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Altered Odyssey will be an evening filled with dance and exploration that will infuse the minds of the audience with an intrinsic insight to modern dance. Choreographed by Danielle Zuniga and Reyna Mondragon. Tickets only $10.

Phoenix Theater at 2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 55408
Jenna Papke- jenna@artsnest.org, (612) 377-2285

Danceworks 2016: Feel the Beat brings together the diverse voices of the AVHS Dance Department with staff, student, and guest artist choreography. Danceworks will feature a fusion of different dance genres including modern, hip hop, jazz, multi-media works, contemporary dance, and more! Come see AVHS’s finest student dancers perform on stage as they show how rhythm shapes the way we use and understand movement through the use of music and our own inner heart beat.

Choreography by Kristin Blatzheim, Karis Sloss, and Darrius Strong plus many talented students!

Performances are May 19-21 at 7:30pm in the theater at Apple Valley HIgh School:
14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults and are available online at seatyourself.biz or at the door, one hour before each performance. All seating is general admission.

Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Social Animal: Celebrating CWDC’s 25th Anniversary

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 PM

JSB TEKBOX, Cowles Center for Dance, Minneapolis

Join us for Social Animal as we celebrate 25 years of relating through dance.

The program will feature a wide array of dance pieces choreographed by current and former CWDC members and affiliated artists: Gerry Girouard, Becky Heist, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Sarah Hauss, Dawn Karlovsky, Jennifer Mack, Christine Maginnis Lori Mercil and Jill Patterson; as well as artistic director Watson.

Dancers performing in this special concert are: Thern Anderson, Johnny Bates, Jeremy Bensussan, Megan Bridges, Patricia Brown, Gerry Girouard, Kelsey Hanstad, Becky Heist, Heidi Johnson, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Jennifer Mack, Christine Maginnis, Lori Mercil, Catlin Murphy, Ashely Narum, Una Setia, Ray Terrill, Christopher Watson, Anne-Marie Wittenberg, and Emileah ZumBerge.

$15 General Admission
For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com
For map & directions: http://thecowlescenter.org
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JSB Tek Box | Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue
Diane Aldis- daldis@gmail.com, (763) 438-3989

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

Join us for the 2016 TU Dance spring concert—an evening featuring an original commission by celebrated New York choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham. In his three-part work "Candle," Abraham divides the space between solo figure and duet form, using songs he equates with varying aspects of loving and longing.

New work by Uri Sands draws on his recent winter residency in Paris. Starting with the childhood belief that we disappear when closing our eyes, Sands’ "No One Will See" shifts between reality and fantasy, exploring physicality in cycles of life, love and loss. The evening also includes Sands’ "Veneers" (2006), “a blend of intelligence and beauty, rigorous structure, inventive choreography and integrity of performance so singularly wrought that the work rips your expectations from their moorings” (Camille LeFevre, StarTribune).

Tickets: $30 - $35 | thecowlescenter.org | 612.206.3600

Photo by Michael Slobodian © Dancers: Elayna Waxse and Darwin Black

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Avenue
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez- info@tudance.org, (612) 605-1925

Join Zenon Dance Company and School for our spring Zone concert!

Featuring New Work by Zone Choreographers:
Fire Drill
Elayna Waxse
Hannah Kramer

plus students from Deborah Thayer's composition class.

Friday May 20, 8pm
Saturday May 21, 8pm
Sunday May 22, 7pm
in Studio 4A: 4th floor of The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts

$10/adult and $5/children under 12.

Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Come join Ballet Royale Minnesota for their Spring Studio Showcase "A Celebration of Dance" this Saturday!

Performances are open to the public, and will feature Ballet Royale Minnesota students and professional track trainees and apprentices performing a wide range of ballet repertoire.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
1:30pm and 3:30pm.
Robert Boeckman Middle School

Prices: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; $5 for children between 3-10, free for children under three if they sit on another's lap.

Come celebrate dance with Ballet Royale Minnesota!

Robert Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave., Farmington, MN 55024

St. Paul Ballet Presents: "Graduation Ball" and "American Quilt"

Join us in a celebration of our students and see how far they've come in their intensive study at St. Paul Ballet this year.

This annual celebration of our students is the culmination of the year’s classes. All students of the full-term programs of SPB are given the opportunity to perform in the Student Showcase. The performance develops discipline, musicality, endurance, choreographic memory and stage presence.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center | 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul
Brittany Adams- spb@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

Three by Five is a new opportunity consisting of five one month-long residencies that take place from May until September this year. Each month, three different Artist Coordinators, selected from Soap Factory alumni or other highly-regarded artist leads, host one or more emerging artists of their own choosing in one of our first floor galleries. These emerging artists will be allowed to make new work directly in the space, responding to the gallery environment and to one another. Towards the end of their residency, they will be presenting their work to the public with an open house event.

The May open house includes dance- and performance-related work by Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Eric Larson, Leila Awadallah, and Lazer Goese, curated by artist coordinator Emily Gastineau.

Saturday, May 21, 6-10 pm

More info: http://www.soapfactory.org/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/244481059236830/
Process documentation: https://3x5soap.tumblr.com/

The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Emily Gastineau- emily.gastineau@gmail.com

Duniya Drum & Dance Presents: Son Galagny (Sound of Thunder)

Join us for a storm of sounds and movement from Guinea, West Africa and Haiti. Featuring Duniya Drum & Dance accompanied by an all-star cast of guest artist Master drummers and dancers.

Saturday, May 21 - 8:00pm
University of MN - Rarig Center
Stoll Thrust Theater
330 21st Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Guest Artists
Drummers: Fode Seydou Bangoura, Mandjou Mara, Mangue Sylla, Fara Tolno
Balafon: Kerfalla Camera
Dancers: Alhassane Bangoura, Mouminatou Camara, Youssouf Koumbassa, Djenane Saint-Juste, Fara Tolno

For tickets and information, visit: http://duniyadrumanddance.org/dddevents.html

UMN Rarig Center 330 21st Ave. S.
Whitney McClusky- whitney@duniyadrumanddance.org, (651) 338-5409

Come celebrate with over 100 performers!

Hosted by Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Dance Company and guest performers.

National Tap Dance Day was declared by congress in 1989, the date was chosen to honor Bill "Bo Jangles" Robinson (who's birthday is May 25). Communities across the globe celebrate annually. Fourteen different affinity groups reflecting a 75-year age range will come together to perform and celebrate the art, the culture and the history of American Tap Dance. Come try on some taps, and get a mini-lesson while you are there! We will have some practice boards out to play on. This event has been hosted by Keane Sense of Rhythm since 1997, our very first celebration was on this very stage!

Como Dockside, St. Paul
Cathy Wind- keanesense@aol.com, (612) 986-1944

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, Laura Levinson, Christine Maginnis, Kerry Parker, Sharon Picasso, Taylor Shevey, and Taja Will. Lyrics by Melissa Birch.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/129566667454241/

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

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-16

Rosy Simas
Manjunan Gnanaratnam
Spaceheater: Nathan Gebhard + Jon Dahl

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846

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

9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W Lake Street, Minneapolis
Laurie Van Wieren- laurievanwieren@gmail.com

Several dance-makers are featured in this year’s Works-In-Progress program, including Lindsay Forsythe, Pedro Pablo Lander and Stephanie Stoumbelis, who each are premiering a 15-minute piece developed over the past five months. They share the bill with works by Nico Swenson and the creative collective known as 600 Whale. If you’ve never been before, you’re in for a treat, and if you’re a long-time fan of the program, you already know it’s always a thrilling night of performance. All Thursdays are pay-as-able. Join us for a post-performance reception every Friday.

8 PM Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 7 PM Sunday

Pay-as-Able Thursday; $8 Friday, Saturday, Sunday

For tickets: http://www.redeyetheater.org/event/works-in-progress-2016

Photo: Pedro Lander. Credit: Bill Cameron

Red Eye Theater, 15 W 14th St, Minneapolis

Don't Miss ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening in June for its fifth year of showcasing Hip Hop and its roots!

Winner of the 2014 Sage Award for Outstanding Dance Performance, ROOTED is a celebration of the foundations of Hip Hop. The first and only choreographers’ evening focused exclusively on Hip Hop dance and its roots (African, Latin, Tap, Step, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Toprock, Waacking, House, Old School and New School).

Also consider donating to our Kickstarter! We need $1000 by June 3-every dollar helps!

Intermedia Arts | 2822 Lyndale Ave S | Minneapolis

Liz has a brain tumor. We want to help.

Our dear, brilliant friend Lizbeth Wawrzonek has a brain tumor. When the surgery that removed 90% of her tumor left her unable to speak or walk or remember certain words or our names, she found her way back. As she continues to kick this tumor’s ass and amaze us all with her open mind and boundless strength, we want to find a way to help. Raising money for Liz is the way. We plan to raise at least $10,000 for Liz to help cover some of the cost of lost income over these many months of her recovery and chemotherapy treatments. Chances are many of us have experienced Liz’s generosity of spirit. It’s time we beam some of that warmth back to her.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.weloveliz.org.

Awesome live auction! DJ Lori Barbero! Photo Booth! Dance Booth!

A-Mill Artist Lofts 315 SE Main St Minneapolis, MN 55415
Maggie Bergeron- maggie@maggiebdance.org, (612) 220-1659


Summer at SPB is a great time to dance!

Students attend ballet class every day of the program with added enrichment classes in ballet variations, partnering, character, modern, conditioning, complimentary dance genres and wellness.

Upper level intensives taught by Twin Cities favorite, Lirena Branitski.

Submit tuition in full for your summer intensive before May 15 and receive an SPB calendar with special notes signed by company dancers-a special piece for any aspiring dancer. Spots for our summer intensives are filling up quickly - don't give up your spot! Call our studios today at 651.690.1588.

Brittany Adams- spb@spballet.org, (651) 690-1588

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

Spring Into Summer Ballet Intensive - June 6 - 24:
Age 11+ with minimum of one year of pointe, no audition required!
Start off this summer with an intensive two-week program of ballet technique, pointe and/or men's class, and Ballet Royale's exclusive 'Progressive Pilates' regime, in addition to conditioning/injury prevention.

Creative Story Ballet Day Camp - June 13 - 15:
For boys and girls ages 4–9, with or without prior ballet training. Students will have fun and stretch their imaginations in this focused, one-week workshop, as they create and perform short, age-appropriate classic story ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, and Snow White!

Male Dancer Summer Intensive Program - June 13 - 17:
Unique in Minnesota, Ballet Royale Minnesota is offering a week-long Summer Ballet Intensive program for motivated, aspiring male dancers ages 10 through adult.
Invitation or pre-approval required.

Teen Ballet Workshop - June 13-17 (Ages 13-20)

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Ballet Royale Minnesota currently has openings available for their Professional Trainee Day Program.

Unique in Minnesota, Ballet Royale's elite daytime training program provides a comprehensive advanced course of study for talented, ambitious and committed students from all over the country who wish to maximize their personal growth and/or pursue dance professionally.

This weekday program provides training in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, performance (musical theater) jazz, modern (contemporary) dance, repertoire, pas de deux, Pilates/injury prevention, and so much more.

In addition, Professional Trainee Division students also serve as apprentices with Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, the resident dance company of Ames Center (formerly Burnsville Performing Arts Center), and train and perform along side TCB's professional company members.


Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

MDT&S offers a variety of dance classes throughout the summer. From weekly classes to multiple-week intensives, our faculty is dedicated to providing guidance and experience that shape the performer both technically and artistically – not only to become professional dancers, but to develop the confidence and discipline in pursuing all life goals. Joy and agility are encouraged through training, mentoring, and performing experiences furthering their skills and talents.

*Performing Arts Division*

Two-Week June Intensive | Levels I-VI
June 13-24

Three-Week July Intensive | Levels I-IV
July 11-28

*Young Children's Division*

Story Ballet Week-long Camps
June 20-24

Story Ballet Weekly Class
June 5-July 24

Predance Weekly Class
June 7-July 26

Intermediate Weekly Class
June 8-July 27

Boys Weekly Class
June 8-July 27

For more detailed information on class times, schedules, ages, and more, visit http://mndance.org/class-information/summer-intensives/

Minnesota Dance Theatre, 528 Hennepin Avenue, 6th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Anne Bachem- school@mndance.org


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

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

Advanced/Professional Week: July 25-29

Please contact us for more information.

Typical Schedule:
9:30am-11:00am: Technique Class (jazz and ballet)
11:00am-12:00pm: Specialty Class (hip hop, tap, contemporary)
12:00pm-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm: Jazz Repertoire
1:30-3:30pm Master Class #1 (acting, voice, yoga/Pilates, improvisation, modern)
2:30pm-3:30pm: Master Class #2 (Auditioning for Dance, Resume/HS Consultation, Q & A's with industry professionals)

Teachers include Regina Peluso (Artistic Director), Renee Guittar (Ordway's A Chorus Line, teaching original choreography), Riley Weber (Ballet Master Mankato Ballet), Josh Campbell (acting-national tours of Legally Blonde and Mamma Mia), and MORE!

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

Inspired by other class collective models in NYC and elsewhere, we are engaging in rigor, flexibility and sincerity to strengthen our dance practices while open class offerings are on hiatus. Pay-what-you-can ($3-10) to cover studio rental fees.

All classes are 9:30-11am and are ballet-based unless otherwise indicated:
May 19: Helen Hatch
May 26: Sally Rousse
June 2: Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe
June 9: Penelope Freeh
June 16: TBA
June 23: TBA
June 30: Pareena Lim (Cunningham-based class with Pilates kicker)

Stay tuned for more specifics. For more information or to join the collective and receive updates, please feel free to contact Sally Rousse at salgal1@mac.com.

JSB Studio 2B Cowles Center
sally Rousse- salgal1@mac.com, (612) 306-8121

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

Sliding scale: $150-$250

send $50 deposit, email for contact info
work trade available- 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

Duniya Drum & Dance Presents: 9th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project

An authentic, culturally immersive experience into the world of traditional West African drum and dance. The workshop offers hand drumming and dance classes for the community at any level and any age; beginner through advanced. Instruction is provided by professional master drummers and dancers from Guinea, West Africa and Haiti who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of traditional percussion and movement.

Dancers: Sana Bangoura, Mouminatou Camara, Youssouf Koumbassa, Djenane St Juste, Fara Tolno

Dance Class Schedule:

Friday, May 20
6:00-7:30pm Mouminatou Camara
7:30-9:00pm Fara Tolno

Saturday, May 21
12:00-1:30pm Youssouf Koumbassa
1:30-3:00pm Djenane St Juste (Haitian)
3:00-4:30pm Fara Tolno
8:00pm – Fakoly Performance in the Rarig Center

Sunday, May 22
12:00-1:30pm Youssouf Koumbassa
1:30-3:00pm Sana Bangoura
3:00-4:30pm Mouminatou Camara

Barbara Barker Dance Center 500 21st Ave. S
Whitney McClusky- whitney@duniyadrumanddance.org, (651) 338-5409

Kendra Portier's Class is a super physical sensation-based articulation of form via improvisation, imagination and heavily nuanced set material. Class filters formal techniques through the following sieves: mobilizing bodies in and out of the floor through release-based work, exploring the qualitative+durational+rhythmic, promoting alone and together, engaging clear choice-making and specificity for curiosity+longevity, and challenging physical and creative endurance. Most importantly, class demonstrates that dance is a social art—one that requires response. We will take ownership of our unique eccentricity, beauty, and darkness. We will cultivate the permission to reveal, explore, and revel in the effort and joy. We will gather to regenerate, discover, challenge, and applaud. We will dance via little physics and loud ways; sweat and move until we cannot.

Tuesday, May 24 9:30-11
Thursday, May 26, 9:30-11
Tuesday, May 31, 9:30-11


Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

Rene Thompson teaches a FREE Energetic Latin Dance Class on Sunday, May 29, 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
Rene Thompson- rdthompson01@yahoo.com, (612) 578-2110

Join Zenon for our summer workshop week! From tap to social hip hop to pointe to all flavors and forms of modern, spend a week learning and exploring with the absolute best that the Twin Cities has to offer!
Instructors include:
Kaleena Miller (Dance Magazine's 2016 "25 to Watch", 2015 McKnight Fellow, founding member of Rhythmic Circus)
Mathew Janczewski (Founder, Artistic Director of ARENA Dances)
Carl Flink (Founder, Artistic Director of Black Label Movement)
Marciano Silva dos Santos (Founder, Artistic Director of Contempo Physical Dance)
Marcia Keegan (Instructor at Zenon and Minnesota Dance Theatre)
Erin Sheppard (Zenon Instructor, Independent Choreographer)

NEW WAYS TO PAY! Purchase each class individually ($14 each), or buy an unlimited Workshop Week Pass for only $40 and take as many workshop classes as you want!


Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

a movement workshop directed by Maureen Koelsch

Friday 3 June 10am-1pm the wild frontier-on the edge of everything
Friday 17 ,June 10am-1pm traces: touch sent taste-what's left behind
Friday 1 July 10am-1pm yet ever over-jumping fences riding the wind

A wild beast, our dreams cantor beneath our everyday waking & sleeping. Inexplicable, hilarious, frightening they power our lives often through unexamined narrative energy. It's only a dream we say. In this Imaginarian workshop we will delve into the many contours of our dreams (sleeped, daydreamed, envisioned). Working individually & with the group through improvisations and composed scores, we will course the field and explore, create & perform work from our wild & powerful nature.

All 3 days: $145
Individual workshops: $65/each

contact: 612.724.9130 or info@maureenkoelsch.com

Maureen Koelsch is a creator & director whose workshops challenge us to new imaginative risk.

Ivy Arts Building 2637 27th Avenue S. #201 (River's Way Meditation) Minneapolis, MN 55406
Maureen Koelsch- info@maureenkoelsch.com, (612) 724-9130

June 20-24
Tap Dance Boot Camp (with performance!)
Tap dancers age 8 to 18 years, adults welcome

Five-day experience of rhythmic knowledge, history, and exploration.
Monday - Thursday: Courses on technique, choreography, and improvisation. Live Music.
Friday: Performance. Class meets at 2PM. Rehearsal with the musicians 4-6PM. Show at 7:30.

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

June 11 | Saturday | 1-2:30PM

Open to all ages and all levels | Free

Spend the afternoon learning Hip Hop dance and its roots from three ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening artists. Learn Old School from Angel Adams, Popping from Ti-en-T, and West African/Step from Maia Maiden. You don't want to miss this rare opportunity!

Intermedia Arts | 2822 Lyndale Ave S | Minneapolis

June 11 | Saturday | 3-5PM

Open to all ages and all levels | $15

Come learn from the BEST Chicago dancers on the scene! Join Brand1, Boodilla, Stavs and Tempo from ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening as they teach style, technique and choreography. This is one Chicago Footwork and House workshop you do not want to miss!


Unique in Minnesota, Ballet Royale Minnesota is offering a week-long Summer Ballet Intensive program for motivated, aspiring male dancers ages 10 through adult.

Focusing on strength, power, technique, and performance, these classes provide a rare opportunity for men and boys to gain invaluable skills and insights beyond those presented in mixed classes. Students receive individualized attention and coaching from two of the state’s foremost male ballet teachers, former professional ballet dancers Barry Leon and Rick Vogt.

This innovative program incorporates ballet technique, targeted strength training, classical variations, and consists of two levels:
- Advanced Beginning/Intermediate Ballet
- Advanced Ballet

Monday – Friday, from 12:00pm–2:00pm

Program tuition: $60
Instructors: Barry Leon & Rick Vogt

Invitation or pre-approval required

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Zenon Dance Company's week-long summer intensive offers a rigorous and professional experience for intermediate and advanced dancers with a passion for dance. This intensive, taught by Zenon Dance Company dancers, offers daily technique or improvisation and repertory classes. Repertory classes contain excerpts from Zenon Dance Company's national and international repertory.
Experience exceptional choreography with extraordinary dancers!

Daily Schedule:
Technique or Improvisation: 11:30-1pm ($20 drop-in)
Repertory: 1:30-3:30 ($25 drop-in)

Drop-in to one day, or pre-register for all five technique and repertory classes for only $200!
For more information:

Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

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.

For more information:

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

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) focuses on the understanding and use of movement, body awareness and dance with persons who have psychological and behavioral issues. The introductory course introduces basic DMT theory and skills with an emphasis on multicultural perspectives for working with non-verbal behaviors. Students study 1) the diverse and universal role of movement and dance as a healing, transformative modality; 2) the history and development of DMT; 3) movement intervention skills.
This course is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, for Alternate Route R-DMT credit.

Friday July 22- Monday July 25, 2016 - 9 am-6 pm
$800/$600 ($150.00 deposit by June 1)

Instructors: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; Paul Sevett MA, BC-DMT, LICSW
For registration or information contact: Barbara: loebx001@umn.edu, 612-916-1829; or Paul zsevett@mac.com 651-291-0942

Minneapolis/St.Paul (TBD)
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb- loebx001@umn.edu, (612) 916-1829

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

Each level is broken up by ages:
Ages 5-7
Ages 8-11
Ages 12-15

Ages 5-7 begin camp at 10:00am-1:00pm, all other ages begin at 9:00am.

Register online at our website http://www.threadsdance.org/community-and-education/

Cost: $220 ($25 nonrefundable deposit fee due at time of registration)
Limited income scholarships are available.

Please contact Sara Karimi, Community Engagement and Education Manager at skarimi@threadsdance.org with any questions

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


Twins Cities Ballet is seeking a tall male professional dancer (preferably 6-foot or taller) for a 2016 Nutcracker guest contract or salaried season long company position to partner beautiful 5'8" female company member joining us for her third season with Twin Cities Ballet.

Company Position:
Soloist and Principal level, competitive salaried position, season runs from approximately September 2016 to May 2017 (34 weeks).

Applicants must have exceptional classical ballet and contemporary (modern) technique, strong performance skills, an excellent work ethic, and a desire to continually grow and advance both technically and artistically.

Dancers will receive company class each weekday morning or afternoon, with rehearsals both weekdays and on the weekends during non-performance weeks.

To arrange an audition, please contact Twin Cities Ballet directly: info@twincitiesballet.org or call 952-452-3163.

Rick Vogt- info@twincitiesballet.org, (952) 452-3163

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota is seeking dancers for the 2016-2017 season.

Male and female Company Trainees/Apprentices: Advanced dancers train with TCB Company members through its official school, Ballet Royale Minnesota, in its Professional Trainee Division day program, and dance and perform in TCB productions and alongside TCB company members.

To arrange an audition, please contact Twin Cities Ballet directly: info@twincitiesballet.org or call 952-452-3163.

Rick Vogt- info@twincitiesballet.org, (952) 452-3163

Future Interstates seeks proposals for
dance improvisation performances
for the July 12 as well as fall performances.

Email a short description, bio, and answer to the question "why improvisation?" to hijackdance@hotmail.com. Rolling deadline. We go up every other month, always on a second Tuesday.

Performances are at and made possible by the Cowles Center for Dance and The Performing Arts. Future Interstates is curated and hosted by HIJACK (Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder) and was initiated by HIJACK and Body Cartography in February 2015.

Cowles Center for Dance and The Performing Arts, 2nd floor
Kristin Van Loon- hijackdance@hotmail.com, (612) 229-0585

-Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive fundraising program that aligns with the Northrop’s philanthropic aims
-Work collaboratively with the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF)
-Work in partnership with UMF assigned prospect development liaison to develop a portfolio of current and prospective donors
-Develop and implement strategies for each prospect
-Develop annual fund strategy in close partnership with the UMF Annual Fund team and implement a comprehensive annual fund
-Collaborate with the Northrop Director and Development Associate on annual grant strategy bringing ideas and prospects to the table
-Guide grant-writing, research, and proposals for Northrop
-Oversee Northrop’s Advisory Board activities
-Work to establish a meeting schedule, meeting agendas, special campaigns, donor events, and other opportunities involving Board Members
-Engage the current board members and identify new candidates for board members

More info on UMN job site. Req #309417.

Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Nicole Stumpf- northrop@umn.edu

Ever wanted to learn what it takes to start your own company? Interested in a possible career in Arts Administration? COLLIDE is currently interviewing for its summer internship program.

Starting mid-May and extending through the end of August, participants will learn how to manage a patron database, social and email marketing skills, grant research, pre-production preparation and more!

This is an unpaid internship but complimentary dance classes, resume credit and letter of reference is provided upon completion.

VERY flexible schedule. One set meeting per week (one hour) and remaining four hours a week are on your own, with the exception of assistance at special events.

For more information or to set up an interview please send us a resume and cover letter to info@collidetheatrical.org.

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

Looking to get your rhythm on? Come out to Rhythmically Speaking's audition for dancers: RS Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard and 2016 choreographer Rae Charles are looking for dancers for their work in this year's RS annual production, running August 18-20 at the Southern Theater. Please bring a resume and headshot to the audition.

Sunday, May 29
Cowles Center studio location TBD.

The mission of Rhythmically Speaking is to revitalize jazz and rhythm-based dance forms in the Twin Cities, supporting its practitioners, educating its audiences, and celebrating its rich history while nurturing innovation through performance. Our anchor program is our annual production, each year featuring some of the best local and national choreographers working in jazz, rhythm-driven and vernacularly-inspired dance. This year's choreographers also include Rush Benson, Cindy Garner, Karla Grotting, Laura Selle-Virtucio and Pat Taylor (Artistic Director of Jazz Antiqua in Los Angeles).

The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

We are a new dance studio in Albertville with a state of the art facility in the northwest metro looking to build a creative and dedicated team. Ideal candidates would have an extensive dance background and training, preferably competition-based, pre-professional, and/or professional experience. We are looking for teachers and choreographers that have experience with dancers of all ages and abilities, and are flexible with nights and weekend hours.

Ideal candidates would have a love for dance and children, with a high energy level to keep up with our clientele. We are looking to hire candidates with a high level of professionalism and someone who is looking to find a dance studio family to be with long term.

Employees receive discounted tuition for their children and themselves, holiday breaks, and more!

If you feel you a good fit for our team, please email a cover letter and resume to info@millenniumdancecompany.com

Albertville, MN
Jayme Stedman- info@millenniumdancecompany.com, (763) 777-9404

Zenon Dance Zone is an intensive study and performance program. Students are chosen by audition and may take unlimited classes, subsidized by partial scholarship.

The Technique Level is a comprehensive program that provides students the opportunity to enhance their creative and technical skills and explore new dance styles.

The Performance Level is a student performing group formed from a select group of the advanced students. These dancers have achieved a strong intermediate or advanced level of dance technique. Performance Level dancers will have the opportunity to work with area choreographers and perform at the end of the session. This summer's choreographers are:

Darrius Strong
Grace Holden
Dana Buchwald

Audition June 4, 11am-12pm in Studio 4A.
Pre-register here: http://tinyurl.com/j67bxuc

Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101


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

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Fuel your health AND support Eclectic Edge Ensemble! Start your Sundays in June off right and join us for an hour of yoga flow- all levels encouraged and welcome. Following class, you'll also receive a coupon to use at a featured neighborhood cafe. Get up, grab a friend, take class and enjoy brunch at a nearby spot- sounds like a perfect summer morning. All proceeds benefit EEE's upcoming show, First Nights of a Foot Flight, July 21-24 at the Southern Theater. Here's the info:

Sunrise Salutations with EEE
June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 9AM
Ballare Teatro
4259 Minnehaha Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

1 class: $20, Four class pass: $60

There's more: For each class you attend, your name is entered to win a massage with Frank Harris from Hopkins Health and Wellness! Purchase a 4-class pass and your chances rise with your name in the hat an extra time. If you're a dad, you can take class for half price on Father's Day.

Ballare Teatro 4259 Minnehaha Ave S Minneapolis MN 55406


St. Paul Ballet offers open professional/advanced ballet classes taught by some of the Twin Cities' favorite teachers, including Lirena Branitski, Jeffery Hankinson, Barb Weinstein, Marianne Raub, and Maureen Haworth. The open/professional classes take place Monday-Friday at 10am and we boast the best rate for professionals in the Twin Cities at just $8 per class - not to mention the FREE and plentiful parking!

Mondays Advanced Ballet Technique 10:00-11:30 Fairview Ave Studio⎟ Teacher: Marianne Raub
Tuesdays Advanced Ballet Technique 10:00-11:30 Fairview Ave Studio⎟ Teacher: Barbara Weinstine
Wednesdays Advanced Ballet Technique 10:00-11:30 Fairview Ave Studio⎟ Teacher: Jeffrey Hankinson
Thursdays Advanced Ballet Technique 10:00-11:30 Fairview Ave Studio⎟ Teacher: Maureen Haworth
Fridays Advanced Ballet Technique 10:00-11:30 Fairview Ave Studio⎟ Teacher: Lirena Branitski

$15 single class, $10 student with valid ID, $8 working professionals
More information at spballet.org

Brittany Adams- spb@spballet.org

This is designed for students who wish to begin or continue dance training for health, recreation or self-enrichment. Students are encouraged to grow as an individual artist and to participate at their own pace. Classes are taught by teachers dedicated to the growth and fostering of ballet as an art form and believe dance contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Classes emphasize overall body conditioning and encourage an aesthetic appreciation of dance. All classes are accompanied by professional musicians who collaborate with our teachers just as in our pre-professional program and for our professional dancers.

Our drop-in program allows students a flexible schedule that meets the needs of both the working professional and busy student. Visit our website for more information.

Brittany Adams- spb@spballet.org

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

Deborah Thayer teaches somatics and modern at Zenon.

Topics in Somatics - May
Grounding Through the Legs
This month we will focus on learning how to balance the muscles that attach to the pelvis, orient the bones of the legs, hook-up the four major diaphragms (soles of feet, pelvis, thoracic, and cranial) and increase the tubular support of the large intestines. This exploration strives to increase stability in the lower body in order to provide both ease and power.

Topics in Technique - May
Navel Radiation and Power
Learn how to access the navel as energetic mouth. We will explore using this central point to initiate and sequence fluid movement patterns such as 'expanding and condensing’ and ‘sequencing’ to increase power in movement.

Deborah Jinza Thayer graduated from Johns Hopkins University; trained in dance in New York City; and received an MFA in Dance from George Mason University. Her company, Movement Architecture, has seated over 60 original works.

Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

See our full schedule here: http://tinyurl.com/zcdxe5v

NEW CLASSES and TEACHERS at Zenon - Summer 2016
Intermediate Modern with Erin Thompson - Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Improvisation/Contact Improvisation with Taja Will - Saturdays, 11:30-1pm

Summer Session:
June 6 - August 28 (12 weeks)
Drop-ins: $13-$16. 10-Class Cards: $120-$150. Enrollments: $132-$168

Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Torre Edahl- torre@zenondance.org, (612) 338-1101

MDT’s Open Adult Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults (ages 16 and older) who wish to enjoy the physical and aesthetic benefits of dance. These classes provide opportunities for exercise, stretching and toning of the body and an exploration of dance as an art form in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS-Preregistration required
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Current session: April 5 – June 21

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

Monday, 6:45-8:15pm
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

Class Prices:
90-minute class $15
Barre only $10
30-minute pointe class $5

10-class card $110
5-class card $60
10-pointe class card $40

Minnesota Dance Theatre, 528 Hennepin Avenue, 6th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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 Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis
Erin Thompson- thomp065@umn.edu, (612) 221-3186

May open company class with Threads Dance Project

Classes will be held through Thursday, May 26

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


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

Ongoing Latin and AfroCuban dance classes taught by Rene 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 Rene at 612-578-2110.

Two Locations: Shift Fitness and CM's Fitness
Rene Thompson- rdthompson01@yahoo.com, (612) 578-2110