DanceBARN Collective is excited to host a NACHMO hub in beautiful Battle Lake, MN! Our hub is unique in that we are located in a rural lake town in west central Minnesota. DanceBARN's Rural Dance Collective works together to produce an annual show during National Choreography Month. Your participation in NACHMO is a "build your own adventure" - you can choreograph, dance in someone's work, help with tech and other production aspects, or a combination of all! We have dancers travel to Battle Lake from a 60-mile radius for rehearsals - If you're close enough and up for an adventure, you are welcome! Dance experience is not required...just a desire to move and create! Contact with any questions!

DanceBARN Collective is a nonprofit organization committed to using dance as a voice to build community. By connecting dancers, educators, choreographers, and community members through various dance events, DanceBARN is devoted to creating dance opportunities in rural communities. Founded in 2014, co-directors Molly Johnston and Ayumi Shafer, have hosted artists from all around the country for an annual dance festival in Battle Lake, Minnesota. Just completing its fifth year, Johnston and Shafer have increased their involvement in the Battle Lake community as well as in surrounding rural towns. Johnston, having studied dance previously in Philadelphia, and Shafer, in San Francisco, the two first met in graduate school at the University of Oregon in 2011. After earning MFA degrees in dance, they reunited in Minneapolis in search for something they could be passionate about. Always wanting to host a festival in her hometown, Battle Lake, Johnston was eager to get something started. Shafer was excited about starting a collective where dancers and other artists could have an environment to create, learn, and share. Together they have continued to organize community performances, residencies, Screendance projects, and festivals hosting both professionals in dance as well as some middle schoolers for the DanceBARN Youth Camp. Johnston and Shafer have also presented about dance in rural communities at conferences including NDEO, the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Rural Women’s Summit, Women in Dance Leadership Conference, ACDA, as well as for numerous rural organizations and local city governments. In the near future, DanceBARN plans to expand their residency program, Rural Dance Collective, and initiate more collaborations with other artists and community members.