DanceCo is a professional performance company creating original dance narratives for young audiences and their families.
DanceCo is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts and Fractured Atlas, non-profit arts service organizations.
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 and and collective experience of Matthew and Brittany Keefe, DanceCo aims to establish itself as a regular producer of original dance for young audiences in the Twin Cities.
Matthew’s choreography has ranged across the spectrum of dance; from classical ballet to, contemporary dance, musical theater and commercial productions. For the past several years, he has been 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. Nearly eight years later, it is still being performed in their educational outreach programs. His two children’s works for Rockford Dance Company, Wolf Tales and Which Witch is Which? were very successful artistically and at the box office as well as his other re-creations of Cinderella, Appalachian Spring, Carnival of the Animals, and Rite of Spring. In April 2017, Matthew premiered Jungle Book for Children’s Dance Theatre of Rochester, MN, his second work for the company after The Mermaid in March 2016. Matthew is currently developing a new show for DanceCo, Expectation Station, and is in planning for a third season with Children's Dance Theatre.
Brittany Keefe is currently a freelance dancer and teacher in the Twin Cities. Brittany danced principal roles with James Sewell Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Terpsicorps Dance Theater, Terra Firma Dance Company and the Chamber Dance Project. 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.
DanceCo was unveiled in the summer of 2016 at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with a re-staging of Matthew’s 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 was very well received, selling out three out of five shows with an overall attendance of 87% and a five star rating at the Fringe. The production came in under budget and exceeded revenue projections.
Matthew and Brittany strive to build on this success with the development of a professional performance company, creating original work for young audiences and their families. DanceCo is organized as a project-based fiscally sponsored organization through Springboard for the Arts and Fractured Atlas.