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General Information
Date: January 20, 2020
Time: 7:00 a.m. CST
Location: The Armory
500 South 6th St,
Minneapolis, MN
Keynote: The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Parking: Parking Info Here

Broadcast Schedule:
Live Stream the MLK Breakfast online.

Nine neighborhoods.
Nine ways to celebrate.

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Sponsorship opportunities are available!

  • If interested, please contact Laverne McCartney Knighton at UNCF.
    laverne.mccartneyknighton@uncf.org

  • Special Guest

    SHAPESHIFT

    SHAPESHIFT, a Minneapolis dance collective, whose founder performed with Prince’s band 3rdEyeGirl and which has danced in front of 20,000 strong at Xcel Energy Center, was created on the fly.

    Five 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 and innovative that would feature all types of dancers from various socio-economic backgrounds, trained in dance styles from hip-hop, contemporary, to modern and 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 Minneapolis 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, 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” aka 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 International star, Paula Abdul. SHAPESHIFT then closed out a banner 2016 with a performance with Capitol Records Recording Artist, Tori Kelly at Prince’s Tribute Concert in October at the Xcel Energy Center in front of another packed house!

    Showcase in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since that performance the company has been in constant demand booking performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, throughout Minnesota, as well as performances with Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake as part of Super Bowl LII; and community based events around the Twin Cities such as Hormel 125th Anniversary Celebration, Mayor Frey’s Inaugural Ball, St. Paul Minnesota Foundation Gala, Ordway Spring Fete, PFund Foundation Gala, Flint Hills Family Festival and more.

    SHAPESHIFT dance collective, a 501(C) 3 non-profit, was formed to create a fresh new innovative dance style which combines the lyricism of contemporary dance and hip-hop with other dance styles to illuminate the human experience and fuel social change. SHAPESHIFT’s powerful productions boldly tackle current issues of social justice, loss, love and human emotions. SHAPESHIFT’s patented hybrid storytelling productions include full and small ensembles and solo pieces, combined with hip-hop/contemporary movement and other dances styles, fused with popular and old school music, dialog, acting and props.

    SHAPESHIFT, also was formed for the express purpose of engaging dancers, choreographers, dance teachers, students, performing artists, and dance patrons alike, who share an interest in advancing the study, promotion, development, and appreciation of the fusion of Contemporary/Hip-Hop dance styles as an art form, combined with theatrical storytelling.

    In addition to their patented storytelling productions, SHAPESHIFT activities include offering dance classes in various styles (e.g. contemporary, hip-hop, ballet), workshops, residences, choreography training and participation in seminars and panel discussions.

    Please visit our website at www.shapeshiftmpls.com or contact us at (612) 220-8545. We look forward to hearing from you!