Highland-Park-Based, All-Male-Dance Troupe ’10 Hairy Legs’ Folds Its Legs and Dissolves

Letter from 10 Hairy Legs Administrative Leaders:

10 Hairy Legs will legally dissolve on December 31, 2020 as a result of the Covid19 pandemic. The company has been on hiatus since April 1, 2020 when all current and future engagements were cancelled. Thank you one and all for your tremendous support of our mission and vision during our tenure. We will miss you and wish you and your loved ones a bright future when dance reemerges and the pandemic is defeated.

You embraced our achievements during our 8-year history as a male repertory dance company: we produced the commissioning of 17 works and curated 13 works by a diverse group of choreographers; commissioned 7 original scores; toured nationally and internationally serving more than 65,000 patrons and 16,000 students and educators. The company produced 7 consecutive annual New York Seasons. We helped to remove barriers to the male role in dance by challenging expectations and affirming all identities, and twice received a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. You were our partners in all this.

Co-President Liz Miles notes, “10HL was a wonderful addition to the Dance world; it introduced dance to an underserved community as well as the community at large. The appeal was to the latte drinking, gourmet foods aficionado as well as the black coffee and greasy hamburger crowd, I am proud to call myself a fan. It breaks my heart that we are no longer but I have no doubt that our wonderful company members will continue the tradition and keep contributing to the world of dance.”

Co-President Pamela Gallagher Mingle adds, “It was a privilege to serve on the board of 10HL. Unique in its mission, the company commissioned a vast repertoire of work to celebrate the maleness of dance and shared this mission with wide audiences, ranging from children to dance lovers everywhere. Their energy, artistry, and passion made our world a better place.” 

The company will be fully archived in the Library of Congress. Betsy Sobo, Executive Director notes, “I am thrilled that our work will be available to current and future generations of dance enthusiasts, colleagues, educators and students at this esteemed institution. My hope is that the archive will serve to inspire continued innovation and excellence in the field of dance in perpetuity and honor the exceptional artistry of our dancers, choreographers, designers and composers. It will also serve to illuminate the devastating toll taken on performing arts organizations during the pandemic.”

“The 10 Hairy Legs dance company collection provides the Library of Congress with choreography that is truly 21st century in form and content.”— Susan Vita, Chief, Music Division, Library of Congress.
Members of the public may contact the Library of Congress Reference Librarians for updates on digital and in-person access to the collection.

Members of the public are invited to submit their thoughts about how 10HL had an impact on their lives to be considered for inclusion in the Library of Congress Archive no later than January 15, 2021 to bsobo@10hl.org.

We are pleased to announce that funds remaining after dissolution will be granted to Dance on the Lawn in support of what will be then credited in perpetuity the 10HL DOTL NJ Emerging Commissioned Choreographer Award.

Special thanks to our major donors whose investment in our work made the past 8 years an incredible success: American Dance Abroad, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Grassmann Trust, The Hyde & Watson Foundation, Magyar Bank Charitable Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Middlesex County Arts & Culture, New Music USA, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. We gratefully recognize our partner service agencies: Dance New Jersey and Dance USA and The Israeli Consulate of North America. Applause, applause to our board of trustees, advisors, volunteers and individual donors whose guidance and generosity over the years meant everything. We highly value the many partnerships we shared with dance educators and students across the nation.


Pamela Gallagher Mingle and Elizabeth Miles, Co-Presidents Dorothy Bitetto, Treasurer David Rogoff, Secretary Judith Leone, Member at Large Betsy Sobo, Executive Director

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