Choreographer Liz Lerman on the ups and downs of aging As you settle into summer, make time to read the June 3 Washington Post article by Laura Hambl


Choreographer Liz Lerman on the ups and downs of aging

As you settle into summer, make time to read the June 3 Washington Post article by Laura Hambleton: Choreographer Liz Lerman on the ups and downs of aging.

When asked how she deals with loss as she gets older, Liz replied [excerpt]:
One of the things I actually talk about with people: With every innovation there’s loss. It doesn’t matter whether the innovation comes about because of a political change or because people get smart or there’s technology.

If you want to support change, like I do — change is not only the way the world works, it is essential to all growth — it is good to know how to partner loss. If you partner it, you know it’s coming and is part of what is happening all around you.

This is where dance is so interesting...

National Core Arts Standards Public Review Now Open

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released PreK-8 draft standards for an online public review June 30 through July 15. Almost 500 respondents, consisting of groups selected by the NCCAS leadership organizations, as well as state teams of educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers reviewed the work created by discipline writing teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Colleen Callahan and Diane Aldis participated in the preliminary review of all the core arts standards, and dance in particular.

You are invited to participate in the public review of one or more of the discipline grade-band drafts in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Please visit the NCCAS website at or click the logo for detailed instructions.

5th Annual Groundbreaker Battle at The Cowles Center- July 13th

Join us for our 5th annual Groundbreaker Battle on Saturday July 13th. We will spend the afternoon celebrating Hip Hop artistry. This is a free event and open to the public. The day includes:
12:00-12:45- panel discussion "History of Hip Hop in Minnesota"
12:45-1:30- Hip Hop master class with "footwork king" Profo Won, joining us from San Francisco
2:00-8:00- crew vs crew battle, performances by Ill Cemistry and B-Boy J-Sun & Dancin Dave, Ice cream food truck, Graffiti Artists (design your own tote), and more!!- in Butler Square parking lot next to the theatre
3:30-4:15- Breaking workshop with B-Girl MonaLisa

All events take place at The Cowles Center. This event is funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board- Festival Grant. Questions, contact Jessi Fett:

Aug. 17-18 Annual Conference

The Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation is pleased to announce their sixth annual conference on August 17th and 18th at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts on Hennepin Ave Minneapolis. MDMF is a non-profit organization that conducts research and educational initiatives in dance medicine. The conference is open to all area dance professionals, dance educators, dance team coaches, student dancers, their parents, and medical professionals concerned with the prevention of injuries in dancers.

The conference has a two-fold agenda again this year. The Saturday event is designed for medical professionals specifically interested in dance medicine and accreditation credits are available for this course.

The Sunday event is planned for dancers, dance teachers and interested parents. The conference will focus on Nutrition for the Growing Dancer, Planning Your off Season Training, and Taping Methods for the Injured Dancer. Dr. Kadel will once again address the assembly and Minnesota native, Toni Pierce-Sands, formerly with the Alvin Ailey Company and currently, Co-Artistic Director of TU Dance, will speak on dance injuries from her perspective. Professional Development Clock Hours are available for K-12 dance educators through partnership with the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

For registration and additional information, please go to: MDMF Annual Conference

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As a hub for professional development in dance education, the Dance Educator focuses on news and opportunities that help educators and teaching artists improve their teaching practice and strengthen dance as an integral part of education throughout Minnesota. This e-newsletter is a joint project of Perpich Center for Arts Education and the MN Dance Educators Coalition.

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