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We're a band that makes and performs dances backed by live musicians. We're taking our set on tour through the Midwest!
We're a band that makes and performs dances backed by live musicians. We're taking our set on tour through the Midwest!
140 backers pledged $6,311 to help bring this project to life.

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Buy Us More Snacks tour UPDATE #2

$2-4-$1's on all Kickstarter donations until August 31st. Help us meet our $6,500 s-t-r-e-t-c-h goal!

A group of generous DaNCEBUMS supporters have stepped up with $1,000 in matching funds to take our show on the road. Until August 31st every dollar pledged – even a small donation – will go twice as far.

Buy Us More Snacks tour UPDATE #1

Thank you so much for helping us reach our initial goal of $3,500! We are now asking you to help stretch this fundraiser farther. We have a few more goals now that we know you've got our backs...

$4,500 - Give us a RAISE! The DaNCEBUMS work hard, but we don't usually ask for much in return. We’ve budgeted small stipends of $100 for the musicians and performers, but with your help we could give ourselves a raise of $300 while on tour.

$5,500 - Documentation We want friends on both coasts and family back home to be able to follow us on this trip. If you help us reach $5,500, Matt Gorrie, visual artist and photographer, will join us on tour and document our journey through the Midwest! He’ll take photos of our performances and sneaky videos of us sleeping in the van, and then edit and update you on our blog and social media. As a dance company, documenting our work is crucial for our future when applying for grants and advertising ourselves.

$6,500 - Super-Comfort Snacks Delux Eating pb&j and sleeping on floors may work for your average touring band, but as a dance band we want to take care of our bodies and be safe with all the late-night grooving we'll be doing. If you help get us to $6,500 we’ll be able to book comfortable lodging and increase our food budget. We promise we won't eat pizza every day!

Unison Forever – Icehouse 2017
Unison Forever – Icehouse 2017

 Who are DaNCEBUMS?

DaNCEBUMS is a group of five making dance collaboratively and non-hierarchically in Minneapolis. Dubbed “the best dance party in town”, their work straddles the arty and the party as they knowingly move between precise technique and casual pop sensibility. In a search for radical joy, they embrace the awkward, conjure nostalgia, and contemplate bright futures. Their crowd-pleasing performance is imbued with humor, groove, exertion, and extreme bliss.

Stoopin' it up
Stoopin' it up

Margaret Johnson, Kara Motta, Eben Kowler, Maggie Zepp, and Karen McMenamy have been performing thoughtful and provocative dance work as DaNCEBUMS since 2013. They have presented work at the Walker Art Center (One-Move-Dance), Red Eye Theater (New Works 4 Weeks 2014, 2015), The Southern Theater, the Bryant Lake Bowl (WOW, in collaboration with 6ix Families), and on live television as part of TPT’s Takeover Series. Their webseries, moves4u2do, allows fans to take their choreography off the stage and into their lives with simple instructional videos.

Just a regular Thursday night party.
Just a regular Thursday night party.

The Project

Now, DaNCEBUMS is realizing their dream of becoming a band. Joined by keyboardist/vocalist Eric Mayson, and percussionist Toby Ramaswamy they are taking their work out of the theater and into bars, music venues, and social spaces. Together, they have performed at 7th St Entry, Icehouse, Kitty Cat Klub, Public Functionary, The Turf Club, The Swedish Institute.

On the Buy Us More Snacks tour DaNCEBUMS will perform a selection of their greatest hits in bars and venues across Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota – traveling to 8 cities in 10 days from September 27 - October 7, 2017. Along side them, Eric Mayson will also be touring and performing his solo music from his 2015 debut album Detail as well as music off of his to-be released fall 2017 album.

This project is inspired by the energy in the crowd when a beloved band takes the stage. The journey began at the 2014 MN Fringe, with DaNCEBUMS Presents dancebums by dance bums with special guests and Dancebums. In the show, DaNCEBUMS played the role of a band performing the final stop of their global tour. Since then, DaNCEBUMS has gone to perform in bars and clubs around the Twin Cities, including a month-long residency at Icehouse (which is a cool bar, if you’re from out of town).  

Meet us in:

Des Moines

Iowa City

Chicago

Milwaukee

Beloit

Madison

La Crosse

Minneapolis

 

Risks and challenges

We’ve been doing many of these dances for over a year for enthusiastic audiences in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our show is made and ready to go. This tour is DIY, so we will be thrifty whenever possible – staying with friends and family when we can, and eating PB & J.

Instead of taking our janky cars we’re renting a real 15-passenger van to travel safely through the beautiful midwest.

We’re ready to rough it but still take care of our bodies on the road. We’ll drink plenty of water in the car and stop many times to go pee and take stretch breaks. But don’t worry – we won’t be late for soundcheck.

By taking our show on the road we hope to grow our following, make connections with artists in other cities, continue to take our unique dance style to unexpected places.

Financial support of any amount goes a long way! It helps pay for:

Van Rental & Gas
A stipend for all performers
Rehearsal space to prepare before the tour
Promotional materials
Food & Lodging

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    + 2 Tickets to show of choice on B.U.M.S. Tour
    + Personalized dance move created for and inspired by backer
    + "Dancers Are Now Collaborating Everyone Buy Us More Snacks" T-Shirt
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    + Personal dance party with DaNCEBUMS: includes drink and snacks and can bring a +1
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    + Personalized dance move created for and inspired by backer
    + "Dancers Are Now Collaborating Everyone Buy Us More Snacks" T-Shirt
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