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Dear Members,

Is it April already?!  Somehow I thought I would get this out much earlier this year.  I guess it has been an unpredictable season  in every respect. In a conversation with John Munger and Christopher Watson, who have also been a part of this dance community for many years, I have been thinking about the death of the Dance Alliance.  Oh yes, they say they have reincarnated into another form, the Southern is taking over some of their granting programs etc.,  but we who have experienced the vitality of this dance community as a result of this organization, know it is gone.  John, as an employee of Dance USA says that nationally, service organizations for dance have taken a hit. They have either consolidated with other organizations or just plain folded. I keep thinking of Gloria Steinhem’s comment about MS magazine going under. She said something to the effect that this might not be all bad.  Other magazines and organizations have taken up the cause of Women and have integrated their issues into the main stream in a more natural way.  She said  MS had outlived its purpose.  Maybe that is true about the Dance Alliance as well.  Dance is more present in our school systems, other presenters (Red Eye, The Southern, 3-Legged Race, the Barbara Barker Center..) have provided spaces for dance to be shown....I don’t know, but something feels different.  The hub, clearing house, point of connection is gone and I feel a void.  Until something resurfaces, please send your email addresses to ( to be put on a listserv.  Maybe we can create a small point of contact where information can be shared about classes, guest artists in town, performances that can web us together in this time of need.

Keep in Touch! 


Summer Dance Educator's Institute

“Musicality: The Delicate Balance between Movement and Music"”

Danny Buracevski and other local Dance Educators will explore this topic July 29 - August 2, 2002 from 9:00am to noon at the University of Minnesota Barbara Barker Center for Dance, 500 21st Avenue S. E., Minneapolis, Minnesota (see map).  Cost is $50.00 for DEC members, $60.00 for non-members.  Contact DEC to register.

Come and participate with us in the Summer Workshop!

International Baccalaureate Dance Inservice On Saturday April 20th at 1:00 p.m. at her home in St. Paul (1376 St. Clair), Colleen Callahan-Russell will present the curriculum for the IB Dance Course that she will be piloting  next year. “Come see how this compares to our Mn Standards in Dance.  This will be my first shot at articulating this interesting and complex program.  Weather permitting, we’ll be on my back deck!”  FREE! 

What’s Happening With Our Members

April Sellers and Pam Plagge just finished successful runs of their Dance Concerts at the Red Eye. DEC members Mary Harding, Sherry Saterstrom, Roberta Carvalho-Puzon, Colleen Callahan-Russell, Diane Aldis and John Munger supported them as Dancers.   Congratulations! 

Pam Plagge continues to teach at Ramsey Int’l Fine Arts School in Mpls which she says “continues to be challenging yet rewarding”. She is grateful to DEC for lesson plans and wisdom shared through workshops and the group that met at the Perpich Center last year.

Roberta Carvalho-Puzon, Kathy Mohn and Maxine Hughes are working on their Dance-Theatre License with the Ed. Dept at Augsburg.

Kathy Mohn is writing curriculum for St. Paul Public Schools, is working with her Dance Ensemble at Linwood A+ and involved in numerous collaborations with the Music and Dance Depts. there.

Maxine Hughes continues to be inspired by her dance friends.  She is meeting with “Best Practice Network”as well as finishing her Dance Theater License.

Judith Howard continues to teach at Macalester , will be pursuing her MFA in Milwaukee this summer, choreographed at piece for Southwest High, the U of M and Mac Dancers that will be performed at the Walker on May 4th in the galleries, is involved with the Perpich Center as an ACE instructor and is currently the movement choreographer for “The Bacchae” at Macalester. She continues to teach intermediate/advanced technique classes on Saturday morning  at Patrick’s Cabaret from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Sherry Saterstrom is enjoying her teaching at St. Olaf in their brand new Art and Dance Center with 4 new studios which are full of spacious windows randomly set to open the inside space out into the countryside!   She is poring herself into improvising, creating new “takes” on old classes and recognizing with each new semester that dancing and teaching are her life’s work.

Ann Marie Loushine-Thomson announces:
“Do you know someone who likes to test the waters before jumping in?  Art-a-Whirl 2002” welcomes curiosity seekers on Saturday, May 18th for a FREE introductory class to Middle Eastern Dance.  It is at Logan Park in Northeast Mpls. from 2:00-3:00 pm..  Wear comfortable clothing.  Prepare for a fun time! Taught by Ann Marie FFI

Ann Marie will also be directing and choreographing a show in the Fringe Festival.  Time and location TBA.

Wendy Morris is working on a community-based dance project called Urban Web. Come to Intermedia Arts on Wed. June 12 to find out what it’s about.  She has also been co- facilitating a five -month project at the Institute for Comm. Cultural Development.

Debra Leigh just returned from a 2 week stay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  She will be spending her sabbatical there researching movement, language and culture of the Xhosa and Zulu people.  She has been invited to spend second semester there  as a visiting professor teaching modern movement and produce a dance concert linking the university community with the Xhosa and Zulu communities.

Mary Harding just received “National Dance Educator of the Year” at the San Diego  Convention of the National Dance Convention.  Congratulations Mary!


Winona State Vacancy
Position:  Phy. Ed
Application Deadline:  Open until filled; Begins 3/18/02
Fixed Term, Upper $30’s low $40’s Contr. begins 8-26-02
Responsibilities:  Teaching position with expertise in dance education and techniques(pedagogy/creative movement/multi-cultural dance/social dance and beg.-adv. levels of ballet.)
Other expectations include student advising, departmental and committee work, scholarly and creative achievement or research and prof. dev. activities.
Qualifications:  M.A./M.S required, terminal degree(e.g., PhD/EdD in Phy. Ed. or related field or MFA in Dance)preferred.

Application Info.:  Resume, Undergrad and Grad Transcripts and at least three letters of reference; list of at least 3 references with addresses and phone numbers. 
Apply to:  Search, Affirmative Action Office, Winona State Univ.,
P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN  55987.  507-457-5008.


Linwood A+ Elementary School’s first every Spring Dance Concert will be Thursday May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. and Friday May 3rd at 1:30 p.m.

Creative Dance Center
Study with  Anne Green Gilbert at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, WA. The 8th Annual Summer Dance Institute of Teachers 2-week workshop for new institute participants meets July 8-19, 2002. Returning participants meet for a 1-week session July 22 – 26. For more information call (206)363-7281.

Artist & Educator Institute
June 17 - 19, 2002
Alverna Conference Center in Winona
Conference fee: $125 (includes meals & lodging)
24 CEU credits; graduate credit available for additional fee
Scholarships available with priority given to teaching artists

The Institute is a three-day conference retreat for teaching artists, educators and administrators seeking to develop responses to some of education's most urgent challenges. Throughout the three days, you'll find dialogue sessions and art making sessions that explore this critical question:

Come to Your Senses: How are the arts essential to everyday life and learning?

For more info. 763-591-4709 or email

National Dance Conference
NDEO(National Dance Education Organization) will be presenting it’s yearly conference (this year in collaboration with CORD-Congress on Research in Dance) June 26-30th in Providence, Rhode Island.
This year’s Conference “Dance: A Legacy of Building Bridges” will feature Carolyn Adams as the keynote speaker. For more info.: