Building The Network
This year saw continued
exploration of our interactive model for coaching in the performing
arts. The WEBsite was extensively developed as a tool in interactive
exchange. New partners were found across the country and throughout
We instituted, with
the help of Artspace, a plan for 15 interactive sessions in cities
throughout the state –– St.
Cloud, Bemidji, Rochester, Brainerd, Fergus Falls and Grand Rapids
were identified as potential sites. Artspace also helped us fund
our interactive Studio 5B [and eventually, a smaller space, 5A]
in the Hennepin Center for the Arts.
We continued to search for partners
nationally and regionally.
Our first major exchange [January–February]
from Studio 5B was a series of 17 interactive classes in contact
improvisation mentored by Guggenheim scholar Chris Aiken. Students
were drawn from U/M and O/U dance majors. Again, the WEB was
instrumental in building community amongst the participants.
This year saw many public presentations, including
simulated interactive demonstrations at Dance Among the Arts,
the national NDEO [National Dance Education Organization] Conference.
This meeting brought us contacts across America, and new partners,
among them the New Jersey State Department of Education. We presented
our evolving model to the local arts community at Shapeshifters,
and repeatedly demonstrated the model for interested partners.
Several videoconferences were held to plan our
interactive sessions for the beginning of the coming school year
[Brainerd exchanges for children with disabilities, NJ/MN elementary
and high school exchanges].
We conducted workshops for professional development
of teachers and artists’ residencies for the Perpich Center
for Arts Education.