Momentum: New Dance Works

African American Dancers

“BLAQ”, Momentum 2017. photo by Dan Norman


Momentum: New Dance Works is a hugely respected platform for commissioning and presenting original contemporary dance of all genres, featuring works created by four emerging/early career choreographers/choreographic collaborations based in Minnesota.

In addition to financially supporting and presenting the new creations, the 14-month process combines professional development and creative process exchanges to strengthen the artistic and professional futures of the awarded dance makers. The program culminates in a two-week performance festival on July 11-13 & 18-20, 2019.

Starting in summer of 2018, Momentum: New Dance Works will be hosted by The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, in partnership with Walker Art Center and Movement Research (NYC). Led by program director Michèle Steinwald since 2006, Momentum welcomes choreographers Leslie Parker and Pramila Vasudevan to the leadership team.

Since its inception in 2001, Momentum’s commissioning and presenting program has been funded by the Jerome Foundation. Thanks to the vision of its founding partners (Walker Art Center, 2001-present; the Southern Theater, 2001-2017; and the now-defunct Dance Today/formerly Minnesota Dance Alliance, 2001) and previous partners (The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 2014-2017), Momentum: New Dance Works has become one of the most important platforms for emerging dance artists in Minnesota today.

Previous Artists / Frey Theatre Technical Information (coming soon)


For more information contact Michèle Steinwald at

Momentum: New Dance Works is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

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