Mission

DanceCo is a professional performance company creating original dance narratives for young audiences and their families.

Photo by Stan Waldhauser

Photo by Stan Waldhauser

DanceCo is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts and Fractured Atlas, non-profit arts service organizations. 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Who We Are

Built on the creative vision of Matthew Keefe and the collective experience of he and wife Brittany Keefe. DanceCo produces original, interactive dance performances for young audiences in the Twin Cities. 

Matthew’s stylistically diverse choreography ranges from classical ballet to contemporary dance, jazz, musical theater and commercial productions. For the past several years, he has been focused on developing narrative productions in his choreographic work, including several full length story ballets and smaller productions. Creating new story ballets specifically for young audiences began in 2011 with Grumpy Bird - a fifteen minute educational ballet set to music by Mozart for the American Repertory Ballet -- it is still being performed in their educational outreach programs. His work as director of Rockford Dance Company include original productions Wolf Tales and Which Witch is Which? that were very successful artistically at the box office as well as his other re-creations of Cinderella, Appalachian Spring, Carnival of the Animals, and Rite of Spring. Matthew also serves as the Artistic Director and principal choreographer for Children’s Dance Theatre of Rochester, MN, where he has created original full-length productions of well known stories like The Mermaid, (2016), Jungle Book (2017), Cinderella (2018) and The Chocolate Factory (2019). Matthew also teaches dance at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Twin Cities Project 52, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy and Minnesota Dance Theater.

Brittany Keefe is currently a freelance dancer and teacher in the Twin Cities. Brittany danced principal roles with James Sewell Ballet, Twin Cities Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Terpsicorps Dance Theater, Terra Firma Dance Company and the Chamber Dance Project.  She has also danced locally with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, MN Opera, at the Walker with the Merce Cunningham retrospective, Deborah Thayer’s Movement Architecture and Penelope Freeh Dances. Administratively, Brittany served two years as the School Coordinator of the Rockford Dance Company where she created and implemented a school wide syllabus, teacher training program, and programmed client management software. She also runs her own personal training business My Spiral Motion specializing in the GYROTONICⓇ exercise system. 

DanceCo was unveiled in the summer of 2016 at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with a re-staging of Matthew’s 2013 production of Wolf Tales. He and Brittany shared the stage as dancers and divided the duties as co-directors -- Matthew directing the choreography, Brittany designing sets and costumes as well as sharing in the administrative responsibilities. The production sold out three out of five shows with an overall attendance of 87% and a five star rating at the Fringe.