Greetings DanceMN Community:

We of the DanceMN Steering Committee wish to express our intention to bring more dance writing to our readership. To this end, we hereby launch Sightings and Writings, a compilation of suggested articles brought forward by the Committee. Look for this approximately every six weeks, as we aim to gather new articles each time we meet. This is just a beginning!

In addition to this announcement we wish to sincerely thank Dana Kassel for her many years of service and institutional knowledge. We welcome new members Karen Charles and Julian Hines!

The DanceMN Steering Committee: Penelope Freeh, Judith Brin Ingber, Jim Lieberthal, Deneane Richburg, Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez, and Anat Shinar

Sightings and Writings

http://thinkingdance.net#98C84C - ThinkingDance.Net News

http://wendyperron.com/best-new-dance-books-of-2016/ - Best Dance Books of 2016 by Wendy Perron

https://www.danceusa.org/ejournal/2017/09/29/jobs-matter - "Jobs That Matter" by Karen K. Bradley

http://temporaryartreview.com/can-you-make-your-own-mfa/ - "Can You Make Your Own MFA?" by Shannon Stratton

https://movementresearch.org/publications/critical-correspondence/strong... - "Strong and Wrong: On Ignorance and Modes of White Spectatorship in Dance Criticism" by Charmian Wells

http://www.dancemagazine.com/women-who-could-lead-nycb-2515796005.html - "#JustDreaming About The Women Who Could Lead New York City Ballet" by Wendy Perron

Non Edwards- news@dancemn.org


Laura Holway’s 12,828 Days in This Body pairs screenprints with a movement duet in an examination of the body as an archive, the imprints of nature and nurture, and the shifts of memory. Performed with Erika Hansen, the piece is being presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts as part of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship exhibit.

The exhibit also includes works by Julie Reneé Benda, Daniel Holland, Bethany Lacktorin, Emmett Ramstad, and Sagirah Shahid.

Performances are free, and last approximately fifteen minutes. No reservation needed.

Performances will take place:

Friday, December 15 at 12:30pm
Saturday, December 16 at 2:00pm

Find more information on our website: http://www.smallartmn.org.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts | 1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Laura Holway- SmallArtMN@gmail.com

Ballet Minnesota adds extra excitement to their 30th anniversary performances The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy, with highly lauded guest stars Dusty Button performing the signature role of Sugar Plum Fairy and Rasta Thomas (Bad Boys of Dance) as the Cavalier. These two headline-making dancers raise the ante on a holiday classic with their incredible talent and raw energy.

Performances take place December 15-17, 2017, on the campus of St. Catherine University. Ticket prices range from $21 to $46 with discounts for seniors, students, active military and groups. To purchase tickets, visit http://oshag.stkate.edu/events/category/series/the-classic-nutcracker-2017/, or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700.

Ballet Minnesota’s magical stage production brings the Nutcracker story to life with flying sparks in the sword battle, snowflakes drifting to the stage in the Land of Snow, a grandfather clock that grows in size, and exquisite, detailed hand-made costuming.

Susan Ritt- susan@cwcommunications.info, (651) 335-1834

Join The Cowles Center and James Sewell Ballet as we ring in the holidays with Myron Johnson’s irreverent and inventive classic Nutcracker (not so) Suite.

Set in 1960s New York City, young Marie and her socialite mother, Mama Flo, throw the swankiest soiree in town. With appearances by Barbie, Ken, and a host of colorful characters, Nutcracker (not so) Suite is this season’s spiciest take on The Land of Sweets.

Starring Bradley Greenwald as Mama Flo!

Feeling adventurous? For a slightly racier version of the show, attend one of our Naughty Nutcracker performances on December 22, December 28, and December 30!

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson- aerickson@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3630

Join the School of St. Paul Ballet and the East Metro Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00pm for music and dancing. The performance will feature festive holiday music plus excerpts from the ballet Clara’s Dream, set to music from from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

East Ridge High School | 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN
Laura Greenwell- lgreenwell@spballet.orgl, (651) 690-1588

Public forum: Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Dance/Theater Community
An overview of the professional and personal aspects of sexual harassment and discrimination federal and state laws, suggestions for trainings, policies, and self-care; followed by an open discussion.

Caroline Palmer, MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Freelance Arts Writer
Monday, December 18 - 4pm to 6pm
Target Education Studio, second floor of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

All are welcome.

Sally Rousse- sallyrousse@gmail.com

The carnival is rolling back into town!

M-SHE Productions Dance Company and students from all over Minnesota are coming together for two theatrical Victorian carnival dance performances of L'Heure De Minuit.

There will be: live original music, whimsical dancing of a variety of styles, side show acts, carnival games with a twist and, of course, prizes, carnival food, and the smell of sweet fun!

Parker and Maggie are excited to bring their fantasy world to you for two nights at the fabulous Minnsky Theatre on Saturday, January 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 14 at 12:30pm.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in masquerade ball attire and masks. Let's bring in the new year with a bang! Kids of all ages and adults still young at heart grab your best friend and your granny too. It is coming and we promise that you don't want to miss out. Be careful you might be lured into the carnival!

Minnsky Theatre | 1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413


We invite you to St. Paul Ballet’s “Parent and Me” dance class, for our young dancers ages two and half to four years old and their parents!

Saturdays: 8:45 - 9:30 am

Session 2: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Keep on top of your ballet skills over the winter break, join Ballet Royale drop-in ballet classes!

For intermediate through professional. Adults and Ballet Royale advanced youth Levels I, II, and higher are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and advanced students or professionals from anywhere are also welcomed.

$5 cash for each class. Payment due at the beginning of class.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Emma Marlar will lead one more class in the December series of Pivotal Moment. Classes in this series will be process- and exploration-based within the contemporary dance genre, with an emphasis on the need to move and sweat together. Learn material and develop your own improvisational scores!

Classes | December 18
9:30-11:30 AM
Cowles Center second floor, Target Education Studio

FREE TO ATTEND! Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/uIdxUqpnagtQr8e43

Classes are geared toward university dance students and graduates as well as young professionals who are new to the Twin Cities and pursuing a professional career in dance. Pivotal Moment is designed to provide accessible space for artists to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Elyse Chambers- echambers@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3643

Come observe a class, bring your family and friends, and register at the Young Dancer Open House!
December 20, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
For ages two and a half through eight years old.

Classes include Parent & Me, Introduction to Ballet - drop-in, Boy’s Club, Creative Movement classes for ages four through six, Beginning Ballet, and Level 1.
Second semester classes begin January 3, 2018.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell- lgreenwell@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Join Crash Dance Productions for four days of contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and repertory. Participants will work alongside the company to learn pieces from Crash’s repertory, culminating in a showing for friends and family at the JSB TEK BOX.

We are pleased to offer intermediate, advanced, and pre-professional levels. Intermediate is recommended for youth dancers, or anyone with limited dance experience. Advanced is recommended for preteen and teen dancers, or any dancer with previous dance training. Pre-professional is recommended for teens and adults, or any dancer with a strong contemporary dance background. Contact us with questions about these levels.

Pre-professional dancers interested in taking class only (without participating in the showing) can drop-in on a daily basis. Drop-ins can per-register online or pay at the door.

JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55403

Minnesota Dance Theatre offers ballet classes for absolute beginners, ages sixteen and older. The twelve-week winter session begins January 2 and continues through March 22.

Three options:

• Tuesdays at 7pm - $160

• Thursdays at 7pm - $160

• Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm - $320

Register by December 19 for a discount!
Registration: http://bit.ly/2vTAmpc

Zachary Tuazon, the teacher for Ballet Fundamentals, has been an MDT company dancer and faculty member since 2015. He received his BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and also received training from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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

Trapeze Table/Cadillac
with Cari Riis Stemmler and Ginny Massie

Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac 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. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety, and maintenance.

Friday, January 5, 2018 to Sunday, January 7, 2018
Friday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Class Fee: $499.00 until December 14. $549.00 regular.
Materials fee: $80

Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Ginny Massie, ginny@paragonpilatespt.com or Cari Riis Stemmler- cari@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Try belly dancing for FREE! Sunday, January 7, 12:00–2:45pm.
3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, next to the police station.

Join us for free mini-classes and light refreshments. Beginner classes at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm. Classes open to new and current students.

The school offers seventeen classes each week for students ranging from two left feet to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All levels, shapes, and sizes welcome!

Visit our website for more information.

Contact Jenny Piper, General Manager, if you have any questions.

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

Enhance your dance technique with Pilates mat classes!

Eight Thursdays, January 18 - March 8

8:15 - 9:15am in Studio 6C

Instructor: Kari Schire

Cost: $80

Register by January 4 for a discount!

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

Kari Schire is a Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Her classes focus on core strength, proper alignment, and moving more efficiently. As a professional dancer, she also focuses on creating harmony for the body's natural imbalances.

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


Alternative Motion Project seeks a costumer designer to design and construct costumes for it's seventh season performance March 23-25 at The LAB Theater.

Experience working with dancers is preferred and candidates must be able to complete the task in a timely manner on a resourceful budget. Stipend provided. Please send work samples, resume, and price quote to: alternativemotionproject@gmail.com.


We are hiring dance teachers to teach competition, technique, and recreational dance classes. We are also adding dance teachers to our substitute list.

We have current openings for dance teachers with jazz, jazz technique, acrobatics, contemporary, and hip hop experience. Please email or call for more information.

Thank you!

VELOCITY Dance and Theater | 1250 Park Rd, Chanhassen, MN
Lucy Morrissey- velocitydanceandtheater@yahoo.com, (612) 743-6106

The Cowles Center invites Minnesota-based artists or organizations to submit proposals for engagement and community events that bring a unique perspective, discussion, and/or education opportunity to the Minnesota arts community. Selected artists and organizations will work with Cowles Center staff to produce an event rooted in dance that serves a specified community and provides access to quality arts experiences. Proposal applications opened on November 1, 2017, with two to three artist selections in January 2018.

Who is eligible:
Pre-emerging, emerging, and established artists of any medium, dance companies, community arts organizations.

Fill out the proposal form: https://goo.gl/forms/a10wFB3rqmksl6Yo1

Jessi Fett- jfett@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3640

Zenon Dance Company is seeking one full-time male junior company member, one male apprentice, and one female apprentice. Applicants must have advanced training in modern, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation as well as performance experience.

Audition: December 17 at 5:00pm OR January 7 at 1:00pm
Location: Zenon Dance Company, Studio 4A

Studios will be open one hour prior to audition for warm-up.
Please bring resume and headshot.

Zenon offers a yearly contract of 28-34 weeks, free professional classes held at Zenon, and teaching opportunities. The yearly schedule consists of fall and spring concert seasons, four to eight weeks of educational and performing residencies, and local, national, and international touring opportunities. Contracts for January 2018 through June 2018 will be offered.

Email: Artistic Director, Linda Andrews - linda@zenondance.org
Phone: Managing Director, Jane Raine - 612.338.1101

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jane Raine- jane@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Zenon Dance Company is hosting an audition for our Zone Program.

Zone is an intensive program aimed at adults of all levels, ages, and dance backgrounds who are looking to deepen their dance experience. The program offers two tracks and new students are selected by a brief and relaxed audition.

Audition: January 6, 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm

To register to audition and for more information about the program, please visit: http://www.zenondance.org/zone

We hope to see you there!

Zenon Dance Company and School | 528 Hennepin Avenue #400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jane Raine- jane@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101


The Resistance Movement is offering studios to rent when requested and available.

The Resistance Movement has two beautiful studios with hardwood, sprung dance floors. Studio one is 800 square feet with full front and partial stage left mirrors lit by large windows. Studio two is 600 square feet with front and stage right mirrors along with sliding doors for privacy. Both studios have a surround sound feature, sprung floors, natural light and light dimming options.

The fitness boutique has secure free lockers, luxurious showers, water station, seating area and locker room for use.

The Resistance Movement is located in Lowertown Saint Paul off I-94/35. We are three blocks from the Green Line Union Depot stop! There is parking along the street, and parking is free on Sundays and weekdays before 8:00am.

The Resistance Movement | 205 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low- info@resistancemovementfitness.com, (651) 225-8878

The Resistance Movement Fitness is offering a Movement Exchange Program. This program is open to students, artists, dancers, and those who need a scalable way to take movement classes or rent studio space.

The Movement Exchange Program will require students to volunteer at the front desk, clean studios, or other small tasks in exchange for their choice of classes or studio rental. For every hour worked, the student will receive the equal amount of class time or studio rental.

Those who wish to inquire in The Movement Exchange Program must provide The Resistance Movement a proof of artistry work in the Twin Cities, proof of student status or another reason to be involved in our exchange program.

For further details, please email info@resistancemovementfitness.com and provide your name, why you want to take part in our exchange program, and whether you are a student, artist, dancer, or other.

The Resistance Movement | 205 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low- info@resistancemovementfitness.com, (651) 225-8878

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

Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

Visit our website at http://jawaahir.org/SpaceRental.htm for photos and more information.
Contact Jenny Piper, General Manager, for pricing and availability.

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

We are excited to be able to offer the Art Box stage to the Twin Cities performance community! Our performance space features wall-to-wall sprung wood floors and a full complement of lighting, sound, and video equipment. For more information on features and rental rates, visit our website: http://www.offleasharea.org/rentalscalendar.html.

4200 East 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio 1) and 21x46 feet (Studio 2) 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 and 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 Avenue, 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


bodyART® is a non-spiritual, fully-functional training system, specifically designed to augment and complement your dancing and flexibility training.

Created by Robert Steinbacher, the class follows a five-phase system that progresses fluidly through energy arrival, expansion, circulation, descent, and relaxation. The bodyART format is a fully integrated mind-body experience that incorporates elements of control/release technique, modern dance, strength conditioning, physical therapy exercises, and yin yang philosophy. You will leave this class fully energized and beautifully connected to your body and mind.

The Resistance Movement is the only studio in Minnesota to offer bodyART®. See what all the buzz is about...

The Resistance Movement is located in Lowertown Saint Paul off I-94/35. We are located three blocks from the Green Line - Union Depot stop, making it accessible for everyone to Join The Movement!

The Resistance Movement | 205 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Trisha Low- info@resistancemovementfitness.com, (651) 225-8878

Erin Thompson teaches advanced modern dance classes at Zenon this fall and winter, including December 28 and January 4. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground.

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

$15 per 90-minute class, $1 off for professionals; $140 for a ten-class card.

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

MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older. Preregistration is required where indicated.

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

Thursday, 6:30-7:00pm

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

Monday, 6:45-8:15pm, Pointe 8:15-8:45pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm

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

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Next Session: January 2 - March 22
Tuesday and/or Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

PILATES - Preregistration required
Next Session: January 18 - March 8
Thursday, 8:15-9:15am

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

Midwest School of Ballet is offering classes at two locations:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM): 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Edina Community Center (ECC): 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424.

Ballet Fundamentals I for ages three and four:
Saturdays, 9-9:45am (PIM)
Saturdays, 9:15-10am (ECC)
Thursdays, 5:15-6pm (PIM)

Ballet Fundamentals II for ages five and six:
Saturdays, 10-11am (ECC)
Thursdays, 6-7pm (PIM)

Ballet Fundamentals III for ages six through eight:
Saturdays, 10-11am (PIM)
Tuesdays, 5-6pm (PIM)

Ballet Level I for ages eight and older:
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Ballet Level II:
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Ballet Level III:
Mondays, 5:30-7pm (PIM)
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Mondays, 5:30-7pm (PIM)
Saturdays, 9:30-11am Beginning Adult Ballet (ECC)
Saturdays, 11:30-1pm Ballet for Teens and Athletes (ECC)

Mondays, 7-7:30pm/7-8pm (PIM)

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm (PIM)

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

Boy’s Club is an introduction to ballet, conditioning, flexibility, and technique particular to male dancers. Plenty of jumping and strength exercises. Boys in the class also have the opportunity to perform in the School of St. Paul Ballet's Spring Showcase in May 2018.

What to wear: white shirt, black shorts or tights, black ballet slippers.

Boy’s Club – Drop-in for Boys, ages seven through eleven
Begins January 6
1-2:00 pm, Saturdays
FREE to dance!

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell- lgreenwell@spballet.orgL, (651) 690-1588

Dance Expressions - ages four through six. Students explore their imaginations by moving their bodies through space. Saturdays, 8:45-9:30am.

Introduction to Ballet - ages seven through twelve. Students with little to no ballet experience. Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm.

Adult Fundamentals Ballet - ages thirteen and older. For the adult with no ballet experience! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.

Adult Beginning Ballet - ages sixteen and older. For the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had three or more months of classical ballet. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm and Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am.

Adult Life Long Ballet and Conditioning - ages eighteen and older. A gentle ballet class for dancers of all ages! Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am. Conditioning Class from 11:30-12pm.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Open Professional Classes:
Join us Monday-Friday from 10-11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers.
Teaching Artists: Laura Greenwell, Jeffrey Hankinson, Maureen Haworth, Deborah Nettell, and Barbara Weinstine.

Intermediate Open Classes:
St. Paul Ballet has teen and adult intermediate classes four days a week!
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm with Zoé Henrot
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm with Laura Daugherty, followed by Adult Pointe 8:30-9:00pm.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm with Anna Goodrich
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am with Deborah Nettell

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Dance is wonderful to increase flexibility, coordination, balance, and strength. We are thrilled to provide ballet classes geared specifically towards athletes through our drop-in program.

Ages fourteen and up.

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm | Teaching Artist: Antonio Lopez

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

We are still taking registrations for our Young Dancers Program at St. Paul Ballet for ages four through six. Learn the joy of movement with our Anne Green Gilbert BrainDance certified teach Mary Coats.

Music and Movement: Age five. One 45-minute lesson per week. Pick either Wednesday or Saturday for the semester. This is a class for five-year-olds.
Dance Fundamentals: Age six. One one-hour lesson per week. Pick either Wednesday or Saturday for the semester. This is a class for six-year-olds.

655 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN
Andrea Lane- alane@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Mathew Janczewski is teaching intermediate modern dance classes at Zenon. This class will be a study of how certain fundamentals of modern dance technique such as alignment, balance, centering, and momentum intersect with the experience of being embodied. Warm-up exercises will incorporate conditioning and somatic exploration. Guided improvisation will be used as a means of generating material and excavating content to feed our creative curiosity.

Intermediate Level 2 Modern
Saturdays: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost: $15 per 90-minute class; $140 for a ten-class card.

Photo by Aaron Warkov.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com

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, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Michel Kouakou, Blake Nellis, Abdo Sayegh and Erin Thompson.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/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 (free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center).

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

Ballet Royale Minnesota, official school and home of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, offers a wide variety of programs, providing classes from toddlers taking their first steps in our ground breaking Mommy and Me classes, teens stepping into a professional dance career, adults revisiting or practicing their first plies, to professionals wanting to augment their training.
Our unique offerings range from comprehensive training programs, including Progressing Ballet Technique, to customized plans and private coaching.

Ballet Royale offers:

- NEW tap program
- Pre-Ballet Creative Dance
- Mommy/Daddy and Me
- Youth, Adult and Teen Ballet
- Professional Trainee Division - a day program, by audition only.
- FREE Boys Program for ages five through nineteen.

Registration is ongoing and accepted throughout the year, including for upcoming winter/spring semester.
Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-term.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota’s FREE Boy's Program!

Unique in Minnesota, this is an innovative program designed specifically for boys that is both created and taught by male teachers. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Classes include:
- Boys Creative Dance Adventures
- Boys Dance
- Ballet for Boys I and II
- Boys Intermediate Ballet
- Boys Cross-Training Class

Ballet Royale’s Ballet for Boys classes are for students ages five to seventeen, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt.

Participants just need enthusiasm, commitment, and regular attendance.

Class registration is ongoing, JOIN TODAY!
Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-semester.

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Ballet Royale's Creative Dance 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. We will have fun being fairies and dragons, beating on drums, galloping like wild ponies, all in a fun, safe, nurturing environment.

Ballet Royale Creative Dance Classes:
- Mommy/Daddy & Me, ages toddler-three
- Creative Dance l, ages three-four
- Creative Dance ll, Completed Creative Dance l or five years old/new to Ballet Royale
- Creative Dance lll, Completed Creative Dance ll or six years old/new to Ballet Royale
- Preparation for Ballet Completed Creative Dance lll or seven years old/new to Ballet Royale
- Boys Creative Dance Adventures, ages five and six

Registration currently open for all classes, join today!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 6368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Join Leslie Parker for an experiment - a rigorous physical exploration of intersections between thought and movement, the real and the representational, the past and the future, freestyle and improvisation, flow and disruption.

Zenon Dance Company and School
Leslie Parker- lpdanse@gmail.com, (347) 777-4914

crash.dance.productions is a professional, contemporary dance company located in the Twin Cities. Company members work together to choreograph/train while sharing their passion for dance with the local community. Now in its thirteenth season, CDP upholds the vision of its founding members: the creation and performance of dance should be a shared experience between artists and viewers alike. CDP is hosting Sunday night open class for youth and adult dancers. The company seeks to share their enthusiasm for creation, collaboration, and the art of movement with other local dancers.

4:00 - 5:30 pm: Open company class
$10 cash, check, or card at the door; or pre-purchase a class pass at: http://www.crashdanceproductions.com/buy-classes

Straightline Dance Fitness | 34 13th Ave NE, Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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.

December 18: Music Jam at Cowles Center

Check Facebook page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178524169413/

Warm-up/jam: $10-20, jam $5, Underscore $5-10

All levels welcome!

Beautiful Studio | 2242 University Ave, St. Paul and The Cowles Center, Target Studio | 528 Hennepin Ave, Second floor, Minneapolis.
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892

Give yourself the gift of dance in the new year! Winter session begins on Monday, January 8, 2018 and will run for ten weeks, ending on Sunday, March 18.
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. Please remember to check “Today's Classes” on our website often to see if any class has been cancelled or has any notifications.

Beginning classes are only $160 for the ten-week session. Students get a $10 discount, PLUS, we have class cards that allow students to take unlimited classes in a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes. Go to http://www.cassandraschool.com for details and register TODAY!

Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next to the police station.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave So, in the Great Bear Center.

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

Join Young Dance for DANCE TOGETHER on Wednesdays and Fridays starting January 10!

Enjoy the joys of dancing together in a structured class. For children ages one to three years old with a caregiver (crawlers and walkers welcome).

Children and their caregivers discover the joys of dance through movement games, stories, and songs. These early classes introduce children to group learning environments, while using movement to develop strong bonds with their caregivers and cooperatively work with others in the class. Children also develop large and fine motor skills in classes that emphasize observation, exploration, manipulation, imitation, and repetition.

Wednesdays, 5:15 - 6:00 pm
Fridays, 10:15 - 11:00 am

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

This exciting full-bodied movement class, just for boys, explores a roller coaster ride of movement fun! Come swing, roll, jump, express, create, and sweat while learning the freedom and enjoyment of dance.
Ages seven to ten years old.

5:15 - 6:15 pm

Register at http://www.youngdance.org

Scholarships available. Try the first class free!

The mission of Young Dance is to transform lives through movement. Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance. The dance students and company collaborate with professional artists, forge meaningful community partnerships and push the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. Young Dance is an inclusive, artistic community where creativity flourishes and all are encouraged to aspire to artistic professionalism.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064


National Choreography Month - or NACHMO for short - is your choreographic kick in the pants!

NACHMO is an annual challenge that spurs dancers, choreographers, and movement enthusiasts to choreograph by providing a month-long deadline in January and a community of peers. Our mission is to build a strong, active community of dance makers.

NACHMO is a national organization, and this will be the first year that NACHMO has a home in the Twin Cities. It doesn't cost anything to register with the national organization at http://www.nachmo.org or to join the community and the dance making!

If you're interested in a little more and want an opportunity to show your new work, we will have an informal showcase on Wednesday, February 7, actual time TBD. Each piece submitted will require a $10 production fee to cover some of the cost of the space.

If you are interested in participating or getting involved, you can contact Regional Director Sydney and/or like our Facebook page!