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 “Awakening XI XI” at the Cowles Center for Performing Arts in February 2015. The company again follow-up with more sold out performances 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 Festival in May that same year.
SHAPESHIFT also has received national exposure and recognition, when they were approached by the Canadian based organization “ Feed the Children” 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 International star, 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 at the Xcel Energy Center in front of another packed house!