156: Remembering Agnes De Mille with Elizabeth Ferrell and Jenna Rae Herrera

Beth Ferrell in Rodeo

Release Date: 5.8.23


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Remembering Agnes De Mille with Elizabeth Ferrell and Jenna Rae Herrera

Episode 156: Show Notes.

Today’s episode is a special one, where we look back and remember world-renowned dancer, choreographer, writer, lecturer, and director, Agnes De Mille. Agnes had a successful, yet tempestuous, career that spanned almost 70 years through the world of 20th-century American theater and ballet. We take a look at her through the eyes of Elizabeth Ferrell, formerly a member of the American Ballet Theater, and Jenna Rae Herrera, a principal artist with Ballet West. We hear their recollections of working with De Mille in the studio and performing her work, and we listen to their insights about how the course of American dance was forever changed by her. Stay tuned for a lively conversation about Agnes De Mille and her long-lasting impact; creating strong-willed American female roles. Enjoy!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Beth shares a short (but detailed) biography of Agnes De Mille; Agnes in a nutshell.
  • More about Beth, her background, and how she became part of De Mille’s work.
  • Beth tells listeners about De Mille’s personality (both in the studio and on stage).
  • Jenna talks about her background in dance and career at Ballet West.
  • Jenna tells us about learning her role in Rodeo and how it helped her grow as an artist.
  • The process of learning the Rodeo material (and hearing the narrative from Agnes herself).
  • Jenna shares her experience learning work that was made decades ago (and translating it to her body and the company).
  • We hear Beth’s experience doing De Mille’s work, both the physical experience and the learning process.
  • Jenna and Beth reminisce about their time performing The Cow Girl in the Rodeo
  • Why Rodeo was set on ballet companies (as opposed to other genres of dance).
  • Their thoughts on why De Mille’s work has become timeless and why it’s still being performed today.

“She was really ahead of her time, there’s still a real push to nurture and push female choreographers and women’s voices [today] — and here she is in the 1940s choosing her own music, dancers, costumes, set designs, and was calling the shots.” — Elizabeth Ferrell

Elizabeth Ferrell was born in St. Louis, Missouri and began her early training with Alexandra Zaharias.  At age 14, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet and upon graduation was chosen by Peter Martins to receive the Danish American National Cultures Exchange scholarship to study with the Royal Danish Ballet.  In 1985, Elizabeth was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of American Ballet Theatre where she danced from 1985 to 1998.  During that time she appeared in much of the classical and contemporary repertory and worked with such esteemed choreographers as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Anthony Tudor, Lar Lubovitch, Glen Tetley, Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Natalia Makarova, Kevin McKenzie, Clark Tippet, Ronald Hynd, Twyla Tharp and Agnes de Mille.  She has also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, New York City Opera, Alessandra Ferri’s “Stars of the American Ballet”, Papermill Playhouse, Muny Opera, Goodspeed Opera, and most recently Hong Kong Ballet.  She can be seen in five “Dance in America” broadcasts for PBS and appeared in Herbert Ross‘ movie “Dancers” and Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “Ballet.”  Elizabeth took part in the inaugural teacher training program of ABT’s National Training Curriculum and is now an ABT certified instructor.  She has taught at such institutions as Ballet Hispanico in New York, Danceworks in London, and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, as well as guest taught at ballet schools in the U.S., London and Hong Kong.  She is currently on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

In addition, Beth has danced the following roles in Agnes de Mille works:

DeMille workshop- 1998: Allegro, A Rose For Miss Emily

With American Ballet Theatre: The Informer– 1988 original cast- was in corps and the female lead- The Girl, Rodeo– 1989 ABT revival- was an Eastern Friend and the Cowgirl, 3 Virgins and a Devil– 1993 ABT revival- The Fanatical One, The Other– 1992- the corps, Fall River Legend– the corps

Musical Theater- Brigadoon– 1996 revival NY City Opera- Jean Maclaren

Jenna Rae Herrera in Rodeo (photo Beau Pearson)

Jenna Rae Herrera is from Ontario, California.  She joined Ballet West II in 2007 and the main company in 2010.  Jenna was promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2015, to Soloist in 2016, to First Soloist in 2020, and to Principal in 2021.  She trained under Cynthia Young, Laurence Blake, and Randall Graham.  Jenna’s favorite leading roles she’s danced with Ballet West include Balanchine’s Rubies, Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Olga in Cranko’s Onegin, and Juliet in Smuin’s Romeo + Juliet.  Jenna is also on faculty with the Ballet West Academy and has taught at the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive, as well as at the Brigham Young University Advanced Ballet Intensive.  She is currently enrolled at the University of Utah with the hopes of obtaining a bachelor’s in the Fine Arts.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Jenna Rae Herrera

Jenna Rae Herrera on Instagram

Elizabeth Ferrell

Elizabeth Ferrell on Instagram

Agnes De Mille

Agnes De Mille Books

Dance to the Piper

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (Philadelphia)

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Pop-Up Performance: The Moving Architects at Paradigm Gallery + Studio

June 17, 2023 @ 3pm
Paradigm Gallery + Studio
12 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Free Event
More on Paradigm HERE

Experience The Moving Architects up close and personal for a pop-up performance at Paradigm Gallery + Studio!

Paradigm Gallery + Studio® was established in 2010 by co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. The gallery exhibits meaningful, process-intense contemporary artwork from around the world. Paradigm Gallery is globally recognized and known as a tastemaker within the greater Philadelphia arts community. As the gallery grows, it maintains its original mission to keep art accessible, and continues to be a champion of small businesses and emerging and mid-career artists.

Pentacle Presents: Dance in Philadelphia (Performance Garage)

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Pentacle Presents: Dance in Philadelphia at the Performance Garage

June 16-17, 2023 @ 7pm
Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tickets: $15-$20 HERE

New York City based dance advocacy organization Pentacle will bring the work of five female-led companies to Philadelphia’s renowned home for dance, the Performance Garage. For two nights, modern and contemporary dance from both coasts convene to tell a diverse array of stories: Go on a journey to mythical lands, confront barriers and isolation in poetic duets, and be enthralled by aerial spectacle of light, movement, and projection. Experience the dimensions of the human condition in thought-provoking and expertly crafted dance works by Ariel Rivka Dance, Freespace Dance, MILKLEAF, The Moving Architects, and Sonia Plumb Dance Company. These companies are part of Pentacle’s Administrative Support Program, which provides direct administrative services and performance opportunities for artists.

The Moving Architects: Seeking Dance Artists

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The Moving Architects: Seeking Dance Artists
Application Deadline: June 30, 2023


The Moving Architects (TMA), led by Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, is currently seeking 1-2 female-identifying dance artists for July 2023-June 2024 who have a movement foundation grounded in modern dance forms.  Additional skills and interests include: ability to execute high-endurance movement; work intimately and collaboratively within a group; proficient with improvisation, movement manipulation, and partner work; strong affinity for weighted, strength, and shape-based movement; curiosity in integrating movement exploration with objects, props, and media; and readiness for an investigatory rehearsal process. TMA rehearsals are scheduled in 1-5 day residencies in NJ/NYC and regionally, and dancers are paid for performances and rehearsals on a project-by-project basis.  Dancers are independent contractors and work under a Letter of Agreement.  BIPOC dance artists are encouraged to apply.


  • Degree in Dance or comparable experience; out of college at least 1-year
  • Live in NYC-metropolitan area at time of audition
  • All artists applying must be citizens of the US or have a valid working visa
  • Must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination

TO APPLY (there is no fee to apply) fill out application that includes:

  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Video Weblink: informal video up to 3 minutes answering the question “How would I describe myself as a dance artist?”
  • Video Weblink: Movement Improvisation. Video can be up to 4 minutes (no music) and must include: sustained movement; repeating movement that dynamically evolves over time; a surprise; showing of strength (up for interpretation)

Note: Dance reels or links to websites will NOT be accepted as video submission

Up to 10 dancers will be asked to attend an audition on the morning of Saturday, July 15 in NYC. Invitations will be made by July 7, 2023.  Audition will include warm-up, phrase work, and movement manipulation. Scheduled Interviews by invitation will follow as final step of audition process. Letters of Agreement begin July 25, 2023.

Application: HERE