Doris Ressl Acosta, choreographer/artistic director, began her dance career in Chicago where she received a BA in Dance from Columbia College. As an independent choreographer, her work was seen throughout Chicago where she was also a company member of 627 Performance Space and The Chicago Dance Medium. After receiving an MFA from Smith College she worked as an independent choreographer, performer, and teacher. Doris has taught as an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Radford University, Ball State University, California State University Dominguez Hills, the School of the Minnesota Ballet and she guest teaches and choreographs throughout the country.

Doris is a recipient of state and local grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and a McKnight Choreographer's Fellowship. In 2001, she was awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board, Arts Leadership Award for her contributions to dance in the Arrowhead Region. In 2015 she was invited to choreograph in St. Louis for Karlovsky Dance and Company and performed with the artistic director, Dawn Karlovsky a duet for the 2015 Dances at the Lake and Dances on the Lakewalk.

Dances on The Lakewalk 2017
A Festival of Dance

Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 at 7pm
Lake Place Park
N 2nd Ave E & East Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55802

- Free Admission -

About Dances on the Lakewalk

This unique festival brings together professional choreographers and dancers from Duluth and Minneapolis performing a variety of concert dance styles. Audience members are invited up to Lake Place Park to enjoy outdoor dances along the stunning background of Lake Superior and the Sculpture Garden.

2017 Choreographers Include:
Duluth: Doris Ressl, Naomi Christenson, Cathy Podeszwa, Nik Wourms, Alex Loch, Erin Tope
Twin Cities: Christopher Watson Dance Company, Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company
Los Angeles: Marco Carreon, Sarah Cashmore

Dances on The Lakewalk is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds, in cooperation with the City of Duluth and Project Lulu. We also recognize and appreciate all of our supporters that contribute in their own special way.

Be sure to visit our GoFundMe fund raiser!