Q&A with Denise and Rick Vogt

Denise and Rick Vogt

Denise Vogt 

Q: How did you start dancing?
A: As a young girl, I was in constant motion, so at the age of 9 my mother signed me up for ballet classes at a local ballet school. Forty-plus odd years later, here I am still at it! 

Q: What’s your favorite memory of The Cowles Center?
A: My favorite memory of The Cowles Center is seeing the constant evolution of the Masonic Building and surrounding area over the past twenty years developing into a thriving cultural dance performance center.

Q: What show are you excited to see at The Cowles Center this season?
A: The array of different dance companies performing this year makes this a hard decision, but I always enjoy Shapiro & Smith Dance.

Rick Vogt

Q: How did you start dancing?
A: While in high school, I was on a ski trip and saw a ballet on TV – my first one – which happened to be Barishnikov and Gelsey Kirkland doing The Nutcracker. I was amazed, intrigued, curious, so I signed up for an adult beginner class at Jo Savino's to try out this newfound treasure, and never looked back. 

Q: What’s your favorite memory of The Cowles Center?
A: Although this is technically before it became The Cowles Center, I loved standing outside watching the entire Shubert Theater being moved on rubber wheels about a block and a half to its current location. 

Q: What show are you excited to see at The Cowles Center this season?
A: Really tough to pick, but two that caught my eye are MDT's fall show including new works by Penny Freeh and Darwin Black and Threads' Uncertain Reality.

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will present Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall: A Rock Ballet’ March 1-3 at The Cowles Center. For more information and tickets, click here.