DanceMN News - December 5, 2018







A Minneapolis holiday specTAPular—a seven-piece funk band with a four-piece tap dance crew! A mix of classics, originals, and fun for the entire family.

From the artistic director that brought you RHYTHMIC CIRCUS comes a new holiday show jam-packed with funky horns, soulful harmonies, sophisticated tap dance, and your favorite holiday characters wound into a family-friendly mystery. Who Brought the Humbug? is a brand new theatrical production, debuting at The Lab Theater.

Tap into the season!

Tickets will be available at will-call beginning an hour before each show. All ticket sales are non-refundable.
Mezzanine seats may have obstructed sightlines. VIP tables can be arranged to accommodate groups of twelve or less.

Parking for the Lab Theater can be found across the street. Please record your stall number and pay at the Lab Box Office when you go to pick up your tickets.

The Lab Theater | 700 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Cassandra and Jawaahir invite you to join us in celebration of the Egyptian vocal giant Um Kalthoum.

We will perform works representing the iconic expressions of the late, great Egyptian singer. You'll have the unique opportunity to hear some of these musical gems in the singer's own voice. Award-winning dance lighting designer Jeff Bartlett will set the stage for this dance/music extravaganza. Your ears are in for a treat as we bring you an all-acoustic instrumental ensemble! National Arab Orchestra Music Director, Michael Ibrahim, will be performing with Minnesota’s incomparable world musicians Tim O’Keefe, Laura Harada, and Yaron Klein.

December 6–9
8pm shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday

Post-show discussion with our talented artists on Friday evening!
General admission: $35 reservations.
Pay-as-able at the door for Saturday’s matinee, on a first-come-first-served basis.

3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Walker Commission
World Premiere

“Complete possession of the dancer by the dance is a rare sight, but it is one that can make watching a [Thorson] performance a near-transcendent experience for the audience too.” —New York Times

In Heaven (2009), choreographic mix-master Morgan Thorson and the sublime slowcore music of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (LOW) drew audiences into a meditation on the ambiguities of perfection. In this new commission, Thorson returns with Sparhawk and a brain trust of collaborators for an intervention on Western dance culture. Resuscitating power as tenderness, Public Love embraces reciprocal touch as an intimate alternative to might and control. Co-created with dance artists Jessica Cressey, Non Edwards, Allie Hankins, Sam Johnson, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, and Valerie Oliveiro, the work explores consent, action, agency, and connection as a balm for our divisive times.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Destanie Martin-Johnson-

University Dance Theatre ignites the stage December 7-9 with a blaze of fresh talent illuminating University of Minnesota Dance Program’s mission to promote contemporary dance in a global context

Directed by Erin Thompson
Choreographers: Alito Alessi, Eko Supriyanto, Marcus Jarrell Willis, and Kjara Starič Wurst
Artistic residencies supported by the Sage Cowles Land Grant Guest Artist Endowment.

Whiting Proscenium Stage
Rarig Center
University of Minnesota, west bank campus

December 7 - 9, 2018

Tickets, prices include all fees:
$17: general public.
$12: U of M faculty/staff/alumni/retirees.
$7: students of any college and those under eighteen.

Nora Jenneman-

Groove is an evening tap and percussive dance event presented by Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company.

The show features professionals, youth tap ensembles, and special guests; and includes a lot of high energy, passion and killer skills varied enough to delight all ages. Choreography, improvisation, song, and body percussion will round out the performance.

Tickets are $17 for adults and just $6 for students and seniors.
All prices include taxes and fees.

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center | 11411 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

Think you know the Nutcracker? Think again! Spice up the most wonderful time of the year with this cheeky take on a classic tale!

Nutcracker (not so) Suite careens through 1960s New York City as Marie and her egomaniac mother, Mama Flo, prepare to put on the holiday soirée of the season. When the party goes off the rails, Marie’s sassy Barbie and hunky Ken doll spring to life and escort her through an off-kilter dream world. Skewering everything from classical ballet to pop culture personalities, Nutcracker (not so) Suite is the naughty holiday treat you didn’t know you needed!

Starring Bradley Greenwald, Steven Epp, and the dancers of James Sewell Ballet!

Recommended for ages fourteen and older.

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

Cocoon Central Dance Team—the "dance troupe the comedy world is obsessed with"—is coming to the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis on December 8!

For their first-ever Minnesota performance, Cocoon Central will present an evening of dance, comedy, dance-comedy, video, heartbreaking discography, lush aerial displays daringly attempted from the floor, spiraling friendship games, dangerous rumors about Brandy Melville, and ultimately, redemption.

Born out of extreme friendship and a romance with choreography, Cocoon Central have been New York City alt-comedy regulars since 2009 with appearances at Upright Citizens Brigade, The Chris Gethard Show, MoMA, and for some reason, the opening ceremony of the New York City Marathon. Individual members have appeared regularly on G.L.O.W., Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer.

Tickets: $18 advance, $22 door.
This is an eighteen and over show.
Tickets and more information:

The Parkway Theater | 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2018 Winter Student Showcase at TU Dance Center.

Students from Levels Two through Five of the Pre-Professional Program will be featured in works by Artistic Director Uri Sands, including an excerpt from "With Love" which was recently performed for the company's fifteenth anniversary season at the Ordway. The evening will also include two new works by TU Dance Center teaching artists Kenna Cottman and Darrius Strong as well as eight personal solos choreographed by the Level Four and Five students. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers!

December 8, 7:00pm
December 9, 6:00pm

Tickets: $10.00 - general admission.
To purchase tickets, visit

Photo by Graham Tolbert

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

As the weather chills, our dancers chill into new movement set to the groovy jazz tunes of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, played live by local surf-jazz quartet GST!

Produced by Rhythmically Speaking, the show is an expansion of Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard’s original production from last December. If you saw it last year, join us to see the WHOLE soundtrack come to life. If you missed it, now you get another chance!

Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Saturday, December 15 at 2pm
Sunday, December 16 at 5pm

Seating is first-come, first-served for this hour-long production, named a "Top Ten December Event" by Minnesota Monthly. Children are welcome, folks twelve and under are free! Drinks and food can be enjoyed before or during the show. Join us to experience this unique holiday show in St. Paul, the hometown of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz!

For tickets and more information on the show, visit:

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

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 re-encounters her grade school friend Patty. Together they rediscover the magic of their childhood and realize the freedom possible 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 of your Wonderland favorites including the mischievous Cheshire Cat, the ever-late White Rabbit, the mesmerizing Caterpillar and the spiteful Queen of Hearts.

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2:00pm

Huss Center for the Performing Arts, 
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
 | 1712 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 psychological film, Persona, Animus uses performance and multimedia projection to explore the merging identities of two modern women, one who speaks, and one who doesn’t, who compare hands and “get all mixed up in one another.”

Animus features three performers: two actors/movers and one cinematographer, who captures live video footage on stage. Focusing on themes of identity, shame and voyeurism, Animus explores not only personal identity, but also online personas, blurring what is real and what is fake.

Animus is created and performed by Emily Michaels King and Debra Berger of E/D, and Amber Johnson of DangerVision Productions.

Friday, December 14 at 7:30pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, December 15 at 2pm
Saturday, December 15 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2:00pm (Post-Show Discussion)
Monday, December 17 at 7:30pm (Post-Show Discussion)
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 20 at 7:30pm (Post-Show Discussion)
Friday, December 21 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 22 at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 22 at 7:30pm

The Southern Theater | 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Emily Michaels King-, (605) 660-9496

An Ordway co-commission, Native choreographer Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) creates Weave, a dance project drawn from the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world. In Weave, individual and embodied stories are the vibrant threads that mesh in a performance woven of story, dance, moving image, and sound.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN 55102


Expose your students to a professional dance environment with a field trip to TU Dance Center.

Students will tour TU Dance Center, have conversations with members of TU Dance’s company about their work, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor with the company members for a brief movement exploration, and have a short Q&A.

This may also be combined with a dance class for students in our upstairs studio upon request. Schedule this visit on its own or in conjunction with one of our educational performances for a more in-depth, comprehensive experience.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Kaitin Kelly Benedict-, (612) 605-1925

This is a contact improvisation jam for women and femme-identifying individuals, hosted by Stephanie Vos, Lindsay Forsythe, and Celeste Grimm.

Pay what you can - all collected will go to a local women's organization. Potluck to follow!

Center for the Performing Arts, Sunroom | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Stephanie Vos-

From Germany!
Three-day Instant Composition Workshop with Rebecca Mary, Multidimensional Movement (blog and artist page), co-sponsored by Paula Mann/Time Track Productions.

Instant Composition is the practice of composing and performing a piece instantaneously. Through this practice one navigates the roles of creator, composer and performer all at the same time; holding awareness of all compositional elements—movement, timing, space, musicality, voice, and dramaturgy—building knowledge and openness towards the creator’s body, mind and self to navigate the fields simultaneously.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 27-29, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cowles Center for Dance, Studio 2B

Regular Fee: $120.
Student: $90.

For more information and to register please email:
Space is limited! A 30 percent deposit is required.

Paula Mann-, (651) 276-7982

Please join Erin Thompson for a "Ring in the New Year" modern dance class on New Year's Eve morning, December 31, 10:00am-12:00pm.

Before you make your New Year's resolutions, come find peace with internal awareness; thrust your holiday limbs into the ground and fly across the floor flinging 2018 away! Accompaniment by the wonderful Dean MaGraw.
Intermediate/Advanced Modern
$16 for the two-hour class.


Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Cowles Center Fourth Floor, Minneapolis, MN
Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

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!

When: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm

2019 schedule, dates are subject to change:
First Term: January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 21, 28; and March 7.

Tuition: $135 for term.

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

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

Course Fee: $499.00 early bird, until December 20. $549.00 regular fee.
Materials: $80.00

CEC's: ACE (CEP116078 (1.80))
PMA (Prov# 100070 Crs# 8523 (18.0))

Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate
The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac/Tower training provides a thorough introduction to Trapeze Table and Tower exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro® or Allegro 2 Tower of Power®, Half Trapeze and Wall Tower as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

For more information:

Paragon Pilates and PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 245-0905

Learn about a psychotherapeutic approach that uses embodied experiences and movement to promote well-being and healing.
$5-$15.00, donation. Please pre-register: send name and email to

This workshop will use discussion, experiential exercises and practical details to introduce the field of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Join us to learn about our profession, which uses movement, dance, creativity and body awareness to promote change, growth, and wellness.

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is a systemic body-mind approach that uses movement and body patterns to provide a basis for clinical assessment and guide psychotherapeutic interventions. DMT is rooted in ancient wisdom and became a field in the 1960’s in the US. It is currently recognized and practiced throughout the world.

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MFA, MA, LMFT, BCDMT, CMA, SEP, WOS
Paul Sevett, MA, BC-DMT, LICSW

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb-, (612) 916-1829


The Resistance Movement is a movement studio in Lowertown, St Paul. Classes are upbeat and music-driven and fuse Pilates, yoga, dance, and strength exercises with suspended resistance cords.

This program is available to participants wanting to take classes or use studio time. In exchange for taking one class, you volunteer one hour at the studio doing administrative and light cleaning tasks. We try to fit tasks to your specific skill set and interests. Administrative tasks could include answering phones, checking in clients, or creating social media and/or blog posts. The swap may also be used for studio time for those needing a practice/rehearsal space. Participants must commit to at least two hours per week for a period of at least one semester.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your dance training/technique and learn to prevent injury. Email us indicating why you are interested in the program, potential work hours, and any particular interests.

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

The Cowles Center is looking for three new artists to each lead four consecutive classes for the winter workshop series of Pivotal Moment, January 7-March 25.

Pivotal Moment is a curated program created by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts which allows dancers and choreographers to create their own four-session class based in a particular technique and/or rooted in investigating new choreographic material and ideas. Pivotal Moment classes are a welcoming environment for university students, recent graduates, and those new to the Twin Cities dance community (ages eighteen through 26 who have pursued or are currently pursuing a BA or BFA in Dance) to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback. Workshops should be geared toward advanced students.

Apply now:
Application Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018


Minnesota Opera is casting female dancers for our upcoming productions of The Fix and La Traviata. There will be a combined audition for both productions on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Minnesota Opera Center.
Prior registration is required:

The Fix - World Premiere
Rehearsal Period: February 18-March 14, 2019
Performances: March 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 2019
Stage Director: Eric Simonson
Choreographer: Heidi Spesard-Noble
Roles Available: Four female dancers
Dance Style: Jazz/contemporary

La Traviata
Rehearsal Period: April 8-May 7, 2019
Performances: May 4, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 2019. Possible added performance on May 17, TBD.
Stage Director: Louisa Muller
Choreographer: Heidi Spesard-Noble
Roles Available: Four female dancers
Dance Style: Modern/contemporary

Minnesota Opera Center | 620 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Kerry Masek-

Academia de Baila con Pasión will be holding open auditions for all three of our World Team Project performing teams:
Ladies' Salsa
Co-Ed Salsa
Co-Ed Bachata

Thursday, December 13 from 6:30 - 9:30pm.

Please come ready to move! Dance shoes and attire required. We will start with a short information session with Q&A as we stretch, and then we dance! Bring your questions!

Ladies-only auditions (or gentlemen who wish to do a Ladies' routine—you are also welcome!) will be at the last part of the audition session.

Co-Ed teams:
ALL Co-Ed teams have lifts so you MUST be willing and able to do lifts or be lifted! NO experience necessary, we will train you! Don't let this deter you! If you are willing, you are able!

If you are unable to make the audition date and still wish to audition, please contact us to set up a time to audition.
Contact us with questions! 703.402.3645 or 772.233.6914
Hablamos Español!

Studio for Hire | 711 W Lake St #304, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Cassandra de Mercedes-

If you are a dancer interested and skilled in folk, jazz, tap, and hip hop styles, or anything else that may fall into the spectrum of "jazz and American social dance-inspired," we hope you'll come audition to dance in the 2019 round of The Cohort!

This re-imagining of Rhythmically Speaking's annual, multi-choreographer summer production seeks to build opportunities for dancers invested in these styles to engage more deeply as performers, working with both local and out-of-town choreographers throughout the spring and summer in preparation for the August 15-17, 2019 show at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

Applicants must be available for rehearsals:
1:30-5:30pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from February 6-April 26, 2019.
1:30-5:30pm, Monday-Friday during June 3-7, 2019 and July 8-12, 2019.

For more on eligibility, important dates, and compensation, visit: Feel free to reach out to the listed email address with questions.

We hope to dance with you on January 6, 2019!

Zenon Dance Company and School, Cowles Center Fourth Floor | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403


We've got some sweet winter deals for you at the Art Box! Book the space December 17 through January for your shows, holiday events, workshops or rehearsals and get:

Main space hourly rental: $15/hour, regularly $20; or $12/hour when you reserve 20 hours or more.
Studio hourly: $12/hour, regularly $15; or $10/hour when you reserve 20 hours or more.
Weekend full single day: $350, regularly $500!
Full week: $900, regularly $1200!

PLUS - we still have space available in April! Contact us now to book.

If you haven't been to the Art box yet, let us know and we'd be happy give you a tour—we're always happy to show off our theater!

Lots more details about the Art Box at

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

The Resistance Movement has two large studios for rent. The studio space is quiet, calm and peaceful. Both studios have sprung dance flooring. The first studio is 600 square feet, mirrored on one side. The second studio is 860 square feet, mirrored on two sides with large windows with natural light.

Renters have access to portable speakers or Sonos speaker system, locker room (with showers), towels, mats and stretching blocks and balls. You may leave some equipment at the studio. We are a no-shoe/soft-soled shoes only studio, to protect the flooring. Please email as to price, discounts are available for students and non-profits.

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

Jawaahir Dance Company's 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 for all regular rentals.*

Our Bloomington location is 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. 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 for all regular rentals.*

*Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company.

Jenny Piper-, (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
To schedule a artist/nonprofit rental:

Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour
To schedule an audition/class rental:

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
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

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 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-, (612) 367-6681

As the Midwest’s largest non-profit dance complex, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts serves as Minnesota’s flagship for dance, presenting world-class productions each season in its historic theater in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The Cowles Center complex houses three theaters, nine rehearsal studios, and some of Minnesota’s leading dance schools.

Subject to availability, The Cowles Center has two studios for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and mirrors. Rental spaces are generally intended for dance rehearsals, classes, workshops, auditions, readings, and small meetings.

For more information or to rent space, visit or submit a rental request form:

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Paula Vasquez Azlate-

Free 30-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s administrative staff. Participants can sign up to discuss a grant they're writing, connect with marketing on tips to promote a show, or touch base with the education and community engagement staff about outreach opportunities and career development.

Occurs every second Wednesday of the month, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Registration required.

Upcoming dates: December 12, January 9, February 13

Sign up:

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


Erin Thompson teaches advanced level modern/contemporary 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, 9:30am-11:00am
with Dean Magraw on guitar!

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

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

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. Cost $15.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.

Pam Gleason-, (612) 990-6019

Midwest School of Ballet's spring enrollment is open.

Ballet Fundamentals I, II, III - ages three through eight:
Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. The classes build on infusing elements that will prepare students for the traditional ballet class format.

Ballet Level I, II, III - ages eight and older:
The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. Student musicality and quality of movement is developed to produce artistic distinction and expression between supple, graceful, strong, and bounding movement.

Additional classes:
Pre-Pointe/Pointe (Level II+)
Ballet for Teens and Athletes, ages eight through twelve
Beginning/Intermediate Adult Ballet

Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina Community Center (ECC) | 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning Adult Ballet and Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!

Spring classes start January 12.

SATURDAYS, 9:30am-11:00am: Beginning Adult Ballet at the Edina Community Center. Instructor: Marcia Keegan.

MONDAYS, 5:30pm-7pm: Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at the Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM). Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

TUESDAYS, 6:00pm-7:30pm: Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at the Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM). Instructor: Lara Ciganko.

Learn the basics of ballet alongside other teens/adults in a non-competitive atmosphere. Ballet classes are a great way to gain strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, and reduce stress.

TWO LOCATIONS: Edina and Eden Prairie.
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Edina Community Center (ECC) | 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55424

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

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 2A and 2B: ages ten through twelve

Level 3A and 3B: ages thirteen through fifteen

Level 4: ages fifteen through eighteen

Weekly classes include technique, pointe, and repertory. Multiple performance opportunities offered throughout the year.

Photo by Tim Pate

Gethsemane Episcopal Church
 | 905 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Dance is for everyone and every body at any age!

Join us in the studio for our drop-in classes at an introductory, intermediate or advanced level.

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am

Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am

Thursdays, 11:30am-1:00pm

Faculty includes Anna Goodrich, Debbie Nettell, Zoe Henrot and Jeffrey Hankinson.
Drop-in prices range from $10-17, cash or check only. Class cards available.

Gethsemane Episcopal Church
 | 905 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Drop-in during our fall session, which began on October 8 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.

Go to our website, look at our current fall schedule, and pick a class to try out. Drop in class price is only $18! Each class is 90 minutes—a perfect way to try belly dancing and see if it’s right for you.

We also have monthly class passes that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes.

Please remember to check “Today's Classes” on our website,, often to see if your class has been cancelled or has any notifications.

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

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

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

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I and II - Preregistration required
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
September 4, 2018 – November 20, 2018, twelve weeks.
January 8, 2019 – March 28, 2019, twelve weeks.
April 2, 2019 – June 20, 2019, twelve weeks.
July 9, 2019 – August 29, 2019, eight weeks.

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

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

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Blake Nellis, Erin Thompson and Abdo Sayegh.

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.

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

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

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

Photo by Aaron Warkov.

For more information:

Zenon Dance School | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski-

Karla and I are super excited to have the true talents of the singular and spectacular Laura Osterhaus joining us at Friday Morning Jazz. A graduate of the UMN Dance Program, member of Zenon Dance Company, a third of dance masters' Kelvin Wailey and creator of SLO Movement, you won't want to miss the chance to experience her jazzy take on movin' and groovin'.

Laura’s class and choreography are heavily inspired and driven by music. Come ready to move through a groovy warm-up, explore your own relationship to sound and then apply those skills as we explore the funk musical stylings of local band Purple Funk Metropolis!

Don't miss it: this Friday from 9:30-11am at Zenon Dance Company and School. We're not kidding, #GetYourAssToClass!

PC: Bill Cameron

Zenon Dance Company and School, Cowles Center 4th Floor | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard-

Held on the first Friday of every month, this event is open to all ages and levels of ability.

We begin with a half-hour warm-up, and then improvise together based on movement ideas offered by individuals in the group. As we dance, we enjoy practicing remaining present in the moment, responding to other dancers, finding new ways of moving, and discovering form as it emerges. Come to dance, to observe, or to do a little bit of both!

Live accompaniment provided by musician/percussionist Bruce Wintervold.

Friday, December 7, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Suggested donation $5-$15
No one turned away for lack of funds

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Pam Gleason-, (612) 990-6019

This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills, and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.

The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.

December 10: Warm-up and jam

6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.

$10-20 suggested.

All are welcome!

Ivy Building, Suite 207 | 2635 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892

Company Class is a creative safety zone to hone acting, dancing and ensemble skills in a weekly class. Class led by Corey Mills and Betsy Mills.

Monday, December 10, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Classes meet weekly. No class on December 24 and 31.

Creo Arts and Dance Conservatory | 15102 Minnetonka Industrial Rd, Minnetonka, MN

We invite you to come and checkout our Beginning Level I Salsa Intensive with international Latin dance academy, Academia de Baila con Pasión.

Classes run in four-week sessions with one class weekly for an hour and a half. All classes are progressive. New session started Tuesday, December 4 and has a double class on Tuesday, December 11—which will include a special surprise workshop!

Registration required on website:

Academia de Baila con Pasión is the only international Latin dance company in Minnesota offering classes in the authentic street style of dance, not ballroom.

We welcome your questions: 703.402.3645 or 772.23.6914.
Hablamos Espanol!

Tapestry Folkdance Center | 3847 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Cassandra de Mercedes-, (703) 402-3645