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Join Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands on Thursday, May 5 for a special in-studio preview of work to be performed in the upcoming spring concert, May 20-22, at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis. The showing will include excerpts from Kyle Abraham's new work, "Candle", as well as excerpts from company repertory.

Thursday, May 5, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Doors open at 5:00pm
Wine and cheese reception at 5:00pm

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez- abdo.sayegh@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

A spring celebration of dance featuring new and restaged works by faculty, students, and guest artists HIJACK.

Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets: $8 (Complimentary for faculty/staff/students). Tickets will be available by phone 507-786-8987 during regular box office hours 11 am – 4 pm and via the web http://www.stolaf.edu/apps/tickets/.

The Thursday evening performance will be streamed live and archived.
A reception will be held in Dittmann Center following the performance on Friday, May 6.

Kelsey Theater, 1500 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield MN 55057
J-P Douglas- dance@stolaf.edu, (507) 786-3248

Zenon Dance Company celebrates its 33rd Spring Season, May 6-15, 2016—which will also be veteran company member Stephen Schroeder’s last—with a world premiere by New York-based Sam Kim, a former Minnesota resident. Schroeder has performed with Zenon since 2001. In addition, he acts as Technical Coordinator for Zenon. He is a recipient of a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers, and was named City Pages Best Dancer of 2013.

In addition the Kim’s world premiere, the season includes reprises of Joanna Kotze’s “Rouge,” described as “stylistically eclectic and consistently engaging, combining equal doses of precision and playfulness”; Wynn Fricke’s “The Mourning Tree,” hailed as “an intuitive movement language of shifting weights and kinesthetic response [that] creates a spellbinding harmony”; and Danny Buraczeski’s exuberant 1988 jazz work “Merry Go Round” to music by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band.

TICKETS: $34 at thecowlescenter.org and 612.206.3600

The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Avenue
Danielle Robinson-Prater- danielle@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Wow is the first collaboration between DaNCEBUMS and 6 Families. We've created something to please ourselves and our moms – who supported us as young artists at the barre and music stand. Familiar at moments and surprising at others, you can expect this springy compilation of sounds and movements to make you feel like a fine feline, luxuriating in the sun. More about the concept and artists behind Wowwww.goo.gl/eX5EYq

Fortuitously slated for Mothers’ Day, Wow runs May 7 and 8
Doors at 6, Show at 7 pm
Tickets $8-$16, sliding scale
Tickets are available online from the BLBT (www.goo.gl/H813x6), or over the phone (612-825-8949)

6 Families is a collection of musicians organized by nine emerging artists in the Twin Cities. They aim to create compelling experiences related to sound, silence, and song. www.6families.org

DaNCEBUMS create dances from the heart that will engage your mind. www.dancebums.com

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis
Eben Kowler- eben.kowler@gmail.com, (612) 849-9778

initiated by Body Cartography Project and HIJACK
curated and hosted by HIJACK
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
* THE YOUNG DANCE LEVEL 4's (A., B., C., E.,  I., J., M., T., & W.)

The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave S, downtown Minneapolis, 2nd floor
free/$5 suggested donation

This program is supported by The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts

Cowles Center, 2nd Floor
Kristin Van Loon- hijackdance@hotmail.com, (612) 229-0585

Join us at 7:30PM at the Slverwood Park Art Center for refreshments and we will wind our way to three different performance sites in the park. The sun sets at 8:33.
Live Performances by:
Megan Mayer with Matt Regan. Megan Mayer is an artist working with choreography, dance, experimental video and photography. www.meganmayer.com.

Brenna Mosser is a dancer and choreographer from Rochester, MN. She is home after graduating from the National Contemporary Dance Center in Angers, France with a degree in Dance Performance and Art Management.

Abigail Whitmore is a dancer and dance creator. She is currently pursuing a BFA in dance at the University of Minnesota.

In coordination with Camille Gage's Fierce Lament and Earth Day.

Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E St. Anthony, MN 55421
Laurie Van Wieren- laurievanwieren@gmail.com, (612) 501-2551

If we shift the way we think and do, how will it affect the world around us?

For Shift - Affect, we've collaborated with three installation artists to speak to (and visualize) current issues.

This season, we also partnered with The Link to create awareness about the growing concern of sex trafficking in our local communities. The Link provides housing and support for sexually exploited youth. One dollar of every ticket sold will be donated to The Link to support the work they do in our community.

This production is rated PG due to mature subject matter.

Tickets are available online at www.borealisdance.org and at the door.

We hope you join us as we celebrate the end of our third season in Minneapolis!

Sabes JCC Theater 4330 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

For more than 40 years, Pilobolus has been challenging the boundaries of contemporary dance. The company’s smooth, organic choreography, along with its signature shapes and shadow work, often blurs the lines between individual performers, creating a sense of dance-troupe-as-organism. Pilobolus has been featured on the likes of Oprah, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Academy Awards, and was nominated for a 2012 Grammy® Award for the video for OK Go’s “All Is Not Lost.”

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102
Grace Solfest- gsolfest@ordway.org

Vibrating with beautiful intensity, TU Dance, led by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, embodies a contemporary vision striving to reveal the connective power of dance.

Join us as TU Dance returns to the Cowles Center for its 2016 spring dance concert—an evening featuring world premiere work by choreographer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, as well as new work by Uri Sands. The program also includes Sands' "Veneers" (2006), "a blend of intelligence and beauty, rigorous structure and inventive choreography, and integrity of performance so singularly wrought that the work rips your expectations from their moorings” (Camille LeFevre, StarTribune).

Tickets: $30 - $35 at thecowlescenter.org and 612.206.3600

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue
Christopher Montiel- cmontiel@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3600

A shared evening with Rosy Simas Danse and Deborah Jinza Thayer/Movement Architecture

Rosy Simas – We Wait In The Darkness
Deborah Jinza Thayer – All Hail the Queen

Tuesday, May 24. 7:30pm

Rosy Simas performs her critically acclaimed and award winning solo We Wait In The Darkness, a performance work of displacement and homecoming fueled by the stories of the Seneca women of Simas’ family. We Wait In The Darkness is performed within an environment of film, a paper set, and an original surround sound music composition performed by French contemporary music composer François Richomme. This is the final performance of We Wait In The Darkness, concluding its 14-city tour.

Deborah Jinza Thayer shares a work-in-progress performance All Hail the Queen which celebrates the Vagina and humorously pushes against a phallic-centered packaging of the female experience. Both sung and danced, this re-imagined blend collaborates with visual artist Amelia Biewald and is performed by Non Edwards, Missa Kes, Sharon Picasso, and Taylor Shevey (incomplete list). Lyrics by Melissa Birch.

Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, 320 3rd St E, Northfield, Minnesota 55057


Join artistic directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and the TU Dance Center teaching artists for the 2016 TU Dance Summer Programs.

The Children and Teen Summer Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality. July 11-22, 2016

The TU Dance Pre-professional summer session is an intensive course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students up to age 23. The program has four levels: Beginning 1, Beginning 2, Intermediate and Advanced. Placement can be done by attending an open class at TU Dance Center (by appointment only), by submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrase), or during the first day of classes of the intensive. August 1-20, 2016.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925


Musical Theater Intensives
Back by popular demand-more weeks, more teachers, more dance!

Beginning/Intermediate Week: July 11-15
Ages 7-14, 9:30am-3:30pm

Intermediate/Advanced Week: July 18-22
Ages 10+, 9:30am-3:30pm

Advanced/Professional Week: July 25-29
Please contact us for more information.

Typical Schedule:
9:30am-11:00am: Technique Class
11:00am-12:00pm: Specialty Class
12:00pm-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30pm-2:30pm: Jazz Repertoire
2:30pm-3:30pm: Master Class

Regina Peluso- info@collidetheatrical.org, (877) 508-7890

Celebrate PILATES DAY with Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy!

Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9am-11am for a special two-hour mat class. This class is open to all levels and will feature a mix of our instructors who will lead you through classic mat exercises as well as incorporating mat toys and props!

Fee: $25
For more information and to register: www.paragonpilatespt.com

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy 5101 Vernon Ave S. Ste 2A Edina MN 55436
Kyle Klaas- kyle@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Mat and Toys
Workshop Series
Open to general public and all movement educators.

• Small Ball Magic - May 14, 2016 12:00-3:00pm
• Resist and Reform with Elastic Bands - May 14, 2016 4:00-7:00pm
• Rolling for Length, Rolling for Strength - May 15, 2016 12:00-3:00pm
• Ring Around the World - May 15, 2016 4:00-7:00pm

A la carte registration is available, OR sign up for all four and receive $100 off! (Call the studio for discount code prior to registration)

Instructor: Ginny Massie
Regular Fee: $179 + Materials $25 (PMA 3.0 each workshop)
*Fee rate indicates each workshop separately

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy 5101 Vernon Ave S #2A. Edina. MN. 55436
Ginny Massie- ginny@paragonpilatespt.com, (952) 405-9765

Jennifer Arave will teach a workshop exploring techniques for creating Improvisational Dance. We will heighten our senses to time and space measurement and hone our Somatic impulses through a series of contact scores and Lisa Nelson's tuning scores. This workshop promises to be energizing, smart and fun. You will be able to explore with confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment. Open to all.

Register: Community Education deadline Sunday, May 15

Some testimonials from recent workshop:

"I've gotten an opportunity to move my body and think about my body in ways I've never before. Tonight's class was incredibly exciting and I left feeling energized and excited to learn more. Thank you for creating such a welcoming and creative space for us to explore movement.”

“She went straight into the material without wasting time with explanations or overtures of how we should behave while dancing. She was direct, straight-forward, and helpful in creating a learning environment."

South High School, 3131 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Jennifer Arave- aravejl@yahoo.com, (612) 432-1512

Friday, May 20: 5-8pm
Saturday, May 21: 10-4pm
Sunday, May 22: 10-1pm

Sliding scale: $150-$250

send $50 deposit, email for contact info
work trade available- email wendyruble@gmail.com

We will work to align the bones by using the four deep muscle groups in the pelvis that are responsible for the transfer of forces through the body. We do not work to “exercise” these muscles but rather work to “wake them up”; and use them for support and realignment of the bones. In this week of class we will touch upon the deep internal musculature and supportive connections in the pelvis that move and ground us - between the pelvis, the legs and the earth and back up through the skeleton.

Klein Technique™, in development since the mid 1970's, is a cohesive movement system that connects the body and mind. The result, over time, is a clarity and sureness of movement, fluidity, and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of one's body.
(photo: Rachel Germond, "Bella's Dance")

Cowles Center, Target Education Studio, 2nd floor, Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis


Join ARENA DANCES for a week of classes and repertory opportunities taught by founder and artistic director Mathew Janczewski. Targeted for the high intermediate to advanced level dancer, participating artists will observe their process of dancing from their instincts with imagination, physical idiosyncrasies and kinetic response. Observations and discussions about the many ways of working will unfold. Dancers will learn "not so good at standing still", a repertory work on finding one's own footing/balance. Janczewski has carved out a distinctive identity by bringing the craft of choreography and experimentation into play in all his creative endeavors inspired by nature, architecture, and subjective experiences.

Dates: June 13 - June 17 (Monday through Friday)
Time: 10:00AM to 3:00PM (with a lunch break)
Fee: $350
– Registration must be completed by May 16, online at arena-dances.org

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts Studio 5B, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com, (612) 804-0238

June 20-24, 2016
10 am – 3 pm

Join the artists of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater June 20-24, 2016 for a week-long intensive in the company’s critically acclaimed work integrating emotional and physical movement vocabulary with vocal and theatrical expression. The intensive is designed for all ages (must be at least 16) with intermediate to advanced dance experience and will include choreographic investigations filtered through SPDT’s aesthetic lens. Over the course of the intensive, students will participate in technique and choreographic workshops and learn selections from SPDT repertory. The intensive will culminate in a final showing performed by the participants.

Tuition: $275 + $25 application fee

Applications can be found on our website homepage: www.stuartpimsler.com or by contacting Brenda Nepsund: spdanth.brenda@gmail.com
Scholarships available - Scholarship applications due May 27.

JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55403
Brenda Nepsund- spdanth.brenda@gmail.com

The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event held in Battle Lake, MN (three hours NW of MSP) that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators from all over the country together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lakes.

This unique experience allows choreographers, dancers, and educators to gather at the lake for a week of classes, choreographic explorations, networking, and playing at the lake.

What to expect:
Daily technique classes in a beautiful old church.
Rehearsal space available and opportunities to create and perform.
Relax at the beach, kayak, hike, waterski, swim, sail. Enjoy the lake life.

Unlimited camping
Limited space at the historical lake cabin, The 7 C's
Access to refrigerator, restrooms, showers and kitchen for all "stayers"

Full Festival (July 25-31): $145
Half Festival (July 28-31): $95
Need a place to stay?: $50
Subsidized Rates available for teachers.
Ages: 21+

Battle Lake, MN

Threads Dance Project’s week-long dance intensive offers youth ages 5-15 the opportunity to expand their ballet and modern dance skills, deepen their understanding of dance, and showcase their creativity by creating movement in a positive and empowering environment. Attendants will get an opportunity to watch and dance alongside Threads Dance Project company members. Any and all experience is welcome.

Tuition: $195 + $25 nonrefundable deposit fee

Registration forms can be found at our website www.threadsdance.org
Scholarships and financial assistance available.

Join us to connect, move, and learn something new this summer!

Any questions or for more information, contact Sara Karimi: skarimi@threadsdance.org, 414-534-4526

Main Street School for the Performing Arts- 1320 Mainstreet Hopkins, MN
Sara Karimi- skarimi@threadsdance.org, (414) 534-4526


DanceBARN Collective is hosting the Second EVER DanceBARN Festival in Battle Lake, MN July 25-31.
On Saturday, July 30 there will be a screendance viewing presented outdoors during the festival, open to the public, and curated by award-winning screendance cinematographer, Robert Uehlin.

Submissions may not exceed 15 minutes
Dances must be made for the camera, not documentation of live performances.

Selected screendance artists will receive subsidized rates to attend the festival, but do not need to attend to be selected.

Submit proposals via the link below or contact dancebarncollective@gmail.com with any questions.

DanceBARN Festival, Battle Lake, MN

The Reif Dance program in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in collaboration with James Sewell Ballet, announces an opening for a Jazz and Tap Instructor.

This position is a full-time teaching job with a strong benefits package, and an anticipated start date of August 2016.
This is the lead instructor and choreographer for all jazz and tap levels. The ideal candidate will also have a strong background in dance, with a demonstrated ability to teach dance, exhibit excellent communication skills and be willing to work as part of a team. For more complete information about this position and directions on how to apply, contact David Marty at dmarty@reifcenter.org or 218-327-5783.

Reif Dance, Grand Rapids, MN
Katie Benes- katie@reifcenter.org, (218) 327-5780

The Reif Dance program in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in collaboration with James Sewell Ballet, announces an opening for a Ballet Instructor at the Reif Center.

This position is a full-time teaching job with a strong benefits package, and an anticipated start date of August 2016.
The Ballet Instructor is the lead instructor and choreographer for all intermediate and advanced ballet classes (including pointe). The ideal candidate will have advanced training in ballet, with a demonstrated ability to teach dance, exhibit excellent communication skills, and be willing to work as part of a team. For more complete information about this position and directions on how to apply, contact David Marty at dmarty@reifcenter.org or 218-327-5780.

Reif Dance, Grand Rapids, MN
Katie Benes- katie@reifcenter.org, (218) 327-5780

Ever wanted to learn what it takes to start your own dance company? Or work in arts administration? COLLIDE is currently interviewing for our Summer Administrative Internship! This education-based internship program will teach you valuable skills needed to run an arts organization.

For more information or to apply please send a resume and short cover letter to info@collidetheatrical.org with subject "INTERNSHIP".

More information on our company is available by visiting collidetheatrical.org

The Ritz Theater- 345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis
Regina Peluso- Regina@collidetheatrical.org, (877) 508-7890

Local choreographer Jolene Konkel is looking for dancers to perform in her Fringe show: "Life, Beautiful" - A collection of modern and jazz dance works celebrating the beauty in life, relationships, and perspective. Auditions will take place this Saturday, May 7 at 4pm at Creo Arts and Dance Conservatory located at 1250 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata. Auditions will include both modern and jazz dance vocabulary.

Jolene Konkel received her undergraduate training from the UofM and went on to receive her MFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her work has been presented by Rhythmically Speaking, the Ritz Theatre's Renovate Series, the UofM's "Jazz Here, Jazz Now" concert, and was also selected for New Dancemakers at UWM. Currently Ms. Konkel is Choreographer in Residence and Adjunct Faculty in Dance at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

For more information please contact Jolene Konkel at jolenekonkel@gmail.com.

Creo Arts and Dance Conservatory, 1250 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Jolene Konkel- jolenekonkel@gmail.com, (612) 760-8370

Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES is seeking both male and female dancers with excellent technique in ballet and modern dance for immediate and future ARENA performances.

Saturday, May 14: 12:30-3:30
Studio 2b at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

The audition will begin with class lead by Mathew Janczewski and then move into learning movement and partnering from ANTHEM. Please bring picture and resume stapled together.

Founded in 1995, ARENA DANCES has been an artistic force in the Twin Cities for the past 20 years. The work is abstract in form, giving shape to emotions – exploring the depths and limits of what drives us as humans to connect, to break away, to survive. Lightsey Darst for mnartists.org called Janczewski’s work “physically brilliant yet emotionally intimate, dramatic, widely varied, witty and heartfelt.”

If you are unable to attend the audition, please send a photo and resume.

Photo by Dan Norman
Dancer: Timmy Wagner

The Cowles Center for Dance, Studio 2b
Mathew Janczewski- arenadances@gmail.com, (612) 804-0238


AMP is now accepting proposal submissions to be the Guest Choreographer for its 6th Season Performance in Spring 2017.

Those selected will receive an honorarium. Rehearsals can start in Fall 2016 and will be mutually agreed upon by AMP and the Guest Artist.

AMP’s Guest Choreographer will work with Alternative Motion Project Company Members on the creation of a new work or the re-setting of an already established work. While AMP is a predominantly modern dance company, the work from its Guest Choreographer can be another style.

• Emerging or Established Choreographer (shown work in at least three professional settings, i.e., not school)
• 21 years of age or older (out of school)
• Complete submission form found at www.alternativemotionproject.org
• Submit CV of dance + choreographic experience

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 6pm on Monday, June 6, 2015.

Photo by V. Paul Virtucio.


Apply to Teach/Choreograph at the Second EVER DanceBARN Festival - July 25-31

The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event held in Battle Lake, MN that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators from all over the country together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lakes. Visit our website for more details on the festival. www.dancebarncollective.org

TEACH - Share the technique of something you are an expert in, or experiment with something you've been pondering.

CHOREOGRAPH - Create something new or reset a work on new dancers at the festival. Selected choreographers will present their work on Saturday, July 30 at a performance open to the public.

SCREENDANCE - Have your screendance shown at our first dance-in movie theatre! Our screendance viewing will be projected outdoors and open to the public.

Applications due by May 15.
Follow the link to apply.

Battle Lake, MN


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) 605-1925

Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake behind Patrick’s Cabaret. 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.
Email Jenny at genmanager@jawaahir.org or call 612-872-6050 for pricing and availability.

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


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

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Kenna Camara-Cottman, Laurel Keen, Blake Nellis, Kerry Parker, Jeffrey Hankinson, Abdo Sayegh and others.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/10-class card.

TU Dance Center is located at 2121 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. 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) 605-1925

Ongoing Latin and AfroCuban dance classes taught by René Thompson
All Caribbean/Latin dances...Salsa, Bachata, and more...Cuban style!
Drop-ins welcome or purchase class card

René Thompson, with over 30 years of professional dance performance and teaching, brings an expertise in Cuban dance and Cuban rhythms to the Twin Cities that is rarely available outside of Cuba. Classes taught in both English and Spanish.

Monday: 8-9pm
Beginning/Intermediate Latin Dance
Shift Fitness, 2105 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

Tuesday: 8-9pm
Intermediate Latin Dance
CM's Fitness, 6722 Penn Ave. S, Richfield

Thursday: 8-9pm
Beginning/Intermediate Latin Dance
CM's Fitness, 6722 Penn Ave. S, Richfield

Friday: 8-9pm
Intermediate/Advanced Latin Dance
Shift Fitness, 2105 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

Modern studios with lots of parking.
For more info, see the web site or call René at 612-578-2110.

Photo by Alice Gebura

Two Locations: Shift Fitness (M,F) & CM's Fitness(T,Th)
René Thompson- rdthompson01@yahoo.com, (612) 578-2110

An invigorating, 10-week community-oriented dance class for adults 55+, MovementWise participants explore a wide variety of dance forms, from social dance and modern to ballet and percussive dance. Whether you’re a veteran of dance or a newcomer, we welcome you to come enjoy the benefits of MovementWise. Classes occur every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm at The Cowles Center in the Target Education Studio.

When: Now - June 8; Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: The Cowles Center- Target Education studio
Who: Cowles Center Teaching Artists
How Much: $10/class or $75 for membership (bring a friend new to MovementWise and receive $10 off a membership)

Membership includes:
-All 10 classes
-20% off select tickets to performances throughout the season.
-10% off at Mason's Restaurant and free coffee on matinee days

To sign up for the series contact, Education Director Jessi Fett: jfett@thecowlescenter.org.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue
Jessi Fett- jfett@thecowlescenter.org, (612) 206-3640

Zonrongo Flamenco Spring Class Schedule:
Now through June 11
For full class descriptions and more please visit www.zorongo.org/school

Flamenco is fun, exciting and full of passion. A good workout for all ages and abilities!

Beginning: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
$16, AJ Frenzel

Advanced/Intermediate Technique - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
$16, Susana di Palma

Advanced Choreography with Bata de Cola - 8pm - 9pm
$16, Susana di Palma

Intro/Beginning Technique - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
$16, AJ Frenzel

General Technique - Noon - 1pm
$10, Susana di Palma

Intro to Flamenco - 10am - 11am
$16, AJ Frenzel

Intermediate Choreography - 11:15am - 12:45pm
$20, Susana di Palma

Palomitas (children ages 5 - 9) - 1pm - 1:40pm
$10, Julia Hauser

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre 3012 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis
Lorene Bruns- zorongoflamenco@gmail.com, (612) 234-1653

Erin Thompson teaches advanced modern dance classes at Zenon on Thursday mornings from 9:30am-11:00am. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency, and power from the floor in locomotion. With the incredible Dean Magraw on guitar.

Cost: $14 per class ($1 off for professionals)/$130 for a ten-class card

Zenon Dance School | 4th floor of the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Erin Thompson- thomp065@umn.edu, (612) 221-3186

You are invited to join MotionArt for an informal evening of dance improvisation. We will start with a half hour warm-up, then improvise to a number of movement ideas volunteered by you and your fellow improvisers. Musician Bruce Wintervold will add inspiration with his groovy improvised accompaniment.

Friday, May 6
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis

This event is open to people of all ages and abilities.
Feel free to dance, to observe, or to do a little bit of both.

Suggested Donation: $5-$10
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)

For more information, visit MotionArt at www.motionartmn.org
Contact Pam Gleason or Diane Moncrieff: info@motionartmn.org

*First Friday Improv Gathering is usually held on the First Friday of every month, same place/time, always fresh dances!

Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis
Diane Moncrieff- diwebbmo@gmail.com, (763) 221-6675

Join us for two special open classes with HIJACK at TU Dance Center.

May 7 and 14, from 2-3pm.
Cost: $14/class, $120/10-class card.

HIJACK is the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. Van Loon and Wilder each grew up in Chicago, met at Colorado College, and established their collaboration in Minneapolis in 1993. HIJACK has taught and performed in Japan, Russia, Central America, Canada, and throughout the United States. HIJACK teaches Composition/Improvisation/Contact Improvisation at the University of Minnesota and as Guest Artists at St. Olaf College and Colorado College.

TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen- education@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Studio opens for personal warm up 6:00pm
Class 6:30pm-8:00pm and jam 8:00pm-10:00pm

$10-15 sliding scale
Teacher schedule:
May 9 - Blake Nellis
June 13 - Morgan Thorson

This special series is an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the Twin Cities most experienced movement teachers and improvisers. Together we will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other while focusing on the laws that govern motion: mass, gravity, momentum and inertia. We will train the body in sensory awareness, weight-bearing partnering skills and improvisation. Class will be playful, meditative and acrobatic and followed by an open jam. People of all levels of experience are welcome to come learn contact improvisation together in this safe environment.

The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts, Target Education Studio, 2nd floor

May Open Company Class with Threads Dance Project

Classes will be held Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 26

Tuesdays: 9am-10:30am Ballet
Thursdays: 9am-10:30am Modern

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts:
1617 N. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, 55411

Classes in May only $10 - what a deal!

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts | 1617 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Michala Martinez- mgr@threadsdance.org, (414) 534-2305

Tuesdays, May 10: 5:00-6:30
Beautiful Studio
$10 - 15/class - drop-in
No one turned away for lack of funds

An introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics, sharpen their skills, and deepen their practice. This fundamental class series will focus on specific skills such as rolling point, weight sharing, and lifts within a broader context of how these skills support safe and varied dancing.

Dustin Haug is a dance artist and educator currently living in St. Paul, MN. He has taught Contact Improvisation at Zenon Dance School, GLACIER , Earthdance/SEEDS festival, West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival. He has toured and performed with his own work as well as with companies from Minneapolis and Seattle, including Arena Dances, KT Niehoff/Lingo, Body Cartography Project, and other independent artists. He currently teaches Modern Dance at Zenon and chemistry at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts.

The Beautiful Studio, Dow/Cat Purrrniture Bldg, 2242 University Ave, St. Paul

René Thompson teaches a FREE Energetic Latin Dance Class on Sunday, May 15, 10:30am Global Midtown Market. Open to the public.

Fun for the whole family. Easy to follow and great music - learn some basic salsa, cha cha cha, mambo, merengue, and bachata!

Global Midtown Market, 920 E Lake Street, Minneapolis
René Thompson- rdthompson01@yahoo.com, (612) 578-2110


Northrop announces its 2016//17 dance season, featuring eleven renowned dance companies and three performances with live music. This season features six newcomers to the Northrop stage including Aszure Barton & Artists, Ballet de Lorraine, Bereishit Dance Company, Kidd Pivot/Electric Company Theatre, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, and Brian Brooks Moving Company. Returning favorites include Batsheva Dance Company, Eifman Ballet, Grupo Corpo, and more.

Northrop, 34 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Nicole Stumpf- Northrop@umn.edu