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"Next Steps" rehearsal 3/14/08


Shaprio & Smith Dance artistic director Joanie Smith and company member Kari Mosel relax before rehearsal in studio 100 at the University of Minnesota’s Barbara Barker Center for Dance. The company’s newest show, "Next Steps," opens April 3 and runs through April 6 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.


Company members Mosel and Laura Selle-Virtucio watch a duet on video as they wait for others to arrive at rehearsal. Selle-Virtucio said the process for "Miniatures" is unusual because they will have had no more than 10 rehearsals with the full cast by the time the show opens.


Smith directs dancers Selle-Virtucio, Mosel, Eddie Oroyan and Maggie Bergeron in rehearsal for Shapiro & Smith Dance’s upcoming show "Miniatures." "Miniatures" is the first new work the company has produced since the death of co-artistic director Danial “Danny? Shapiro.


Shapiro & Smith Dance company members run through “Hurricane,? a quartet in the company’s upcoming show "Miniatures." Smith said the audience will get glimpses of relationships in each "Miniatures" vignette. “It’s like looking into a painted egg,? she said.


Company member Ned Sturgis stretches as other members rehearse “Hurricane.? While Sturgis has previously performed in Shapiro & Smith Dance repertoire as an undergraduate at the university, "Miniatures" is his first show as a company member.


Great photos and captions Lo. I'm glad I've found this little blog of yours. Keep writing!