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Dear Minnesota Dance Community,

DanceMN grieves the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castille, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and the growing list of Black and Brown people at the hands of police. We stand in solidarity for the fight for justice with our BIPOC communities and are committed to working to end systemic racism.

As a repository for the dance community, resources will be included in DanceMN newsletters moving forward. We encourage our readers to submit as well. We hope that this will help disseminate important information, allowing us all to support, lean on, and push each other to take action.

Black Lives Matter.

DanceMN’s Steering Committee,
Penelope Freeh, Joanne Gordon, Jim Lieberthal, Kaya Lovestrand, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Abdo Sayegh, and Anat Shinar

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- news@dancemn.org

WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES

The Young Dance Summer 2020 schedule and registration is available—revised and reimagined for quality and safety.

Whether you are starting your dance journey, exploring Young Dance for the first time, or using the summer to expand your dance skills and practice, we have something for you!

Joys of Dancing Together: ages one to three with a caretaker.

Creative Movement One: ages three to five.

Creative Movement Two: ages five to seven.

Dance a Story—Creative Movement and Storytelling Camp: ages three to six.

Create! Dance and Photography Camp: ages eight to twelve.

Dance Pass to Explore: a variety of offerings for ages seven to eighteen.

Pre-Season Performance Company and Hip Hop Dance Camp: ages seven to eighteen.

Summer classes and camps began Monday, June 15, and will be offered through distance learning until federal guidelines permit a safe return to in-person programming.
To register and for more information, visit http://youngdance.org/summercamps.

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

Dance Pass to Explore - taught through Zoom!
A variety of classes for ages seven and older running July 2-July 16.

Purchasing a "Dance Pass to Explore” allows a dancer to participate in dance when best works with their schedule by selecting any of the classes in their age group.
Classes include: Modern/Jazz Combination, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, and All Abilities Dancing with Young Dance Teaching Artists Jennifer Glaws, Anat Shinar, Gabby “The Baddie” Abram, and Gretchen Pick.

See schedule for Dance Pass to Explore and register on our website: http://youngdance.org/summercamps

Young Dance summer classes and camps began Monday, June 15 and will be offered through distance learning until federal guidelines permit a safe return to in-person programming.

Contact:
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Attend an exciting and rigorous ballet-based program featuring Artistic Directors Denise and Rick Vogt with master and guest teachers, including Gary and Muriel Joyce, formerly with Bavarian State Opera Ballet. For three weeks, students will receive the finest professional and personalized instruction, allowing them to reach their full potential.

Classes include ballet, pointe, preparation for pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique®, hip hop, pas de deux, enrichment classes, and more. Students will be highlighted in an end of program summer showcase performance.

Our summer programs adhere to social distancing by limiting class size, staggering class times, and offering a mix of in-person and online classes. In-person classes are nearly full, however there is still room in our online-only program!

Ages eight and up.
Divisions I and II: no audition required.
Advanced Division II and Upper Division: by invitation or audition only.

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

Our summer of dance is off to a fantastic start, and there is still time for you to join us! We are offering online-only options as well in-person classes that will follow social distancing through limited class size, staggered start times, and sanitizing procedures. Please contact the studio with any questions.

- July 6-24: July Intensive, with rigorous professional training from Artistic Directors Rick and Denise Vogt and guest teachers. Culminates in a student showcase. Ages eight and up. AUDITION REQUIRED for Upper Division.

- August 10-21: Grand Prix Variations Workshop. Designed to benefit all dancers with a focus on classical variations, artistry, quality, and technique. Ages ten and up. AUDITION REQUIRED.

- July 6-August 13: Weekly evening classes for all ages, Creative Dance through advanced students and adults!

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

In compliance with CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus prevention, we are keeping Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop on Zoom.

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, such as quieting down your daily consciousness and creating movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.

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 potential is welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Tuition: $135

2020 Summer Term, dates are subject to change:
July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/doushinresonance or visit: https://squareup.com/store/doushinresonance.

Contact:
Gadu Schmitz- doushinresonance@gmail.com, (612) 703-7501

NEW DATES!

FAMILY DANCE
For ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class held in sessions for parents and their young dancer.
Saturdays, July 11–August 15, 10:30–11:15am

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, July 11–August 15, 9:30–10:15am

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
9:00am–12:00pm

Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig
Space is limited!

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

The Shawngram Summer Intensive will amplify our tradition of social justice choreography by investigating how dance moves in the context of The Uprising. Along with training in Yorchhā, we will respond to invitations from guest artists and community leaders, culminating in a series of studies in liberation.

July 13-24, 2020
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm CDT

Program cost: $400
Full and partial scholarships available!!
This intensive will be held virtually online.

Application deadline: July 12, 2020
Deposit fee: $50

Link to application:
http://bit.ly/ADTSummerIntensive20

Contact:

Give your young dancer the joy of dance and performance! Each month's workshop will be inspired by a different Disney story and will include a short performance at the end of the workshop. Choose your dates, or take both remaining classes!

Classes for ages three and four will be offered online only via Zoom.

Our July and August workshops for ages five through nine are currently planned to be in person (subject to change), with limited enrollment in order to maintain social distancing.

Ages three and four:
Online via Zoom
July 18 and August 15
9:30-10:00am

Ages five through nine:
In person at Ballet Royale, with limited class size.
July 18 and August 15
10:00-11:00am

Please see our website for more information or to register online: http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org.

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

Virtual and in-studio options available!

Two different two-week sessions for dancers ages ten through 20. Every day will begin with ballet technique and different dance forms such as contemporary, modern, pointe strengthening, and conditioning. In the Company Repertoire Laboratory dancers will learn company repertoire directly from our professional company artists, such as Gentle Human, An American in Paris, Freddie – Break Free, and more!

INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY for ages ten through fifteen:

July Session
July 20-31, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:30–4:30pm

August Session
August 17-28, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:30–4:30pm

ADVANCED LABORATORY for ages thirteen through 20:

July Session
July 20-31, 2020
Monday-Friday
10:30am–4:30pm

August Session
August 17-28
Monday-Friday
10:30am–4:30pm

Teaching Artists: BCL Company Artists, Da’Rius Malone, Susana Di Palma, Jessika Enoh Akpaka, Herb Johnson III. Space is limited!

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

INTRODUCTORY LABORATORY
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.

July Session:
July 21, 23, 28 and 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00–7:30pm
Virtual option available!

August Session:
August 18, 20, 25 and 27
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00–7:30pm
Virtual option available!

Teaching Artist: Anna Roehr and Michelle Ludwig
Space is limited!

276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd, St. Paul, MN
Contact:
Maria Vitelli- info@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Ballet Royale, Minnesota's premiere ballet academy, is offering a focused ballet and variations workshop, specializing in preparing dancers for performing or competing in national ballet competitions.

Following daily classical ballet technique class, dancers learn classic 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.

This workshop has both in-person and online-only options.

Recommended for intermediate through advanced and professional dancers, ages ten and up. By audition or invitation only. Please contact the studio for more information.

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

Monday-Thursday, August 31-September 3
9:30am-12:00pm
Ages eight to twelve

Experience the joy of dance while learning the elements of photography. Explore how images can inspire choreography and creativity!

Each day will consist of a group photo walk to help participants focus on their photography goals and let them practice the new skills they’ve learned. During these photo walks, they will develop and hone their visual acuity. The participants will then apply the elements of photography to movement sessions in the studio. Students will participate in movement exercises of creation and dance technique. A digital device with photography capabilities needed, but not required.

This camp is planned to happen at Young Dance with appropriate safety measures in place, in accordance with federal and MN state guidelines. If federal and MN state guidelines do not allow, this camp will happen virtually.

To register and for more information, visit http://youngdance.org/summercamps.

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

AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

Request for proposals!

6 FEET / 6 SOLOS is an open proposal program through The Cowles Center created in response to COVID-19; this year has created an environment for isolation and necessitated connection in ways we’ve never experienced before. Open to artists of all styles, ages, backgrounds, and abilities, this initiative invites artists to create a solo that will be performed to a live audience as well as live-streamed in The Cowles Center’s Target Education Studio.

Six proposals will be selected to present at The Cowles Center on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Artists will be given a $500 stipend, the opportunity to participate in a professional photo shoot, and granted 20 hours of free rehearsal space at The Cowles Center.

Learn more about proposal requirements, application closing dates, and more, here: http://thecowlescenter.org/6-feet-6-solos

Questions can be forwarded to Elyse Chambers at echambers@thecowlescenter.org.

Contact:

SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

Resources to Support the Minneapolis Protests:
https://rb.gy/nln3vx

Resource to End Police Violence in America:
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

Black-Led Arts Organizations to Support Now:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/06/03/twin-cities-black-artists-need-...

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- news@dancemn.org

Please visit http://www.trainathome.org for a calendar view of classes being offered virtually in the Twin Cities.

I am adding and editing classes as more information is shared, please use the submit class tab to let me know about your offerings!

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

ONGOING CLASSES

Erin’s advanced level contemporary/modern Zoom class through Zenon Dance School includes floor work, standing warm-ups, and phrase work, all designed to enhance the healthy use of joints and muscle groups as dancers release their weight fully into the support of the ground. Experiential awareness, body mapping, improvisation, and creative work are included as dancers channel their own expressive artistry within the movement. The delightful Dean Magraw will accompany on guitar.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

Registration is open through Zenon's MindBody portal and closes ten minutes before class.
See you (virtually) soon!

Promocodes: EDU2020 for students; PRORATE for professionals.

For more information:
http://conta.cc39fJDXN

Contact:
Erika Martin- info@zenondance.org

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.

VIRTUAL DANCE CLASSES

MotionArt is offering opportunities to dance during these uncertain times through our virtual classes on Zoom. Adult classes will continue, and we added a new beginning class for adults of any age who want to explore modern dance for the first time. It’s never too late to start!

Paying the regular rate helps keep our organization afloat; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. There is also an option to pay what you can.

Please go to http://www.motionartmn.org to sign up for classes.

Basic Beginning Modern Dance
Tuesday, 5:00-6:15pm
May 12-June 2

Intermediate Modern Dance
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm
Ongoing

Ageless Dance
Thursday, 4:30-5:45pm
Ongoing

Mixed Level Modern Dance
Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm
Ongoing

Contact:
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. Ages five through seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and the creation of their own dances. Ages seven through twelve expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic movement skills of modern dance. No previous experience necessary.

MotionArt is offering ways for children to dance during these uncertain times through our virtual classes on Zoom.

Please go to http://www.motionartmn.org to sign up for classes. There are various options for payment/donations, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Ages three through five:
Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Ages five through seven:
Saturday, 10:00-10:45am

Ages seven through nine:
Saturday, 11:00-11:45am

Ages ten through twelve:
Friday, 3:00-4:00pm

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

The GYROKINESIS® Method is a rhythmic, flowing system of exercise performed seated, standing, or on all fours. Participants connect to their breath while developing functional strength and creating more space in the body. Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

60-minute GYROKINESIS® Method classes:

Mondays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/597696618

Mondays, 4:00pm: https://zoom.us/j/86282134731

Tuesdays, 6:00pm: https://zoom.us/j/88563791248

Fridays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/556949877

Saturdays, 10:30am: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84200915925
60-minute class beginning with Awakening the Senses.

Sundays, 10:30am: https://zoom.us/j/637871744

Class fee $5-20 to http://www.paypal.me/nonedwards

Private sessions available.

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

Contact:

Join our online learning community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression and health and fitness benefits of Middle Eastern dance. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own body, no matter its size or shape.

Go to http://www.cassandraschool.com to choose your classes and learn from home! Each class is one hour, US Central Time, held through Zoom. Classes are $15 each, or purchase a package of four or more classes and receive a $2 discount per class. You may register online at http://www.cassandraschool.com using PayPal or a credit card. Be sure to choose and register for your class ahead of time, as class registrations close at 8:00pm CT the night before class.

The Cassandra School and Jawaahir Dance Company are not responsible for injuries sustained during classes.

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

Take a virtual dance class at The School at TU Dance Center. The virtual open classes are offered starting Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for a fee. Class participants will be able to chose from a sliding scale, with a minimum fee of $8.

To register visit: http://www.tudance.org/virtual-open-classes-2/

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am CST
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Penny Freeh or Abdo Sayegh-Rodriguez

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am CST
Gyrokinesis-based class with Maurya Kerr

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm CST
July 2 and July 9
Intermediate/Advanced Modern with Yusha Marie Sorzano

Cost: $8, $12, $15

For a calendar view of the open class schedule, including new offerings and Teaching Artist information, please visit http://www.tudance.org/openschedule/.

Photo by Jeffrey Stene.

Contact:
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 440-9028

Ballet Royale is offering six weeks of evening classes for dancers of all ages, from Creative Dance to Adult Ballet!

Class sizes are limited to maintain social distancing, and we also offer an online-only option via Zoom for dancers who prefer to take class from home.

Creative Dance II: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00pm

Creative Dance III: Wednesdays, 6:15pm-7:00pm

Preparation for Ballet and Introduction to Ballet: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Youth Ballet I and II: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm

Youth Ballet III and IV: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

Adult Ballet Basics: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm

Adult/Teen Intermediate and Advanced Ballet and Pointe: Thursdays, 6:45-8:45pm

Adult Progressing Ballet Technique®: Saturday, 10:00-11:00am

Ballet Royale is Minnesota’s foremost ballet academy and leads the dance community with its original groundbreaking classes and incomparable training. We would love for you to come dance with us! Please see our website or contact us with any questions: http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org.

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

DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

Message from Alonzo King and LINES Ballet:
https://blog.linesballet.org/2020/06/05/alonzo-king/

Dance Magazine Op-Ed: Where is Your Outrage? Where is Your Support? by Theresa Ruth Howard:
https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-companies-black-lives-matter-2646141...

Podcast: Seeing White:
https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Contact:
DanceMN Steering Committee- news@dancemn.org

Join ARENA DANCES Thursdays for this weekly podcast, hosted by Mathew Janczewski and Joe Crook. This week’s episode features Judith Brin Ingber.

Judith’s history in the dance field is both impressive and impactful. A Minneapolis native, Judith grew up training with Lillian Vai before moving to New York to study at Sarah Lawrence College and the studios of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. During that time she also began writing about dance as the editorial assistant at Dance Magazine. With a multifaceted career in dance, Judith has since split time between Minneapolis and Israel. She conceived Choroegrapher’s Evening, and she was the first director of the University of Minnesota's dance department. She taught apprentices of the two modern dance companies at the Batsheva Bat Dor Dance Society and choreographed a program for young audiences for the Batsheva Dance Company. Today, she continues to research, lecture and teach...and dance!

Visit http://www.arena-dances.org to listen!

Contact:

POST / FUTURE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL: The 21st Century Dancer: The Multidisciplinary Kinesthetic Body—History, lineage and futures.

"The collective consciousness on the shared knowledge of dance investigations, outcomes and contemporary applications continue to expand as technology continues to build tools to bridge pre-existing gaps in knowing. From ancient body suspension rituals to 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, to E.A.T, to Stelarc’s 20th century extensions of the human body, to now, the 21st century multidisciplinary dance instrument—the amalgamated organic and digital kinesthetic body, that utilizes deconstruction as its primary process for investigations, movement vocabulary as its language, and choreography as its creative outlet, forces us to pose the questions, Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?"

Manjunan Gnanaratnam in conversation with Kathleen Kelley.

Contact:
Manjunan Gnanaratnam via- admin@dancemn.org