DanceMN News - June 12, 2019








ARENA DANCES is thrilled to be hosting a unique, summer extravaganza at the gorgeous MartinPatrick3. We aim to raise awareness and support for the work ARENA is pursuing in its 23rd year of life in the Twin Cities dance community, and to welcome in the long awaited summer weather! Come celebrate the summer night with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, sweets, experiential auction items and much more, including live performances by ARENA DANCES!

Silent auction—think air glider plane rides, glass blowing classes, and more!
Raffle items
Beer and wine
Food by Chow Girls
Sweets by Cocoa & Fig and Little Things Macarons

All donations raised this evening will go toward funding the second year of our DanceON program at Highland Park Senior High and Creative Arts Secondary School in St. Paul and Roosevelt H.S. in Minneapolis. DanceON is an outreach program that brings ARENA DANCES to local schools for week-long immersive residencies teaching technique classes, developing dances, and more!

MartinPatrick 3 | 212 3rd Ave N, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Join Flying Foot Forum at Park Square Theatre for an exciting remount of their wildly successful dance theater work Heaven.

Originally presented nine years ago at the Guthrie, Heaven is a performance of sharp contrasts, filled with beautiful music, love stories and raucous dancing as it brings us inside the violence of the 1990s Bosnian War. It features Orkestar Bez Ime, a Balkan party band, music by Chan Poling, and an amazing cast of actors who dance, sing, and tell this deeply moving story. Told in English and Serbo-Croatian, they express this cautionary tale of the need to find common ground rather than fight those who are different from us.

On Park Square’s proscenium stage May 31–June 23, 2019.
Tickets and more information at

Park Square Theatre | 408 St. Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Park Square Theatre-, (612) 308-5785

Celebrate and say farewell to Zenon Dance Company! The final performance will feature a unique program each evening, highlighting Zenon’s 36 years as the premier modern and jazz dance company in the Twin Cities. The works epitomize Zenon Artistic Director Linda Z. Andrews’ longstanding commitment to artistic excellence.

The Final Performance
June 13-14 at 7:30pm
June 16 at 2:00pm

Tickets: $34, fees included.
To purchase tickets, please visit:

Gala Evening, June 15
Doors at 6:30pm; performance at 7:30pm
Join the company and celebrate in style as we say farewell. The evening begins with remarks by Linda Z. Andrews. Following the performance is the exclusive after party with music, cocktails, a delicious spread of hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast.
Tickets: $100, fees included.
$40 subsidized artist tickets are available with a discount code from Zenon.
To purchase tickets, please visit:

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

Advance reservations are now available for the 2019 RIGHT HERE Showcase:

For the fifth year running, the Right Here Showcase presents new work by "some of the community's most innovative perspectives", (Star Tribune) with an impressive slate of four artistically diverse voices in dance.

Come and see two very different works by two very different artists on the same bill. Support this community of original creators and celebrate the achievements of local artists with decades of commitment to their craft and the community.

WEEKEND TWO - Blake Nellis and Zhauna Franks
June 13-15 at 8pm, June 16 at 7pm.
Split bill, admission is for the entire evening.

Seating is limited, so don't wait until the last show!
Admission is $10-$30.

Off-Leash Art Box | 4200 50th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Paul Herwg-, (612) 724-7372

Week three of Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks Festival 2019 presents:

Welcome Home
a new evening-length work by Theo Langason.

How does the feeling of home manifest in our geography, our family and our memory? Who decides what home is or isn't? Drawing on the complexities of his biracial, multicultural upbringing and recollecting episodes from his life and feelings, Theo Langason invites the audience to explore the meaning and sensation of home through music, poetry and improvisation.

Thursday, June 13, 8PM - pay-what-you wish
Friday, June 7, 8PM - post-show reception
Saturday, June 15, 8PM - closing night

$15 general admission; $10 students with valid ID.
Pay what you wish for all Thursday performances.

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

What Will You Dance For? (The Exuberant Activist Body)
A participatory experience at Northern Spark
June 14-15
9:00pm-2:00am each evening

Sign up when you arrive. Each dance is up to 45 minutes.

Will you dance the Urgent Planet Dance or the Great Impeachment Boogie? “What Will You Dance For?” invites you to practice your wild and embodied resilience and resistance.

9:00pm - “Urgent Planet Dance”
10:00pm - “Time’s Up White Supremacy Tango”
11:00-11:30pm - Healing Session
11:30pm - “The Great Impeachment Boogie”
12:30am - “Prison Abolition Disco”
1:30-2:00am - Healing Session

9:00pm - “Hurry Up Gun Control Slow Dance”
10:00pm - “Reparations Revel”
11:00-11:30pm - Healing Session
11:30pm - “The Artists are Essential Grind”
12:30am - “The Queerest Hour”
1:30-2:00am - Healing Session

Bring your pocket music, earbuds are provided, and join for one song or more!
See the link for more information:

The Commons | 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Michael Thurston-, (763) 370-0726

Co-directors Lori Mercil and Rae Eden Frank, assisted by Una Setia and Marylee Hardenbergh, have gathered an amazing group of local dancers to bring you Global Water Dances, Minneapolis at the Mill Ruins Park on Saturday, June 15 at 3pm.

This event connects dancers at over 170 sites around the world to dance for a shared goal of clean, safe water for all! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and follow the road from the lock and dam that goes under the Stone Arch Bridge to the grassy field below. Come be a part of this global phenomenon!
For more information go to:

This year's finale will include a giant, colorful parachute for audience members to join in and help us celebrate, as well as information tables with handouts from Hamline’s Global Center for Environmental Education as well as Friends of the Mississippi River. We want our local event to help inspire real change that helps to keep our local waterways healthy for years to come.

Kid and pet friendly.

Mill Ruins Park | 102 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Lori Mercil-, (612) 750-0935

Let’s kick-off PRIDE week like we did last year, embracing all forms of TRANSition. ICON SAM, named "Best Dance Performance of 2018" by CityPages is the promenade performance that roamed all over the eight floors, alleys, sidewalks, studios, stages, nooks and crannies of the former HCA; featuring many of the Twin Cities most acclaimed dance, musical, and visual artists.
Feel free to invite your friends who:
*missed all ten sold out shows, including the three free previews or
*saw the show and want to experience it again!

Monday, June 17 at 6:00pm
FREE Screening
Can't make the 6:00pm big screen?
Stop by the Historic Lobby 11:00am-3:00pm and it will be looping on a smaller screen.


Target Studio at the Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Sally Anne Maria Rousse-, (612) 306-8121

Final week of Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks Festival 2019:
A split evening of new performance.

by Valerie Oliveiro
In collaboration with Non Edwards, Sam Johnson, Morgan Thorson, Rosy Simas and Arwen Wilder.
Photography and video by Valerie Oliveiro.

Holy Doña
Direction and choreography: Pedro Pablo Lander, in collaboration with the performers.
Performers: Lelis Brito, Genevieve D. Johnson, Pedro Lander, Sharon Picasso, Tim Rehborg, Kim Schneider.
Visual architecture: Jess Kiel-Wornson.

Thursday, June 20, 8PM - pay-what-you wish
Friday, June 21, 8PM
Saturday, June 22, 8PM - post-show reception

$15 general admission; $10 students with valid ID.
Pay what you wish for all Thursday performances.

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

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

Clare Driscoll & Addison Reine (Bushertri)
Hope Grathwol (Really Now and Sasha Fursman)
Halie Bahr

BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.

Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.

This 9x22 will be guest hosted by Akiko.
Curated by Laurie Van Wieren.

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.

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


FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian.
A 45-minute class held in sessions for parents and their young dancer to explore movement together.
Saturdays, June 15-August 1; 10:30-11:15am OR
Thursdays, June 20-August 1; 12:15-1:00pm
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

SUPERHERO CAMP for ages four through six.
Spend a week being a superhero! Students will make their very own superhero masks and learn to dance in creative ways.
July 8-12, 9:00am-12:00pm.
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

BCL will be holding exciting and diverse summer camps, workshops, laboratories and more all summer long for all ages and abilities! Please visit our website for details!

DANCE LABORATORY for ages seven through ten.
July 8-19, Monday/Wednesday
Includes ballet technique and others and special Beyond the Mirror educational sessions.

PRE-POINTE/BEGINNING POINTE for ages ten through fourteen.
August 5-16, Monday/Wednesday/Friday
July 8-19, Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Includes ballet technique and pointe and different dance forms such as contemporary, partnering, musical theater, modern, conditioning and educational sessions.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL for ages thirteen through 20:

June 17-28, Monday-Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Guest Teaching Artists: Jamie Johnson and Anna Goodrich

July 15-26, Monday-Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Guest Teaching Artists: Pavielle Versalles and Christian Warner

August 5-16, Monday-Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Guest Teaching Artists: Claire Davison and Joseph Morrissey

Photo: Karin Lynn.

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

BALLET TECHNIQUE LABORATORY for ages six through nine.
A 60-minute class held twice a week for three weeks that introduces dancers to ballet.
July 17, 19, 24, 26; July 1, 3.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

BALLET TECHNIQUE LABORATORY for ages ten through fourteen.
A 75-minute class held twice a week for three weeks that introduces dancers to ballet.
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21.
Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30–6:45pm
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Dance is rich with many techniques, repertoires and histories. Immerse yourself in weekend workshops all summer long! These workshops are geared towards adult dancers and will introduce different styles in addition to ballet technique classes

July session: Jazz
July 13-14, 2019
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

August session: Ballet Repertoire
August 10-11, 2019
Teaching Artist: Anna Goodrich

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

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

Summer classes at Midwest School of Ballet:

Thursdays at PIM
Six-week session: June 27-August 8.
Fundamentals I for ages three and four: 9:30-10:15am or 5:15-6:00pm.
Fundamentals II/III for ages five through eight: 10:30-11:30am or 6:00-7:00pm.
Pre-Teen Ballet for ages eight through twelve: 7:00-8:15pm.

Tuesdays at Concord Elementary in Edina
Eight-week session: June 11-August 6.
Fundamentals I for ages three and four: 9:00-9:45am.
Fundamentals II/III for ages five through seven: 10:00-11:00am.
Ballet for Teens and Athletes, ages eight through fourteen: 11:00-12:30pm.

Adult Beginning Ballet
Saturdays, June 1-August 10.
at ECC, Edina Community Center.

Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 ​
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Dance with Ballet Royale this summer!
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—contact us for information. Ages eight through professional.
- August 5-16: Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop. AUDITION REQUIRED—contact us for information. Ages ten and up.
- 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

You can still join us for our unique "Spring into Summer" program, going on now and continuing through June 28!
Unlike any other in Minnesota, this intensive is a great way to kick off the summer!

For motivated dancers: Come experience Ballet Royale’s groundbreaking training featuring Progressing Ballet Technique® cross-training, the industry’s most advanced and cutting edge regimen specifically designed to improve ballet dancers' core stability, weight placement, alignment, and muscle memory. This program will maximize improvement and accelerate students’ progress, and is particularly crucial for those preparing to attend summer intensive programs. The intensive features a daily regimen of ballet technique, pointe and Ballet Royale's Progressing Ballet Technique®.

Intermediate/advanced through professionals.
Recommended for ages eleven through 26 years old.
Girls must have completed a minimum of one year en pointe.

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

Butoh is a contemporary Japanese performance art form that began in the late 1950's. Originally started as an anti-establishment, anti-traditional dance theater, butoh explores the relationship between our mind and body, and it questions society's perceptions of the body and ideas of "beauty." Though it is considered an underground art form, butoh is practiced all over world.

This one-day workshop is for people who want to experience Doushin Butoh. The essence of Doushin Butoh is “Resonance,” beyond idea or concept. It can only be felt and experienced.

Come and experience the power of Resonance!

Thursday, June 13: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Tuition: $25

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

FAB FLOW: dance class series with Scott Stafford.

THURSDAYS, 7:30pm-9:00pm: $15
FAB FLOW: TURN THE LIGHTS DOWN LOW is a dance class to bring it and leave it. Together we'll explore the lively interplay between sensual flow, flouncy flower, and aggressive attack; emphasizing dynamic movement sequences and hard-hitting phrase work. Intermediate/advanced, but open to ANYONE who wants to lay it down.

FRIDAYS, 11:45am-12:30pm: $10.
FAB FLOW: DAYTIME DISCO explores high-energy movement that inspires joy, freedom, and confidence. Music will be our sail across this landscape—disco, drums, house, pop, and sonic candy as we pose, shake, strike, swerve, and shimmy. Open level, no dance experience required. Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable to move in!

Target Education Studio at the Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

On Saturday, June 15, Ballet Royale is offering an Aladdin-themed creative dance workshop for ages four to nine.
Give your young dancer the joy of dance and performance!
The workshop is 10am-12:00pm, and will include a short performance at the end of the day.

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

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 to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback. Workshops are geared toward intermediate/advanced students, ages eighteen to 26.

Mondays, 9:30-11:30am
Additional program benefits: Participants receive one free hour of rehearsal space to be used at their discretion for each class of Pivotal Moment they attend within a series.

Learn more:

Target Education Studio at the Cowles Center | Second Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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
2019 schedule, dates are subject to change:
Third Term: June 20 and 27; July 18 and 25; August 1, 8, 22 and 29.
Tuition: $135

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

Come join Contact Improvisation Twin Cities' (CITC) annual Global Underscore event, practiced simultaneously with other groups and individuals all over the world!

Read about it here:

A talk through for those wishing to participate for the first time will be scheduled earlier in the week. Please message the Contact Improvisation Twin Cities Facebook page if you are planning to attend and this is your first Underscore. We will then schedule the talk through accordingly. A talk through is required to participate in this practice and this event does not include the talk through during its scheduled time. Many CI community members have already participated in our monthly offerings, and have already participated in the Underscore and are ready! Any details about this particular Underscore (certain facings at certain times for example) will be communicated otherwise on the day of or beforehand.

$10-20 suggested
All are welcome!

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

Get an introduction to the steps, music, textiles, and mythology surrounding traditional circle dances from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor. This workshop provides an introduction to Laura Shannon’s research in how this dance tradition has a living connection to ancient European roots. Her research helps us unlock the wisdom about sustainability, community, and reverence for the earth encoded in the dances. Dancing with awareness helps awaken these qualities in our lives. All bodies and experience levels welcome.

This community workshop is in preparation of Roots and Kinship, a gathering featuring Lyla June Johnson and Wisdom Dances on July 26. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Crosby Farm Regional Park
Emily Jarrett Hughes-

Attend an exciting and rigorous ballet-based dance program featuring Artistic Directors Denise and Rick Vogt with master and guest teachers. Each student will receive the finest professional instruction, allowing them to reach their full potential.

There are multiple levels, a morning ballet-only program option, and a two-week option; making this the perfect program for students eight and up. Unique to this intensive, students will be highlighted in an end of program summer showcase performance. The full program includes a Valley Fair outing. Please contact Ballet Royale for enrollment information.

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

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
Summer Session: July 9-August 27

Fundamentals II with Zachary Tuazon
Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm
Summer Session: July 11-August 29

Register here:

The summer course includes eight classes and costs $110. Receive a $10 discount when you register at least two weeks in advance.

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

Kaleena Miller Dance Summer Intensive with VERY special guest DERICK GRANT!

Expand your tap dance studies this summer!
Lots of options to choose from:

Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18
Recommended for advanced/pre-professional level dancers, ages thirteen and over.
Registration limited to 20 participants.

Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 from 12:00-1:30pm
Registration limited to 20 participants.

Tuesday, July 16 from 7:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, July 16 from 8:00-9:00pm

Visit for more information, pricing, and to register.

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center | 4259 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Move BIG with and alongside Alternative Motion Project's company members in a physical, fun and energetic modern dance class! Taught by Co-Artistic Director Joanna Lees, this class will start with a centering warm-up, finding a nuanced connection throughout the entire body and growing in size, rigor and specificity through movement vocabulary from AMP's repertory. Explore ways to push the boundaries of the body's movement potential and connect with the rich dance community the Twin Cities has to offer!

Questions? Email

Monday, July 15
Wednesday, July 17

Cost: $15 per class OR $25 for BOTH!
Cash, check, credit card, and Venmo accepted.
For intermediate/advanced dancers.

Photo: Morning Light Photography.

Studio 5B at The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Fifth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Kristin Howe-, (952) 843-3408

This course will explore the uses of movement, dance and body-based techniques to promote relationships as well as to assess and guide interventions. Based on the theoretical frameworks developed by Marian Chace and Mary Whitehouse, students will deepen their embodied understanding of dance/movement therapy theory, principles, and techniques for specific populations, issues and diagnoses. The course will also continue to emphasize a multi-cultural understanding of body awareness, movement and dance. This course is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, for Alternate Route R-DMT credit.

Instructors: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, SEP; WoS; Paul Sevett MA, BC-DMT, LICSW

Please contact Barbara with any questions.

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb-, (612) 916-1829

Rhythm Intense will focus on choreography, improvisation, and technique.

Keane instructors will challenge students to find their voice and style.

Visit our website for more details:

Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944


Ballet Co.Laboratory’s professional company is seeking male dancers for the 2019-2020 season. Dancers must have strong classical technique but be versatile in contemporary and modern styles.
This is a paid position, dates TBD August 2019-May 2020.
Please contact the Artistic Director to set up an audition class:

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Alternative Motion Project is now accepting choreography project proposals through June 14 to for a Guest Choreographer for its performance in March 2020.

AMP’s Guest Choreographer will work with Alternative Motion Project company members on the creation of a new work. While AMP is a predominantly modern/contemporary dance company, the work from its Guest Choreographer can be another style.

Applicant requirements and information on the submission process:
DEADLINE: 11:59pm on Friday, June 14, 2019.
If selected, the Guest Choreographer will receive an honorarium. Rehearsal times will be mutually agreed upon by the Guest Choreographer and AMP. 30 hours of rehearsal time guaranteed.

For more information on AMP and this opportunity visit
Please direct questions to

Photo: Bill Cameron.

Kristin Howe-, (952) 843-3408

COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company is holding annual company auditions on Monday, June 24. Seeking trained dancers with ballet and jazz technique who have the ability to tell a story through dance. Tap skills a plus.

Casting company members, guest artists, and apprentices for our 2019/2020 season which includes: Romeo & Juliet, February 14-23 at The Cowles Center; A Little Princess, May/June 2020; Class of ‘85, May/June 2020; Outreach Company—four to six company dancers who will perform at outreach events.

All artists receive competitive pay, free bi-weekly company class starting in September 2019, and complimentary childcare.

Open Call
Monday, June 24
2:00pm and 2:45pm.
To schedule an appointment please sign up at:

Please bring a hardcopy of your headshot and resume and come prepared to dance with jazz shoes.
Please bring ballet/tap/character heels if possible.
For questions please email

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy | 1000 Boone Ave, Golden Valley, MN

Alternative Motion Project (AMP) is holding an audition for company members for its 2019-2020 Season.

Looking for dynamic and expressive dancers who want to work collaboratively, challenge themselves with a diverse range of styles and material, and dance with multiple choreographers both near and far. If this is you, come Move BIG with AMP!

Ideal candidates to join our community of artists should have strong technical backgrounds, attention to detail, experience with contact/partnering and have an inquisitive and community-building nature. Dance degree preferred.

RSVP strongly preferred by July 18 to

Friday, July 19, 2019

Studio 5B at The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave, Fifth Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Bring a headshot, resume, and schedule availability to the audition.
More information on AMP at

Photo: V. Paul Virtucio.

Kristin Howe-, (952) 843-3408


Congratulations to the 2019 McKnight Dancer and Choreography Fellows!

2019 McKnight Choreographer Fellows:
Paula Mann
Ashwini Ramaswamy
Deborah Jinza Thayer

2019 McKnight Dancer Fellows:
Erin Thompson
Joseph "MN Joe" Tran
Elayna Waxse

Full a full listing of the selection panel, and more information about the fellows, go to:



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 an 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

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 WiFi access and ample seating. The entire facility is HVAC heated and cooled. Free parking available in front of the studio.


276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

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 available for students and non-profits.

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

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 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 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.*

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

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Fringe producers: You need rehearsal space and we’ve got one! Two even!
The beautiful Art Box in Minneapolis has a special deal for Fringe producers just like you.
It goes like this:

Renting the main space, which normally costs $20/hour, is just $17/hour for Fringe, and only $13/hour if you book 20 hours or more.
Renting the studio space—usually $15/hour—is now $13/hour, $10/hour for 20 hours or more booked at once!

For more information, please see here:
Email us at to book.

And best wishes to all Fringe producers!

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

From Monday, June 17 through Sunday, June 23, Minnesota Dance Theatre class cards will be available at a 10% discount. For each card you buy, you get entered to win a Season Subscription to the 2019-20 MDT company season.

MDT class cards have no expiration date, and there's no limit to the number you can purchase.

Class cards can be purchased at MDT classes with cash, check, or credit card.

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


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

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

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Thursdays, 9:30-11:15am
with Dean Magraw on guitar!

Intermediate Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114

Advanced Modern/Contemporary at TU Dance
Fridays, 9:30-11:00am, June 14; July 12 and 19
with Andrew Bocher on drums.

Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

Learn Kathak this summer with Katha Dance Theatre! Kathak is a classical style of Indian dance characterized by intricate, lyrical movements and rhythmic footwork. We created the summer session with the intention of helping current students retain the technique they learned throughout the school year as well as invite first-time students to learn Kathak! Drop-ins are welcome, so this is a perfect opportunity to jump in and try a class without committing to an entire term.

Classes will take place on Saturdays, June 1-29 and July 13-27. There will be no class on July 6.
Our Kathak Introduction class is great for dancers with no prior Kathak experience, and it costs $27 to drop in.
To inquire about class times or placements, get in touch with us at

Learn more and register at

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

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

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-, (612) 990-6019

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am

Mondays, 11:30am-12:00pm

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm with pointe class following
Fridays, 10:00-11:30am
Saturdays, 10:30-12:00pm with pointe class following

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm

Saturdays, 9:15-10:30am

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
*These classes will not be held on the following days: week of June 17, week of June 24, week of July 15, week of July 22, week of August 5, week of August 12.
Teaching Artists include: Anna Goodrich, Jeffrey Hankinson, Zoé Henrot, Justin Leaf, and Christian Warner. Class cards available.

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Start your weeks refreshed and focused, full of energy and prepared for whatever lies in the week ahead.
It is possible with vinyasa yoga at Ballet Co.Laboratory, beginning June 10!

Join teaching artist Rosa Prigan from 7:00-8:15pm on Mondays for a 75-minute class that will focus on strengthening the whole body, as well as stretching and restorative postures. You will leave empowered and ready to take on the week! This class is perfect for people who have never rolled out a yoga mat as well as advanced practitioners. Ages twelve and older.

Summer is a great time to establish a routine, and yoga will count toward your June Challenge total as well! Sign up online (at our website) or just show up to the studio. Students may use their ten-class card towards yoga.

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (651) 313-5967

Add a class to your dance routine this summer with Yin Yoga at Ballet Co.Laboratory beginning the week of June 10.
This is an hour-long gentle yoga class on Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm that stretches the connective tissues of the body through yoga postures held for three to five minutes.
Students may use a ten-class card.

Summer is a great time to establish a routine, and yoga will count toward your June Challenge total as well! Sign up online (at our website) or just show up to the studio.

Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm, beginning June 13
Ages twelve and older.
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot

276 East Lafayette Frontage Road, St. Paul, MN
Zoe Henrot-, (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, Berit Ahlgren, Wendy Anderson, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Blake Nellis, Abdo Sayegh, and Erin Thompson.

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

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

Summer session has begun. Drop-Ins are welcome. Fall session starts September 21.

Beginning Adult Ballet at the (ECC) Edina Community Center.
SATURDAYS, 9:30-11:00am with Lisa Erickson.

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.

Edina Community Center | 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55424
Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Summer Session begins on Monday, June 17 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 summer 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.

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

Youth Tap Ensemble and open technique classes:
Beginning/Apprentice: Mondays, 5:00-6:15pm
Intermediate Drop-in: Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm
Fast Track: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm
Advanced Drop-in: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Performing Line: Mondays, 6:00-8:15pm
Check for location of classes.

Adult Tappy Hour
Tappy Hour I:
Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30am
Tappy Hour II:
Mondays, 7:45-9:00pm
Thursdays, 10:15-11:30am
Can Can Wonderland:
Fridays, 4:00-6:00pm

"Tappy Hour for Better Health"
SPPS Community Education.
Offered in partnership with Keane Sense of Rhythm (KSR) and Stratis Health.

Go to for individual start dates.

Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN
Cathy Wind-, (612) 986-1944

Anyone can do it. Don’t You Feel It Too? is the simple and beautiful act of dancing your inner life in public. It is a form of movement meditation that transforms the self while taking action in the world. Participants feel stress relief, resilience, compassion, connection, and belonging.

Thursday, June 13
The Commons | 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Meet at the big tree near 5th and 5th.
Come join us as we prepare for our upcoming practice as part of Northern Spark titled:
What Will You Dance For (The Exuberant Activist Body)
For more information:

Tuesday, June 18
Rondo Community Library | 461 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN 55103
Meet in the entryway of Rondo Library
Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary. The session is 90 minutes long.
BRING: your favorite pocket music and earbuds. We’ll have extra earbuds if you forget. Wear good shoes for moving on pavement and dress for weather.

Michael Thurston-, (763) 370-0726

Come get you rhythm on in this multigenerational, multi-level jazz class that puts the music first!
Erinn and Karla are excited to welcome back Jolene Konkel this week, another local jazz dance maven, who teaches quick-paced, classic material with wit and flair.
Jolene will teach again June 21 and 28.

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

Teen Pilates Mat Class
$17: drop in; $150 for a ten-pack of mat classes.
Summer sale: 20-class mat packages for $240 ($12/class).

Join Kyle for a teen/youth focused Mat class. Kyle has sixteen years of experience teaching youth. Come and strengthen your core while learning new ways to stay strong during the summer off-season. Foundational exercises will be used, along with an introduction to Joseph Pilates' core Mat exercises. Each week we will add new exercises to increase repertoire and gain strength with breath and focus.
Kyle has a strong passion for teaching and is motivated to share the love of movement with others. She has been teaching dance and movement to people of all ages.

Class runs June 10 through August 26. No class June 25 or August 12.
To register go to or call (952)405-9765.

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

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

June 17: Christopher Cunningham

Chris has collaborated on stages and in studios with Marianne Faithfull, The Lounge Lizards, James Chance and the Contortions, Jeff Buckley, The Golden Paliminos, John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Osborne, John Medeski, Richie Havens, Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans, Turkey’s Omar Farouk, Ireland’s Katell Keineg, Susan McKeown, and Gavin Friday, and many others. He has released two critically acclaimed solo albums, Stories to Play and Neverwas, and his Twin Cities groups include Mississippi Peace, Fall of the House of Usher, Coloring Time, Cherry Spoon Collective, and Improvestra. As a composer for dance, he has worked with Deborah Thayer, Stuart Pimsler, Gerry Girouard, Paula Mann, among others. Check him out at

Doors at 6:00pm
All are welcome!

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

Mixed Apparatus for Dancers
Sundays at 1:00pm, beginning June 23

Designed for ages eleven through eighteen; previous dance training is required. Participants will be doing dance-based Pilates training targeted towards young dancers; however, all ages are welcome. Participants will learn foundations and basics of Pilates mat and Reformer work. We will use some of the smaller Pilates equipment like the rotator discs to strengthen turn out! Progressions in strength and challenge provided throughout the summer. Please call studio prior to registering for your first class to see if an assessment is required: (952) 405-9765.

Taught by Stephanie Fellner, an award-winning dancer including The McKnight Fellowship, City pages “Best Dancer,” a Sage Award, and others.

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