Arts midwest / MSAB arts tour

Shapiro & Smith Dance’s mission is to make contemporary choreography accessible to a wide range of audiences embracing inclusivity and equity in all its arts activities.

We offer thrilling performances and unique arts activities for populations including survivors of domestic violence; female first responders; mental health and senior centers; and dance students in colleges and studios.

The Performance, What They Said:

“athletic, sharp-edged dancing, and a daring theatricality.” — The New York Times

“That was one of the most intense and inspiring dance programs I’ve ever seen!” — Audience member, A Center For The Arts, Fergus Falls.

Community Connections, What They Said:

“Girl power straight up!” — Ruthie, Harriet Tubman Shelter Client.

“The entire cast of BOLERO would be good pickings for the fire department. The firefighters loved it. My Captain couldn’t stop talking about it.” — Minneapolis Female Firefighter

The Company in BURNING AIR, a poignant retelling of the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894.

The Company in BURNING AIR, a poignant retelling of the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894.

The Performance:

Shapiro & Smith Dance’s exciting performances bring audiences to their feet and have been praised for outrageous athleticism, biting wit and psychological insight. BOLERO, a fierce, athletic work for seven female dancers is empowering for shelter clients and female firefighters. SHIRT has audiences laughing at the absurdity of the human condition as three men fight over a shirt; BURNING AIR reminds Minnesotans of the devastating history of the Great Hinckley fire that destroyed communities from Pine City to Duluth.

The Community Connections:

Our dances mine stories of love and loss, instances of courage, humor and particularly female empowerment. EVERY BODY SPEAKS workshops have grown out of our six-year relationship with the Harriet Tubman Shelters and participants experience movement’s power to communicate feelings, thoughts and ideas. Through EVERY BODY SPEAKS we provide free arts activities and performances for people experiencing trauma and the program has been adapted for female fire fighters, seniors, dance students and other women’s groups in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.


We bring our community together with yours.

We are honored to have received MSAB Arts Tour funding each time we have applied.

Previous Arts Tour Locations:

A Center For The Arts, Fergus Falls MN (Michael Burgraff)

St. Olaf College, Northfield MN (Heather Klopchin)

Tofte Lake Center, Ely MN (Liz Engelman)

Shattuck St. Mary’s, Faribault MN (Dick Kettering)

St. Mary’s University – Page Theatre, Winona MN (Theresa Remick)

Memorial Auditorium, Worthington MN (Tammy Makram)

Mankato State University, Mankato MN (Daniel Stark)


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