Dear Dance Community:

As the year comes to a close, we are reaching out to express our gratitude. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped us raise upwards of $1,800 during our Fall Fundraiser. Whether you donated yourself or shared our cause with others, your support helps us do what we do. We are optimistic about the future of DanceMN and its vital role in our flourishing community.

As many of you know, we have been in a long cycle of managing, evaluating, and strategizing around our current website platform. We are thrilled to have landed on a plan to migrate to a more user-friendly and sustainable web host!

Friends, we need your support to make this happen. The web developer we are working with has generously offered us a steep discount, but the fact is that any cost is a high one for an organization our size. We ask you to please donate, in whatever amount you can, to help support this essential transition.

To donate, visit our page on GiveMN.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and consideration.

Happy Holidays!

DanceMN Steering Committee:
Karen Charles
Penelope Freeh
Jim Lieberthal
Kaya Lovestrand
Alys Ayumi Ogura
Deneane Richburg
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
Anat Shinar

Non Edwards- news@dancemn.org


"The ideal Christmas show for both those attracted to Christmas shows and those averse to them." —Pioneer Press

December 12-15
7:30pm and 2:00pm

Following sold-out performances last year at The Lab Theater, Ricci and his crew at Rhythm Street Movement breathe new life into Who Brought the Humbug? at The Cowles Center. A performance jam-packed with high-energy music, Broadway-style theatrics, and out-of-this-world tap dancing, this performance is one wildly creative, interactive holiday show the whole family can enjoy.

Ain’t no mullet, let’s party in the front!
For $150, you and a companion enjoy:
• Two premier front row tickets
• Cabaret-style seating
• A bottle of sparkling wine
• A shareable dessert

Let’s get ELF’d up!
Avoid the awkward holiday ham, bring the whole family or office to this tap jam! Save 20% on groups of ten or more.

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Myrtle Lemon-Todd- info@thecowlescenter.org

Forecast Public Art and Ananya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice co-host the last Forecast/Forward series event of 2019.

At this second part of the two-part conversation on decolonizing public art, we center performance art, visual art, and cultural organizing. Artists Kealoha Ferreira and Olivia Levins Holden will explore how artists are standing up and fighting back against colonization, from Puerto Rico to Mauna Kea, and how this impacts the future of public art in the U.S.

The discussion will be facilitated by Candida Gonzalez.

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

Incubation, reflection, performance and feedback: Nic Lincoln creates a solo for himself to perform.
Showings of the work in progress followed by moderated discussion from the audience will help to inform his process of creation.
This project marks an exciting new chapter in his artistic journey.

NOVEMBER 12, 2019
6:00 PM

Target Education Studio at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

We are proud and excited that this year marks Twin Cities Ballet’s tenth year of Nutcracker at Ames Center. The show has grown over the years, and was given a fresh new twist in 2015, becoming A Minnesota Nutcracker and adding local settings and flare while retaining all the familiar traditions and magic loved by so many. A Minnesota Nutcracker is enhanced by all new custom-designed and painted Minnesota-centric backdrops, and named by MPR as one of the "Twelve Essential Holiday Season Events."

Dancers perform to the iconic Tchaikovsky music, highlighted with backdrops depicting historic Rice Park and Summit Avenue in St. Paul, the snowy banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and the magnificent palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Performances are held at Burnsville's Ames Center
Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 15 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

Ames Center | 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Rick Vogt- info@TwinCitiesBalllet.org, (952) 898-3163

Alright, dance peeps! Erinn Liebhard here, Artistic Director of Rhythmically Speaking. I've been wanting to do this show for YEARS, and it's finally happening! I never set out to do a "family" show or a "holiday" show, it just so happens that dancing the beloved Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack to live music seems to be BOTH!

Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 15 at 4:00pm
Tickets: $16 in advance; $18 at the door. Fees apply.

Come chill with us. Bring kids (children under twelve years old are free!), have a beer, and enjoy each other's company while taking in vibrant and joyful choreography and improvisations set to the tunes of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic soundtrack, played live by a quartet of excellent local musicians!
If you came last year, come back and hear our new guitarist and/or get a Peanuts-style caricature at one of the matinee shows.

Details at http://www.rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org/chill/
Get your tickets ahead of time, last year we sold out!

Amsterdam Bar and Hall | 6 West 6th St, St. Paul, MN 55102

Minnesota Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the State Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Loyce Houlton’s imaginative choreography, and the thrilling dancers of the MDT company and school. Featuring the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra conducted by Philip Brunelle, this spectacular dream fantasy creates magical memories for generations to share.

Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14 at 3:00pm
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm
Friday, December 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21 at 3:00pm
Sunday, December 22 at 3:00pm
Monday, December 23 at 1:00pm

Tickets start at $30.
Students/senior discounts available.
Available at http://www.ticketmaster.com or through the State Theatre Box Office: 1-800-982-2787.

State Theatre | 805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf- justin.leaf@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

This weekend!
Don't miss Ballet Minnesota’s 32nd annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker
December 13–15, 2019

Ticket prices range from $21 to $46 with discounts for students, seniors and groups. To purchase tickets, visit https://oshag.stkate.edu/event/ballet-mn-the-classic-nutcracker-2019/ or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700.

The magic is brought to life by a cast of more than 130 dancers including nationally known dancers in feature roles, Ballet Minnesota company veterans and apprentices, and students from Classical Ballet Academy. Guest dancers include Violeta Angelova as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Matthew Prescott as the Cavalier. This also marks Robert Cleary's landmark 21st appearance in the production as the mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer.

The student roles range from Clara to the youngest dancers as scampering mice and winged angels.

The O'Shaughnessy at University of Saint Catherine | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN
Susan Ritt- susan@cwcommunications.info, (651) 335-1834

Ballet Co.Laboratory presents your holiday favorite with a whimsical twist! Nutcracker in Wonderland tells the story of grown-up Clara home from college for the holidays. During her family’s annual party, she reencounters her grade school friend Patty. Together they rediscover the magic of their childhood and realize the freedom of possibility within adulthood. In true Nutcracker form, nutty Uncle Drosselmeyer brings the Mouse Queen and King to life, along with other Wonderland creatures. Clara and Patty waltz through the land of snowflakes and meet all your Wonderland favorites including the mischievous Cheshire Cat, the ever-late White Rabbit, the mesmerizing Caterpillar, and the spiteful Queen of Hearts.

St. Paul Performances:
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15, 2019 at 2:00pm

Menomonie, WI Performances:
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00pm

The Huss Center for Performing Arts
Zoe Henrot- zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org, (651) 313-5967

Young Dance is teaming up with Eat for Equity to support people of all ages and abilities in movement!

Join us for an open house style party supporting Young Dance:
Saturday, December 14
Dubliner Pub & Café

Come as you are, give what you can.
Menu includes halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.
Activities include a movement workshop for everyone!

Suggested donation $0-$25.
For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-for-equity-for-young-dance-tickets-8299...

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the art of dance. Our mission is to transform lives through movement. We are an inclusive community where creativity flourishes and all are encouraged to aspire to artistic excellence.

Young Dance opened doors to its new home in September 2019, in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul at the CO•MOTION Center for Movement.

Dubliner Pub & Cafe | 2162 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Jennifer Glaws- jennifer@youngdance.org, (612) 423-3064

Saturday, December 14 and Saturday, December 21 at 7:00pm.

Join us for the culmination of cfpa’s Fall 2019 New Works Residencies! Choreographer Kerry Parker, theater artist Morgan Holmes, and composer David Means will all present work on both nights.

With the support of free rehearsal space and a mentor specifically chosen for this project, three local performing artists have initiated development of a completely new work. The final piece of this residency is to invite audiences into conversation with the artist’s process with this public presentation and discussion.

All cfpa events are pay-what-you-can (donation) at the door.
Advance reservations are encouraged.

More details, including full event and residency announcements and blog posts from the artists, are available here: https://cfpampls.com/news/

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Jennie Ward- jennie@cfpampls.com, (612) 821-9202

The artistic team of T. Mychael Rambo, Lirena Branitski and Christina Onusko returns for a second year along with the addition of James Sewell. This veteran dream team brings their artistry and their creative “juice” to this classic performance. Be part of the joy and magic of the season in this retelling for young and old alike.

Snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, mice scurry and magic happens! At the stroke of midnight, the drama unfolds and Marie and her brother Frank travel to a world of colorful characters. Storyteller extraordinaire T. Mychael Rambo is our guide to enchantment and the company of James Sewell Ballet delivers show-stopping roles to Tchaikovsky’s layered and lush musical score. The 85-minute length, plus intermission, is a perfect way to introduce children to the power and beauty of classical dance.

The O’Shaughnessy
December 21 at 1:00 pm
December 21 at 6:00 pm

Fully-priced tickets $22-$44. Discounts for students, seniors, military, groups and St. Kate’s alumni. Visit our website to buy tickets!

O'Shaughnessy | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN
Heidi Johnson- hjohnson@spballet.org

Katha Dance Theatre is teaming up with musician and composer J.D. Steele on Shaamya - Of Equality, a new dance work that celebrates the legacy of the late writer and activist Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Inspired by Nazrul's poetry, Of Equality attempts to draw parallels between the experiences of today's oppressed communities with those expressed by Nazrul in his time. In portraying his work through a mixture of classical Indian dance choreographed by Rita Mustaphi, original songs by Steele, and poetry by playwright Ifrah Mansour, Of Equality shows that Nazrul's work echoes today's political and artistic climates, transcending time and place. This is a work-in-progress performance, with a full production coming in 2020.

Tickets: pay what you can, maximum $10. Availability to be announced.

Run time: 40 minutes, followed by a 20-minute post-show discussion.

Photo: Ashwani Chopra.

For more information:

The Southern Theater | 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454


Join Young Dance for Dance Together on Mondays and Wednesdays. Our new session starts in January!

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

Classes are held at the new Young Dance studios in the CO•MOTION Center for Movement.

Mondays, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Taught by YD instructor Gretchen Pick

Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Taught by YD instructor Julia Davidson

To register and for more information, visit http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.

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

FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class for parents and their young dancer to explore movement together.
Winter Session: January 16–February 20, 2020
Thursdays, 10:00–10:45am
Spring Session: April 16–May 21, 2020
Thursdays, 10:00–10:45am
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

PRE-BALLET for ages four through six.
A 45-minute class held once a week for six weeks that introduces dancers to ballet and dance expressions. Dancers will focus on ballet positions, textures of movement, and musicality.
Winter Session: January 11–February 15, 2020
Saturdays, 9:30–10:15am
Spring Session: April 11–May 16, 2020
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Join teaching artist Deja Stowers for “We Dance TU”, a dance session that prioritizes BIG BODIES. Utilizing African-based movement, discussion, self–love/affirmation, and accumulative choreography, this space is for all who were told they were “too (something)” to be a dancer—even if you were the one who told yourself. This space is to make discoveries in your body, your creativity, your YOU!

Eight-week session: December 9-January 27
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm
Cost: $112.00 for full eight-week session; online pre-registration required.

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

The three-day workshop consists of a one-hour Gaga/dancer class and a one-hour choreographic process rooted in the Gaga lens.

Gaga/dancer classes offer a framework for users to connect to their bodies and imaginations and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Ahlgren spent a year in Tel Aviv, immersed in Gaga teacher training, between 2011-2012. She has been teaching Gaga nationally and internationally since, as well as choreographing her own body of work through a lens of the Gaga language. A personal and human take to the choreographic process allows each dancer an opportunity to move authentically, expressing their curiosities and passions through movement.

Thursday, December 12, 4:00-6:00pm
Friday, December 13, 4:00-6:00pm
Saturday, December 14, 10:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $75.00*, online pre-registration required.
*$60.00 for university students with valid student ID.

Photo: Isabel Fajardo.

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

Artistic Associate with local company Black Label Movement (and alumni mover) Eddie Oroyan will be teaching alongside partner Jessica Eirado Enes (duo also known as "My Homeless Lover") on December 16 and 17, 9:00am-1:00pm, at the Barker Center for Dance in Minneapolis.

$80 for both days, eight hours total. If you can’t make both days, you can attend the first day for $50, but attendees cannot take just the second day since the workshop builds off of the first day.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/s9avgxo

OUIJA: The Listening Animal
The class is designed for intermediate/advanced movers. We both are practitioners of Vipassana meditation and much of our understanding of awareness and equanimity is infused into our class. Concurrently, influence from our professional experience certainly bleeds into this training, but much of movement discoveries come from our own personal research and practice, an ongoing study to seamlessly exchange/share leadership as equal partners.


Barker Center for Dance | 500 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Ballet Royale is pleased to offer a brand new Winter Intensive this year!
This NEW program, designed for the intermediate/advanced dancer, will focus on being audition ready with specialty classes for variations and artistry.

Intensive dates and times:
Friday, December 27: 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday, December 28: 10:00am-3:00pm
Sunday, December 29: 10:00am-2:00pm

Included with this intensive:
-Headshot and arabesque photo by professional photographer.
-Audition tips.

GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Lirena Branitski
A Russian native, Lirena was first soloist of the Kiev State Theatre of Opera and Ballet and a frequent guest performer at the famed Bolshoi Theatre. She has performed as a soloist and principal dancer throughout Europe, Canada, and South America. Ms. Branitski has decades of teaching expertise and is one of the Twin Cities' most recognized and respected figures in the ballet community.

Cost: $325 per dancer

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

Wanna get some groovy movement in between Christmas and New Year's? Come on out to this workshop!

Long-time Zenon jazz teacher and emerging force in jazz improvisation for performance, Erinn Liebhard is excited to partner with trumpeter Bob DeBoer to share a unique offering during Zenon's Winter Workshop Week!

This two-hour experience is focused on jazz(ish!) improvisation skill-building for dancers AND musicians who are interested in being musically-responsive in the moment and in a jazz way.

We'll warm up together, spend time exploring different tools (examples include using motifs, connecting in solos and duos), and we'll finish with a jam. If you're a musician or know some, invite them. Their instrument is their ticket in. Load-in is from 5:30-6:00pm, load-out 8:00-8:30pm, and we've got a Zenon free class card available for the first two dancers who show up to help!

If you like jazz: this is for you.
If you like to improvise: this is for you.

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

Try belly dancing for FREE!
Sunday, January 5, 11:00am–2:00pm.

Our studio is in the Hook & Ladder Building, next to the police station.

Join us for FREE mini-classes and light refreshments. Beginner classes at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Classes are open to new and current students.
New students get $10 off your session when you register at our open house! You may stay as long as you'd like to try as many free classes as you'd like.

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

3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jenny Piper- genmanager@jawaahir.org, (612) 872-6050

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

Fundamentals I with Hassan Ingraham
Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30pm
Winter Session: January 7-March 24

Fundamentals II with Zachary Tuazon
Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm
Fall Session: January 9-March 26

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

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

Other upcoming sessions:
Spring Session: April 7, 2020–June 25, 2020, twelve weeks
Summer Session: July 7, 2020–August 27, 2020, eight weeks

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

Klein Technique™ Tune-up with BARBARA MAHLER

Barbara Mahler is back in Minneapolis this January to continue her ongoing relationship with the Minneapolis dance community (since 1992), Barbara returns to teach, guide and educate the body, mind, and embodied spirit of dance.

January 16,17,18,19

Special three-hour workshop:
Saturday, January 18
Barbara can give more individualized attention/detail in the workshop than in the daily Stretch and Placement classes.
$65 pre-pay, on or before January 5. Full refund before January 12. $75 for day-of drop-in.
To pre-register via PayPal, click "send to family and friends," and type in groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com.
Email for information or to obtain the mailing address for mail-in payment.

Stretch and Placement classes
Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, January 16,17, and 19
Daily practice of Klein Technique™.
Drop-in only.
$15-25 each class.

MOVO | Ivy Building, Room 206, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Jennifer Arave- groundbreakerlabs@gmail.com, (612) 432-1512

January 18-19, 2020
Teaching Artist: Christian Warner

March 14-15, 2020
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

May 9-10, 2020
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot

Photo by Karin Lynn.

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

Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed as a pre-requisite for Doushin Butoh Workshop in order to learn the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong. ​​​​​​​​​

This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh:

- Quiet down the daily consciousness and listen to the subtle body signals.
- Go beyond our physical, psychological, and social bounds in order to create movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.
- Resonate with other bodies.
- Go into meditative state using Spring Forest Qigong techniques.

Doushin Butoh Workshop is a group process and this workshop requires no previous dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore his or her hidden creative potentials is welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

2020 schedule, dates are subject to change:
First Term: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, March 5, 12, 19.

Tuition: $135

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


Call for submissions!

The prompt for Good Job Twin Cities dance zine Issue 5 is two-fold:
1) Write a response or review of any new dance performance September-December 2019. We want to read about what you are witnessing right now in the Twin Cities!
2) Write something about a specific experience or memory from a 9x22 Dance/Lab anytime from its inception until now. We want to read about what you remember from this prolific dance series hosted by Laurie Van Wieren at the Bryant-Lake Bowl since 2003!

Responses can come in the form of a poem, an essay, a drawing, a photo, or the notes you scribbled on your program. Low stakes, light editorial touch.

Send us your contribution to readgoodjob@gmail.com before December 13, 2019. We will send you $5.

Read previous issues of Good Job at http://readgoodjob.com.

Julia Gavin Bither- readgoodjob@gmail.com

Ananya Dance Theatre invites skilled dancers and performers who are committed to

• physical, intellectual, and emotional stamina
• professional rigor, and
• social justice choreography.

An audition will be held Sunday, December 15, 2019, 10:30am-12:30pm, at the Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.

Please arrive at 10:00am to make introductions and orient to the space. The audition will take place within the context of company class. Please come ready to dance. We will work barefoot. There is no financial charge to participate in the audition; no reservations or tickets are necessary. Call backs will be scheduled for a later time.

Ananya Dance Theatre Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice | 1197 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104

The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lake, Battle Lake, Minnesota.

July 20-26, 2020

NEW this year! The DanceBARN Festival 2020 theme will be dance and music collaborations!

Battle Lake has an incredible music scene and this year we're taking full advantage of it! Not only will each class have live accompaniment, but we will help nurture three collaborations between local musicians and guest choreographers. There will be opportunities to create for stage and site-specific performances.

Applications DUE December 31
Apply at https://www.dancebarncollective.org/festival

DanceBARN Collective- dancebarncollective@gmail.com

This is an open call for applications/proposals to participate in the 2020 Right Here Showcase.

The application, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and information about past Showcases can be found on the website at http://www.righthereshowcase.weebly.com. New this year: artists propose two unique audience/stage configurations of the Off-Leash Art Box space.

Artists propose a 45- to 60-minute new work, thorough revision of a past work, or completion of a current work.
RHS provides a $1000 fee, as well as administrative, marketing, and technical support.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: midnight, Tuesday December 31.
ANNOUNCEMENT: January 2020
PERFORMANCE DATES: May 28-29-30-31, June 4-5-6-7
VENUE: The Off-Leash Art Box

Four artists will be chosen, with two each on a split bill performing on one of the two weeks of the Showcase.

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

Don’t miss out on the world premiere of The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet! This brand new production is Twin Cities Ballet’s adaptation and retelling of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Auditions are open to all!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

2:30pm: Registration
3:00-4:00pm Mandatory Parent’s Meeting
3:45-4:45pm: Audition for dancers YBI-YBIV (or ages twelve and under if non-Ballet Royale student)
4:45-6:15pm: Audition for AYI and higher (or thirteen and older if non-Ballet Royale student)

$25.00 Audition fee. Please bring check or cash day-of.

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


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

Book the performance space or studio space between December 15 and February 15 at the following discounted rates:

- $1000/week, exclusive use. Regularly $1200.
- $350/day (weekend). Regularly $500.
- $15/hour for classes or rehearsals. Regularly $20.
- $12/hour if you book 20 hours or more. Regularly $15.

- $12/hour for classes or rehearsals. Regularly $15.
- $10/hour if you book 20 hours or more. Regularly $12.

More detailed information is available on our website.
Please contact Jennifer Ilse for booking.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The Jawaahir Dance Company Minneapolis location is conveniently located at 3010 Minnehaha Ave next door to the police station. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Fully handicapped accessible. $20 per hour.*

The Bloomington location is 9050 Lyndale Ave in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Floor is tile on concrete—NOT a sprung wood dance floor. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area. Free parking in lot. Not handicapped accessible. $15 per hour.*

*Rates quoted are for dance-related rentals only. Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company. Sorry, no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted.

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

Minnesota Dance Theatre has three studios available for hourly rental. The studios are located on the sixth floor at the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. All studios have sprung floors covered with Marley, mirrors, ballet barres, a piano, and a sound system.

Studio 6A: 3286 square feet; approximately 45' x 65'
Studio 6B: 1563 square feet; approximately 27' x 53'
Studio 6C: 929 square feet; approximately 15' x 38'

Rates for artists and nonprofit rehearsal:
Studio 6A: $15/hour
Studio 6B: $12.50/hour
Studio 6C: $10/hour

Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour

Rental fees may be paid with cash, check, or credit card. Make checks payable to MDT. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card purchases.

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jane Scheidel- jane.scheidel@mndance.org, (612) 338-0627

The Cowles Center offers affordable office space leasing in the historic Masonic Temple building. Spaces range in size from 150 square feet to 2000 square feet. If you would like to learn more information about leasing office space at The Cowles Center or would like to set up an appointment to view available spaces, please contact rentals@thecowlescenter.org

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts serves as Minnesota’s flagship for dance, presenting world-class productions from our dynamic professional dance scene and providing administrative, rehearsal, and studio space at 50% below market value for non-profit dance, performing arts, and cultural organizations.

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Cowles Center has three studio spaces available for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and access to a sound system.

All reservations are managed through The Cowles Center Booking Calendar. After filling out a one-time rental profile form, an invitation is sent to set up an account. Once you receive a booking invitation, you will be able to manage all reservations, cancellations, and payments on your own. Users may use the Rental Calendar to book now and pay later by saving a valid debit or credit card to their rental account. Bookings will be charged after the cancellation notice time frame has expired.

View the Cowles Center Booking Calendar:

Fill out a Renter Profile Form: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/spaces/rent-studio-conference-room-space

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Paula Vasquez Alzate- rentals@thecowlescenter.org

Three beautiful new studios are available for rent at Ballet Co.Laboratory.

Studio One and Studio Two are 52 feet by 25 feet. Studio Three is 32 feet by 25 feet. We have two gender neutral restrooms, changing rooms, a comfortable lobby space with Wi-fi access and ample seating. The entire facility is HVAC heated and cooled. Free parking available in front of the studio.


Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Work exchange students are eighteen years of age or older, are passionate about dance, and are interested in helping to build the BCL community. The student and director will agree on a set shift schedule. For more information please e-mail zhenrot@balletcolaboratory.org

One hour of work = one 90-minute class.

Each shift is three to four hours during weekday evenings depending on class schedules and availability.
Tasks include but are not limited to checking in students for class, answering questions, assisting parents and students as needed, answering the phone and general e-mail, sweeping/mopping the lobby and bathrooms, taking out the trash, and other administrative tasks as assigned by the director.

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

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

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio One) and 21x46 feet (Studio Two) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette, dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Ave, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez- abdo.sayegh@tudance.org, (612) 367-6681

Springboard for the Arts' Artist Career Consultants offer consultations to individual artists and groups.

We offer help putting together:
• resumes and artist statements
• grant narratives
• budgets
• and more!

I am one of Springboard's consultants, take advantage of my decades of experience!

A partial list of grants I've written and received for my performing career:
• seven McKnight Fellowship applications
• five MSAB grants (Touring and Artist Initiative)
• four Jerome grants (Project and Study/Travel)
• one MRAC Next Step
• one Bush Fellowship
• numerous grants for Patrick's Cabaret.

I've also sat on many grant panels, gaining insight from the other side.

If you think that my experience may be of use to you, sign up for a consultation and request me. It's that easy.
Check the Career Consultation FAQ link:

Pay what you can. Springboard's suggested fees: $0 to $75/hour. They subsidize these consultations, so you pay what you truly can afford.

Springboard for the Arts | 308 Prince St, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN 55101
Patrick Scully- patrick@patrickscully.org, (612) 205-1512


Ballet Royale is celebrating our first ten years as Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages! Sign your little one up today for Ballet Royale's Creative Dance program!

Spring classes run from January 3 through May 16, and include a Celebration of Dance performance on May 17.

Our program is a professionally developed and comprehensive program drawing on decades of dance and music teaching experience, which offers an incomparable experience for children from walking age through six years old. These innovative classes encourage musicality, imagination, and self expression through the art of dance and music. There is also a separate class specifically designed for five- and six-year-old boys that may be taken instead of or in addition to the general Pre-Ballet Creative Dance classes.

We would love for you to come dance with us!

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

Interested in improving your jazz dance technique? Want to brush up on your skills before your next audition? A bit rusty but want to get back in shape? Looking to just dance for the “JOD” (joy of dance)? Our adult/teen open classes are the perfect fit!

10:00-11:30am: Advanced Ballet with Riley Weber
5:30-6:30pm: Beginning Tap with Rush Benson
6:30-7:30pm: Intermediate Tap with Rush Benson
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate Theater Jazz with Rush and Regina

10:00-11:30am: Advanced Jazz with Regina Peluso

Not seeing a class time or level that works for you?
Email us at Academy@collidetheatrical.org and give a suggestion! We would love to hear from you.

2019/2020 Drop-in Class Rates
Single class: $16.00
Five-class card: $75.00
Ten-class card: $140.00

755 Prior Ave N, Suite 235 H, St. Paul, MN 55104

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

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

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

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

We are excited to announce a brand new class for Kathak beginners of all ages! Join us at our St. Louis Park studio on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. New students: your first class is free! This is a commitment-free opportunity to try out a beautiful, exhilarating dance form at no cost to you.

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

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

Winter Session begins on Monday, January 6 and runs for ten weeks.

Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. You will learn basic movements and then build upon them. Beginning classes are $160 for the ten-week session. Make up classes may be made up during Winter Session only.

We also have monthly class passes that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes. Or, you may drop-in to class and pay $18 each time you attend.

Registration is open for you NOW at http://www.cassandraschool.com! Please visit our website often to check “Today's Classes” for any notifications or cancellations that may occur for your class.

Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, within the Hook & Ladder complex.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave S, in the Great Bear Center.

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

MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities. We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness, and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment. Classes begin with floor and standing warm-up to strengthen, stretch and balance the body. Included are sequences that focus on joint articulation, balance, foot work, and preparing the body to move through space. Concepts drawn from the infinite possibilities of time, space, and energy are explored through given movement combinations and improvisation.
Center for Performing Arts - CFPA | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lake Harriet Spiritual Center - LHSC | 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 AM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Saturdays, 4:00-5:30 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Mondays, 5:00-6:15 PM at LHSC.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

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

MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older.

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

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

Monday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I and II - Preregistration required
Tuesday (Fundamentals I) and Thursday (Fundamentals II), 7:00-8:30pm
January 7, 2020–March 26, 2020, twelve weeks
April 7, 2020–June 25, 2020, twelve weeks
July 7, 2020–August 27, 2020, eight weeks

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

GENTLE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Mondays, 10:00–11:30am
Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am

INTERMEDIATE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00pm pointe class following
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am
Saturdays, 10:30–12:00pm pointe class following

Tuesdays, 4:00–5:00pm

TEEN/ADULT BALLET CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older.
Mondays, 11:30am–12:00pm

Mondays, 7:00–8:15pm

ADVANCED TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
Mondays, 10:00–11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am

Saturdays, 9:15–10:30am

Saturdays, 10:30am–12:00pm

Teaching artists include: Anna Goodrich, Jeffrey Hankinson, Zoé Henrot, Justin Leaf, Christian Warner, and Leah Gallas.
Class cards available.

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

Ballet Co.Laboratory's mission is to create, develop, and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet.
 Interested in signing up for the Full-Term Program? We offer serious classical ballet training for ages seven through eighteen. Collectively, our staff brings over 80 years of ballet instruction to our studios.

Level 1: Ages seven through nine
Level 2: Ages ten through thirteen
Level 3: Ages eleven through fifteen
Level 4: Ages thirteen and older
Level 5: Ages fourteen and older

Weekly classes include technique, pointe, and repertory. Multiple performance opportunities offered throughout the year. Head to our website for more information: https://www.balletcolaboratory.org/preprofessional-program-2019

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

For ages eleven through eighteen:
A class for male dancers to dive into technical training that will deepen their understanding of their dancing.

Students must take the one-hour Level 3 technique class before Men’s Technique to be warm and ready for turns and jumps.
Saturdays, September 2019–May 2020
2:30-3:30pm, following 1:30-2:30pm Level 3 Technique

Photo: Karin Lynn.

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

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

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Wendy Anderson, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Blake Nellis, Abdo Sayegh, and Lillian Stillwell.

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

Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side. There is free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center.

Photo: Jeffrey Stene.

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

The Open Space is offering Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) with Lindsay Forsythe:

This is an hour-long movement meditation, with a structure in three parts: the first 20 minutes is sitting/stillness, the second 20 minutes is personal awareness practice/movement, and the third 20 minutes is open space/group movement. Please bring a pillow, blanket, or bolster for your personal sitting comfort if you have one, otherwise one will be provided. Please visit The Open Space on Facebook to read a more detailed description of the practice, or visit www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:15am

$5-10 suggested donation.

Everyone welcome!

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892

Blake Nellis is teaching contact improvisation for all levels of movers at The Open Space.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
$10-20, sliding scale.

From the CITC (Contact Improvisation Twin Cities) guidelines:
What is Contact Improvisation?
There is much to say, because the form is continually evolving. But in short, CI is a social movement practice involving the exploration and research of one’s body in relationship to the floor, space, and others through movement awareness, touch, and sharing weight. Techniques include rolling point of contact, sliding, giving and receiving weight with a shared center of gravity, following momentum, and listening with body and senses. The form welcomes people of all abilities, races, genders, and places of origin.

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Blake Nellis- movingdance@gmail.com

Come get your groove on with Karla Grotting this week at Friday Morning Jazz! Karla's classes are always full of history, groove, rhythmic complexity and welcome: As Karla says, "jazz dance amnesty is in full force." It doesn't matter how long it's been since you've been to dance class, you are always welcome!

Karla will lead you through a thorough warm-up, complex center and across the floor exercises, and a combination that'll whet your palate for musicality. Come enjoy community through this long-standing Twin Cities tradition of an open, Friday morning jazz class, and leave with a smile in your body and on your face!

Only two classes left this session: December 13 and 20. We take a long winter's nap until spring session, so #GetYourAsstoClass!

Zenon Dance School Studio 4A | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard- ekliebs@gmail.com

Who is dancing? What are we dancing about? Why do we dance together?

Using methods developed while dancing and choreographing in Europe, this class will approach these questions in a physical and creative dance practice. The warm-up will focus on the physical principles of movement: mobilization, coordination, strength, and flexibility. A learned phrase will then be expanded and elaborated upon, exploring intention, limitations, rhythm, and swarms. Together participants will go beyond technical execution to discover the movement’s potential. Designed for professional and advanced dancers, this class is open to all.

Open class:
December 13

Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card; payable by cash, check, or card at TUDC.

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

Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.

No pre-registration or shoes necessary. First class: always free! Drop-in class: $13. Five-class card: $60. Ten-class card: $110.

Introduction to Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fridays, December 13, 20

Foundations in Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 9:00am-10:00am
Sundays, December 15

Advanced Yorchha with Kealoha Ferreira: 9:30am-11:00am
Tuesdays, December 17

Ananya Dance Theatre, 1197 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104

Contact Improvisation Twin Cities hosts a monthly live music jam every third Monday. Come join us to connect, dance, listen, move, and be moved!

December 16: CI MUSIC JAM with Brandon Musser:

Brandon Musser, a sound artist with blood from Pittsburgh and an address in Minneapolis, is a music composer, producer, designer, and performer. His recent media are composition for dance, techno, and large performative installation. Brandon's current work investigates the physical materialization of sound within the performer/viewer and producer/consumer codependency. Through a performative installation he explores the fundamental qualities of what this codependency is and how this relationship dictates performance’s definition.

Doors at 6:00pm.
All are welcome!

The Open Space | Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe- lint71@gmail.com, (347) 512-0892


The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's USArtists International (USAI) has announced $183,000+ in grant support to 20 ensembles and solo performers who will represent the United States at 24 festivals around the globe.

Grantees include Ananya Dance Theatre for its October 2020 participation at the Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF), Palestinian Territories.

BIPAF is one of the programs under the aegis of the Diyar Consortium, with roots in German Lutheran efforts in the 19th century to serve Palestinian Christians and people of all faiths. The Consortium was founded in 1995 as the International Center of Bethlehem.

USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Howard Gilman Foundation for support of New York City-based organizations.

Photo: Mosque of Omar, Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories