Erinn Liebhard

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2015-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2015
Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance Without Barriers, Creations Residency, MovementWise, First Moves
Style(s): Jazz, Modern, Creative Movement, and American Social Dance
Teaching Artist Philosophy: I view my sessions as providing a laboratory for students to explore how dancing connects us to the moment, ourselves, one another, music and history. I teach with intent focus paired with lighthearted humor to foster an energetic and supportive environment for learners of various backgrounds, interests and abilities. In my sessions, students can comfortably explore movement territory that is new for them as they develop their understandings of jazz, modern, creative movement and American social dance ideas.”

Erinn Liebhard is a dance artist making opportunities for people to experience the connective and reflective power of groove through performance and education. Having grown up dancing socially at her dad’s rock band’s gigs, she discovered young the exhilaration of playfully experiencing groove alongside others. Guided by this inspiration and a fondness for jazz and American social dance ideas, she’s worked with creatives as varied as hip-hop dance theater artist Rennie Harris and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company. In performance, she makes and performs new staged works and presents those of others through her company Rhythmically Speaking, is a member of Afro-Brazilian contemporary company Contempo Physical Dance, and performs as self-created character “Nerdette” for St. Paul Saints Baseball. In education, she’s an active jazz dance residency artist in higher education and for professional dance companies and is on faculty at Zenon Dance School, in addition to her work as a Cowles Center Teaching Artist. She’s also an active writer and conference presenter. She’s driven to help connect people to themselves, one another and the moment through rooted and innovative embodiment of groove. Photo here by Pat Berrett. Thumbnail photos on other pages by Sean Smuda.