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Dance Roots: Exhibit reception and book reading

October 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers exhibit image five dancers leaping in front of an image of tree roots

Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers exhibit image five dancers leaping in front of an image of tree rootsJoin us Friday, Oct. 27 for the opening reception of Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers, an exhibit celebrating the breadth and depth of Minnesota’s dance community preserved in the University’s Performing Arts Archives. Enjoy refreshments as you mix and mingle over this rare exhibition. A reading of the new book Grace & Grit with the author Georgia Finnegan will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please register if you plan to attend the event.

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About the exhibition

“Dance Roots: Minnesota’s Movers and Shakers” unearths the roots of dance education and performance in the Twin Cities, and 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.

View the exhibit Oct. 3, 2023 through Jan. 31, 2024 at 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)
Grace and Grit book cover image with a photograph of a ballet dancer

About the author

Finnegan will read from her new book Grace & Grit: A History of Ballet in Minnesota, published by the Afton Press. Georgia Finnegan has been a leader in the Minnesota dance community for more than 30 years. She was a founder and former director of Saint Paul City Ballet and Rivers Ballet and has performed with three Minnesota ballet companies.

Event details

What: Dance Roots Exhibit Opening Reception and Book Reading With Author Georgia Finnegan
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, atrium and room 120 | Parking & directions


October 27, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
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Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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