Rowena Rasmussen, film director and choreographer, and husband Joel Rasmussen, urban choreographer and emerging cinematographer, have created a short dance film as a comment on the effect COVID has had on the dance industry. The film, Closing Miss Rosie’s, was recently posted and has already had an incredible response.
“This year has been hard for all who work in the arts,” Rowena says. “I know collectively, we all feel it when any part of our industry is bleeding out. So many dance studios closing, so many shows shut down, live music venues still facing imminent closure and so much more.”
She continues, “What I didn’t expect was how affected I was every time I heard about a dance studio closing. I have vivid memories of my years at my dance studio. I remember how much I loved dancing and how it made me feel. 2020 has been rough. Joel and I made this film for our fellow dancers, for the dance studios who’ve made it through so far, but most especially for those that didn’t.”
Rowena notes that all but one person in the crew for Closing Miss Rosie’s are or were dancers, making it a special project for all involved. The film features Tiana Lung as Mia, Shiloh Electric Rasmussen as Young Mia and Angelique Cassimatis as Miss Rosie.