Minnesota’s festival of performing arts
August 1–11, 2013 / Minneapolis

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By Borealis Dance

Choreographed by Danielle Ricci

Local dancers and actors bring reflections of life in an ever-changing world to the stage. Take a journey to remember how life has shaped us as people by experiencing dance that moves you.

Modern Dance

First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Thursday, 8/1 5:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/4 1:00 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, 8/7 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 7:00 p.m.
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Audience reviews

Try It

By Gene Bard / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I've been to only a few ballet performances but thought this would be a good opportunity to sample and it was. I enjoyed the performances where the plot was clear. Really nice. The piece with Vivaldi Four Seasons was nice and the piece about love as well. Some things where I thought they were going for synchronization were a bit off. I was glad I attended.


By Susan Woehrle / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I found the choreography competent and the dancers to be fairly good, but the length of each piece was too long and the badly recited "poetry" between each section made the show drag on and on.

Inventive mix

By Amanda Nerud / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A thoughtful grouping of short dances that (to some extent) flow together. The first piece is incredibly inventive and the dancing and choreography continued to impress throughout the following dances. I wasn't as impressed with the little girl as one of the other reviewers (sorry, chickie). Definitely read the program about the installation's meaning, it helps explain the dance a little fuller. Solid fringe material!

Something Modern for Everyone

By Donald Eichman / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show offers modern dance served on multiple platters there is something for the beginning/casual enthusiast to the advanced advocate. 'Through the Shadows..." will delight your senses. "The Valentine" will tickle your funny bone and while being relatable to all. But most importantly the little girl in "Days Past" is a modern virtuoso in the making. She will steal the show, possibly the entire festival.

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Quite Lovely

By Megan Losure / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 10 shows

I thought this show was beautiful. The choreography was very well done and the dancers very talented. I liked the flow of the performances, and the poetry readings were a nice touch to the overall feeling of the show. Well done!

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Reflections resonates in your soul

By Joel Synstelien / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

A memorable night of dance, thought provoking and intriguing performance. My personal favorite "Searching For Connection" was an impressive array of athleticism, leaving me wanting more. Choreographer Danielle Ricci fills the stage with a delightful display of contemporary ballet in her final number "A Winter's Night".

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Background information + more

As we go through life, we make memories, create stories, and find meaning within ourselves by connecting with others around us.  Borealis Dance's "Reflections" is a piece about these memories, stories and connections.  Danielle Ricci founded the company in Austin Texas in 2009 and now has brought her choreography to Minneapolis for the Fringe Festival.  Through dance, art installation, and spoken word, Borealis Dance reflects on what shapes our lives.  The performance includes seven original works by Ricci.  Ten dancers join actors and local artist, Julie Sirek,  as the arts come together to create a unique evening of dance.

Cast + crew bios

Danielle Ricci


Danielle Ricci received her BFA in dance from University of California, Irvine in 2006. She has studied at the Ailey School in New York City as part of their certificate program and has danced professionally in California, Minnesota, and Texas. She has performed with members of Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. Danielle now resides in Minneapolis after moving from Austin, Texas where she was founder and Artistic Director of Borealis Dance. Her choreography has been featured in musical theatre productions such as the world premiere stage production of "The Blues Brothers," Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," and "Pirates of Penzance." Her piece, "Awaiting Fate" (09) and "Peace is With You" (12), was recognized as one of the "Best of Fest" in Austin's Frontera Fringe Festival. Danielle is currently attending graduate school at St. Mary's University for non- profit arts and cultural management. She is excited to share the stage with such talented dancers that believe in her work.

Mary Stark


Mary Davies Stark is a versatile dancer with extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. She is fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by artists including Deanna Carter, Joe Chvala, George de la Pena, David Dorfman, Wynn Fricke, Gabriel Masson, Janice Haws Roberts, Anthony Roberts, Alan Sener, Daniel Stark (her brilliant husband), Vanessa Voskuil and many more. She has performed with various dance companies including ARENA Dances (Minneapolis), Dancers in Company, Jennifer Kayle and Co., Duarte Dance Works (Iowa City), Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre (Chicago) in the MN Fringe Festival in 2009 and 2010, and now, Borealis Dance. Mary holds a BA in Dance and Political Science from St. Olaf College, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Please excuse the baby bump – Baby Stark #1 is due Dec. 11!

Jessica Schue


Jessica is originally from Minneapolis and has performed and toured locally, nationally and internationally. Jessica was a company member in the American National Ballet in Duluth, MN, DanZ Centre in Beijing, China and the Asheville Ballet in North Carolina. Since moving back to Minnesota in 2010, she has been teaching dance and performing in several local productions. She enjoys all forms of dance and is thrilled to be a part of Borealis Dance's Fringe Festival show.

Jennifer Mack


Jennifer Mack originally trained at Rochester Ballet School and Janet Lang Dance Studio of Rochester, MN, but also spent summers at: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Alvin Ailey, the Cunningham School, Steps and Broadway Dance Center of NYC. Jennifer graduated Magma Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance Performance and a B.S. in Arts Management & International Business from UW-Stevens Point. Previously she danced 6 seasons with Continental Ballet and also performed in Montreal, Hungary, Ireland, and Minneapolis/St. Paul as a guest artist with: Debra Jinza-Thayer's Movement Architecture, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Kari Jensen's Moving Arts Ensemble, Offleash Area, Rainy Day Cabaret, Ray Terrill & Dancers, Rosy Simas Dance Project, Spandrel, Vox Medusa Dance Company and numerous independent choreographers. Her own choreography has been performed in Hungary, MN, NYC, and WI. It often includes live accompaniment and collaboration with local bands,musicians & composers: Ada Jane, Alex Kaufman/Dichotomy, Matt Marka and Ben Seims. Her choreography was recently selected to be apart of the 'Rhythmically Speaking' and 'Renovate' Choreographer's Evenings and awarded a Cultural Arts Grant through Eau Claire, WI in 2012, which she used to co-produce 'Movement Arts Day 2012' with fellow choreographer, Cheri Dostal. She is currently a member of St. Paul City Ballet, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, Alternative Motion Project and teaches at Janet Lang Dance Studio & Prairie School of Dance. She would like to thank her mom, dad, Matt and Justin and little ZuZu for all their love & support.

Anna Resele


Anna Resele has had almost as many lives as her cat Scooter. She has danced in companies in Holland, MI, Philadelphia, PA, and Memphis, TN. Anna has performed with Deborah Thayer, Rosy Simas, Maggie Bergeron, Jennifer Mack and other choreographers with the Aveda Institute, MN Opera, and Fringe Festival in addition to performing her own work at the Spark Festival and the Best Feet Forward Festival. Anna has also helped hundreds of kids get to college in Upward Bound programs, taught Education Theory in Namibia, and worked as an English teacher for hundreds of kids. She currently is a literacy coach in the St. Paul School District. Come see her and her own choreography in Pathways with Alternative Motion Project, also in the Fringe!

Stephanie Eichman


Stephanie has studied dance for numerous years within central Minnesota including St. Cloud State’s Repertory Dance Theater, Company Northcrest and the Minnesota Dance Ensemble. She has trained with many different teachers including Debra Leigh, Nadine Studiar-Maiers, April Sellers, and Joe Tremain. She has choreographed musicals for Troupe Theater, Actor’s Playhouse and most recently for Deer Camp. She started dancing with the Minnesota Dance Ensemble and in 2005 and became the Executive Director in 2008. From 2008 thru 2012 she managed to double the grant funding and renew the choreographic vision of the company. As the President of the Board of Directors for MDE she helps to guide the mission and funding of the company. She holds a B.S. in B iology from SCSU and is a principle chemist for a recycling company in Monticello.

Katie Drietz


Katie Drietz received her B.S. in Dance, as well as a Nutrition minor, from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has been dancing for about 15 years, loves working with children and currently teaches Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern technique at QC Dance in Blaine. Katie has worked with artists such as Morgan Thorson, Alan Sener, Gabriel Masson and is currently a company member of “Sole 2 Soul Dance Conversion” and “MSHE Productions.” She feels very privileged to be working with Danielle Ricci and the cast of “Reflections” and is excited to be sharing her love for movement with you!

Cade Holmseth


Cade Holmseth is a Minnesota native with a foot in many doors. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in dance. He is a dancer/performer/choreographer that has performed in nearly 90 different productions over the last 8 years in various settings. Primarily a contemporary modern dancer, he has performed with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater around the country and abroad but has also performed with other groups such as ARENA Dance, DA Dance, Live Action Set, and several others. He is also the cofounder of 2 Defy Gravity (www.2defygravity.com) a circus aerial duet. He recently finished a full length show in January, “Just One More: A Story of Affluenza.” He also owns and operates his business as a therapeutic massage, bodywork, essential oil, energy therapist in St. Paul (www.hohbodywork.com).

Amber Johnson


Amber has been dancing for 15 years and teaching for about 10. Originally from Embarrass, MN she has trained with Danielle Ricci, Reif Center Dance, MSU Mankato, and the Minnesota Ballet. Amber currently resides in Virginia MN and is the owner of Downtown Dance Academy which opened it's doors this past year. She is excited to perform in the Fringe and share the stage with such inspiring dancers.

Maddie Taute


Julie Sirek


Julie Sirek is a visual artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BFA in Print Paper Book from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She was the recipient of the 2010 Minneapolis College of Art and Design Collegiate Fellowship and the Mary Beason Bishop and Francis Sumner Merrit Scholarship at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work has been exhibited national and internationally.

Julie uses crochet, embroidery, handmade paper and Joomchi (paper felting), to create two and three-dimensional pieces that bridge traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetics. The context of her work promotes awareness of domestic violence. By bringing attention to this issue, she hopes to increase awareness and create change.

Miranda Skunkwiler

Stage Manager

Miranda Shunkwiler is a Senior at Iowa State University. She is pursuing her bachelors degree in performing arts with an emphasis in acting and directing. She has most recently worked on Noises Off, Alice in Wonderland, A Streetcar Named Desire, Love's Labor's Lost, and Paradise Circus. Miranda would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support over the years. Enjoy the show!

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