Going Solo

Challenge is opportunity.

The Going Solo series is our latest – and perhaps most adventurous – move in our ongoing commitment to find innovative ways to share the magic of dance with our community.

In this groundbreaking series, we challenge American Midwest Ballet company artists to create solo dance works that reflect their personal visions, ranging from original responses to this unique period in time to the exploration of existing works that challenge their growth as artists. The company provides studio work space and mentorship for our artists.

Then, documentary filmmaker Lance Glenn produces videos of selected works, combining behind-the-scenes insights with a unique visual interpretation of the finished performance.

As each work is complete, we’ll be premiering it right here and on our social media channels. Organize an online watch party now, and start getting ready for the premiere of the Going Solo series!

First UP: How it All Began

It Starts with a Step
Filmmaker: Lance Glenn
Premieres: October 2, 7 pm

Going Solo launches on October 2 with a special event: the online premiere of the feature-length 2012 film It Starts with a Step. Created by our filmmaker, Lance Glenn, this behind-the-scenes documentary traces the founding of the new dance company that later became American Midwest Ballet.

“The film is an inspiring story about people working together to overcome challenges,” says Erika Overturff, AMB’s artistic director. “And October 2 is ten years to the day since our debut performance that is depicted in the film. It’s the perfect way to open the Going Solo series.”

React. Respond. Be part of the program.

With each new episode, you’ll be invited to send in your reactions, comments, and questions. We’ll collect them and respond in periodic online talkback sessions, featuring artist interviews and additional insights.

“The public health situation is a challenge for everyone. We’re turning it into an opportunity for our dancers to showcase their creativity and individuality, and for our viewers to experience dance in an exciting new way.”

– Erika Overturff, artistic director

Going Solo is the centerpiece of AMB Interactive – our new online platform for bringing the beauty, athleticism and energy of dance to you wherever you are! This curated collection of dance-at-home classes, original online programming, and education resources is provided free of charge as part of our commitment to share the magic of dance with our community.

Get ready to go solo with us!