Zenon Dance is excited to announce Kendall Kramer and Ruby Josephine Smith as the Fall 2022 Zenon Dance Zone Choreographers. The Zone Dance program is designed to join Zenon’s community of dancers in a shared dance experience with local choreographers. This season will culminate in a showcase sharing Zenon Dance Zone works with guest artists on Friday and Saturday, December 16 & 17, 2022 at 7:30pm at the TEX Box in The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts (2nd Floor).
Kendall Kramer is a dancer, choreographer and educator interested in experimenting with the differentation between props-venues-audience and performer. Born in Minneapolis, she trained at Minnetonka Dance Theater and School, and performed in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival and the Sutdio 4A project. Kendall graduated manga cum laude from Southern Methodist University (TX) in 2010 with a dual degree in Dance Performance and Spanish Language. In Texas, Kendall worked with organizations and individual artists including Leslie Scates of Lower Left, Psophonia Dance Company, Youg Audiences of Houston, Jacquelyn Doe, and Danny Buraczeski. Kendall has set choreography on Psophonia Dance Company, at the Nasher Sculpture Garden, for 3D film, and the Houston Comedy Dance Festical, among other. Since returning to Minneapolis, Kendall has performed at the Future Interstates Dance Improvisation Festival, and delved deeper into dance film. Kendall has recieved reviews for noteworth performaances in the Houston Press, and her work GLOW recieved the honor of Best New Dance Work of the Houston Fring Festical in 2016.
Ruby Josephine Smith.
Ruby Josephine Smith is a contemporary dance artist and choreographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She fell in love with modern dance at the age of 10 and began to train more intensively after leaving the US when she was 19, traveling around Europe and participating in a wide variety of workshops and festivals. Eventually, she landed in Tangier, Morocco, where she worked with contemporary dance as an emerging art form in the city. Ruby lived in Tangier for 7 years, and still maintains a professional base there. She taught regularly at several studios, performed and choreographed for local institutions, and collaborated with local and international artists to create new work. Her choreography has been sponsored by the US Embassy of Morocco, l’Institut Français, and the American Language Center Network, among others. She has also taught masterclasses at international schools in Paris, Mumbai, Chennai, and Ho Chi Minh City. Now that she is back in the Twin Cities, Ruby has reintegrated into the local dance scene, working as a freelance artist. She teaches at Zenon Dance School and Circus Juventas, has choreographed for CollabArts Twin Cities, and is currently in residency with the Threads Dance Project Tapestries Choreography Program. She has performed in pieces by Kendall Kramer and Jennifer Mack, and is now dancing with Analog Dance Works. In all of her work, Ruby believes in the power of dance to tell stories, explore emotion, and form strong connections across boundaries and borders.
Rehearsals: Tuesday | 5:30 – 7:00pm