Upcoming Performances

Past Performances

Repertoire
Upcoming Performances
July 8–9, 2016
15th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival
Minneapolis, MN
Rose Garden at Lake Harriet
July 15–16, 2016
Dances on the Lakewalk
Duluth, MN
Lakewalk
Past Performances

Since its founding in 1991, the Christopher Watson Dance Company has performed in Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Davis, California; Kenosha, Wisconsin; Ames, Iowa; as well as Duluth, Ely, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. CWDC has performed throughout the Twin Cities participating in Choreographers Evening at the Walker Arts Center, Isolated Acts a Red Eye Collaboration, the Minnesota Dance Festival at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, and at the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Ballet Arts Minnesota, SpaceSpace, Intermedia Arts, the Southern Theater, Concordia University, the Lyn-Lake Festival, and the Seward Arts Festival.




Dance Flicks Festival of Dance for Film

January 8, 2016

Presented by Twin Cities Film Fest

Intermedia Arts

Minneapolis, MN

Friday, January 8 at 7 PM.


Crossing Rivers—A Collaborative Concert

March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19 @ 2 and 8 PM

Edison Theater

St. Louis, MO


Social Animal: Celebrating CWDC’s 25th Anniversary

May 20–22, 2016

Social Animal: Celebrating CWDC’s 25th Anniversary

  • Friday, May 20 @ 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 21 @ 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 22 @ 2:00 PM

JSB TEKBOX, Cowles Center for Dance, Minneapolis

Join us for Social Animal as we celebrate 25 years of relating through dance.

The program will feature a wide array of dance pieces choreographed by current and former CWDC members and affiliated artists: Gerry Girouard, Becky Heist, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Sarah Hauss, Dawn Karlovsky, Jennifer Mack, Christine Maginnis Lori Mercil and Jill Patterson; as well as artistic director Watson.

This special concert will feature the following performers: Thern Anderson, Johnny Bates, Jeremy Bensussan, Megan Bridges, Patricia Brown, Gerry Girouard, Kelsey Hanstad, Becky Heist, Heidi Johnson, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Jennifer Mack, Christine Maginnis, Lori Mercil, Catlin Murphy, Ashely Narum, Una Setia, Ray Terrill, Christopher Watson, Anne-Marie Wittenberg, Emileah ZumBerge, and live performance of Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) by Leo Hansen.

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Dance and Desserts

May 17, 2015

Minneapolis, MN – Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. An informal presentation of works-in-progress.

TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN


14th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival

July 10-11, 2015

Minneapolis, MN – The Christopher Watson Dance Company presents the 14th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival—two free concerts at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11.

The Rose Garden is located at Lyndale Park Gardens, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55409.

Go to the following Mapquest URL to locate the Rose Garden: map

For more information, go to: http://christopherwatsondance.org

Call: 612.670.0839 or email: cwdc1991@gmail.com

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Christopher Watson Dance Company offers high quality, meaningful dance experiences to people of all ages through training, audience education, and performance. The company has performed at numerous venues in the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest for the past 17 years, and prior to that in California, where CWDC was established. CWDC has earned funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Commission, Minneapolis Arts Commission, COMPAS and United Arts, as well as the 3M Award for Innovation in the Arts.

CWDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Photo Credit – – © Ann Schley highwoodSTUDIOS


Dances on the Lakewalk

July 17-18, 2015

Duluth, MN – Lakewalk, Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18.


Crossing Rivers—A Collaborative Concert

October 2–3, 2015

Patrick’s Cabaret

Minneapolis, MN

The Christopher Watson Dance Company presents Crossing Rivers—A Collaborative Dance Concert at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3 at Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Avenue S., Minneapolis. The shared concert features the Minneapolis debut of guest company Karlovsky & Company Dance of St. Louis.

Crossing Rivers is a dance concert collaboration and exchange between Minneapolis-based Christopher Watson Dance Company and Karlovsky & Company Dance of St. Louis featuring original choreography in contemporary modern dance by both the company’s artistic directors, Dawn Karlovsky and Christopher Watson. Each director has set one of their dance pieces on the other’s company. Two shared concert programs, the October concert in Minneapolis and a March 2016 concert in St. Louis, bring the two companies together in each other’s cities as a way to strengthen the diversity of contemporary dance presented and to develop a deeper artistic connection and recognition among dancers and other companies within the Midwest region.

In addition to dances by Karlovsky and Watson, Crossing Rivers will include works choreographed by Christopher Watson Dance Company members and affiliated artists Sarah LaRose-Holland, Sarah Hauss and Jill Patterson.

For additional information and tickets call: 612.670.0839 or email: cwdc1991@gmail.com

General admission $15 - students $10

To reserve tickers: write to cwdc1991@gmail.com or call 612.670-0839

Pay by cash or check at the door.

Karlovsky & Company Dance

“Dawn Karlovsky is one of St. Louis’s most intriguing choreographers,” — Alive Magazine

“Stunning, Stunning, Stunning!” — Margie L. of St. Louis

Karlovsky & Company Dance is a St. Louis based contemporary modern dance company dedicated to exploring and nurturing the art of dance with innovative choreography that celebrates the human experience. Choreographer Dawn Karlovsky develops movement that stems from conceptual, emotional, and physical elements to generate dances that are visceral, poignant, and thought provoking. Through close collaboration with a diverse group of musicians, visual artists, and choreographers, Karlovsky & Company Dance performs vibrant, inventive works that articulate and illuminate, through movement, the relationships and experiences that make us human and reaching local, national, and international audiences through concert and informal performances, dance for the camera, site-specific dance, and dance education. Karlovsky & Company Dance is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Dawn Karlovsky is the Founder and Artistic Director of Karlovsky & Company Dance. Her thought provoking, athletic, and emotionally candid dances have been commissioned and presented by universities and modern dance / theater companies worldwide including Webster University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Utah, American College Dance Festival (ACDFA), Dance St. Louis, California State University-Dominguez Hills, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), That Uppity Theater, and Cie Haute Tension (France) among others. Dawn’s choreography has also been featured in festivals including Dance St. Louis’ Spring to Dance Festival and Contemporary Moves, The St Lou Fringe Festival, Dancing in the Street, A Modern Night at the Folly, St. Louis Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, ACDA Screen-Dance Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival.

Karlovsky danced and toured with companies in San Francisco, Louisville, and Chicago including Afterimages Repertory Dance, California Contemporary Dancers, and GASH/VOIGT Dance Theatre. She holds a MFA degree from the University of Utah and a BA degree with honors from Northern Illinois University. Karlovsky teaches Modern Dance and Somatic Studies at Washington University and in the Department of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis. Dawn is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique presenting workshops in the Alexander Technique for Musicians and Dancers and maintaining a private teaching practice working with students one-to-one. Karlovsky’s choreographic work receives grant support by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Company St. Louis.

Christopher Watson Dance Company

“Christopher Watson choreographs quiet, thoughtful and careful work….” —Camille LeFevre, mnartists.com

WOW!! These dancers are truly gifted. The choreography showcased each dancer and their individuality. It also combined their talents to create exciting and subtle patterns, shapes and emotions. A nice variety to the program held the audience’s interest and left us sometimes breathless…highly recommended!!! —An Audience Member

The Christopher Watson Dance Company offers high quality, meaningful dance experiences to people of all ages through training, audience education, and performance. The company has performed at numerous venues in the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest for the past 17 years, and prior to that in California, where CWDC was established. CWDC has earned funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Commission, Minneapolis Arts Commission, COMPAS and United Arts, as well as the 3M Award for Innovation in the Arts. CWDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The company will celebrate its 25th Anniversary during the 2015-16 season.

Christopher Watson has created more than 60 dance works for his own company, Christopher Watson Dance Company and as guest artist for other companies. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Coe College and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University prior to beginning his dance training. He began dance study at the Houston Ballet Academy and subsequently trained with the Chicago Moving Company and at the Merce Cunningham and Joffrey Ballet studios in New York. Christopher earned a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Michigan. Christopher was a member of the New Dance Ensemble of Minneapolis and has performed with the Chicago Moving Company, Harbinger Dance Company of Detroit, and Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho company in San Francisco. He founded the Christopher Watson Dance Company in Sacramento, CA in 1991 after performing as an independent choreographer and dancer for several years. Mr. Watson returned to Minneapolis in the fall of 1994. A former member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Dance Alliance, Christopher has served on committees and panels for the Michigan Dance Association, Dance Bay Area in San Francisco, Sacramento Area Dance Alliance and the American College Dance Festival Association. He has served as a consultant for local arts agencies and organizations including the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. A distinguished teacher, Christopher has served as a guest artist at Eastern Michigan University, California State University Sacramento, University of California at Davis, University of Minnesota Duluth, Lane Community College, the Sacramento Visual and Performing Arts High School, and the Pinole Valley Arts Magnet School in the San Francisco Bay area.

Christopher’s choreographic work has been supported through grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts, the New Works Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Jerome Foundation through the SpaceSpace Co-Project, the Linden Hills UCC Fund, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Lyndale Neighborhood Council, Minneapolis Arts Commission, the Minnesota Dance Alliance, and Mervyn’s


13th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival

July 11-12, 2014

Minneapolis, MN – The Christopher Watson Dance Company presents the 13th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival—two free concerts at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The festival features a variety of dance forms performed by both professional and student dancers from communities in Minnesota and California. The show “stage” is the large grassy area between the two fountains near the Rose Garden at Lyndale Park Garden. Audience members are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks or a picnic dinner and enjoy the unique opportunity of seeing dance performed at the Rose Garden.

Dances at the Lakes 2014 Choreographers and Companies

  • Anda Flamenco, Minneapolis, MN—Kristina de Sacramento, Artistic Director
  • Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, Edina, MN—Ashley Burkland, Director
  • Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN—Ann Williams, Director
  • Brownbody, Vadnais Heights, MN—Deneane Richburg, Choreographer
  • Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis, MN
  • Dario Mejia and Giselle Mejia, Mahtomedi, MN
  • Elander Rosser, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kinetic Evolutions, Minneapolis, MN—Sarah LaRose-Holland, Artistic Director
  • Marco Carreon, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ray Terrill Dance Group, St. Paul, MN
  • Ressl Dance!, Long Beach, CA—Doris Ressl, Artistic Director
  • Young Dance, Minneapolis, MN—Gretchen Pick, Artistic Director
  • Youth Dance Ensemble, Burnsville, MN—Dixie Rairamo, Artistic Director …and live music by local jazz musicians Reynold D. Philipsek and Matt Senjem from East Side Quartet and Mill City Hot Club

The Rose Garden is located at Lyndale Park Gardens, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55409.

Go to the following Mapquest URL to locate the Rose Garden: map

For more information, go to: http://christopherwatsondance.org

Call: 612.670.0839 or email: cwdc1991@gmail.com

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Christopher Watson Dance Company offers high quality, meaningful dance experiences to people of all ages through training, audience education, and performance. The company has performed at numerous venues in the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest for the past 17 years, and prior to that in California, where CWDC was established. CWDC has earned funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Commission, Minneapolis Arts Commission, COMPAS and United Arts, as well as the 3M Award for Innovation in the Arts.

CWDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Photo Credit – – © Ann Schley highwoodSTUDIOS

About the Artists

Anda Flamenco, Minneapolis, MN—Kristina de Sacramento, Artistic Director

Artistic Director Kristina de Sacramento came to flamenco by way of Paris, France. In addition to being a soloist for 20 years with Rincón del Flamenco, Kristina established her own school in 1995, her street company, Las Zapatistas in 1996, and her professional company, Anda Flamenco, in 2001. In 2002, Kristina conceived, choreographed and produced the Fringe Festival hit, “Que Será, Será: A Flamenco Comedy,” followed in 2004 by the critically acclaimed, “Doña Quixote: A Flamenco Comedy, “ In 2012 Anda produced a Japanese/flamenco fusion comedy, “Señora Butterfly.” Anda performs regularly in the Twin Cities, always seen on the last Thursday of the month at Conga Latin Bistro.

Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, Edina, MN—Ashley Burkland, Director

The mission of Ashley Ballet Arts Academy is to enrich lives through the art and joy of dance education. Part of this is done through their performance group, Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, which was established in 2013. This is a group of young dancers who wish to gain pre-professional performance experience, as well as share the art of dance with their community. The Ensemble works with the ABAA faculty and guest choreographers to put on their annual concert at the James Sewell Tek Box. The members also participate in the Academy’s performances such as the Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardée, and Défilé Showcase. They are honored to have been chosen to perform at the Dance at the Lakes Festival 2014.

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN—Ann Williams, Director

Ballare Teatro serves students from all over the Twin Cities area and has become known for successfully melding professional, effective dance instruction with a fun, warm atmosphere that both professional and novice dancers enjoy. With 16 highly trained, professional instructors, Ballare Teatro offers small class sizes for maximum learning and enjoyment.

Brownbody, Vadnais Heights, MN—Deneane Richburg, Choreographer

Deneane Richburg grew up competing in figure skating and received her MFA in dance and choreography from Temple University in 2007. Since then she has created work for both the ice and stage, including “Aunt Sara’s Escape,” a piece about Saatjie Baartman (also known as the Venus Hottentot) which premiered on the ice in 2009 at Ridder Ice Arena on the University of MN campus. Through her company, Brownbody, she has also created work for the stage including These Blues Women, and Living Past (Re)Memory. Living… which is a duet based on Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved. This work premiered as a part of The Requisite Movers’ (a Philadelphia based presenting organization) showcase in Philadelphia in 2011. In 2013 Brownbody remounted this work for the ice. Deneane has danced for a number of choreographers including, Chris Walker, Andrea Catchings, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, and Lela Aisha Jones and has performed with Off Leash Area, Pangea World Theater Company, Flyground and Kariamu and Company.

Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis, MN

Christopher Watson Dance Company (CWDC) exists to provide high quality, meaningful dance experiences to people of all ages through training, audience education, and performance. Our focus is on providing accessible activities based on the belief that concert dance can engage and enrich the lives of all members of our communities. CWDC is committed to supporting its young company members through the opportunity to perform alongside seasoned professionals and to develop and present their own choreography.

Dario Mejia and Giselle Mejia, Mahtomedi, MN

Dario Mejia and Giselle Mejia (Choreographers, Teachers, and Dancers) pursued there dance training during their formative years at the nationally renowned Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota. They have created full-length shows on Crystal Cruises Symphony, “Imagine,” at 6 Flags over Georgia and Texas, and the Central Asia Tour for the U.S. Embassy. They have also choreographed and performed for The Greatest Cabaret in the World, America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall 2013, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a personal interview with Telemundo, the TODAY show on NBC, and CUE BALL, in Boston MA.

Elander Rosser, Minneapolis, MN

Elander Rosser a company member with Contempo Physical Dance and Collide Theatrical Dance Company and has performed as a guest artist with Black Label Movement, TU Dance, and St. Paul City Ballet. Elander is currently pursuing a BFA degree in Dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Kinetic Evolutions, Minneapolis, MN— Sarah LaRose-Holland, Artistic Director of Kinetic

Sarah LaRose-Holland is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, a modern dance company formed in 2006 that performs virtuosic, dynamic and emotionally engaging work. Sarah began her dance career in Florida and has been part of the Minneapolis dance community since the mid-90s. She enjoys working with and is Assistant Director of CWDC. In 2004, Sarah founded the Kinetic Kitchen dance series and began presenting regional choreographers. The Kinetic Kitchen dance series celebrated it’s 10th anniversary at Patrick’s Cabaret earlier this year. Sarah looks forward to her next collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Butch Thompson in 2015. Sarah’s website is http://kineticevolutions.yolasite.com/

Marco Carreon—Los Angeles, CA

Marco Carreon has choreographed for the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDHdance program’s faculty and guest artist dance concert. In 2009, he directed and produced a site specific dance concert, Campus Dances, utilizing outdoor areas on a University Campus. Three out of the five dances presented were his choreography. He has been asked to choreograph a dance for the American College Dance Conference for 2015 to represent CSUDH. He has performed with the companies Jose Costas Dance Company, Louise Reichlin and Dancers, Michelle Funderburk Dancers and Artists Dance Company, and Ressl Dance!.

Ray Terrill Dance Group, St. Paul, MN

Ray Terrill, Artistic Director, Choreographer and Performer, has been producing, teaching and performing in and around the Twin Cities since relocating from the Pacific Northwest in 1994. Proficient in classical modern technique he has evolved a distinctive style of his own described by critics as uniquely spiritual and lyrical on the one hand while irreverent and quirky on the other. Inspired by wide-ranging music styles he mines his material to expose the universal human experience frequently exploring complex emotion. Numerous government, foundation, and corporate funding agencies have generously supported his choreography and his dances have been presented in several Twin Cities venues including the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Art on the Edge Performance Art Series, Dances at the Lakes, and numerous Fringe Festivals.

Ressl Dance! Long Beach, CA—Doris Ressl, Artistic Director

Ressl Dance! presents Dances on the Lakewalk 2014 – A Festival of Dance in Duluth — two FREE concerts at Lake Place Park at 7pm on Friday and Saturday July 18 and 19. This unique festival brings together professional choreographers and dancers from Duluth and Minneapolis performing a variety of concert dance styles. Audience members are invited up to Lake Place Park to enjoy outdoor dances along the stunning background of Lake Superior and the Sculpture Garden. Check us out on Facebook!

Young Dance, Minneapolis, MN—Gretchen Pick, Artistic Director

Young Dance is a youth modern dance company directed by Gretchen Pick and based in Minneapolis. The company is committed to engaging youth in life-long learning through creative expression. The Young Dance company and school collaborate with professional artists, forges meaningful community partnerships and pushes the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. http://youngdance.org/

Youth Dance Ensemble, Burnsville, MN—Dixie Rairamo, Artistic Director

The Youth Dance Ensemble and School is dedicated to the residents of the Twin Cities and the surrounding area to provide a company of young dance artists who educate the general public to better understand and appreciate dance in its many forms, to preserve and promote the art of ballet and related cultural traditions. http://ydeschool.com/

Matt Senjem and Reynold D. Philipsek—Minneapolis

Local jazz musicians Reynold D. Philipsek and Matt Senjem from East Side Quartet and Mill City Hot Club will play a set before the shows and accompany a new dance co-choreographed by Sarah LaRose-Holland and Christopher Watson and performed by dancers from their two dance companies.


Dances on the Lakewalk 2013 – A Festival of Dance

July 19–20, 2013

Duluth, MN – Ressl Dance! presents Dances on the Lakewalk 2013 – A Festival of Dance in Duluth — two FREE concerts at Lake Place Park at 7pm on Friday and Saturday July 19 and 20. This unique festival brings together professional choreographers and dancers from Duluth and Minneapolis performing a variety of concert dance styles. Audience members are invited up to Lake Place Park to enjoy outdoor dances along the stunning background of Lake Superior and the Sculpture Garden.

Dances on the Lakewalk Choreographers - Doris Ressl & Ressl Dance!, Duluth/California - Juliana Bertelsen, Duluth - Grace Holden, Duluth - Rebecca Katz Harwood and Company, Duluth - Lisa McKhann, Duluth - Cathy Podeszwa, Duluth - Sarah Hauss, Minneapolis - Sarah LaRose-Holland / Kinetic Evolutions, Minneapolis - Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis

Lake Place Park is located above the Lakewalk at Superior Street and Lake Avenue with entrances either on Superior Street or from a staircase on the Boardwalk at the Corner of the Lake.

For more information join us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2228886742/?fref=ts

Ressl Dance! is dedicated to the mission of expanding the artistic boundaries of contemporary dance by presenting the choreography of regional and national artists. Ressl Dance! was formed in 1989 to create and produce quality professional modern dance in Northeastern Minnesota through public performances and special events. The company collaborates with musicians, visual artists, writers, and other choreographers to provide the company with opportunities to present the widest possible range of choreography, music, art, and subject matter to area audiences. Ressl Dance! has received funding from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, Duluth Public Arts Commission. Ressl Dance! is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

  • Poster Artwork: Gordon Manary
  • Graphic Design: Sally Rauschenfels

12th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival

July 12–13, 2013

The Christopher Watson Dance Company presents the 12th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival—two free concerts at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13. The festival features both professional and student dancers who perform in the grassy area between the two fountains near the Rose Garden at Lyndale Park Garden. Audience members are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks or a picnic dinner and enjoy the unique opportunity of seeing dance performed at the Rose Garden.

DANCES AT THE LAKES 2013 CHOREOGRAPHERS AND COMPANIES:

  • Amy Slater—Madison, WI & Stacy Pottinger—Milwaukee, WI
  • Anda Flamenco, Minneapolis—Kristina de Sacramento, Artistic Director (Fri. only)
  • Carol Oyanagi, Minneapolis
  • Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minneapolis
  • Dennis Yelkin, St. Louis Park, MN
  • Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Minneapolis—Karis Sloss, Artistic Director (Sat. only)
  • Kinetic Evolutions, Minneapolis—Sarah LaRose-Holland, Artistic Director
  • Oyin Dance Collective, Minneapolis
  • Ray Terrill Dance Group, St. Paul
  • Una Setia, St. Louis Park, MN (Fri. only)
  • Ressl Dance!, Long Beach, CA—Doris Ressl, Artistic Director
  • Young Dance, Minneapolis—Gretchen Pick, Artistic Director (Sat. only)
  • Youth Dance Ensemble, Burnsville—Dixie Rairamo, Artistic Director

This activity is made possible, in part, through sponsorship by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council. Additional funding was provided by generous individual donors to the Christopher Watson Dance Company.

Anda Flamenco

The Rose Garden is located at Lyndale Park Gardens, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis 55409. Go to the following Mapquest URL to locate the Rose Garden: map

For more information, go to: christopherwatsondance.org

Call; 612.670.0839 or email; cwdc1991@gmail.com

The Christopher Watson Dance Company offers high quality, meaningful dance experiences to people of all ages through training, audience education, and performance. The company has performed at numerous venues in the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest for the past 17 years, and prior to that in California, where CWDC was established. CWDC has earned funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Commission, Minneapolis Arts Commission, COMPAS and United Arts, as well as the 3M Award for Innovation in the Arts.

CWDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Photo Credit – – © Ann Schley highwoodSTUDIOS

Pictured: Anda Flamenco


You Are Here

12/06/2012—12/09/2012

It Happened. It’s Real. YOU ARE HERE., the upcoming dance concert by the Christopher Watson Dance Company (CWDC), offers tantalizing, thoughtful choreography in a smorgasbord of dances ranging from witty to poignant. Performances are Thursday through Saturday December 6-8 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm at the JSB Tek Box Theater, Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

The show invites the viewer into an intimate on-stage world to question the ever-evolving world outside the theater, exploring the stages of life and relational exploits of different combinations of women and men. And the program offers luscious dances created out of the sheer joy of moving through space.

What’s It All About?, the newest piece on the program, explores unanswered questions and questions without answers….and perhaps old questions (from our earlier parts of our lives) that are now answered in some way.

So It Goes (2011) asks the question: “Who gets to decide who we can love and with whom we can be in committed relationships?” The dance is accompanied by a sound collage of covers of the song Can’t Help Falling in Love by Bono, Ingrid Michaelson, and Andrea Bocelli & Katharine McPhee.

Stage Theory (2010) explores interdependence among family members and friends through the stages of life. The musical score includes the haunting melodies of Ludovico Einaudi and the driving rhythms of minimalist composer Philip Glass.

After the Silence (1996) is a dance from the CWDC repertory set to Bhangra music by Anahki. The movement in the piece bounces off the driving rhythms of the score. Bhangra is a genre of riff-oriented popular music associated with Punjabi culture. It was developed in Britain in the 1980s by first and second generation immigrants from the Punjab region of India and drawing from music and song from the Punjab region as well as various Western musical styles.

Love in Trouble (2012) is a suite of three intense duets; one for two women, one for two men and a third for a man and a woman; that dive into the hairy friction that can develop in incompatible relationships. Musical accompaniment is by the bands Cake (You’re Never There) and Fun (Why Am I the One?), and an instrumental cover of Skinny Love by Bon Iver.

Human Cannonball (2012) a new piece by Jordan Klitzke, was created using a poem by John Trigonis and an electro-swing score to expose the circuslike experience of being an under-appreciated restaurant server and an artist.

The talented cast of dancers in YOU ARE HERE. includes, Megan Bridges, Joseph Crook, Jordan Klitzke, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Lori Mercil, Una Setia, and Christopher Watson.

It Happened. It’s Real. YOU ARE HERE.

  • Thursday 12/6 @ 8 pm
  • Friday 12/7 @ 8 pm
  • Saturday 12/8 @ 8 pm
  • Sunday 12/9 @ 2 pm

JSB Tek Box Theater at the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., MN $15 • To reserve tickets call or email Jordan Klitzke @ 952.393.3732 jordanklitzkedance@gmail.com

Directions, parking & information: http://thecowlescenter.org

Christopher Watson continues to expand the influences on his work beyond his early training in modern dance technique with Merce Cunningham and others. He does this in large part through working with gifted dancers who bring diverse backgrounds and boundless creativity to their work with his company. Working collaboratively he and the dancers may start the creative process with a dance phrase or movement idea and take off in new directions and add idiosynchratic elements that are often the result of improvisation. Watson earned an MFA in choreography and performance from the University of Michigan. In addition, he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where is he co-director of a research center in the College of Education and Human Development.

Megan Bridges has been dancing most of her life, studying with the earliest incarnations of Saint Paul City Ballet and then at Mills College in Oakland, CA. In 2002, she began performing with Christopher Watson Dance Company, Kats Fukasawa: Paneer Project and Vox Medusa Dance Company. Since completing her MSN in Nurse-Midwifery at Yale University (2006), she has enjoyed returning to dancing with CWDC and in works by Jeffrey Peterson, Bryan Gerber, and Sarah LaRose-Holland (Kinetic Evolutions). Most days (and nights) it is her joy to “help people out” at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Joe Crook graduated with a BFA in Acting with a minor in dance from MNSU where he was lucky enough to perform at the Kennedy Center three times in his career as both an actor and dancer in KCACTF and ACDF. Since graduation he has appeared as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show, IQ in Hairspray and worked for The National Theater For Children, Off-Leash Dance, and Continental Ballet. He is now a company member with Black Label Movement, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Christopher Watson Dance. He will be appearing as Brad in The Rocky Horror Show this winter. He wants to thank his family, and his girlfriend for all their support.

Jordan Klitzke is a 2010 Gustavus graduate dancing for the first time with Christopher Watson Dance Company and in his second Fringe show with Jeffrey Peterson Dance. In the past year he has been fortunate to perform with Jeffrey Peterson Dance (ThinkingAView), Off-Leash Area (Now Eye See You, Now Eye Don’t), ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski (Apprentice, ARENA Bikini), Bryan Gerber (Dances at the Lakes), Melissa Rolnick (Fe/Male), Rebecca Katz-Harwood (CorresponDance), and Six Elements Theatre Company (Twelfth Night, The Pillowman). He is excited to be a part of Off-Leash Area’s new show, “Picnic”, premiering in October in their garage!

Sarah LaRose-Holland has danced professionally since 1994. She is the presenter of the Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground dance series. She dances with the Christopher Watson Dance Company, Aurora Dance, & Jeffrey Peterson Dance. Her own company, Kinetic Evolutions, performs regularly throughout Minnesota. Sarah enjoys teaching dance at Ballareteatro Center for Performing Arts and working as an arts administrator with Perpich Center for Arts Education. Sarah also enjoys kung fu and yoga.

Lori Mercil began her dance training in her native Calfornia with Vernon Russell, eventually earning her BFA in dance from the University of Montana where she studied with many wonderful guest artists including Douglas Dunn and Joe Goode. She earned summer scholarships for further study at the Martha Graham School in NYC and the Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT. Lori danced for many years with Hauser Dance where her own choreography was often shown, and with Marylee Hardenberg for many site specific performances, including the opening of the Mill City Museum and celebration of the new Cold Water Spring Park. Lori is thrilled to be heading into her second year dancing with CWDC.

Una Setia dances with Kinetic Evolutions as well as CWDC. She is a registered yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for nine years. Currently she teaches at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, Zenon Dance School, and Southwest Community Education. Una has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota. She has danced with Jeffrey Peterson Dance Company and for two summers taught at the Alin Ailey Dance Camp in Kansas City.

The Christopher Watson Dance Company (CWDC) is dedicated to providing high quality, meaningful dance experiences to people of all ages through training, audience education, and performance. Our focus is on providing accessible activities based on the philosophy that concert dance is an art form that can engage all members of our community. CWDC has produced concerts at the Hennepin Center for the Arts, the Varsity Theater, Intermedia Arts and Red Eye Theater. The company has been presented at the Southern Theater and SpaceSpace in Minneapolis, the E.M. Pearson Theater at Concordia University and the Minnesota Dance Festival at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul, the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Dances on the Lakewalk in Duluth, the Arts Colony in Grand Marais, and both the Washington Theater and Vermilion Community College in Ely. In addition, CWDC has performed at California State University Sacramento, the 24th Street Theater in Sacramento and Veteran’s Memorial Theatre in Davis, California. CWDC has provided residencies in schools in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Ely and Grand Rapids, and at Camp Unistar near Bemidji, Minnesota. CWDC has been presented at Arkansas State University, the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University.


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