Greetings Dance Community:

Happy New Year! We of the DanceMN Steering Committee offer heartfelt thanks for all you do, in addition to year-end financial contributions many of you made toward our new website and hosting platform.

We now have a FUN ask of you… We are seeking new images for the new site! Please consider submitting one image per group or individual.

Photos should be large/high resolution images, around 2000 pixels. Horizontal/banner-oriented images are particularly good, though having a mix to choose from would be helpful.

Send images to dancecommunitynews@gmail.com. Please include the name of the individual/group represented and photographer credit. Additional credits such as dancer(s) pictured may also be included.

Please send an image by March 9 to be included in our initial launch. Photos will be accepted on a rolling basis and updated periodically.

We look forward to launching soon!


The DanceMN Steering Committee:

Karen Charles, Penelope Freeh, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez, Anat Shinar

Non Edwards, Editor- news@dancemn.org


Taking a contemporary twist on Shakespeare's classic, Collide Theatrical's reimagined Romeo & Juliet is told through various styles of dance and features a pop score from artists like Aerosmith, Rihanna, Sting, U2, and more.

The palpable chemistry from real-life fiancées Rush Benson and Renee Guittar lead an ensemble featuring thirteen dancers, two featured vocalists including the Dakota's Katie Gearty, and a string trio. This classically cutting-edge retelling is one you won't want to miss.

Featuring Rush Benson and Renee Guittar, Rebecca Abroe, Heather Brockman, Doug Hooker, Grace Janiszewski, Brittany Keefe, Grace Kidder, Joey Miller, Betsy Nelson, Nicole Riebe, Chelsea Rose, Miranda Shaughnessy, Brian Sostek, and Elly Stahlke.

Tickets: $33-$39, fees included.
To purchase tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/CTRnJ2020.

Photo: Shelly Mosman.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Robert Droddy- rdroddy@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3622

Inspired by the scientific-artistic discipline of visual art conservation, Tweezer Burn asks, What should we take with us and what should we leave behind? Where do we store the crumbs? What are we faking and how can we fake it even harder? A Toot production, directed by Eric Larson, Tweezer Burn brings together a trio of dynamically strange performers (Neva Dalager, Leif Hove, Jo Kellen), a cabinet full of curious hand-tools, a library of performance styles, and plenty of secrets. There will be gloves, there will be solvents, and by the end of the run there won’t be any art left.

Featuring human-sized apparatuses designed by Max Hoaglund.
Featuring vivid lighting design by Valerie Oliveiro.
Featuring unwanted visual art from a dozen local artists.
Producer: Eben Kowler, Donations Manager: Zoe Cinel.

Friday, February 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 23 at 2:00pm
Friday, February 28 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 29 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm

Du Nord Craft Spirits | 2610 E 32nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Eric Larson- eric.wk.larson@gmail.com, (608) 206-3688

Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm
Carlson Family Stage

with live orchestra.
Choreography by George Balanchine.

Created in 1967 and considered the first abstract full-length ballet, George Balanchine’s Jewels is a masterpiece—and a master class—on the history, beauty, and diversity of ballet technique. The French romanticism of "Emeralds," danced to Fauré’s dreamy score; Stravinsky’s driving, jazzy energy for "Rubies" that seems to suggest urban America; and Tchaikovsky’s regal, glittering evocation of the imperial court of Russia in "Diamonds" all combine to create a treasure chest of dance, performed by one of America’s most vibrant companies.

84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Amy Nelson- northrop@umn.edu

What people are saying about Too Much:

“Great show with startling moments. An awesome and brave work: absolutely beautiful, seamless and graceful.”

“Fabulous. Amazing. Perfection. An inspiration.”

“His art unapologetically says, ‘I give no [ ] what the world has to say. This is me!’”

“Wonderful show! Lincoln has a way of using the space, both physically and emotionally, that is unique only to him.”

“Watching Lincoln’s movement vocabulary is a study in complete thoughts, finished ideas, full explorations of what each move can pronounce: Lincoln’s choreography is movement that carries emotion.”

Too Much is an abstract dance piece performed and choreographed by Lincoln. This mesmerizing work cleverly examines the importance of trying and the positive influence of failure. Lincoln splits the bill with local rock legend Venus De Mars, who sings solo for the first half of the performance. This show doubles as a performance art piece and a call to action.

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Nic Lincoln- popartseeker@gmail.com, (612) 825-8949

Give Ear is a dance/theater production based in the act of listening, exploring our relationship to sound, silence, and tuning in.

Now that our production is around the corner, we are hosting a fundraiser dinner at Martina Restaurant to help reach our budget goals for this new work. In addition to a well-curated silent auction and food and drink from the talented Daniel del Prado and Marco Zappia, we look forward to sharing a bit of Give Ear, which premieres March 13-14 at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Wednesday, February 26
6:00-7:00pm: Cocktails, passed appetizers and silent auction
7:00-9:00pm: Seated dinner and entertainment

Berit Ahlgren- bcahlgren@gmail.com, (651) 233-0217

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.

Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 29 at 7:30pm

Lakeville South Theater | 21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 898-3163

The Dreamer. The Socialite. The Boss. The Con. In Domino, thirteen unique personalities converge in an interplay that establishes a hierarchy of vulnerability and influence. At the start of each performance, dancers will blindly select who, among them, undertakes the role of the Con. Anyone could be the villain, no one knows who it will be, and every performance will be different.

When identities collide, some rise to power, and others become prey; but when a real Con is playing the game, it’s only a matter of time before they all fall down—one by one.

The Lab Theater | 700 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, February 29, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage
Co-presented by Walker Art Center

Mixed repertory:
"state" by Andrea Miller
"Solo Olos" by Trisha Brown
"Meditation: A Silent Prayer"

One of today’s most in-demand choreographers and winner of the Jacob’s Pillow, Doris Duke, and prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Awards, Kyle Abraham has been commissioned to create work on companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and most recently, New York City Ballet. His company, A.I.M, makes its Northrop debut with a diverse range of works, including Andrea Miller’s all-female "state" set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score; "Drive," marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times); and Abraham's first major solo in nearly a decade, "INDY."

84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Amy Nelson- northrop@umn.edu

In Anat Shinar’s newest project, she invites performance-makers Amal Rogers (Miami), Emily Gastineau (Minneapolis), and Theo Langason (Minneapolis) to create something under the prompt: What is a dancer? How does it look and feel to succumb to someone else’s vision? What does it mean to succumb?

The result is an exquisite corpse-style show, threaded together through Shinar’s solo performance, exploring ideas of memory, distance (in space, time, and other), sincerity, subjective and objective feelings, risk, rules, authenticity, control, and cumulative knowledge coupled with acute execution.

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00pm
Doors at 7:00pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater | 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss invites you to a marvelous night of dancing and drinking at our second annual BockBier Fest!

We are thrilled to be joined this year by the incomprable Alpensterne!
They will be providing the soundtrack to the evening, bringing you the perfect accompaniment for dancing, listening, and drinking.

$15 Entry
- Ages 21 and older, IDs checked at the door.
- Purchase of ticket includes one alcoholic beverage.
A variety of local and international beers will be on tap, including Summit Brewing Company, Utepils Brewing Co, and Waldmann Brewery; and wine will also be available.

$7 Entry
- Purchase of ticket includes one non-alcoholic beverage.
Mineral water, a selection of pop, and still water will be available.

Check our Facebook Event for more information on food selections and dancing opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/events/2812585082166651/

S. G. Edelweiß-St. Paul was founded in 1961. Our purpose is to promote, through the instruction and performance of folk dancing, the appreciation and preservation of German and Austrian heritage, with the State of Bavaria as the main emphasis.

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota | 383 W Michigan St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Mark LaCourse- mark@sgedelweiss.org

Let's talk about race in the Twin Cities' professional dance community. How can we dismantle the current accessibility disparities? What real action can we put in place to make change?

Please join in this conversation on March 9 from 5:30-7:30PM.
Julie Warder, Lori Gleason, Michael Kleber-Diggs, and Rae Charles will be facilitating the conversation.
Please bring your thoughts, questions, concerns and ideas to the table—we need to hear all of your voices.

*Please RSVP by March 6.

University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
Room 125
2001 Plymouth Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Come and go as you need!
FREE and open to all.
Donations will be used towards the space reservation, refreshments/snacks, and compensation for facilitators' time.

Questions prior to the event? Feel free to message us!

Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com

Jennifer Glaws brings her viscerally honest choreographic voice and rich investigations in energy and space to the Southern Theater’s stage for a one-of-a-kind performance by Jagged Moves.

The full-evening, all female sextet explores the central themes of boundaries and reclamation as flutist Julie Johnson performs a live, original score of her experimental and contemplative music. The dancers traverse the soundscape and mysterious, sculptural environment investigating the spaces between “us” and the relentless proclamation of the female voice. Crafted collaboratively between Glaws and the performers, the choreography amplifies the energy, chemistry, and responsiveness to the interruption of personal space by exhibiting a raw and exposed view to the tensions, control, and power, or lack of power, in proximity.

March 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.
March 14 at 2:00 p.m.*
*Pay as able

Ticketing, performing artist, and concert information: https://southerntheater.org/shows/touch-code

The Southern Theater | 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Jennifer Glaws- jagged9@hotmail.com, (612) 508-1093

Let’s put the FUN in fundraising at the Young Dance annual gala! Can Can Wonderland will be closed to the public, so bring your friends and family, avoid the long lines at this neighborhood hot spot, and have a great time supporting a great cause.

Buy now and take advantage of early bird pricing.
Tickets include a taco bar, mini golf, arcade games, performances, a silent auction, a dance party, and more!

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the art of dance. We provide young people opportunities to express themselves and work together, empowering them to improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

This past year, Young Dance has been making leaps and bounds, putting down roots in our new permanent home in the CO•MOTION Center.
Come celebrate all that is Young Dance at our neighborhood fun spot, Can Can Wonderland.

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $60 for patrons 21 and older, $40 for those under 21.
Prices go up after March 1!

Can Can Wonderland | 755 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104
Anat Shinar- anat@youngdance.org

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

SteppingStone Theatre For Youth Development
55 Victoria St N, St. Paul, MN

Photo: Tim Pate.

Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Saturday, March 21, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage

The Celebration Tour
"Last Look"

When Paul Taylor died in 2018 at age 88, he left behind a legacy of masterworks unrivaled by any other modern dance artist. Northrop is pleased to join other presenters across the U.S. and the world to celebrate the dancemaker—an opportunity to revisit the greatest works of the Taylor repertoire, performed by many of the dancers who completely embody his style. Northrop's program reveals the incredible range of this legendary choreographer in three masterfully crafted and emotionally powerful works, demonstrating Taylor’s keen understanding of “the light and the dark” of our human experience.

84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Amy Nelson- northrop@umn.edu

The Driftless Dance Festival, presented by the Page Series March 27-29, 2020, will encompass a weekend of performance by national, regional, and local dancers as well as artist talks, master classes, workshops, and events that offer festival-goers the opportunity to interact with visiting artists, develop skills, and build community.

Performances will include SPEAK, a collaboration of the Leela Dance Collective and world-renowned tap artists Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia, with live accompaniment from leading jazz and classical Indian musicians; James Sewell Ballet, as part of the Company’s 30th anniversary tour; and a showcase featuring more than 45 dancers from across the Winona area.

In addition to performances at the Page Theatre, the festival includes over a dozen master classes, talks, and workshops with festival artists and regional dance faculty. Festival passes, performance tickets, and individual event registration are available now at http://www.driftlessdance.org.

Page Theatre | 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987
Theresa Remick- tickets@smumn.edu, (507) 457-1715

Mini-Narnia: The Ballet is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s adaptation of the classic story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and is performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production.

Performances are at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday, March 28.

Our 2:00pm performance is a sensory-friendly show suitable for children and families with autism and sensory-processing disorders.

What makes this a sensory-friendly show?
-House lights remain on
-Doors remain open for exiting theater as needed
-Use of tablets/smartphones allowed (no videos or photos of performance)
-Designated “Quiet Zone” available throughout performance
-Meet and greet with performers before the show to familiarize audience members with the characters
-Recorded music to control volume
-No flashing lights, stage fog/smoke, or sudden sounds

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Avenue Lakeville MN 55044
Rick Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBallet.org, (952) 898-3163


Dance with Ballet Royale this summer!

Master teachers join our renowned faculty and artistic directors Denise and Rick Vogt to provide incomparable summer experiences in a structured and focused setting.

- June 8-26: "Spring into Summer" intensive, featuring Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training regimen. NO audition required. Intermediate/advanced to professional.
- June 15-19: Male Dancer Intensive. Ages ten through professional. Multiple levels.
- July 6-24: July Summer Intensive. Ages eight through professional, featuring a rigorous professional training, a student showcase, and an outing and performance at Valley Fair! AUDITION REQUIRED for the Upper Division.
- August 10-21: Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop. Ages ten and older. Designed to benefit all dancers with a focus on classical variations, artistry, quality, and technique. AUDITION REQUIRED.
- Weekly evening classes, July 6-August 13.

Plus much more! Audition in person April 5 or by video by April 26.

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

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.

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 at the Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater, March 4 and April 1.
Check out the other offerings of Improvisation Sundays at https://www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.

March 8 and 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 parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class held in sessions for parents and their young dancer.
Saturdays, June 13–July 25, 2020

PRE-BALLET for ages four through six.
A 45-minute class held once a week that introduces young dancers to ballet positions, textures of movement, expression, and musicality.
Saturdays, June 13–July 25, 2020

ANIMAL JAM CAMP for ages four through seven.
Embody all your favorite animals this summer! Learn ballet and dance steps named after the entire animal kingdom.
June 15–June 19, 2020

FAMILY DANCE EXCURSION for ages four through seven.
Friday, June 19 from 12:30pm–2:30pm

SUPERHERO CAMP for ages four through seven.
Build your superhero cape and dance your way through our obstacle course!
July 6–10, 2020

SPACE DANCE CAMP for ages four through seven.
Learn about planets, stars, and all that’s in between through dancing and movement!
August 3-7, 2020

Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

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

Ages seven through ten.
A ballet workshop geared towards young dancers interested in studying ballet and dance more in depth during the summer. A 90-minute ballet class followed by a class of a different dance genre such as modern, character, and musical theatre. Dancers will focus on positions, proper alignment, and musicality. Dancers from this class may matriculate into the Pre-Professional Program in Fall 2020. This Laboratory is ideal for BCL Level 1 students.

June Session:
June 16, 18, 23, and 25
Tuesdays and Thursdays

July Session:
July 21, 23, 28, and 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays

Teaching Artist: Anna Roehr and Guest Teaching Artists

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

Classes with Generating Room artist Laura Levinson:
Gut, Bones, Ground: (Re)Connecting to plant magic and the lower body

Tuesdays, March 5 and 12
$5-$15, sliding scale donation*.

*This class is open to all who are curious. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

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

ACE (CEP116071 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9475 (16.0))

Friday: 3:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

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

Build the body from the inside out with Anatomy in Three Dimensions™. Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the origin, insertion, and action of the major muscles of movement by building them yourself on a specially designed skeleton. There is no better way to learn anatomy! Learn how muscles move by experiencing each muscle group in action and relating these exercises to functional movement. This course covers the body from the knees through the shoulders. The lower leg and arm are covered in additional courses.

Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy

Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

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, 3:00-5:00pm
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- TheOpenSpace207@gmail.com

Enjoy a master class for intermediate to advanced ballet studets with Peter Davision, choreographer of Ballet Co.Laboratory’s upcoming performance, An American in Paris. The class will take place at Ballet Co.Laboratory’s studios.

Tuesday, February 25
Drop-in fee of $17, class cards accepted.

Read more about Peter Davison and pre-register on our website: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/teen-and-adult-dropin-program.

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

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 moving 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.

Classes are held on Sundays, 11:00am-12:00pm. This six-week session will culminate with an in-studio showcase for families. We would love for you to come dance with us!

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.

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

Barbara’s make-up Klein Technique™ week
March 6-8, 2020

Stretch and Placement classes
Friday, March 6
Sunday, March 8
A daily practice of Klein Technique™. Drop-ins welcome. $20-25 sliding scale per class.

Special Three-Hour Stretch and Placement class
Saturday, March 7
More focused, individual attention and detail.
$55-70, day-of drop-in. RSVP is helpful, but not required
LEAP YEAR SPECIAL: register by February 29 via Paypal and the three-hour class is $45!

To pre-register:
Go to Paypal and choose "send to family and friends." Enter groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com. Please email Jennifer Arave at groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com if you have any trouble with the payment or need help or more information.

Zero Balancing one-hour bodywork sessions are happening during Barbara's visit! See the post in this newsletter under "Services and Special Offers"! Eight appointments left.

Water Bar and Public Studio | 2518 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Arave- groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com, (612) 432-1512

Enjoy a class and excerpt of Trockadero repertoire taught by Ballet Master of Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Raffaele Morra. Dancers will learn excerpts of classical repertoire; as performed by the world’s great ballet companies and compared to the Trocks’ satirical version.

Tuesday, March 10

Please pre-register. 25 student maximum. Class will be held at Ballet Co.Laboratory Studios and is in partnership with the Ordway. Read more about Raffaele Morra and pre-register on our website: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/teen-and-adult-dropin-program.

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

March 14-15, 2020
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

Ballet Repertoire
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

Long-time Zenon jazz dance teacher and emerging force in jazz improvisation for performance, Erinn Liebhard is excited to work with long-time collaborator and trumpeter Bob DeBoer to share this new workshop that brings together dancers and musicians to explore improvising with each other in a jazz way. This two-hour experience is focused on skill-building for dancers and musicians who are interested in being musically-responsive in the moment. We'll warm up together, spend time exploring different jazz improvisation tools, and we'll finish with a jam.

In addition to a great experience, this workshop (taking place during Zenon's Workshop Week between their Winter and Spring sessions) is an opportunity to meet and network with artists new to you. Passing along word to dancer and musician friends you think would be interested is encouraged!
As a way to welcome new musicians into our dance community, their ticket to admission is simply having their instrument in tow.

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

This class will use discussion and experiential exercises to introduce Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Join us to learn about a psychotherapy that uses movement, dance, creativity and body awareness to promote change, growth, and wellness. A non-verbal multicultural perspective will be emphasized throughout the course. Approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, for Alternate Route R-DMT credit.

DMT is a systemic body-mind approach integrating movement and embodied awareness with verbal expressions to facilitate psychological goals. Movement and body patterns provide a basis for clinical assessment and guide psychotherapeutic interventions. DMT is rooted in ancient wisdom and became a field in the 1960’s in the US. It is currently recognized and practiced throughout the world.

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; WoS
Paul Sevett MA, BC-DMT, LICSW

Mend Therapy | 314 Clifton Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Near Loring Park.

Barbara Nordstrom-loeb/Embodying Psychotherapy- fbenordstrom-loeb@gmail.com, (612) 916-1829

Butoh is a contemporary Japanese performance art form that began in the late 1950's. Originally started as an anti-establishment, anti-traditional dance theater, butoh explores the relationship between our mind and body, and it questions society's perceptions of the body and ideas of "beauty." Though it is considered an underground art form, butoh is practiced all over the world.

This one-day workshop is for people who want to experience Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “Resonance,” beyond idea or concept. It can only be felt and experienced.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!

Thursday, March 26: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Tuition: $25

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

MDT's biannual Open Division Open House includes free ballet class for adults, discounted class cards, and an MDT company showing. Open Division classes are open to adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

Saturday, March 28
8:30am–12:30pm: Discount class cards available in the sixth floor lobby
9:00am–10:20am: FREE Beginning-Intermediate Ballet in Studio 6A
10:25am–10:35am: MDT company showing in Studio 6A
10:40am–Noon: FREE Advanced Ballet in Studio 6A

Sunday, March 29
11:00am–1:30pm: Discount class cards available in sixth floor lobby
11:15am–1:15pm: FREE Intermediate-Advanced Ballet with Pointe in Studio 6A
11:30am–1:00pm: FREE Beginning Ballet in Studio 6B

Get ten percent off MDT class cards from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. MDT class cards have no expiration date. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card transactions.

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

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:
Spring Term: April 2, 9, 16; May 7, 21, 28; June 4, 11

Tuition: $135

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

Learn the basics of ballet alongside other adults and teens, ages sixteen and up.
Fundamentals I is a basic introduction for the absolute beginner. Fundamentals II is slightly more advanced and can be taken repeatedly until ready to progress to the beginning level open classes.

Fundamentals I with Hassan Ingraham
Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30pm
Spring Session: April 7–June 23

Fundamentals II with Zachary Tuazon
Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm
Fall Session: April 9–June 25

Register here: https://bit.ly/2vTAmpc

Each course includes twelve classes and costs $160. Receive a $10 discount when you register at least two weeks in advance.

Other upcoming sessions:
Summer Session: 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

The Division of Dance and Teatro Palo Alto at Palo Alto College invites the international community of dancers and scholars to our first annual dance festival, Decolonizing Dance: Celebrating Bodies of Color, centering artists who live and work on the margins of dance and movement, April 30-May 2, 2020.
Guest Artist and Scholar: Ana Sánchez-Colberg
Keynote Speaker: Preethi Athreya

This festival is a collaborative effort between Palo Alto College's Teatro Palo Alto under the direction of Hector Garza, and the international entity FARO (facilitating artistic research and ontologies). Because our goal is primarily one of inclusion and providing safe space, there is no cost or charge for participation or attendance to any workshops, talks, or presentations. There will be a ticket fee for attendees to the closing concert, DANZA.20 on the evening of May 2.

Teatro Palo Alto Performing Arts Center at Palo Alto College | 1400 W Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78224
Amber Ortega- pac-danza@alamo.edu, (210) 486-3239


Katha Dance Theatre (KDT), a classical Indian dance company based in the Twin Cities, seeks three male dancers to perform as guest artists in its upcoming performances of Black Candle (May 2020 at the Cowles Center) and Shaamya - Of Equality (October 2020 at the Park Square Theatre). Led by Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi, KDT features some of Kathak's greatest performers and tirelessly works to make the art form relevant and accessible.

The ideal dancer will have a background in tap, since Kathak dance features complex rhythmic components as well as lyrical movement. It is traditionally performed in bare feet. This position is open to dancers of all ages and racial and cultural backgrounds. Rehearsals for Black Candle, which depicts South Asian women's strength in the face of oppression, begin in early spring.

This is a paid position. To apply, please submit a resume and short video recording exemplifying your dance ability to info@kathadance.org. Deadline: February 28.

5806 W 36th St, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Ray Terrill Dance Group is currently mobilizing for presenting the nineteenth annual Dances at the Lake Festival, occurring at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in Minneapolis.

The two FREE concerts will be presented June 26-27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Professional individual dance artists, adult, and youth companies are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Include: a link to website, or artist bio, brief description of planned dance (maximum seven minutes), number of dancers involved. This is a family-friendly event. Keep in mind this is an outdoor public performance performed on grass. Reply via email to raymond.d.terrill@msn.com.

Information about the Dances at the Lake Festival is available at http://www.dancesatthelakefestival.com.

Lake Harriet Rose Garden | 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Raymond Terrill- raymond.d.terrill@msn.com, (612) 275-5602

Choreographer Alexandra Bodnarchuk is looking for dancers over the age of 30 for a dance film.

Interested dancers should fill out the Google Form by March 1 at 11:59pm:

Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person audition.
This is a paid position.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk- alexandrabodnarchuk@gmail.com

In our 30th anniversary year, Allegro School of Dance and Music (ASDM) continues to grow!

Allegro faculty is comprised of positive, qualified and committed professionals who love to share the performing arts with students in our community.

We are currently seeking:
*Dance Instructors for all levels, ages, and genres
*Music Faculty
*Sales Representatives

Allegro School of Dance and Music, Rochester MN
Melanie Johnson- melanie@allegrodancemusic.com, (507) 288-0125

At Ballet Co.Laboratory, we believe in individualized training for every dancer. Our well-balanced programs give dancers the opportunity to strengthen their classical ballet technique while expanding their repertoire of different dance styles with guest and Ballet Co.Laboratory teaching artists.

Sunday, March 15
Ages ten through fourteen, with no or one year of pointe experience: Studio Two
Ages fourteen through 20, with two or more years of pointe experience: Studio One

Registration starts 30 minutes prior to audition classes.
Pre-registration is encouraged: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/dancewithus.

Trainee Program
Advanced level students ages fifteen through nineteen have the opportunity to study alongside the company as Trainees. Trainees are Level 5 students who also study during the day three times a week in company class and rehearsal.

Placement results will be communicated via email within a week of the classes.
Scholarship recipients will be notified via email with their placement results.

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

Twin Cities Ballet is holding company auditions for our 2020-2021 season on March 29. TCB is an innovative professional ballet company that is reigniting passion for ballet through original high-quality performances.

The audition is open to non-Ballet Royale dancers interested in:
Company: Soloist and Principal level, competitive salaried position, 34-week season.
Apprentice: Unpaid Apprentice positions for dancers eighteen and older seeking performance opportunities, training, and artistic development.
Trainees: High school-age trainees, for those who wish to receive the finest training available and perform with a professional company.

Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Registration: 9:30am
Audition: 10:00am
Please bring a copy of your CV, headshot, and a first position arabesque (women en pointe) at the time of registration.
No audition fee for professional and apprentice dancers. Dancers interested in trainee positions, please bring a $25 audition fee; cash or check only.

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

Threads Dance Project is seeking an ethnically diverse group of dancers ages 21 and older, both men and women. Rehearsals begin on August 3, 2020. This is an opportunity to perform in a new Ordway Theater commission next November, as well as other events. Threads is seeking versatile dancers that are quick learners and are fluent in a variety of dance forms.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Registration and warm up time: 9:00am-9:30am
Audition: 9:30am-11:30am
Located at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, offering free parking.

Dancers must bring a headshot and resume.

For more information, contact Karen Christ Aalgaard.

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts | 1617 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Karen Christ Aalgaard- kchrist@threadsdance.org

Straightline Dance Fitness offers recreational dance classes for children. In a supportive and nonjudgmental environment, we explore our physical abilities and learn how to use movement to nourish our brains, bodies, and souls.
We are starting to plan our spring and summer kids' classes and are looking to add some new teachers to our staff.
We are also looking to expand our formats offered so any format is welcome!

Current class times available are:
Saturday, 9:00AM: Dance Imagination - creative movement for three to five years.
Saturday, 10:-00AM: Storybook Ballet - beginning ballet for five to eight years.
Possible weekday and weeknight classes.
Spring session starts April 6, 2020.

Teaching positions for summer camps are open as well.

If you have experience teaching and love working with kids we want to hear from you!

Send your resume and references to the email below and fill out our application at: https://forms.gle/Jz6LD3LiemYG8VXy8

We will contact for an interview.

Gretchen Bierbaum- Straightlinedancefitness@gmail.com, (612) 385-4218

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.

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 is now open.

The final deadline is: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 3:00pm 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 a free online webinar about the application materials and process, March 16 at 6:00pm.
See separate posting in this newsletter with instructions on how to register for this session.

For guidelines and more information:

McKnight Fellowships for Dancers

McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers

For more information:


McKnight Fellowships for Dance and for Choreographers will hold one more webinar for all interested applicants.

Monday, March 16, 6:00pm–7:00pm

This free session, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs and Associate Dana Kassel, 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 a detailed video about the online application process:



The Off-Leash Art Box is a professionally equipped, fully flexible intimate performance and rehearsal venue with sprung wood floors and full lighting, sound, and video equipment. The space is perfect for classes, workshops, productions, events, meetings, photoshoots, and rehearsals!

We currently have space available for rehearsals and for full-length productions in the summer and fall. Those who book the space for a production receive discounted rates on rehearsals.

- $1200/week, exclusive use
- $500/day (weekend)
- $20/hour for classes or rehearsals
- $15/hour if you book 20 hours or more

- $15/hour for classes or rehearsals
- $12/hour if you book 20 hours or more

More detailed information is available on our website. Please contact Jennifer Ilse at artbox@offleasharea.org for booking.

4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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 E Lafayette 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

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

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, no dance socials, and 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 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.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

The Cowles Center has several studio spaces available for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and mirrors and can be rented during building hours (Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-10:00pm, and Sundays, 11:00am-9:00pm).


Independent artists and collectives
Rehearsals, photo shoots: $12
Classes, auditions: $17

Non-profit or fiscally sponsored dance companies and organizations
Rehearsals, photo shoots: $15
Classes, auditions: $20

For-profit companies and organizations
Rehearsals, photo shoots: $25
Classes, auditions: $35

All reservations are managed through The Cowles Center Booking Calendar. After filling out a one-time renter 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.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Want to discuss opportunities for individual dance artists? Need to understand press kits for your next show? Trying to revise your teaching artist curriculum? Don’t know where to start with individual donations?

Free 30-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s administrative staff. Participants can sign up to connect with marketing on tips to promote a show, or touch base with the education and community engagement staff about outreach opportunities and career development.

Occurs every second Wednesday of the month, 9:00am-5:00pm at The Cowles Center main office, Suite 200.

Registration required: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/community-engagement/open-office-hours

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

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-Rodriguez- abdo.sayegh@tudance.org, (612) 367-6681

Zero Balancing
One-hour session are happening during Barbara's visit, so if you felt like you really missed-out the last time, please email or text me and schedule your appointment now!
This is your chance! $70-$100 for a one-hour session.

Appointments available:

Thursday, March 5: 6:50pm

Friday, March 6: 3:40pm, 4:50pm, 7:00pm, and 8:10pm

Saturday, March 7: 4:50pm, 7:10pm, and 8:20pm

You will be emailed location details after reserving your appointment. Location is in South Minneapolis.

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


Erin Thompson teaches advanced level contemporary/modern dance classes at Zenon. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground in locomotion.

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
with Dean Magraw on guitar!

Zenon Dance School in The Cowles Center | Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Thompson- thomp065@umn.edu, (612) 221-3186

Katha Dance Theatre was founded over 30 years ago with the intention of making Kathak dance accessible and relevant in Minnesota. Today, we are still working toward that mission through providing Minnesotans with Kathak dance education from some of the art form's greatest performers. Now in two locations, KDT offers world-class educational programs to dancers of all abilities and skill levels.

We are excited to announce a brand new class for Kathak beginners of all ages! Join us at our St. Louis Park studio on Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

New students: your first class is free! This is a commitment-free opportunity to try out a beautiful, exhilarating dance form at no cost to you.

The full schedule, featuring options for absolute beginners to advanced Kathak dancers ages six and above, is available at http://www.kathadance.org. If you have Kathak experience but are new to KDT, email us at info@kathadance.org to determine your class placement.

5806 W 36th St, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/preprofessional-program-2019

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.

Saturdays, September 2019–May 2020
2:30-3:30pm, following Level 3 Technique, 1:30-2:30pm

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 E Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
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 has started. Registration is ongoing at our PIM location.
Keep an eye out for our summer schedule, coming soon!

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.

9:30-11:00am: Beginning Adult Ballet at PIM. Instructor: Angela Ericson.
10:40-11:55am: Beginning Adult Ballet with Floor Barre at EHS. Instructor: Sally Rouse.
5:30pm-7:00pm: Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at PIM. Instructor: Lara Ciganko.
6:00pm-7:30pm: Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at PIM. Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

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 has started. The eight-week Spring Session II at our PIM location starts March 9. Enrollment is always open.

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

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

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

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:http://www.tudance.org/openschedule/
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 GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing system of exercise and corresponding breathing patterns that shares concepts with ballet, modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Build greater strength and flexibility throughout an increased range of motion. Excellent cross-training, or as a standalone workout.

Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Monday, 10:30-11:30am
Friday, 10:30-11:30am
Through March 1, 2020.
Dance Apt 1 | 2518 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Park on 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
Through February 26, 2020.
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. Call or text 651-998-2357 so I can let you in!

Please arrive a few minutes early.
Class fee $10-20, cash or check.
RSVP is helpful but not necessary!
Want to influence the schedule? Take this short survey: https://tinyurl.com/uhtkjob

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

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


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 suggested donation.

Everyone welcome!

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- TheOpenSpace207@gmail.com

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

#GetYourAsstoClass for Friday Morning Jazz at Zenon—this week with Erinn Liebhard! Erinn's classes always offer a complete warm-up, complex across the floors, and musically-driven combinations, so come get your groove on. This week's class will focus on the idea of groundedness, culminating in a combination to the liquid sounds of the Christian McBride Trio's rendition of jazz standard "East of the Sun, West of the Moon."

Open-level. Drop-ins encouraged. Jazz amnesty (i.e. the belief that it never matters how long it's been since you've been to a dance class) in force!
To follow the goings-on of this class, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fridaymorningjazzclass/

Can't wait to groove with you!

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

This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills, and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.

The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.

February 24: Facilitated warm-up and jam
6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.
$10-20 suggested.

All are welcome!

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- TheOpenSpace207@gmail.com

Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with contemporary 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 with Kealoha Ferreira: Saturday, 9:00am-10:00am.
February 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Introduction to Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: Friday, 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Febraury 28; March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Advanced Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: Tuesday, 9:30am-11:00am.
February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26.

Learn about Yorchhā, our contemporary movement technique, with text and video explanation: http://www.ananyadancetheatre.org/philosophy/yorchha/

Ananya Dance Theatre | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104


Give Ear is part of Cowles Center's Merges in March program. Berit and Nathan have been inspired by the theme of listening for this piece. Though a wide ranging subject, we've found that investigating what it means to listen or not listen, how we listen, what does it feel like to listen, what happens if we listen more, has not only prompted unique work, but also been an important respite from the cacophony that we are currently living in. We hope it will be the same for our audience; an evening to sit peacefully together and take in movement, music, language and maybe even some quiet.

Berit and Nathan are individual artists, not an established non-profit. We're starting from scratch and need to raise some funds. Plus, we've put together a wonderful group of performers - Christian Warner, Mirabai Miller, Joey Weaver, Randy Reyes, Jordan Lovestrand, JuCoby Johnson, Isaiah Langowski, Leslie O'Neill and our lighting designer Jesse Cogswell, who we would love to pay well for their talents.

Berit Ahlgren- bcahglren@gmail.com, (651) 233-0217

The Right Here Showcase continues supporting and highlighting the area's most original creators of original performance work, with this year's line-up including new works by:

Benjamin Domask-Ruh - physical theater artist
Jesse Neuamann Peterson - dancer, choreographer, and visual artist
Sam Johnson - performance maker
Davu Seru - musician and improvisor

Keep in touch early by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram, and at the website: http://www.righthereshowcase.org.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
paul herwig- paulola@icloud.com, (612) 724-7372

Join ARENA DANCES for one week of movement classes and creative process taught by founder and artistic director Mathew Janczewski and company member Dustin Haug. Targeted for the high-intermediate to advanced level dancer, participating artists will research their process of dancing from their instincts with imagination, physical idiosyncrasies, and kinetic responses. With a combination of technique classes, improvisational labs, and choreographic rehearsals, the week will culminate in an informal showing for friends, family, and the community.

June 15-20
10:00AM-2:00PM with a short lunch break.
Registration to open shortly.
For more information check out our website at http://www.arena-dances.org.