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Back in the swing of things

Eclectic Edge Ensemble

It is so wonderful to be back in rehearsals with Eclectic Edge!  Needless to say, I am so excited for our show this summer. The work thus far is proving to be some of Karis' best, and is sure to give audience members of all types something to muse over.

Personally, Karis constantly challenges my sense of rhythm, and use of music. This is one of her strongest suits choreographically, and "#44," a piece we're currently working on, is no exception. The physicallity of it is actually quite extreme in parts, while in others, the footwork is challenging musically.  I've said, "can you show me that again?", more times than i'd like to admit! :)

I am loving the duet that Jeremy B. and I are working on, entitled, "I Know." I feel so personally connected to this piece, even after only four rehearsals. Jeremy and I have never danced together before, but the chemestry is very natural, and I feel extremely invested in the development of the movement and our relationship. Karis has taylored this piece to us perfectly, and when I'm dancing it I feel exposed, and am transported to a very meaningful place. What a gift to receive from a choreographer! She has indulged my love of contraction, pared with lenghtened limbs of extended energy. After working with Karis for four years now, she has me totally figured out!

We are also gearing up for the fundraiser set for June 20th that will include a performance, silent auction, and of course, great food and drink. We had a grand time last year and are looking forward to this year's event being even bigger and better.

Finally, I must mention all of the wonderful new members we've welcomed to the company this year. We are so fortunate to have so much of the fabulous talent in the Twin Cities dancing with us, and it has been a pleasure working with them thus far. They each bring something different to the table, which is what is so cool about this company. (I will spare you from using the word "eclectic" here.)

In Light,

Allison Doughty