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SHAPESHIFT is a hip-hop/contemporary storytelling dance company originating from Minneapolis - the Midwest's new hotbed for artistic innovation.
SHAPESHIFT uses a fusion of dance styles to tell high powered storytelling dance productions. SHAPESHIFT dancers tell stories of love, loss, & human emotion.
SHAPESHIFT has been featured on The Fox Morning News Show, WCCO Radio and TV, and has performed in front of 20, 000 screaming fans at Xcel Energy Center during WeDay Minnesota. Recently, they were featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, performed to a sold-out crowd at the inaugural TEDx event, and performed alongside national recording artist Natalie La Rose & OMI and danced with Tori Kelly at The Official Prince Tribute Concert in October 2016. Most recently, they just returned home from Washington, D.C. where they performed 11 shows at The Kennedy Center.
SHAPESHIFT productions are passionately produced by the entire cast and led by Ashley Selmer. If you have yet to see this multicultural dance collective, you are in for a moving experience!
SHAPESHIFT, a Minneapolis dance collective, whose founder performed with Prince’s band 3rdEyeGirl and which has danced in front of nearly 20,000 people at Xcel Energy Center, was created on the fly.
Four years ago, Creative Director, Ashley Selmer and a collective of then 9 dancers, joined together to create a one time show for their generation – something fresh that would feature all types of dancers, from hip-hop, contemporary, to modern to ballet.
SHAPESHIFT’s November 2013 self-titled production at the New Century Theatre in Minneapolis, sold out to rousing applause and standing ovations, moving their audience to tears. That got the attention of presenters and audiences, which began to build. Thereafter, they continued their sold out performances at The Lab Theater in September 2014, with their production “The Awakening” and again with their production “XI:XI The Awakening” at the Cowles Center for Performing Arts in February 2015. Further rousing performances continued when the company made with their debut of “Grey Skies Blue” at the Cowles Center in February 2016. In April 2016, Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota asked them to headline their Annual Spring Fete and to perform at their Flint Hill's Festival in May that same year.
SHAPESHIFT also has received national exposure and recognition, when approached by the Canadian based organization We Day to perform with National Recording Artist, Natalie La Rose at the Xcel Energy Center in front of 20,000 screaming young fans in 2015, followed up by another smashing performance with International Recording Artist, OMI at Xcel in September 2016. During this amazing event, SHAPESHIFT also choreographed and performed an original piece, in response to a performance challenge from Paula Abdul. SHAPESHIFT then closed out a banner 2016 with a performance with Capitol Records Recording Artists, Tori Kelly at Prince’s Tribute Concert in October in front of another packed house!