Dancer Site 1: Mendota Heights, Minnesota
This site is the furthest upriver. The beach is on the Minnesota River, immediately before it forms the tip of Pike Island and joins the Mississippi River. The railroad lines runs along the river bank. Note the colors of the two rivers flowing from left to right in the photo: the “coffee” colored Mississippi on the top meets the “chocolate milk” colored Minnesota River coming in from the bottom.
Laura Levinson is a dancer and early childhood arts educator based in Minneapolis. She graduated from Macalester College in 2014 with a BA in sociology, where her thesis examined the intersections of race and gender in online portrayals of the dancing body. Laura continues to pursue her strong interest in healing work - particularly trauma-centered healing and anti-racism - through embodied practice. She will receive her Registered Yoga Teacher certification in December of 2015, and is currently exploring ways of addressing and dismantling white supremacy/racism through mindfulness and movement.