Sara Wallace (Current Interim Artistic Director)
Taryn Packheiser Brown (2013-2015)
Rhea Speights (2011-2013)
Shellie Chambers (2007-2011)
Michelle Knutson (2003-2007)
Sanspointe is a Birmingham-based contemporary dance company composed of a group of artists with various backgrounds, values, and approaches to working in the field of dance. Together we challenge and inspire each other to create work beyond what we would make on our own. We find this method exciting, athletic, cerebral, expressive, thoughtful and intense. Our work collapses the spectrum of possibilities and builds a planar model of art in which anything is possible. We often surprise our audiences by dismantling their expectations for dance and winning them over with a new perspective.
Sanspointe Dance Company was founded in 2003 when Michelle Knutson wanted to present her choreography in a concert. Knutson presented a second concert in 2005, with colleagues Margaret Armstrong, Shellie Chambers, and Rhea Speights joining the company, then presented collaborative concerts with other art groups Synaesthetic Arts and Arova Contemporary Ballet in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Chambers became the Artistic Director in 2007 and began the process of becoming a 501(c) 3 non-profit, enabling the company’s budget and artistic output to grow. In January 2008, Knutson, Chambers and Armstrong held the first board meeting for Sanspointe, and in 2009 the company was recognized as a 501(c)3. In 2011, Speights became the Artistic Director and continued its mission to create, collaborate, and connect through theater concerts, site-specific events, and increased touring events. Taryn Packheiser Brown, began dancing with the company in 2011 and initiated directorship in 2013. During her time she developed an Alabama tour, multiple choreography salons, and an expanded educational component for the company. Sara Wallace is the current Interim AD and will carry out the 2015 season. Knutson, Chambers, Armstrong, Speights, Brown, and Wallace certainly could not have sustained the company alone. The contributions from all of the artists who have worked with the company, our donors, board members and YOU – the audience – are the reason Sanspointe has been a creative force for the past twelve years. Thank you!
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