Rosy Simas, photo by Douglas Beasley
Rosy Simas, Native American contemporary choreographer (Seneca), has been making and teaching dance for 20 years. Her work has been presented at virtually every dance-ready venue in Minneapolis, including the Walker Art Center and the Southern Theater, as well as venues in Montréal and the San Francisco Bay Area. Simas views involvement in community as essential to living and art making. As well as presenting her own work, she is committed to creating opportunities for other dance makers and artists. In February 2013, Simas created and directed Échange: a Twin Cities/Montréal Dance Exchange project. She has received grants and commissions from the MN Women’s Fund, MRAC/McKnight Next Step, MN Dance Alliance, COMPAS, MSAB, Jerome Foundation/Intermedia Arts, the Loft Literary Center and the Walker Art Center Momentum series. In 2012, She was an artist in residence at the Indigenous Arts program at Banff Arts Centre in Alberta. Simas was most recently awarded the Native Arts and Culture Foundation 2013 Dance Fellowship. Simas is a longtime student of Barbara Mahler and teaches regular classes in Body Re-Education (based on the teachings of Barbara Mahler) at Zenon Dance School in Minneapolis. Her newest solo will premier at the Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver, BC in May 2013.
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