New Studio Stories Episode with Michael Engel

Join ARENA DANCES for our weekly Studio Stories Podcast, where each week we reminisce on Twin Cities dance history with a new special guest. This week, we sat down with Michael Engel to learn about his journey.

A long-standing pillar of the Twin Cities dance community, Engel has been a dancer, choreographer, teacher and artist for over three decades. He’s been a featured performer with the likes of Linda Shapiro and Leigh Dillard, Maria Cheng and Dancers, Patrick Scully’s Contact Works, The Guthrie Theater and countless others.

The intersection of Engel’s life as both artist and parent brings a unique perspective to his creative process: “For me, dancers who have managed to have full dance careers and a family have some very special interrelationships with their craft and with their children; experiences that go well beyond imagining how it is not easy to dance and be a parent.”

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