Q&A with Brenna Brelie and Kaleena Miller

Brenna Brelie and Kaleena Miller of the Twin Cities Tap Festival

Brenna Brelie

Q: How did you start dancing?
A: There was a tiny dance studio in my hometown of St. Peter, MN. My parents started me in ballet/tap classes at age four, and I never stopped.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of The Cowles Center?
A: Well, certainly the second Twin Cities Tap Festival (in October 2016). We couldn't have asked for a better location! But I also remember when the Shubert was moved to its current location - quite a feat!

Q: What show are you excited to see at The Cowles Center this season?
A: There's quite a diverse mix of performances that I'm looking forward to seeing but especially Ragamala's 25th Anniversary show. Their shows are always stunning. And also Mixtape Side B– such evocative hip hop artists making dance right now!

Kaleena Miller

Q: How did you start dancing?
A: It's all Karla Grotting's fault (founding member of the Flying Foot Forum). My mom was an assistant at Karla's Dance studio in St. Cloud. I hung out often in my stroller, and at age 2.5, Karla said, "Let's get her in class!"

Q: What’s your favorite memory of The Cowles Center?
A: Two things: taking ballet every Saturday as a kid at Hennepin Center for the Arts, and the second annual Twin Cities Tap Festival!

Q: What show are you excited to see at The Cowles Center this season?
A: Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum! Percussive dance is alive and well in the Twin Cities!

The third annual Twin Cities Tap Festival runs October 19-22. More information and tickets available here.