Molly Kay Stoltz
 

dancer & teacher

 

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Molly Kay Stoltz is a Twin Cities dancer, choreographer, musician, teacher, and textile artist. She is a summa graduate of the University of Minnesota Dance Program with a Dance BFA and History Minor.

Molly Kay currently dances as a company member with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, Flying Foot Forum, and Kaleena Miller Dance. She is known for her ability to span rhythmic dance genres from tap to jazz to flamenco dance. Molly Kay has studied flamenco under Susana di Palma of Zorongo Flamenco since 2014 and has performed pieces by and studied with internationally and nationally acclaimed flamenco artists Belen Maya, Omayra Amaya, Fanny Ara, Jeanne D ‘Arc Casas, La Conja, Antonio Arrebola, and Jesus Munoz. She has performed in dance works by Joe Chvala (Flying Foot Forum), Max Pollack (Rumba Tap), Kaleena Miller (Kaleena Miller Dance), Brenda Buffalino, Cynthia Gutierez-Garner, Brian Sostek & Megan McClellan (Sossy Mechanics), and Linda Talcott-Lee. She apprenticed with Mark Yonally of Chicago Tap Theater and Billy Siegenfeld of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project while living in Chicago from 2009-2012.

Molly Kay regularly choreographs in showcases, in the past through Chicago Freelance Dance, 9x22 Dance Lab at Bryant Lake Bowl, the former Patrick’s Cabaret, and recently through opportunities through Zenon Zone’s Choreography Intensive, Zorongo Flamenco, and Flying Foot Forum. She produced, curated, and choreographed for Visual Grooves, which featured collaborations of original music and choreography between composer/musicians and choreographer/dancers. She is also forming a community around this event that promotes forming new relationships between musicians and dancers in the Twin Cities. She performs in her band, The Summer Coats, as a tap dancer/percussionist/vocalist.

Molly Kay currently teaches tap dance for youth and adults at Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center in South Minneapolis. She has also teaches her signature class, Tap Dance for Swing Dancers, and teaches Tap Dance for Musical Theater classes throughout the Twin Cities area. She particularly enjoys teaching young and old ways to access tap dance no matter their experience or ability. She has worked in Minnesota, North Dakota, and New Mexico as an Activities Assistant in nursing homes and has a passion for sharing the arts and raising the quality of life for the elderly in all communities.

Molly Kay served as an Arts Management Fellow with Nautilus Music Theater in 2015. Her BFA senior thesis focused on the history of jazz concert dance, specifically on the documentary artist, dancer, and poet Mura Dehn and the Traditional Jazz Dance Company. She presented her research at the international Congress on Research in Dance in North Carolina in 2008 while still an undergrad. Additionally, Molly Kay creates textile art as a hobby under her side business, Molly Kay Arts. She has sold her up-clothing and art creations wholesale in Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, and Minneapolis, MN. She loves the ability to have her hands in many art forms and finds inspiration for her performing arts from creating something from scratch with her own hands.