contact name: Laura Selle
Shapiro & Smith Dance
121 Franklin Ave. West
Minneapolis MN 55404
open to public: no
Shapiro & Smith Dance
Murray Louis Dance Company 1978-1985
Shapiro and Smith's work has been recognized with a
Choreographer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an American Choreographer's Award from the National Corporate Fund,
two Fellowships in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Metropolitan Life Foundation's Emerging Artist Award.
The Company is grateful to count among its supporters The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Minnesota State
Arts Board, Minnesota Regional Arts Council, Arts International, ArtsLink, Soros Open Society Foundation, Dance Magazine, Dayton-Hudson,
Greenwall, Harkness, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore, and McKnight Foundations to name a very few. Support for international touring has come from the
United States Information Agency which has helped sponsor projects in Uzbekistan, the Republic of South Africa and Finland. Live music
productions have been supported repeatedly by grants from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and Meet the Composer.
Shapiro & Smith Dance has a reputation for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from searingly provocative to absurdly
hilarious. Dancing with breathtaking physicality and emotional depth they have earned an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and
Established in 1987, the Company has enjoyed enthusiastic receptions for performances and residencies at major festivals and venues including the
Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, the Milan Festival, P.S. 122, and Korean International
Festival. We have toured from Morris, Minnesota, to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Commissions for new works have come from a variety of prominent
companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Aspen.
Articles have appeared in noted publications including The Sunday
New York Times, New York Magazine, London Sunday Telegraph, and The Village Voice.
Country of Citizenship:
New York City
January 5, 1958