Liz Lerman Workshop Tools for Creative Research June 18, 2014 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Perpich Center for Arts Education Fee: $50 (lunch and CEU's inclu

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Liz Lerman Workshop

Tools for Creative Research

June 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Perpich Center for Arts Education
Fee: $50 (lunch and CEU's included)

As the originator of numerous tools and methods including the Critical Response Process feedback system, Liz continues to develop and harvest artistic “tools” that have applicability to a wide range of endeavors. She returns to Minneapolis to share new takes on practical methods for generating, deepening, and enlarging one’s work, whether that’s art-making, teaching, facilitating, directing, or writing.

Link to workshop information & downloadable registration form

Liz’s most recent evening-length work “Healing Wars,” an investigation of the impact of war on the healers involved, and of how people put themselves back together--or don’t--in the aftermath of war, premieres in June at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Over the three-year process of building the work, in addition to an ensemble cast of professional dancers and actors, Liz worked with historians, neurologists, brain-injury researchers, war-re-enactors, statisticians, counselors, prosthetic developers, and veterans of all of our recent wars. “I don’t need to know what these experts know in order to work with them,” says Liz. “What I do need to know is how to partner, how to be nimble, and how to be porous. ‘Tools’ help strengthen every single one of the interactions and outcomes.”

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Colleen Callahan

Dance/USA Special Citation: Inspiration

During the national Dance/USA conference in Minneapolis June 18 - 21, Colleen will receive a Special Citation as someone who has prepared and empowered young dancers to become part of the dance community in Minnesota and beyond. Starting back at the legendary North High School in Minneapolis some 25+ years ago and later at Southwest High School for the past 17 years, Colleen's passion for rigorous, aesthetically-based dance education has inspired many of her students to become dancers and choreographers as well as musicians, actors and directors.


Moving Matters! BrainDance for Grades K-6

Shana Wagner, Presenter

July 24, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Perpich Center for Arts Education
Fee: $50 (CEU's included)

Created by Seattle dance education expert, Anne Green Gilbert, BrainDance is a set of eight developmental movement patterns that human beings experience from birth to age 1. These movement patterns “wire” the central nervous system, developing the brain. Learn how movement can benefit student learning in your classroom. Link to the Registration Form for this workshop - and check out the great music workshops on tap for the summer!


Diane Aldis,
State Dance Education Coordinator
Perpich Center for Arts Education
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Colleen Callahan, President of MN Dance Educators Coalition
Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry, Director of MSU Dance Program, MN State University at Mankato, MN
Mary Harding, Dance Teacher, Perpich Arts High School


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