Dancing together through a pandemic


On Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, Ballare Teatro dance instructor Molly Breen (at left) and her Cardio Funk dancers gave a live performance every 15 minutes through the early evening.They danced against a backdrop of railroad cars in the old Amtrak parking lot on St. Paul's Transfer Road. A recording of local superstar Lizzo belting out, “This is Exactly How I Feel" was their accompaniment. Before each performance, Breen offered these thoughts on the value of dancing through really hard times.

“About 17 months ago, our dance class took a break from in-person classes for what we thought would be a brief COVID-19 pause. Little did we know that our resilient and compassionate group of dancers would become a consistent source of hope during the long months of the pandemic – and the pain of the Uprising following George Floyd’s murder.

“Tonight we celebrate another year of dancing together in the midst of global grief, political strife, and continuing pandemic isolation and constraints. We dance for YOU because dance is a performing art, the joy of which is amplified when there is an audience to see it. Thank you for supporting us out here in a weird place, doing a weird thing. We are happy to be doing it together. This is exactly how we feel.”

Ballare Teatro is located at 4259 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, 55406. Check out their fall schedule at


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