DanceMN News - April 10, 2019








“When the lights of Celestial Sorrow are switched on again … all you can say is: this is exactly what I wanted to see onstage, a work like no other.” —Mouvement

Meg Stuart continually invents new presentation contexts and movement languages in collaboration with artists from diverse disciplines. In an immersive installation made with celebrated Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto, Stuart creates a vibrant world of light, movement, and music inhabited by three performers and two musicians. Possession, implanted fictional traumas, imaginary and invisible spaces, and the voices that make them resonate are just some of the starting points for an adventurous leap into unknown territories. Created with and performed by Jule Flierl, Gaëtan Rusquet, and Claire Vivianne Sobottke, with live music by Mieko Suzuki and Ikbal Simamora Lubys.

Walker commission.

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

In anticipation of the TU Dance Spring Concert at The O'Shaughnessy May 3-5, please join Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands for an in-studio showing celebrating TU Dance's fifteenth anniversary season.

Featured are excerpts from the concert program, an evening of works by legendary choreographers that have given form to the shared vision of the Artistic Directors, including Alvin Ailey's "Night Creature" (1974) and "Witness" (1986). The program also features Urban Bush Women Founding Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's "Walking With Pearl...Africa Diaries" (2004) and a reprise of Ronald K. Brown’s "Where The Light Shines Through"(2017).

April 11. Doors at 5:00pm. Showing at 5:30pm.

TU Dance’s fifteenth anniversary season is supported in part by a generous gift from the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, The Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program and The Minneapolis Foundation, with production support from The O'Shaughnessy.

Photo: Michael Slobodian.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez-, (612) 605-1925

MotionArt presents Collabulous!, a dance concert filled with collaborations between choreographer Pam Gleason, artist Edward Bock, composer/percussionist Bruce Wintervold, musicians Sara Thompson and Pat Norton, and cinematography team Splash Tantrum.

Enjoy a colorfully kinetic evening in this engaging multi-generational performance. Included is Evergreen, a video of 32 dancers who add a new twist to the game of chess, and a suite of dances performed with a live string ensemble.

Dancers include: John Agurkis, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Anna Andahàzy, Thern Anderson, Mary Bock, Robert Borman, Maija Brown, Wes Cannon, Sydney Enzler, Pam Gleason, Elana Gravitz, Lori Mercil, Carol Oyanagi, Derek Phillips, Paige Powers, Julie Schuster, Kristine Spangard, Kamalar Tabor, Char Terrana, Alan Tse, Jen Warg.

April 12, 7:30 pm
April 13, 7:30 pm
April 14, 2:00 pm

Tickets: $15-$20
Free parking available.
To purchase tickets, please visit:

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center | 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Pam Gleason-, (612) 990-6019

Contempo returns to The Cowles Center with a double bill featuring:

SenZalma (2014), a full-length work inspired by the poem "Navio Negreiro" (The Slave Ship) by renowned author and abolitionist Castro Alves, with choreography by Artistic Director Marciano Silva dos Santos, original music by Divan Gattamorta, lighting design by Mike Grogan, and visual design by Josh Sarantitis.

Lágrima Fora do Lugar (Tear Out of Place) is a world premiere solo choreographed and performed by Marciano Silva dos Santos inspired by his field research in Brazil and interviews of quilombolas, Afro-Brazilian residents of quilombo settlements first established by escaped slaves in Brazil. It is also based on the book by the famous Brazilian actress and author Suely Bispo, whose voice is featured in the original music created by composer Divan Gattamorta.

Two performances only:
April 12 and 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jenny Pennaz-, (612) 619-4116

In this split bill evening, two internationally renowned ensembles reimagine classical music and dance for contemporary viewers.

Hailed as “a string quartet of boundless imagination” (NPR), Brooklyn Rider draws rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics alike. They open the evening with Healing Modes, an autumnal masterwork comprised of five new commissions from women composers—Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.

Called “soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious” (The New York Times), Ragamala Dance Company’s artistic matriarchy of Ranee, Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy explores the myth and spirituality of their Indian heritage to engage the dynamic tension between the historical, the ancestral, and the personal. Nocturne, conceived and choreographed by Ashwini Ramaswamy, “imports magical realism into the dance world...viewers are transported into an exquisite dream state" (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

The O'Shaughnessy
Sasha Blinnikova-, (612) 824-1968

The University of Minnesota's Dance Production class has curated a multi-media arts show, Blueprint, that showcases the work of seven unique artists from the Twin Cities.

Driven by their mission statement: “Equitable Artmaking. Inclusive Space. Thoughtful Conversation.,” Blueprint aims to create a supportive space for artists.
Visual art and movement pieces by La Viva, Elise Bonnes, Lily Conforti, Rajine Williams, Romero Cannady, Madelyn Kapheim, and Robert McGrady will be presented. There will be talk-backs after each work to further engage the community in conversations regarding artistic intentions and process.

Show times are:
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM.
Tickets can be purchased at
Student tickets are priced at $5, and general admission is $11.
Should finances be a barrier for anyone, please contact the team at their email address, and accommodations can be made.

Barbara Barker Center for Dance | 500 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Join Meg Stuart, one of the most acclaimed contemporary choreographers of our time, for an intimate conversation within the immersive onstage installation of Celestial Sorrow, a new interdisciplinary work made with visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Stuart, a US-born, Berlin/Brussels-based artist, will discuss her multipart engagement at the Walker as well as the greater expanse of her three-decade artistic career.

The conversation is moderated by leading dance scholar and performer Thomas F. DeFrantz, a professor of dance and chair of the African and African American Studies Program at Duke University and the director of SLIPPAGE, an interdisciplinary research group that creates innovative interfaces for the telling of alternative histories.

Following the discussion, visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto, who co-conceived Celestial Sorrow, will lead visitors though a brief tour of the installation and discuss his larger practice with Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow Allie Tepper.

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

Save 50% on tickets using promo code TCDANCE when ordering.

Northrop Presents
Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm

Halfway to Dawn

Written, choreographed and directed by David Roussève and performed by his diverse nine-member company, REALITY, Halfway to Dawn is a vibrant multi-media dance/theater work. The core is African-American composer Billy Strayhorn’s music, interpreted through a dynamic dance vocabulary that melds jazz, modern/postmodern and social dance. To a lush soundtrack of famous Strayhorn recordings from the 1940s-50s, a complex portrait of this remarkably private artist emerges, touching on themes of fame, privacy, gay identity and the artist’s role as activist.

Northrop | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

Good Night at The Southern Theater

Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm

The Southern Theater, beloved historic arts venue in the Twin Cities, is launching new programming on Monday April 15 at 7:30 that highlights new ideas, works in progress and previews. Good Night at the Southern is an opportunity for artists and companies to share their upcoming work, and for audiences to get a first glance into what’s coming up in the Twin Cities' arts scene.

The inaugural Good Night on April 15 features performances by
- MixTape: urban and street dance that focuses on accountability to community, challenging tradition and artistic collaboration
- Ballet Co.Laboratory: a company of professional artists presenting original and collaborative productions
- Corey Adam: Twin Cities comedian

Tickets are pay what you can and will be available at the door. No advance purchases.

Future Good Nights are scheduled for May 13, 2019; June 10, 2019; July 22, 2019; and August 19, 2019.

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

Notes from a Séance, an evening-length Gothic romance, zeros in on fake spiritualists and features the company's signature biting wit and breathtaking physicality. In this tale of gullible seekers of the unknown lies a wider moral about hypocrisy and human nature.

The New York Times calls Notes from a Séance “quirky and sharp-witted.” Amidst hysteria and hypnotism, frauds and true-believers, Notes from a Séance is sure to be an otherworldly experience.

Performance contains partial nudity.

The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

"Mini-Narnia" is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet's adaptation of the classic story The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and is designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and is performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet's full-length production.

Two performances: 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

Free, but online reservations requested.

Join Brownbody for a conversation about the cultural significance of black skaters who have grown up, trained, and competed in various ice sports and arts dominated by white aesthetics and culture. Moderated by Clarence White (East Side Freedom Library); with Deneane Richburg (Brownbody), Samory Ba (Le Patin Libre), and other special guests who will share their personal stories. Presented by Brownbody in partnership with the East Side Freedom Library.

East Side Freedom Library | 1105 Greenbrier St, St. Paul, MN
Destanie Martin-Johnson-

9x22 Dance/Lab - Wednesday, April 24

8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able.

Joshua Lorris
Sarah Abdel-Jelil
Kealoha Ferreira

BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.

Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

In its sixteenth year of supporting dance exploration by local and visiting choreographers, 9x22 Dance/Lab has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.
Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater | 810 W Lake St, Mpls
Laurie Van Wieren-

Twin Cities–based ensemble Brownbody, known for “breaking down cultural barriers in figure skating” (Blavity), presents an excerpt of their compelling new work Tracing Sacred Steps. Black social dances from centuries of slavery in America—including buck and wing dances and jigs—are translated to the ice, telling a vital story of resilience, resistance, and unity that continues to resonate today.

Free tickets to Brownbody’s performance are available on-site (Breck School/Anderson Ice Arena or Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena) one hour before each program. Shows are followed by a 30-minute facilitated discussion with the artists.

Presented in conjunction with Le Patin Libre’s Vertical Influences, copresented with Northrop. Join us at the rink to experience two unique perspectives of contemporary performance on ice.

Warm coats, hats, and gloves are highly recommended.

Copresented by Northrop, University of Minnesota.

Destanie Martin-Johnson-

Walker Art Center and Northrop Presents

Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm at
Breck School/Anderson Ice Arena, 4210 Olson Memorial Hwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422

Saturday, April 27, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena, 800 S Snelling Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116

Le Patin Libre breaks the mold by challenging the conventions of traditional figure skating through their innovative style that draws influences from theatre, street dance, and tap. From humble beginnings creating routines on the frozen ponds and canals of their hometown Montréal, these five performers have created a witty and inspired one-hour spectacle that uses the ice in daring and dazzling ways.

Both days include a separate excerpt performance of Tracing Sacred Steps, a new work by Twin Cities–based Brownbody, which the ensemble describes as “Black social dances from centuries of slavery in America that are translated to the ice." Free tickets for Brownbody’s performance are available on-site one hour before the program. 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 25 and 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 27.

DRESS WARMLY, as audiences will be seated on the ice for a thrilling “up-close” view of this ice-dance

Northrop UMN-, (612) 624-2345

KMD2 - the junior company of Kaleena Miller Dance - focuses on training for the technical and physical demands of the tap dance world at large while giving opportunity for the individual's creative voice to develop.

Featuring choreography by Lisa La Touche, Kaleena Miller and members of KMD2.

KMD2 is:
Caitlin Anderson
Audrey Bartley
Maddie Hilligoss
Abbie Honson
Aubrey Hansen
Abby King
Molly Rosaaen
Tristen Sanborn

Thursday, April 25
Friday, April 26
at 7:30pm

$20 adult, $15 student.

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

Do you enjoy experiencing the Rhythmically Speaking show every August? You don't have to wait to check out the work! In the eleventh year of our annual summer multi-choreographer show, we've reimagined the program to feature four works—two by local choreographers and two by national artists, all danced by a cast of excellent local dancers.

Each work will have a preview!

Local dance artist Julie Warder will preview the new work she's creating during an informal showing from 5:00-5:30pm on Friday, April 26 at the Zenon studios. Come find out what her cast of Cohort dancers has been up to and get a taste of the August show!

If you'd like to experience the movement yourself, come to Zenon earlier on Friday, April 26 (9:30-11:00am) for Friday Morning Jazz class: Julie will be teaching movement from her new work.

Hope to see you there!

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

The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project’s twelfth season will open with Tapestries 4.0 at The TEKBOX Theater, April 26-28.
Tapestries 4.0 features premieres by local choreographers Leila Awadallah, Julie Marie Muskat, and Deja Stowers.

The featured guest choreographers will expose many aspects of humanity and will explore issues and connections in our inner and outer worlds. Karen L. Charles will revisit "Abraham's Seed", an excerpt from Ashes to Ashes that examines the natural cycle of life from birth to death. Her evocative trio, "Pariah", delves into the moments when one feels outcast, never really fitting in anywhere.

Tapestries 4.0 by The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project
April 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
April 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $22 and $25 at,, or (612) 206-3600.

TEK BOX at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Second Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Join the artists of Le Patin Libre for an ice-dancing party after their final performance. There will be help for beginners, good tunes, and playful mini-workshops so that we can turn this ice rink into a dance floor. Some skates will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis but sizes are limited.

Copresented by Northrop, University of Minnesota.

Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena | 800 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul, MN
Destanie Martin-Johnson-

ARENA DANCES is very excited to present the third annual CANDY BOX Dance Festival this spring! This year’s festival offers a week-long array of masterclasses and performances, showcasing Twin Cities' emerging and established professional dance artists. This sweet treat runs from April 29-May 4 at The Southern Theater!

Featured Performances - shared evening showcasing the work of Chris Schlichting, April Sellers Dance Collective, and STRONGmovement! Tickets are on sale now:

Happy Hour Showings - a five-day series of works-in-progress showings and audience feedback by Non Edwards, Blake Nellis, Taja Will, Brenna Mosser Dance Works and ARENA DANCES! Suggested donation at the door of $10, all donations go directly to the artists showing work.

Masterclasses throughout the week with Chris Schlichting, April Sellers, Darrius Strong, Taja Will and Brenna Mosser! 9:30-11:30AM, schedule in the link:

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

Come experience the wonder of Narnia: The Ballet presented by Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota!

Premiered in 2015, this highly acclaimed, original full-length ballet showcases the magnificent dancing and engaging storytelling of TCB's professional dancers as well as students of Ballet Royale Minnesota, the official school of Twin Cities Ballet and Minnesota's premier ballet academy.

Based on the classic novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, this production features an original story adaption of the book, original music compilation and production design, and highlights themes of family, pride, greed, courage, and redemption.

Friday, May 10 at 7pm
Saturday, May 11 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, May 12 at 2pm

Tickets available for purchase at the Ames Center or via

Ames Center | 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Rick Vogt-, (952) 452-3163

For more than three decades, MDF has been a dynamic showcase of dance styles. This year’s headlining acts include a Spanish bolero with live acoustic guitar played on stage, tap dancing, contemporary ballet, an original children’s ballet, and excerpts from the classic La Bayadere.

The entire list MDF Guest Artists include:

Ballet Minnesota, La Bayadere: Kingdom of the Shades.
Restaged by Cheryl Rist. Featuring Ballet Minnesota company member Olivia Huseonica and the advanced dancers of Classical Ballet Academy.

Aaron Davies and Scott Mateo Davies, "El Alma Preso," a contemporary ballet in bolero style.

Celesta Brainard, Ballet Minnesota company member.

Cheremosh Ukrainian.

Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota, "Nightmare," an original children’s ballet by Andrew Rist with original music by Robert Hindel.

Crash Dance Productions, a contemporary company in Minneapolis.

Jennifer Pray.

Keane Sense of Rhythm, a tap company led by Cathy and Ellen Keane.

Mankato Ballet Company

Carolyn Will-, (612) 414-9661

This year in MP3, MIXTAPE celebrates the urban and street dance communities of Minnesota and extends its collaboration to musical communities. MIXTAPE travels through geographies of sharing successes and weight, holding each other when vulnerable, supporting during struggle, and standing together when necessary.

“Our stories blend together while giving space to individual narratives, like a DJ mixing your favorite songs. We are the record, the needle, linoleum, and the broken cement.” – MIXTAPE

Tickets: $22-$25, fees included.
To purchase tickets, please visit:

Photo: Bill Cameron.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Robert Droddy-, (612) 206-3622


Midwest School of Ballet and Edina Park and Rec are offering new INCLUSIVE Beginning Ballet for students ages three through six.

Saturdays, March 30-April 13: 1:00-1:45pm.

This is a beginner class that incorporates age-appropriate motor skills to teach the basic fundamental movements of ballet. Instructors use methods designed to encourage exploration and foster creativity. For all children ages three to six of varying abilities. Edina Park and Rec offers support as needed and available. Please provide information regarding your unique needs at registration.

Students may wear a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes, or they may wear a t-shirt and leggings or shorts. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in on the floor as well as standing.

Edina Senior Center | Classroom #1, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

TU Dance Center offers a second session of eight-week adult workshops during the 2019 Spring Session.

Session 2: April 8-June 3. No classes on May 27.

Cost: $112.00 per eight-week workshop, per session. Preregistration is required for the full eight-week session, completed online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate; cash, check or debit/credit card at TU Dance Center.

Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

The Children and Teen Summer Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged five through 20. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality.

Creative Movement/Drum: July 22-26
Bridge Program: July 15-27
Teen Program: July 8-27

Registration deadline: June 14, 2019.

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

The Beginning/Intermediate Pre-Professional Summer Intensive is a rigorous course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, conditioning, workshops, and repertory work for students up to age sixteen. July 8-27, 2019.

The Advanced Pre-Professional Summer Intensive is designed for students (ages seventeen to 24) who are interested in strengthening technique, developing their artistry, and participating in a professional-level creative process. Students will work with TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance Center teaching artists, and guest artists Marcus Jarrell Willis (New York) and Maurya Kerr (San Francisco), who will be creating with the students during the three-week intensive. July 29–August 17, 2019.

For level placement, please contact School Director Laurel Keen at or 612-440-9028.
Registration deadline: June 14, 2019.

Photo: Laura Scher.

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

$10 per person.

Do you feel comfortable on ice? Le Patin Libre will share how they liberated their athletic skills to create a form of contemporary performance based on glide. This pure fun workshop suits anybody with basic skating skills, including athletes with strong figure skating or hockey experience. Participants will be encouraged to use their personal skating style as an artistic medium. Limited to 50 participants.

Breck School/Anderson Ice Arena | 4210 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN
Destanie Martin-Johnson-

$10 per person.

This playful “learn to ice-dance” workshop can be enjoyed by all skaters. Le Patin Libre believes that approaching ice-skating as a form of dance will help improve your skating skills, even if you’re a total beginner. Through choreographic games and simple teachings, the artists will convince participants that anybody can feel the magic of glide and enjoy the freedom and liberation of ice-dancing. Limited to 50 participants. Some skates will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis but sizes are limited.

Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena | 800 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul, MN
Destanie Martin-Johnson-

World-renowned Latin dance artist Sonia Rivera is coming to the Twin Cities for the first time ever!

This is a weekend you do NOT want to miss. In addition to teaching various Salsa/Bachata workshops, she and our Baila con Pasión Director, Cassandra de Mercedes, will be hosting a choreography challenge that will be performed that Saturday night, May 4, at the social.

We promise you that you will learn techniques that will change your dancing!
Over eight hours of workshops; dinner, Q&A, and dancing on Friday; choreography challenge; Saturday social with performances; and private lessons available (and recommended).

Registration required. This is a weekend of hardcore training and growth in your Latin dance journey and we hope to see you there!

Cassandra de Mercedes-, (703) 402-3645

Friday, 4-8pm
Saturday, 11:30-6pm
Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm
Fees: before April 11: $425. Regular: $475.
Materials fee: $80.
ACE (CEP116057 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 8526 (16.0))

The CoreAlign provides a superior environment for training gait, balance, core stability and sport-specific movements in a flexible and dynamic environment. CoreAlign 1: Foundations is the heart of the CoreAlign training program. The course includes the theoretical basis of the CoreAlign method to illustrate the full potential of the CoreAlign. It includes:
-60+ Foundation exercises designed to build functional movement skills.
-Exercises in standing, plank, all fours, and supine positions.
-Progressions and regressions to address clients at different levels of ability.

For more information visit:

Paragon Pilates and PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Learn flamenco dance with 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow Sachiko “La Chayí”.

I am starting a new class for people who have not danced flamenco before or who are returning to dance after a period of time. It starts on Sunday, May 5 from 11:10am-12:00pm at the Tapestry. Pay as able (normally $12/class) on the first day. Come and try!

Tapestry Folkdance Center | 3748 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Sachiko Nishiuchi-

Dance with Ballet Royale Minnesota this summer!

Ballet Royale's summer intensives are comprehensive day programs providing the finest professional instruction for all ages. Master teachers (including Dierdre Chapman, former First Soloist with England's Royal Ballet) join our renowned faculty to provide incomparable summer experiences in a structured and focused setting.

- June 10-28: "Spring into Summer" intensive, featuring Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training regimen. NO AUDITION REQUIRED; intermediate/advanced to professional.

- June 10–14: Male Dancer Intensive, ages ten through professional, multiple levels. Weekly evening classes July 8-August 16.

- July 8-25: July Summer Intensive. AUDITION REQUIRED FOR UPPER DIVISION-The live audition has passed. Contact us for details on submitting a video audition. Ages eight through professional.

- August 5-16: Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop. AUDITION REQUIRED-The live audition has passed. Contact us for details on submitting a video audition. Ages ten and older.

- August 18-23: Pointe Preparatory workshop. Girls ages eleven and older.

- August 19-23: Youth Ballet August Jump-Start.

Plus much more!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163

Join ARENA DANCES for one week of movement classes and creative process taught by founder and artistic director, Mathew Janczewski. Targeted for the high-intermediate to advanced level dancer, participating artists will research their process of dancing from their instincts with imagination, physical idiosyncrasies and kinetic responses. With a combination of technique classes, improvisational labs and choreographic rehearsals, the week will culminate in an informal showing for friends, family, and the community.

June 10-15
Soma Studios in Northeast, free parking.
79 13th Ave NE, Studio 212
Minneapolis, MN 55413

More information and registration can be found at

Photo: Cameron Wittig.



My name is Jan Tripp and I own Jan's School of Dance, Inc. in Hastings, MN.
We work with students aged two through adult in the areas of clogging, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatic, tap, ballet, and modern, and are happy to be celebrating our 37th anniversary this year!

The studio has a possible opening for a teacher with several years of dance experience in some or all of the above styles for the summer and/or fall of 2019. Classes usually run from 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday through Friday. Hours per week will be determined later. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. You will need to provide your own transportation.

If interested, contact Jan.

Jan Tripp -, (651) 437-1584

The Resistance Movement is a boutique fitness studio located in Lowertown, St Paul. Classes fuse Pilates, yoga, dance and strength exercises with suspended resistance cords for a total-body experience. Classes are upbeat and music-driven. We’re looking for part-time individuals to teach four to eight classes a week, but for the right individual, we also have program development roles available.

Have two to four years of experience in the fitness industry, Pilates, gymnastics, dance or barre (may be willing to train the right person transitioning into the field).
Experience with the MVe chair, aerial or bungee cords a plus.
Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology.
Willing to train; must complete mandatory three-day training program (unpaid) to learn our method.
Must be well organized, professional, punctual, reliable, a team player, and possess strong interpersonal and relational skills.

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

Choreographer April Sellers is casting for a new performance work.

Please come to one of the following workshops to express your interest.
Sunday, April 14: 7:30-9:30pm
Friday, April 26: 2:00-4:00pm

Work to be developed:
I am looking to explore the masculinity crisis in America and deepen my process for queering the body and developing character.

Commitment of Time
Out of town residency June 24–30, 2019 at Tofte Lake Center in Ely, MN.
Rehearsals in Minneapolis September 2019–September 2020, four to six hours per week.
Performances fall 2020.
Touring spring 2021.

As a choreographer and director, I ask a lot of my performers. I ask you to bring your body, voice, and personal story to the work and allow me to manipulate and exaggerate the material. I am looking for skilled movers, singers, actors, and improvisers willing to bring their entire selves to a rigorous process. I will ask you to play around with prompts as we improvise movement and text.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
April Sellers-, (612) 558-8209

Did you miss our summer intensive audition?

Don't worry! You can still dance with Ballet Royale this summer!

We are accepting video auditions for our July Full Day Summer Intensive in collaboration with Twin Cities Ballet (July 8 - 25) AND our August Grand Prix Solos and Variations Intensive (August 5 - 16) until April 28.

July Full-Day Intensive: Attend an exciting and rigorous ballet-based dance program featuring Artistic Directors Denise and Rick Vogt with Master and guest teachers. Classes include ballet, pointe, preparation for pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, repertoire, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training, hip hop, contact improvisation, pas de deux, choreographic methods, injury prevention, plus enrichment classes.

August Grand Prix Intensive: a focused ballet and variations workshop specializing in preparing dancers for performing or competing in national ballet competitions.

Audition form on our website!

Ballet Royale Minnesota | 16368 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN, 55044
Rick Vogt-, (952) 898-3163


Threads Dance Project is seeking an ethnically diverse group of dancers ages 21 and older. Rehearsals begin on August 12, 2019. Opportunity to perform in a new Ordway Theater commission next January, as well as other events. Threads is seeking versatile dancers that are quick learners and are fluent in a variety of dance forms.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, 1617 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55411
FREE parking.

Registration and warm up time: 9:00am-9:30am
Audition: 9:30am-11:30am
Dancers must bring a headshot and resume.
Looking for both men and women.

Email: or call 641-512-7376 for additional information.

Karen Christ Aalgaard-

Off-Leash Area is thrilled to host the second Inbox @ Artbox, July 18-20, directed by Sarah Hauss. Inbox @ Artbox is a grass-roots, artist-centered, annual dance event, highlighting the incredible quality and diversity of Twin Cities professional dance on a single stage.

Sunday, May 19: 10am-noon, 1-4pm
Monday, May 20: 10am-1pm

Audition slots are ten minutes.
Audition pieces must be no more than eight minutes.
There will be a stipend of $250 for each selected artist.

The Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 54th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Sarah Hauss-, (612) 669-3417


The Jawaahir Minneapolis location is at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next door to 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.*

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

More information at

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Spring has sprung, and summer is around the corner! Book the Art Box performance space by April 30 for dates in June-August to take advantage of these hot deals:

One week rental for $900 (typically $1200)
One weekend day for $300 (typically $500)
One weekday day for $200 (typically $300)

Our rehearsal space is still available for select dates in April and May. More details at

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!

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

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
Jane Scheidel-, (612) 338-0627

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 company, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor 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-, (651) 505-3264

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 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-, (612) 367-6681

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 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 or soft-soled shoes only studio, to protect 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


Erin Thompson teaches advanced level modern/contemporary dance classes at Zenon this winter. 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

Spring Session began on Monday, April 1 and runs for ten weeks.
Note: all Sunday classes will begin on Sunday, April 14 and run 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 during spring 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 come to class and pay $18 each time you attend as a drop-in.

Registration is open for you NOW at! 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-, (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
July 9, 2019 – August 29, 2019, eight weeks

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

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

Spring session has started at both PIM and ECC. Drop-ins available. Keep an eye out for our summer schedule—coming soon!

SATURDAYS, 9:30am-11:00am:
Beginning Adult Ballet at the (ECC) Edina Community Center. Instructor: Sophie Boisvert.

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

TUESDAYS, 6:00pm-7:30pm:
Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet at the (PIM) 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.

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

Midwest School of Ballet's spring session has started. Classes still open at our PIM location.
Summer enrollment open also!

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

Ballet Level I, II, III for 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 ​

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

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

Photo: Aaron Warkov.

For more information:

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


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, Wendy Anderson, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Blake Nellis, 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

Wild Moon Movement presents GET JAZZED, a weekly jazz technique and choreography class with Sydney Ward!

Did you dance growing up and want to get moving and grooving again? Have you been looking for an intermediate (more or less) jazz class that is specifically for adult dancers? Are you a dancer who simply wants to keep your skills and technique sharp and fresh?

Us, too!

Every Wednesday at 7:30pm we host a drop-in jazz-style dance class at Glen Lake Academy of Dance.
$15 at the door, $12 if you pre-register by the Tuesday before, and $10/class for five-class packs.

This class is open to adult dancers with some dance background who want to keep moving and get jazzy. We will focus on improving or honing basic jazz skills and technique, and every week we'll teach a new piece of choreography. At Wild Moon Movement we are big on musicality and stylized movement, so each week you'll get a new flavor!

Glen Lake Academy of Dance | 14706 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Sydney Ward-, (612) 367-7559

Dive into eclectic contemporary dance and multitude ways to develop and practice technique! Bastard dance is Non’s own amalgamation of modern dance, Gyrokinesis, restorative exercise, Klein Technique, Skinner Releasing Technique, dance fitness, and improvisation. As a certified GYROKINESIS® Method Apprentice Trainer and with experience training in the forms mentioned above, Non believe the principles these modalities are built upon are extremely powerful and wishes to share what she has learned from her teachers and own adaptations.

Bastard Dance empowers participants to build their own best training practice by through exposure and group practice. Open to all ages and levels of experience! Participants will be asked to improvise, follow along, and practice interoception and group attention.

Soma Studios - Go up the stairs to enter the atrium and head up the larger staircase. You can't miss us!

Every Wednesday in April, 7-9PM.

Soma Studios | 79 13th Ave NE, Studio 212, Minneapolis, MN 55413

As Bill Evans says "You Must Believe in Spring", and WE DO!

Spring on into Friday Morning Jazz this Friday, April 12 to dance with the delightful and dynamic Karla Grotting!
Friday Morning Jazz is all about sharing passion for jazz music, movement, history and improvisation in body-centric, music-inspired, community-building jazz explorations! Multi-level, multi-generational, and drop-ins are encouraged.

Make your plan to grab a friend and #GetYourAssToClass!

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

Open Source Forms/Skinner Classes

Open Source Forms has grown fluidly out of Skinner Releasing Technique, an innovative approach to dance and movement training developed by Joan Skinner in the early 1960s. And just like Skinner Releasing Technique, it utilizes image-guided floor work to ease tension and promote an effortless kind of moving and integration with alignment of the whole self.

Joan Skinner’s long-time student and Skinner Releasing Technique teacher Stephanie Skura developed Open Source Forms to further her expanded practice. This work focuses on cross-fertilization and deep commonalities springing from Skinner Releasing Technique and creative process.

Open Source Forms is a movement class and “practice” guided by the philosophy that the source of all creativity and wisdom is available in each of us. Open Source Forms offers methods to access the depth, specificity, courage, and freedom in your movement and performance.

Sunday, 11am-1pm
For more information, call/text Jennifer at 612-432-1512.

Water Bar and Public Studio | 2518 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512

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, April 15, 2019

10:00am – 12:00pm


Classes meet weekly.

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

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

April 15 MUSIC JAM with Jon Schmig:

Jon Schmig began playing the piano when he was first able to climb onto the bench. Four decades later he has rarely gone a week without playing, despite pursuing other avenues professionally.

On top of twelve years of classical lessons, Jon's influences include Brian Eno, Mike Garson, Tom Jenkinson, Tony Banks, and Paul Shaffer. A life-long improviser, synthesist, and accompanist, he revels in exploring textures and rhythms, and often playing many, many notes.

6:30-9:00 (studio open at 6:00).
$10-20 suggested.
All are welcome.

Ivy Building | 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN
Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892

Thursday, April 18: 6:00PM
Saturday, April 20: 11:00AM
Thursday, April 25: 6:00PM

It is my great pleasure to be sharing the studio and my love dance and movement this April!

In process towards my GYROKINESIS® Method Trainer certification, I will be teaching 60-minute Gyrokinesis Method classes. Developed by Romanian international ballet dancer Juliu Horvath in the 70s, the curriculum is built on spirals, undulations, and circular movements performed in a rhythmic sequence, focused on mobilizing the spine with particular attention to the movement of the sacrum and it's relationship to the rest of the pelvis, spine, and translating into the lower body. The work can be very subtle—there is a particular technique to breathing and many places to focus on how the exercises are moving through the body.

Carleton Artist Lofts | 2285 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
Dial 165 from any call box to reach my phone, I’ll buzz you in. Dance studio is on the first floor under the main lobby.
Class fee is by donation.

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

Non Edwards-, (651) 998-2357

Explorations of Improvisation Forms

Here’s a new class starting!

I’m curious about Improvisation in dance and performance!

I’d like to think I’m practiced in it, but really when do I get to hone my skills, go deep and work with a team of rigorously curious people? I’m starting a class so the curious can group together and study improvisation; drill down into forms of improvisation and play—rigorously!

We will start with Nelson Tuning scores. I welcome thoughts around it and connections to other methods you know. All are welcome!

I am certified in Open Source Forms, and certified in Tuning Scores (as much as possible, because no certification program exists, but I have worked directly with Lisa Nelson for over ten years). What forms are you certified or have experience in that you can share?

Go to for more info on the class and email with questions and to find out more.

Center for Performing Arts | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512


A celebration of beloved ballet teacher and friend, Marcia Keegan, is planned for Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM in Studio 6A at Minnesota Dance Theatre. Marcia passed away at home from cancer on Saturday morning, March 16, less than two weeks after having taught her last class. Loved ones were by her side, including her dog Sophie. Marcia traveled the world performing and teaching, and also for her business, Global Village.

Most recently, she taught at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Zenon, Continental Ballet, and in Edina and Hudson. Her classes were typically full to the brim with students, who recognized both her enormous talent for teaching ballet and her buoyant and compassionate approach. She will be missed by many!

More information can be found on the Caring Bridge website for Marcia Keegan:

Studio 6A at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Nina Ebbighausen-