Sossy Mechanics conducting Lectures and Dance Classes

February 24, 2016


Sossy Mechanics duo, Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, are a dance/theatre company from Minneapolis.  They are performing “Trick Boxing” here on Mar. 12 and 19.  Not only are they very talented theatrical performers and dancers, they TEACH!

In their own words…

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“We love to perform. We also love to teach. We believe that as artists and creative thinkers–not to mention experienced teachers–we can entice students of all levels and interests to learn new things in new ways. And once they have us as teachers, our students usually want to see us as performers, which is great for everybody. Kind of a win-win-win-win situation.

In almost every class or workshop we teach (from ballroom classes to Ludicrous Puppetry to Demystifying the Double-Take), we integrate our creativity pedagogy, which has largely to do with getting students of all ages to free up, exercise and apply their inherent creativity, usually in an environment of teamwork. We do so by first approaching creativity through a physical avenue, which gets people out of their heads, and allows them to take chances without the fear of failure usually associated with the development and proposal of creative ideas.

We have extensive experience teaching students of all levels, ranging from primary school students to professional artists to the average Jane on the street. “


“Creative Informance” Presentation | Mar. 13

Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in The Matthews’ Theater
This community lecture will be open and free to the public.  The Sossy Mechanics duo, Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, will be presenting a short lecture to the community that introduces some of their concepts of creativity in their work as writers, choreographers, directors, performers, and producers.  They will address the concepts of playing and playfulness as essential elements of creativity.  They will also use excerpts from their work on stage to demonstrate how these concepts are applied.

1920’s Dance Class for Kids  | Mar. 16

AP-web-danceWednesday, 4-5:30 p.m. in The Matthews’ Theater | Limited availability | Ages 8-16 | $10 per child
Only 30 places available! Pre-registration required with $10 fee per child. Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan will teach everything from the basic vocabulary of Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa and Swing (including West Coast, East Coast and Lindy Hop), to advanced American style technique with emphasis on social enjoyment or performance.  This event will cost $10 per child and will require pre-registration with no refunds. The duo has well over 50 years of dancing experience and regularly work with younger groups.

Kids’ 1920s DANCE CLASS:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Class Tuition:
 $10 for ages 8 to 16


1920’s Dance Class for Adults | Mar. 18

Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. in The Matthews’ Theater | Ages 17 and Up | FREE 
Same class format as the kids’ class above.  Open Swing Dance Night follows!

Open Swing Dance Night | Mar. 18

Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. in The Matthews’ Theater | All Ages | FREE 
This will be a fun Friday night for all ages at The Matthews.  Put on your dancing shoes and take your partner out for some spins on the dance floor. A cash bar with soft drinks, water, beer, and wine will be available to quench your thirst.

TBR-Logo-PartnersThe Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 


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