This Thanksgiving, in the midst of stuffing your turkey (and face), remember to take time to be thankful for something in your life. I will be giving thanks for Northrop, and what it's given me in the four and half years I've worked here, including attending countless Northrop Dance performances and getting to know our patrons and supporters. Here are my five reasons to be thankful for Northrop:
1.) Northrop presents world-class dance in Minneapolis, something that no one else in town really does to the same extent. We are committed to presenting the very best international and national companies and phenomenal artists.
2.) Northrop presents a spectrum of dance, from classic ballet (such as the Minnesota-favorite, Houston Ballet), to the edgier performances (like the sexy, dark Snow White production from Ballet Preljocaj), to the visionary cultural ambassadors (Alvin Ailey).
3.) The enthusiasm of our Director Ben Johnson translates to his dedication to finding new work and leading all star companies that aren't being widely presented by the majority of arts presenters. Just this season, we have three Minnesota debuts and a U.S. premiere!
4.) It's rare to find a larger non-profit so wide-reaching in community engagement, partnerships, and educational opportunities. Just so far this season, we've partnered with the Twin Cities Scottish Club, Project SUCCESS, Macy's Downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, Mixed Precipitation, Meet Minneapolis...and the list goes on!
5.) The New Northrop. Once Northrop reopens in 2013/2014 after its much-needed revitalization, its bright new future will be realized through extensive programming, exhilarating performances, and a state-of-the-art building that serves a variety of purposes, both educational and artistic. I can't wait!
Northrop Marketing & Communications Associate