Thank you Please complete the post course survey to receive your certificate of completion for this course. Contributors Ruby Josephine Smith Ruby Josephine Smith is a contemporary dance artist and choreographer, born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She pursued her love of theater throughout her childhood and began exploring contemporary dance as a mode of expression at the age of 10. Eventually, her curiosity and passion launched her into a life of travel, continuing her self-driven training at studios, workshops and intensives across Europe. She finally landed in Tangier, Morocco, where she was based for the past 7 years until recently relocating back to the Twin Cities. Her expressive, theatrical and fluid work has been showcased in festivals around Morocco and Southern Europe, and she has had the opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned dance artists. She has been a teaching artist for the past 8 years, offering regular contemporary technique classes, masterclasses, residencies and workshops around the world to students of all ages and levels. Ruby believes strongly in the power of dance to tell stories, explore personal expression, and form connections. Lauren Stringer Lauren Stringer creates paintings, drawings, and books in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Her first illustrated picture book, Mud, won an IRA Children’s Choice Award, Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award and was declared a "Flying Starts" by Publisher's Weekly. Since Mud, Lauren has written and illustrated many celebrated picture books. Her book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky received the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers and named a Booklist's Top Ten Art Books and ALA Notable Book. Stringer was recently awarded a second McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, for her manuscript, An Abundance of Light: The Story of Matisse in Morocco. Her newest book, The Dark Was Done will be published by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster in Fall 2022.