1. A score is a cut
2. Language is a motor
2. Desire creates an object
3. Objects are in circulation
4. Circulation means exchange
5. Bodies desire proximity
6. Proximity begets value
7. Repetition begets value
8. Repetition begets value
9. Value means we gotta get out of here

Concept and scores: Emily Gastineau
Performance: Emily Gastineau, Valerie Oliveiro, Anna Marie Shogren, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān
Sound design: Sasha T. Todryk

If everything is [electric] then I am too
January 15, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm at MOVO

If everything is [consuming] then let’s start over
January 30, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm at Fresh Oysters Performance Research

MOVO | Ivy Building for the Arts #206, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Emily Gastineau- emily.gastineau@gmail.com

Walker commission.

“A dense, audacious and wickedly funny work that … contains multitudes and unflinchingly bears their weight.” —New York Times

Movement artist Miguel Gutierrez’s second Walker commission provocatively investigates identity politics, Latinx clichés, and Western concepts of form, drawing from (in part) the influences of the groundbreaking 1981 feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Gutierrez and five diverse Latinx performers amplify stereotypes to move past respectability politics within an unstable environment of bodies, light, sound, and text (in Spanish, with surtitles). The chaotic, playfully erotic production concludes with an over-the-top version of an absurdist telenovela.

Contains nudity and sexual content. Please note: there is no late seating.
Program length: 90 minutes.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Destanie Martin-Johnson- destanie.martin-johnson@walkerart.org, (612) 375-7651

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able.
Dance performances from 8:00-9:00pm have sold out, but party will continue in theater, lanes, and restaurant.

Just come!

Paula Mann
Chris Schlichting
and Special Guest

BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.

A celebratory party and performance will take place on January 22, 2020, with performances by the very first 9x22 dance artists at its home for over sixteen years, the Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater, featuring DJ Corinne Caouette.

In its seventeenth year of supporting dance exploration by local and visiting choreographers, 9x22 Dance/Lab has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Laurie Van Wieren- LaurieVanWieren@gmail.com

Walker commission.

“Like the best science fiction, Lewis’s work is most successful in its insistence that the spare can be made spectacular.” —Artforum

Four performers delve into a deconstructed landscape of water in this dark, theatrical meditation on showbiz, the surreal, sensuality, and the end of times. Created by Berlin-based/US choreographer Ligia Lewis, a rising star in Europe’s world of performance, the work quickly departs from Gothic melodrama to poetically wrestle with the concept of “will.” Deploying an ingenious movement vocabulary with song, text, and a string of pearls, the performers unpack gender and race, hopelessness and potential, alienation and belonging.

Contains mature content.
Program length: 60 minutes.

On Thursday, join the artists for a meet and greet in the Cityview Bar after the performance. On Friday, stay for a Q&A with the artists.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Destanie Martin-Johnson- destanie.martin-johnson@walkerart.org

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE has a remarkable lineup of talent this year. Sharing various styles of dance is what this show is all about. National award-winning MN Kpop Dance Crew (MKDC) will be performing k-pop. All Day Studio will be bringing urban street dance. Heart and Soul Dance Team and Carleton College Ballroom DT will showcase ballroom. Celestial Paladins bring Asian and Chinese folk dance.

Contemporary, lyrical, jazz, kick, and hip hop are covered by JAMM Dance Co., Studio 4 Dance, South Metro Dance Academy, Synergy Dance Center, DanceWorks, Holly´s Dance, the Lakeville Starliners, and Just For Kix. Dance-Twirl MN will bring their award-winning twirling teams. PIM Arts HS from Eden Prairie will perform, and Darby’s Dancers will bring their unmatched spirit and love of dance.

10% of the profits will be given to benefit Dancers Against Cancer.
FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE is a fundraiser hosted by the FHS Senior Party Committee.
Event details are on our website: https://fortheloveofdancem.wixsite.com/mysite

Farmington High School | 20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, MN 55024
Nancy Aarestad- Naarestad@yahoo.com, (651) 341-7520

Keane Sense of Rhythm performs at Family Day Winter Carnival at the Landmark Center, 1:30-2:00pm.

Additionally, our outreach program Washington Technology Magnet and Mississippi Creative Arts School will be performing 3:00-3:30pm.

Cathy Wind- keanesense@aol.com, (612) 986-1944

Join us for what critics have called, "The Best Kept Theater Secret" in this limited engagement. Following a sold-out run in 2014, COLLIDE THEATRICAL reimagines Shakespeare's classic as a modern love story told entirely through different styles of dance – including tap, jazz, and ballet. With a lively score of contemporary and pop hits played by a live string quartet and featuring vocalist Katie Gearty (Dakota Jazz Club), this is one classically cutting-edge retelling you won't want to miss.

Art Thou Fortune's Fool?
For $150, you and a companion enjoy:
• Two premier front row tickets
• Cabaret-style seating
• A bottle of sparkling wine
• A shareable dessert

Love a Loathed Enemy.
Come one, come all—Montagues AND Capulets alike are encouraged to intermingle.
Save 20% on groups of ten or more.

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Myrtle Lemon-Todd- info@thecowlescenter.org

“An exquisite tableaux and glorious score…an ingenious, hybridized fusion of Sufi and Carnatic music” —Chicago Tribune’s "Best of 2019"

Conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water is a large-scale, multimedia experience where dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation, activating the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing.

Forging new artistic paradigms, Iraqi-American composer/musician Amir ElSaffar leads a five-person musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and South Indian instruments. The piece unfolds amidst lush paintings commissioned from visual artist V. Keshav (Chennai, India), projected on the stage floor and upstage scrim.

The Ordway | 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Sasha Blinnikova- sasha@ragamaladance.org, (612) 824-1968

Opening it’s 21st season, OLA’s Prairie Fire, created and performed by co-director Paul Herwig, is a multi-media dream state performance blending biography, fact, and fiction. Prairie Fire is a journey passing through the presence of the KKK in the prairies of 1920's southern Minnesota, 1970's radical leftist underground extremism, and the alt right terrorism of the present day. Running for only six performances February 20-29.

In Prairie Fire, Paul holds up a mirror to reflect the most pressing issues of the day, including white privilege, white male rage, and alt right fanaticism. OLA has never shied away from the most challenging and provocative themes, with past productions touching upon the onset of mental illness, PTSD in combat veterans, and human migration across our southern border, among other important subjects, all reflected through OLA’s particular lens of visual stage design and physical performance.

Supported in part by two consecutive MSAB Artist Initiative grants (2018/2020).

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 50th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Paul Herwig- offleash@offleasharea.org, (612) 724-7372

Back by popular demand, TCB’s groundbreaking original rock ballet returns. The production enjoyed unprecedented success at its world premiere at The Cowles Center in 2018 and has had repeated and strong demand for encore performances.

This year, the event moves south and will be performed at Lakeville South Theater as part of a fundraising program supporting the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

The Wall traces the life of “Pink,” and follows his transformative journey of loss, alienation, insanity and redemption. Through its insightful original interpretation of Pink Floyd’s story and music, TCB brings this classic rock masterpiece to life like never before!

Tickets: $25-$30, all fees included, via https://twincitiesballet.org/tickets.

Ample FREE PARKING, easy access off of I-35, less than 30 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Lakeville South Theater | 21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 452-3163

For the second season in a row, the school of Ballet Co.Laboratory presents Laboratory II—a mixed repertory performance featuring the advanced level students of the School of Ballet Co.Laboratory. New works by six local, emerging choreographers from the BCL company and community highlight different styles of dance to showcase young talent and new perspectives.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Photo: Tim Pate.

SteppingStone Theatre For Youth Development | 55 Victoria St N, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Continental Ballet Company will perform the full-length ballet Swan Lake at the Schneider Theater in the Bloomington Center for the Arts with Michaela Macauley and Wesley Rocha dancing the lead roles. Other dancers include Benjamin Olson, Kacey Southwick, Jalen Gisselquist, Leta Triebold, Aaron Davies, Maylu Pena, Keegan Eide, Alarica Hassett, Kaethe Birkner, Vashti Goracke, Sarah Maher, and John Agurkis.

Ticket prices are discounted for children under age thirteen as well as students through college. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets at

Bloomington Center for the Arts | 1800 West Old Shakopee Rd
Genevieve Spooner- gspooner@continentalballet.com, (952) 563-8561


Learn dances from the classic ballet Swan Lake!

Experience the timeless choreography, luxuriate in the gorgeous music, and enjoy dancing with an ensemble. Appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels, ages fourteen and up. Pointe shoes optional.

Two Sundays:
Sunday, February 16 and Sunday, February 23
MDT Studio 6A
Teacher: Jennifer Murry

Registration fee: $50
To register: https://bit.ly/2vTAmpc

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf- justin.leaf@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Tori Casagranda is facilitating a workshop series on improvisation for all levels of movers.

We will experience improvisation in solo, duet and group. We will make play a priority, meaning this should be fun! As we warm up our own bodies and minds, we also cultivate our group awareness. We can sense each other and can be inspired by one another. We will dive into different scores, which are like rules, to set up a structure for the improvisation.

Restrictions yield creativity. Within the scores, we deepen our explorations of movement and spontaneous creation. We end up making a “one time only” work of art together. Come investigate, explore, experience and play!

Check out the other offerings of Improvisation Sundays at https://www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.

February 2, and March 1 and 29.

$10-20 sliding scale.
Drop-ins are welcome.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Tori Casagranda- toricasagranda@yahoo.com

As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Pop-Up Improv is facilitating a compositionally-focused jam for all levels of movers.

We begin with a warm up that explores elements like “Yes, And, Or”, group sense, entrance, exit, and The Six Viewpoints. The open jam that follows continues with the same compositional focus as the group practices these skills in an open container. In this crafted, low risk, fun environment, we spontaneously create and celebrate the impermanence of making a “one time only” work of art together.

Pop-Up Improv is Tori Casagranda and Joshua Lorris. They use practice-based research of group improvisation.

This workshop series is in conjunction with the Hourglass Series, a new performance series coming to Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater February 2020.
Check out the other offerings of Improvisation Sundays at https://www.citwincities.com/theopenspace

February 9, March 8, April 5
$10-20 sliding scale.
Drop-ins are welcome.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN

FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class for parents and their young dancer to explore movement together.
Winter Session: January 16–February 20, 2020
Thursdays, 10:00–10:45am
Spring Session: April 16–May 21, 2020
Thursdays, 10:00–10:45am
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

PRE-BALLET for ages four through six.
A 45-minute class held once a week for six weeks that introduces dancers to ballet and dance expressions. Dancers will focus on ballet positions, textures of movement, and musicality.
Winter Session: January 11–February 15, 2020
Saturdays, 9:30–10:15am
Spring Session: April 11–May 16, 2020
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing system of exercise sharing concepts with ballet, modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Benefits include:
-A great workout
-A moving meditation
-Reduced back and joint pain
-Strength throughout increased flexibility and range of motion
-Improved posture and alignment
-Greater connection and awareness throughout the body, and
-Cross-training for dancers.

Start 2020 with a new training system!

Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays
through Sunday, February 2
Morning class: 10:30-11:30am
Afternoon class: 4:00-5:00pm
Dance Apt 1 | 2518 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Park on the street on Portland or surrounding streets. Dance Apt 1 is in the green building with the large evergreen off the front porch. Press the buzzer for #1.

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
January 15, 22, and 29
Carleton Artist Lofts | 2285 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Park in the overflow lot at the SE corner of LaSalle and University or on surrounding streets. Dance studio is in the lower level of Building B. Dial 051 at any callbox to be buzzed in.

Please arrive a few minutes early.
Class fee $10-20, cash or check.
RSVP is helpful but not necessary!

A short video produced by Headquarters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXYQIwas0GE
My Trainer profile: https://www.gyrotonic.com/trainer/27748/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/803296430141569/

GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission.

Photo: Bill Cameron.


Midwest School of Ballet and Edina Park and Rec are offering a new INCLUSIVE Beginning Ballet for students ages three through six. Older students may get instructor approval.

Saturdays, February 1-15: 1:00-1:45pm.
Saturdays, April 11-25: 1:00-1:45pm.

This is a beginner class that incorporates age-appropriate motor skills to teach the basic fundamental movements of ballet. Instructors use methods designed to encourage exploration and foster creativity.

For all children ages three to six of varying abilities. Edina Park and Rec offers support as needed and available. Please provide information regarding your unique needs at registration.

Students may wear a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes, or they may wear a t-shirt and leggings or shorts. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in on the floor as well as standing.

Edina Senior Center | Classroom #1, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN
Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Join teaching artist Deja Stowers for “We Dance TU”, a dance session that prioritizes BIG BODIES. Utilizing African-based movement, discussion, self–love/affirmation, and accumulative choreography, this space is for all who were told they were “too (something)” to be a dancer—even if you were the one who told yourself. This space is to make discoveries in your body, your creativity, your YOU!

Eight-week session: December 9-January 27
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm
Drop-ins welcome! $15.00/class, payable by cash, check or card at TU Dance Center.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

TU Dance Center offers two sessions of eight-week adult workshops during the 2020 Spring Session.

Session 1: February 3-March 25
Session 2: April 13-June 8. No class May 25.

Cost: $120.00 per eight-week workshop, per session. Pre-registration is required for the full eight-week session, completed online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash, check or debit/credit card at TU Dance Center.

Mid-day Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler this week! Classes and workshop at MOVO:

Special Three-Hour Workshop
Saturday, January 18
Barbara can give more individualized attention/detail in the workshop than in the daily practice class.
Please email to say if you are planning to come.
$75, drop in/or prepay via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/us/for-you/transfer-money/send-money. Click: send to family/friends, to groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com or Jennifer Arave.

Stretch and Placement classes
Daily practice of Klein Technique™
Thursday, January 16
Friday, January 17
Sunday, January 19
Drop in only. $15-25, sliding scale, per class.

MOVO | Ivy Building for the Arts, Room 206, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Jennifer Arave- aravejl@gmail.com, (612) 432-1512

Friday: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am-7:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm

Class: $549.00
Manual: $50.00
Streaming video: $10.00

ACE (CEP116078 (1.80))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9523 (18.0))

Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower
Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower training provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table and Tower exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables.
Additionally, Paragon is offering this course on Wednesdays, January 22 and 29, and February 5 and 12 from 3:00-7:30pm each day. Contact the studio for more information.

Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy
Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Authentic Movement!
Workshop Series with Aliza Tresser

Saturdays January 18 and 25; 2:00-3:30 pm. Workshops will begin promptly at 2:00.

Anyone can participate! No dance experience necessary.
Authentic movement is a movement practice exploring simultaneous inner impulse and outer witness. If time allows, additional improvisational exercises will follow the authentic movement experience.

Pricing Structure:
Space: The cost of the space will be split among participants, with a maximum contribution of $5 per person.
Instructor: Pay what you can! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Payment can be made with cash, check, or Venmo.

Please contact Aliza at amtresser@gmail.com with any questions or to preregister.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 E 54th St, ​Minneapolis, MN
Aliza Tresser- amtresser@gmail.com

January 18-19, 2020
Teaching Artist: Christian Warner

March 14-15, 2020
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

May 9-10, 2020
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed as a pre-requisite for Doushin Butoh Workshop in order to learn the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong. ​​​​​​​​​

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh:

- Quiet down the daily consciousness and listen to the subtle body signals.
- Go beyond our physical, psychological, and social bounds in order to create movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.
- Resonate with other bodies.
- Go into meditative state using Spring Forest Qigong techniques.

Doushin Butoh Workshop is a group process and this workshop requires no previous dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore his or her hidden creative potentials is welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

2020 schedule, dates are subject to change:
First Term: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, March 5, 12, 19.

Tuition: $135

Heart of Tao Resonance Art | 2322 Garfield St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Gadu Schmitz- doushinresonance@gmail.com, (612) 703-7501

Skin and Bones (The Senses and Skeletal System)

Jennifer Arave is presenting Skin and Bones, January 23 from 6:30-8:00pm.

What to expect:
Focusing on heightening our somatic awareness and inspired by the teachings of Body-Mind Centering (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen), we will study the senses through the process of embodiment, in movement: vibration, proprioceptors, the kinesthetic, and interceptor sense organs (subconscious tissues). We will tap into our cellular consciousness and explore the role of the skeleton and skin in sensing. This class starts with a lot of movement and has some hands on partnering. No previous experience necessary.

Sliding scale, pay what you can, suggested $5-$15.

This class is in fulfillment of Jennifer Arave’s BMC/SME certification training.
Call or email Jennifer with any questions.

MOVO | Ivy Building for the Arts, Room 206, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Jennifer Arave- groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com, (612) 432-1512

As part of Improvisation Sundays at The Open Space, Lindsay Forsythe is offering a series of Score Work Labs. Scores will be offered and also generated by the participants. We will dive into longer form scores in duets, trios and group. What is a score? It is direction with guidances and rules to adapt to within a dance. An example: In a duet, your right arm always pushes, your left arm pulls, travel a diagonal from one corner of the room to the other, and pause at any time. Scores can range from simple to complex. Art materials, journaling, or objects may enter the explorations as well. It’s a lab for experimentation, fun, and discovery! Any curious person is welcome. Lindsay would like to eventually generate performance opportunities for this kind of work as well if that is of interest.

One Sunday a month beginning in January.

January 26, February 23, March 22, and April 19.

$10-20 sliding scale.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892

The Performance Collective, located at cfpa, is excited to welcome San Francisco-based award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer, Keith Hennessy to the Twin Cities for a movement workshop, January 31-February 1, 2020.

Dancing Magic Together, a.k.a. responding to the material and psychological terrorism of neoliberal capital during a political era of intensified polarization with rigorously playful approaches to shared dancing, ritual, healing, and performance.

More details about the workshop and about Keith available here: https://cfpampls.com/announcing-keith-hennessy-workshop/

Friday, January 31
Workshop: 3:00-8:00pm

Saturday, February 1
Workshop: 12:00-5:30pm
Public Event, a community convening with Keith: 8:00-9:30pm

Note: this is a ten-hour workshop, and includes the public event.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Jennie Ward- jennie@cfpampls.com, (612) 821-9202

Tuesday, February 4
Tuesday, February 18

Sex, magic, dirt, herbs, pelvis, land.
This class synthesizes herbalism*, somatics, and improvisational movement to ask: What is the connection between healing our relationship to the lower body - particularly the gut and pelvis - and healing our relationships to one another and to wounded land? This class grows out of my ongoing choreographic research connecting plant magic/earth, queerness/sex, and the healing of toxic whiteness.

*Herbalism is a useful tool that helps cultivate and protect a way of thinking that honors right relationship, reciprocity, and resourcefulness - using what is available, not taking more than we need, and supporting the inherent wisdom of the body. AND - my training is in Western Eclectic Herbalism, which is also situated in the context of this country: violence, genocide, appropriation and erasure are part of its story, too.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Second Floor, Minneapolis MN 55403

What are you composed of? What is your potent activator of the reality? You're invited to remember, revisit, reconstruct and reactivate who you are through a series of embodied questions. Utilizing contact improvisation, Authentic Movement, and butoh elements, we will turn our bodies into a utopia for memories and dreams. Please bring your journal or pieces of paper and a pen if you have. This three-hour-long intensive is open for any curious people with some movement background.

Ryuta Iwashita (they/them) lives as a movement/performance artist and facilitator/educator in New Orleans after living in Japan for 25 years. Their lexicon of improvisation derives from martial arts, contact improvisation, butoh and their life being fluid between two countries. They host CI events in New Orleans, and have facilitated workshops for CI and dance improvisation in Japan, China, and the U.S. including Tulane, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, West Coast CI Jam, and Queer Lab and Jam at Earthdance.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892


Off-Leash Area is seeking a multi-generational, diverse cast of women dancers for our next production (including all dancers who identify as women). Led by co-artistic director Jennifer Ilse and in collaboration with See Change Treble Choir, a 40-person multi-generational women’s choir, the project is about women and aging within contemporary western culture.

This project welcomes women of all ages and cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Dancers with physical disabilities and limitations are also strongly welcomed into this project, particularly those experiencing physical changes that occur within an aging body. There will be walking and moving on feet and also moving with the full body on the floor.

Dancers will be paid a minimum of an $800 stipend for the project. Rehearsals will begin in February with a work-in-process showing in June and final performance in November. Please visit our website for information about audition times.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse- offleash@offleasharea.org, (612) 724-7372

Join Generating Room Artist Sarah Abdel-Jelil to audition for her upcoming Generating Room Project "Trab."

Registration and individual warm up: 12:30pm-1:00pm
Audition: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Style of dance: modern and hip hop

More about the choreographer and “Trab:”
Growing up in eight countries in four continents and as a global nomad from Mauritania and the U.S., I have always been drawn to sand: the properties of sand (sedimentary rock), the movement of sand (sand dunes), and the poetry of sand (metaphors of time, distance, and scale).
“Trab” is the word for sand/soil in Hassaniya (the dialect of Arabic spoken in Mauritania). Using the framework of sand, my piece explores impermanence. Through contact improvisation scores and set choreography, we will create growing and dissolving landscapes with the human form, exploring growth and decay, construction and crumble, and building up and letting go.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Second Floor, Minneapolis MN 55403

Don’t miss out on the world premiere of The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet! This brand new production is Twin Cities Ballet’s adaptation and retelling of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Auditions are open to all!

Sunday, January 26, 2020
2:30pm: Registration
3:00-4:00pm Mandatory Parent’s Meeting
3:45-4:45pm: Audition for dancers YBI-YBIV (or ages twelve and under if non-Ballet Royale student)
4:45-6:15pm: Audition for AYI and higher (or thirteen and older if non-Ballet Royale student)
$25.00 audition fee. Please bring check or cash day-of.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

Auditions for Ballet Royale’s summer intensive programs are coming up!

The July Intensive is an exciting and rigorous ballet-based program, featuring classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and more! The July Intensive includes group outings to help the dancers bond with their classmates and make life-long friendships, and concludes with a summer showcase performance.

In our August Grand Prix Solos and Variations Workshop, dancers will take daily ballet and pointe or men’s class, learn classical ballet variations, and receive advanced personal coaching. This workshop benefits all dancers, whether preparing for a competition, an upcoming performance, or simply wanting to polish and improve their artistry, technique, and quality.

First audition: Sunday, February 9
Second audition: Sunday, April 5
11:30am registration, 12:00pm audition.
$25 audition fee, cash or check only.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163


The application for McKnight Fellowships in Dance and Choreography opens Wednesday, January 15.

The final deadline is: Monday March 30, 2020 at 3pm CST. Please plan to submit your application early.

The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.

We will offer two free online webinars about the application materials and process – February 3 at noon and March 16 at 6:00pm. See separate posting in this newsletter with instructions on how to register for these sessions.

For guidelines and more information:
McKnight Fellowships for Dancers
McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers

Mary Ellen Childs, Program Director
Dana Kassel, Program Associate

Mary Ellen Childs- mckfell@thecowlescenter.org

McKnight Fellowships for Dance and for Choreographers will hold two webinars for all interested applicants.

Monday, February 3, 12:00–1:00pm

Monday, March 16, 6:00–7:00pm

These free sessions, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs, will be accessed through the online meeting site, Zoom. RSVP to mckfell@thecowlescenter.org, and you will be sent a link to enter the webinar by internet browser on a computer or smart phone.

This information session will focus on frequently asked questions regarding the application materials—the artistic statement, resume and work sample. Participants will be able to ask questions via an online chat feature, or are encouraged to submit a question by email when you RSVP.

For information about the guidelines and eligibility, plus detailed video about the online application process:
Dancers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/dancer-guidelines
Choreographers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/choreographer-guidelines

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mary Ellen Childs- mckfell@thecowlescenter.org


Minnesota Dance Theatre has three studios available for hourly rental. The studios are located on the sixth floor at the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. All studios have sprung floors covered with Marley, mirrors, ballet barres, a piano, and a sound system.

Studio 6A: 3286 square feet; approximately 45' x 65'
Studio 6B: 1563 square feet; approximately 27' x 53'
Studio 6C: 929 square feet; approximately 15' x 38'

Rates for artists and nonprofit rehearsal:
Studio 6A: $15/hour
Studio 6B: $12.50/hour
Studio 6C: $10/hour

Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour

Rental fees may be paid with cash, check, or credit card. Make checks payable to MDT. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card purchases.

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jane Scheidel- jane.scheidel@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

St. Paul Ballet has three brand new studios available for rent in our new home at CO•MOTION! Our space includes FREE parking and is just three blocks from the Fairview-University LRT Station. We are also accessible by bus (#67) which stops in front of our building.

All studios have sprung floors with Marley-type flooring, one wall of mirrors, HVAC, barres affixed to the walls as well as additional portable barres, pianos, and sound systems.

STUDIO 2: 40’x40′ with upright piano
STUDIO 3: 40’x40′ with upright piano
STUDIO 4: 46’x36′ with grand piano

For information about rentals by-the-hour, please contact Isabel Chanslor.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Isabel Chanslor- isabel@comotioncenter.org, (651) 587-3782

Three beautiful new studios are available for rent at Ballet Co.Laboratory.

Studio One and Studio Two are 52 feet by 25 feet. Studio Three is 32 feet by 25 feet. We have two gender neutral restrooms, changing rooms, and a comfortable lobby space with wifi access and ample seating. The entire facility is HVAC heated and cooled. Free parking available in front of the studio.


Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 ELafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Work exchange students are eighteen years of age or older, are passionate about dance, and are interested in helping to build the BCL community. The student and director will agree on a set shift schedule. For more information please e-mail zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org

One hour of work = one 90-minute class.

Each shift is three to four hours during weekday evenings depending on class schedules and availability.
Tasks include but are not limited to checking in students for class, answering questions, assisting parents and students as needed, answering the phone and general e-mail, sweeping/mopping the lobby and bathrooms, taking out the trash, and other administrative tasks as assigned by the director.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio One) and 21x46 feet (Studio Two) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette, dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Ave, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodríguez- abdo.sayegh@tudance.org, (612) 367-6681

The Jawaahir Dance Company Minneapolis location is conveniently located at 3010 Minnehaha Ave next door to the police station. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Fully handicapped accessible. $20 per hour.*

The Bloomington location is 9050 Lyndale Ave in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Floor is tile on concrete—NOT a sprung wood dance floor. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area. Free parking in lot. Not handicapped accessible. $15 per hour.*

*Rates quoted are for dance-related rentals only. Sorry, no party rentals and no dance socials; no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted. Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

The Cowles Center has three studio spaces available for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and access to a sound system.

All reservations are managed through The Cowles Center Booking Calendar. After filling out a one-time rental profile form, an invitation is sent to set up an account. Once you receive a booking invitation, you will be able to manage all reservations, cancellations, and payments on your own. Users may use the Rental Calendar to book now and pay later by saving a valid debit or credit card to their rental account. Bookings will be charged after the cancellation notice time frame has expired.

View the Cowles Center Booking Calendar:

Fill out a Renter Profile Form: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/spaces/rent-studio-conference-room-space

For more information:

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Paula Vasquez Alzate- rentals@thecowlescenter.org

The Cowles Center offers affordable office space leasing in the historic Masonic Temple building. Spaces range in size from 150 square feet to 2000 square feet. If you would like to learn more information about leasing office space at The Cowles Center or would like to set up an appointment to view available spaces, please contact rentals@thecowlescenter.org

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts serves as Minnesota’s flagship for dance, presenting world-class productions from our dynamic professional dance scene and providing administrative, rehearsal, and studio space at 50% below market value for non-profit dance, performing arts, and cultural organizations.

For more information:

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin, Minneapolis MN 55403

Springboard for the Arts' Artist Career Consultants offer consultations to individual artists and groups.
We offer help putting together:
• resumes and artist statements
• grant narratives
• budgets
• and more!

I am one of Springboard's consultants, take advantage of my decades of experience!

A partial list of grants I've written and received for my performing career:
• seven McKnight Fellowship applications
• five MSAB grants (Touring and Artist Initiative)
• four Jerome grants (Project and Study/Travel)
• one MRAC Next Step
• one Bush Fellowship

Plus numerous grants for Patrick's Cabaret.

I've also sat on many grant panels, gaining insight from the other side.
If you think that my experience may be of use to you, sign up for a consultation and request me. It's that easy.
Check the Career Consultation FAQ link:

Pay what you can. Springboard's suggested fees: $0 to $75/hour. They subsidize these consultations, so you pay what you truly can afford.

Springboard for the Arts | 308 Prince St, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN 55101
Patrick Scully- patrick@patrickscully.org, (612) 205-1512

Zero Balancing Bodywork sessions with Barbara Mahler:
$70-$100 for each one-hour session.

Schedule an appointment as soon as possible! These appointments fill up fast and are not to be missed. Jennifer says, “this is as close to a magical experience as you can get. The more you do them, the more your body responds in a great way to continued Zero Balancing. Zero Balancing with Klein Technique is what keeps my 53 year-old body moving with no or low pain!”

Four appointments remaining!

Thursday, January 16 at 1:30pm or 2:40pm
Saturday, January 18 at 3:30pm
Sunday, January 19 at 9:00am

To schedule, email: groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com.

Jennifer Arave- groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com, (612) 432-1512

Free to attend.

Join Mary Ellen Childs and Dana Kassel from The Cowles’ McKnight Fellowship Programs for a session on how to make a compelling video work sample. This event is free to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Topics will include:
Work sample tips for applicants for McKnight Dancer and Choreographer Fellowships.
Creating work samples for other grants and uses.
General tips on work sample order, selection, length, and quality.

The McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers has been a part of The Cowles Center’s offerings since 2015. Each year we award six $25,000 unrestricted grants to dance artists (three dancers and three choreographers) and provide additional support for career and artistic development.
This workshop will be useful to McKnight applicants, but also to anyone who needs to create a video sample for any other use: other grant applications, website work samples, etc.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin, Second Floor, Minneapolis MN 55403


Ballet Royale is celebrating our first ten years as Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages! We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment.

We are still accepting registrations for Mommy/Daddy and Me, the creative dance program, our FREE boys' program, adult/teen classes, the adaptive dance program, Ballet for Homeschoolers, and Progressing Ballet Technique. We also offer youth ballet classes, performance track and pre-professional programs, pas de deux, modern, jazz, and more!

Please see our website for full class offerings and information about class placement. We would love for you to come dance with us!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

There are still a few spaces available in Ballet Royale's FREE Boys' Ballet program. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys and taught by male teachers. Ballet Royale understands the importance of providing targeted opportunities for boys in addition to the myriad of mixed classes available to both genders. To this end, Ballet Royale offers FREE boys' classes for pre-ballet Creative Dance, general Boys' Dance cross training, and Ballet for Boys.

Ballet Royale’s boys' classes are for students five and older, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere. Whether the goal is to pursue dance itself or to cross-train for other sports, Ballet Royale’s Boys' Dance training benefits boys of all ages and abilities.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

Ballet Royale is celebrating our first ten years as Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages! Sign your little one up today for Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program! Spring classes run from January 3 through May 16. Our Celebration of Dance performance will take place on Sunday, May 17.

Our program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through six years old. These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination and self expression through the art of dance and music. There is also a separate class specifically designed for five- and six-year-old boys that may be taken instead of or in addition to the general Pre-Ballet Creative Dance classes.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163

MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

• Classes seven days a week
• All levels
• Piano accompaniment
• Spacious studios in the heart of Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive atmosphere

Sunday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I and II - Preregistration required
Tuesday (Fundamentals I) and Thursday (Fundamentals II), 7:00-8:30pm
April 7, 2020–June 25, 2020, twelve weeks
July 7, 2020–August 27, 2020, eight weeks

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf- justin.leaf@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

Join us this year in our new space at the CO•MOTION Center for Movement! Young Dance has an open enrollment policy.

Young Dance offers creative movement, modern, ballet, choreography, hip hop, contemporary Indian Dance, and all abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance. Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post secondary degree education.

“You have created a community that supports, loves, and accepts kids as people. You allow them to celebrate—with body and soul—themselves and each other for who they are, which is a beautiful feat in such an image-driven culture...wow!” - Young Dance parent

Visit http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule for class schedule and registration details.

CO•MOTION Center for Movement | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Teen and adult classes at St. Paul Ballet are designed for students who wish to begin or continue dance training for health, recreation, or self-enrichment. Students are encouraged to grow as an individual artist and to participate at their own pace. Classes emphasize overall body conditioning and encourage an aesthetic appreciation of dance. All classes are accompanied by professional musicians! Drop in classes allow for complete flexibility.

Adult open classes are for the adult dancer with a minimum of one year of classical ballet experience.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm and Pointe* 8:00-8:30pm with Jayson Douglas
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm with Leah Gallas
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am with Christina Onusko
Saturdays, 10:15-11:45am with Helen Hatch

*Note: Students must take preceding class and be approved by teacher in order to participate in pointe. Participants must also have previous pointe experience. $5 per class.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Melinna Sixtos- msixtos@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Join James Sewell, Artistic Director of James Sewell Ballet, as he leads a workshop for body and mind integration and wellness at St. Paul Ballet. The class activates participants by interweaving complex patterns and intent-full movement to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. Truly for any age or ability—the accessible and fun series of activities allow the participants to progress at their own pace. Drop in option allows for complete flexibility.

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am with James Sewell

Single class rate: $15.
Senior Citizen single class rate: $9, for ages 60+.
Post-Secondary Student single class rate: $12, with a student ID.
Professional dancer single class rate: $10.

Six-class card: $85
Twelve-class card: $132
Four-week Unlimited class card: $140
Six-month Unlimited class card: $612

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Melinna Sixtos- msixtos@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

The pre-professional curriculum at St. Paul Ballet provides professional training in classical ballet based on the Vaganova method. All classes are accompanied by accomplished pianists. Advancement is determined by the students’ progress in developing technical skills, strength, and artistry. Parental support is encouraged and welcomed.

New students ages eight through eighteen will need to arrange a placement class for the Upper or Lower School in the pre-professional division. The class will include technique (Level 3) and pointe (Level 4-6) and will be observed by the teacher. Female dancers should wear a black or solid color leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers and pointe shoes, if applicable, and hair in a neat and firm bun in back middle of head. Male dancers should wear a fitted white tee shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers.

We welcome new students at any time! Please call or email for more information 651-690-1588 or spb@spballet.org.

St. Paul Ballet | 655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Melinna Sixtos- msixtos@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

GENTLE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Mondays, 10:00–11:30am
Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am

INTERMEDIATE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00pm with pointe class following
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am
Saturdays, 10:30–12:00pm with pointe class following

Tuesdays, 4:00–5:00pm

TEEN/ADULT BALLET CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older.
Mondays, 11:30am–12:00pm

Mondays, 7:00–8:15pm

ADVANCED TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Mondays, 10:00–11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Wednesdays, 10:00 –11:30am
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am

Saturdays, 9:15–10:30am

Saturdays, 10:30am–12:00pm

Teaching artists include: Anna Goodrich, Jeffrey Hankinson, Zoé Henrot, Justin Leaf, Christian Warner, and Leah Gallas.
Class cards available.

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Ballet Co.Laboratory's mission is to create, develop, and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet.
 Interested in signing up for the Full-Term Program? We offer serious classical ballet training for ages seven through eighteen. Collectively, our staff brings over 80 years of ballet instruction to our studios.

Level 1: Ages seven through nine.
Level 2: Ages ten through thirteen.
Level 3: Ages eleven through fifteen.
Level 4: Ages thirteen and older.
Level 5: Ages fourteen and older.

Weekly classes include technique, pointe, and repertory. Multiple performance opportunities offered throughout the year. Head to our website for more information.

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Beginning Men's Technique for ages eleven through eighteen.
A class for male dancers to dive into technical training that will deepen their understanding of their dancing.
Students must take the one-hour Level 3 technique class before Men’s Technique to be warm and ready for turns and jumps.
September 2019–May 2020
Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm after the 1:30-2:30pm Level 3 Technique class.

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities. We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness, and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment. Classes begin with floor and standing warm-up to strengthen, stretch, and balance the body. Included are sequences that focus on joint articulation, balance, foot work, and preparing the body to move through space. Concepts drawn from the infinite possibilities of time, space, and energy are explored through given movement combinations and improvisation.

Center for Performing Arts - CFPA | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lake Harriet Spiritual Center - LHSC | 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 AM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Saturdays, 4:00-5:30 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Mondays, 5:00-6:15 PM at LHSC.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Pam Gleason- pamgleason@msn.com, (612) 990-6019

MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time, and energy. Children ages three through five explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness and gain self-confidence. Children ages five through seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Children ages seven through nine expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic technical skills and movement vocabulary of modern dance as well as improvising and choreographing their own dances. No previous experience necessary for any age category.

Winter Session begins January 26, 2020

Ages three through five:
Friday, 10:15-11:00am
$110 for the nine-week session

Ages five through seven:
Saturday, 4:00-5:00pm
$110 for the nine-week session

Ages seven through nine:
Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
$120 for the nine-week session

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lisa Lange- lfrancinelange@yahoo.com, (612) 396-6077

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning Adult Ballet and Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!
Spring session began January 11, but registration is on-going!

SATURDAYS, 9:30am-11:00am: Beginning Adult I/II at PIM. Instructor: Angela Ericson.

SATURDAYS, 10:40-11:55am: Beginning Adult I/II Ballet featuring Floor Barre at EHS. Instructor: Sally Rousse. Session begins January 25.

MONDAYS, 5:30pm-7:00pm: Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at PIM. Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

TUESDAYS, 5:30pm-7:00pm: Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at PIM. Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

Learn the basics of ballet alongside other teens/adults in a non-competitive atmosphere. Ballet classes are a great way to gain strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, and reduce stress.

Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina High School (EHS) | 6754 Valley View Rd, Edina, MN 55439

Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

Midwest School of Ballet's spring session starts soon. Ongoing registration for our Eden Prairie (PIM) location.

Ballet Fundamentals I, II, III for ages three through eight:
Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. Classes build on infusing elements that will prepare students for the traditional ballet class format.

Ballet Level I, II, III for ages eight and older:
The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. Student musicality and quality of movement is developed to produce artistic distinction and expression between supple, graceful, strong, and bounding movement.

Additional classes:
Pre-Pointe/Pointe (Level II+)
Ballet for Teens and Athletes, ages eight through twelve.
Beginning/Intermediate Adult Ballet

Performing Institute of Minnesota - PIM | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Eileen Kamp- midwestballetmn@gmail.com, (612) 564-8672

TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Wendy Anderson, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Blake Nellis, and Abdo Sayegh.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $15/class, $130/ten-class card.

Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side. There is free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center.

Photo: Jeffrey Stene.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

The School at TU Dance Center's 2020 Spring Session registration is now open!
The session runs from February 3-June 13.

The TU Dance Pre-Professional Program is a five-level intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23.
There will be a placement class for new students ages eleven through 23 on Thursday, January 23.
4:30pm-5:00pm: Registration.
5:00pm-6:30pm: Ballet and modern.

The TU Dance Children and Teen Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged two through nineteen. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and musicality.

Flexible payment plans and financial aid are available.

Photo: Laura Kane Scher Photography.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen - education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

Winter Session began on Monday, January 6 and runs for ten weeks.

Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. You will learn basic movements and then build upon them.
Beginning classes are $160 for the ten-week session. Make up classes may be made up during Winter Session only.
We also have monthly class passes that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes.
Or, you may drop-in to class and pay $18 each time you attend.

Registration is open for you NOW at http://www.cassandraschool.com! Please visit our website often to check “Today's Classes” for any notifications or cancellations that may occur for your class.

Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, within the Hook & Ladder complex.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave S, in the Great Bear Center.

Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

Off-Leash Area co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse is teaching an inversion dance workshop at the Off-Leash Art Box!

Jennifer's inversion dance is an ever-growing vocabulary that is fluid and strong, soft and powerful, while working the body with economy of movement. Drawing from modern dance and movement vocabularies in capoeira, yoga, gymnastics, Hawkins, and contemporary approaches to movement, build your movement possibilities with the full body in contact with the floor (and the walls)!

Final class - today!

Wednesday, January 15: 6:00-7:30pm
For experienced dancers who have practiced some form of inverted movement in dance or in other movement forms such as gymnastics, yoga, capoeira, etc.

$5-15 sliding scale.

Contact Jennifer for questions and information.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 50th E St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Jennifer Ilse- offleash@offleashara.org, (612) 724-7372

The UMN-TC Campus offers three levels of jazz dance classes this spring semester, January 21-May 4, 2020. All classes are 1 credit, 90-minute classes, meeting twice per week.

You do NOT need to be a degree-seeking student to register! UMN Dance classes are open to everyone! Check out https://onestop.umn.edu/

Jazz 2 - DNCE 1202: for dancers with some beginning level experience, taught by Karla Grotting, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30pm-7:45pm in the Barker Center for Dance, studio 200.

Jazz 4 - DNCE 1220: for the more experienced dancer, focusing on complex concepts, rhythms, jazz dance technical elements, combinations, and stylistic explorations. Taught by Karla Grotting, Tuesday/Thursday, 8:25-9:55pm in the Barker Center for Dance, studio 100.

Jazz 6 - DNCE 3220 - intermediate/advanced level. Taught by Linda Talcott Lee. Linda is a Broadway veteran (with an Emmy award in choreography) who has worked with Jerome Robbins, among other great artists of our day. Tuesday/Thursday, 12:20-1:50pm in Barker Center for Dance, studio 100.

karla Grotting- karlagrotting@gmail.com, (612) 701-4915

Intermediate Contemporary
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
with Kelli Miles

This class draws from ballet and modern techniques to explore the boundaries of the shapes the body can make, new pathways, and expansive movement. Kelli incorporates floor work and inversions, teaching dancers how to negotiate this less familiar relationship with gravity and space. You will play with different dynamic qualities that can be used while dancing and learn choreography that offers a variety of different moods and tones to "try on." These classes often include improvisation to encourage personal expression and artistic choice making.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Afro Fusion
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
with Edna Stevens

What do you get when you combine your ENERGY + great VIBES + UPBEAT Moves = Afro Fusion with Edna Stevens every Tuesday at Zenon Dance School! Edna teaches a vibrant and fun class with influence from African Diasporic dance and popular movement and music. You do not want to miss out on this incredible class.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

All Levels Yoga
Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
with Kaitlin Craven

Focused on vinyasa strength and alignment, Kaitlin encourages all bodies to make empowering self-realizations, take risks, and discover the pleasure of movement. She is a certified yoga instructor and professional dancer interested in helping others find a sense of calm and presence in their body.

All Levels Yoga
Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am
with Ariel Linnerson

This class follows a vinyasa, or flowing method of aligning breath with movement to increase strength, stamina, flexibility and focus. It will get your blood flowing, heart rate up, and work to improve circulation, confidence, breath capacity, muscle tone, and clarity of mind. Dynamic asanas are balanced with more relaxing, restorative poses to invite a subtle calm in the body, mind and spirit.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Tap classes for all ages and abilities!

Keane Sense of Rhythm tap dance classes can be taken as a drop-in or with class cards.

Monday nights
Wednesday mornings

Teens and kids on Sundays:
Beginning: 1:00-2:15
Intermediate: 1:00-2:15
Advanced: 2:15-3:30

For Youth Tap Ensemble information, email Cathy@tapcompany.org.

Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN
Cathy Wind- keanesense@aol.com, (612) 986-1944

The Open Space is offering Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) with Lindsay Forsythe:

This is an hour-long movement meditation, with a structure in three parts: the first 20 minutes is sitting/stillness, the second 20 minutes is personal awareness practice/movement, and the third 20 minutes is open space/group movement. Please bring a pillow, blanket, or bolster for your personal sitting comfort if you have one, otherwise one will be provided. Please visit The Open Space on Facebook to read a more detailed description of the practice, or visit http://www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.

Thursday mornings 10:00-11:15am

$5-10 sliding.

Everyone welcome!

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892

Blake Nellis is teaching Contact Improvisation for all levels of movers at The Open Space.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

$10-20, sliding scale.

From the CITC (Contact Improvisation Twin Cities) guidelines:

What is Contact Improvisation?
There is much to say, because the form is continually evolving. But in short, CI is a social movement practice involving the exploration and research of one’s body in relationship to the floor, space, and others through movement awareness, touch, and sharing weight. Techniques include rolling point of contact, sliding, giving and receiving weight with a shared center of gravity, following momentum, and listening with body and senses. The form welcomes people of all abilities, races, genders, and places of origin.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Blake Nellis- movingdance@gmail.com

Awareness Through Movement Ongoing Classes

Fridays, 9:30-10:30am

 with Sarah Baumert
*The first Friday of the month is a two-hour workshop class.
Sliding scale, $5-$20 per class.

The Beautiful Studio
2242 University Ave W, St Paul, MN
The Dow Building, Studio #214
Entrance on Hampden Ave.

In these Awareness Through Movement® classes we will explore how to let go of old limiting patterns, finding new freedom and awareness in the movements of the body. The Feldenkrais® Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Sarah Baumert- sarah@body-matter.com, (612) 327-0411

Erinn Liebhard and Karla Grotting are excited to keep the tradition of Friday morning jazz dance class at Zenon alive and kickin'!

We are back for Winter Session 2020, which runs through March 13 for this class. Come on out to our multi-level (skewing intermediate-advanced), multi-generational classes for a through warm-up, some improvising, rhythmically-complex across-the-floors, and groovy combos!

This week, Karla is the fearless leader, so #GetYourAsstoClass!

Zenon Dance Company and School | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com

Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice. No pre-registration or shoes necessary. First class: always free! Drop-in class: $13. Five-class card: $60. Ten-class card: $110.

Foundations in Yorchha Technique
9:00-10:00am with Kealoha Ferreira
January 18 and 25. February 1, 8, and 29. March 7, 14, 21, and 31. April 4, 11, 18, and 25. May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Introduction to Yorchha Technique
6:30-8:00pm with Kealoha Ferreira
January 24 and 31. February 7 and 28. March 6, 20, and 27. April 3, 10, 17, and 24. May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Advanced Yorcha Technique
9:30-11:00am with Kealoha Ferreira
January 21 and 28. February 4, 11, and 25. March 3, 10, 17, and 24. April 7, 14, 21, and 28. May 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Learn more about Yorchha in text and video: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/philosophy/yorchha/

Ananya Dance Theatre Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104

Contact Improvisation Twin Cities hosts a monthly live music jam every third Monday. Come join us to connect, dance, listen, move, and be moved!

January 20: MUSIC JAM with James G. Everest:

Minneapolis-based musician/composer/director JG Everest creates sound scores for live performance as well as film and video projects. Improvisation and experimentation are vital aspects of his creative process and performative approach. He has worked extensively in dance, serving as Music Director and lead collaborator for Emily Johnson/Catalyst for over a decade, as well as working with choreographers Morgan Thorson, John Scott (Ireland), Krista Langberg, and Liv O’Donoghue (Ireland). He has led college dance workshops and classes at Macalaster College, University of Minnesota, Florida State, Arizona State, and University of Limerick.

Doors at 6:00pm.


All are welcome!

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892

Ballet Royale Minnesota’s Ballet Beyond Barriers: Adaptive Dance Program is an inclusion program designed for children of all abilities and needs. It is ideal for both girls and boys, ages eight through fifteen, who are interested in exploring a new way of movement through dance, and will focus on rhythm, musicality, and gross motor skills while pushing the barriers of each child’s everyday capabilities. All classes are led by a ballet instructor along with a physical therapist and a live musician. This six-week session will culminate in an in-studio showcase for families.

You can view a short video about the program here: https://youtu.be/ZeUh3zaJ7uA

*If your child has a CSG grant or CDCS waiver, Ballet Beyond Barriers may be added into your budget.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@BalletRoyaleMN.org, (952) 898-3163


by Ananya Chatterjea, artistic director, Ananya Dance Theatre

• The world in 2020 is a very different place from what it was when Ananya Dance Theatre was birthed fifteen years ago.
• I enter 2020 with clarity about the stakes of my contemporary dance-making.
• My imperative: To make dance move with relevance through the polarized devastation of the current world.

Read full text here: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/2019/12/a-manifesto-for-contemporary-d...