9:30-11:30am | 2nd Floor Target Education Studio


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Pivotal Moment is a program for young dancers and choreographers to develop their own four-session class series based in a particular technique and/or rooted in an investigation of new choreographic material and ideas. Classes are a welcoming environment for university students, recent graduates, and those new to the Twin Cities dance community to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback. Workshops are geared toward intermediate/advanced students, ages 18-26.

Additional Program Benefits: Participants receive 1 free hour of rehearsal space to be used at their discretion for each class of Pivotal Moment they attend within a series


Originally from North Carolina, Erika Martin received her undergraduate degree in Modern Dance and American Studies at Connecticut College. Her research investigates identity performance and how experience is manifested in movement. Erika has had the privilege to study abroad at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance in London and perform works by Kyle Abraham, Ronald K. Brown, David Dorfman, Ori Floman, Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone and Shen Wei. She is the 2015 recipient of the Martha Myers Prize and the 2017 recipient of the Joan Connell Memorial Award.

Christie Owens is a movement educator, teacher, social justice education organizer, and performance artist, originally from Southern California. Christie received her BFA in Dance from Luther College which focused on somatic exploration and expression. Christie's experience with life-threatening and chronic illness starting with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of nine informs Christie's practice of dance and yoga from an accessible lens. She facilitates space for students and community members to move through the stories of their trauma with their bodies. She is currently working for Minneapolis Public Schools as a Performing Arts Specialist. 

Dancer and Choreographer, Amelia Morris obtained her BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2015. Since then, she has had the pleasure of dancing for Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company and has co founded a collaborative movement collective called Little Works. Amelia currently resides in the Twin Cities where her most recent focuses are exploring film creation and site-specific dance. She continues to choreograph works that align and open opportunity to body-mind healing, reawaken primary movement and connect to spirit and nature.

The Pivotal Moment program initiated by the Cowles Center's Education and Community Engagement Department came just at the time I needed it. It had been a year since I had graduated from a college dance program and I was missing moving amongst my peers, as well as feeling a little stagnant in my career as a professional dancer/choreographer. Pivotal Moment gave me the opportunity to test out teaching my movement in a safe space and take on new movement/techniques from my fellow dancers who were going through the same life questions as me. It was a place for us to openly discuss life as a young artist and imagine how to move past the roadblocks we were facing. After every session, I walked away with new information about myself as a dancer and how I want to impact the Twin Cities dance community. It was such a highlight of my summer and I look forward to continuing the connections I had made during these workshops. I am endlessly grateful to the Education Department and the Cowles Center as a whole for creating this program.

- Emma Marlar, Pivotal Moment Artist, Fall 2017

For more information, contact: Elyse Chambers, Education & Community Engagement Manager || echambers@thecowlescenter.org