Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers

Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers exhibit image five dancers leaping in front of an image of tree rootsUnearthing the roots of dance education and performance in the Twin Cities reveals a century ripe with talent and innovation. This exhibit assembles dance history curated from the University of Minnesota’s Performing Arts Archives (PAA).

Established in 1971, the goal of the PAA is to document as fully as possible the activities of individuals and groups in both professional and amateur performing arts throughout the state. The collections include the most important companies in each of the major arts fields. Dance Roots highlights the local and international influences that make for a competitive and fascinating network of choreographers, dancers, teachers, and dance photographers. The gallery displays archival posters, writings, dance notation, never-before-seen media, costumes, and set designs.

Exhibit details

What: Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers
When: Oct. 3, 2023 through Jan. 31, 2024
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, First floor gallery | Open during library hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday) | Parking & directions


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